RHINELANDER, Wis. — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologists have confirmed two cougar sightings in Langlade County in northern Wisconsin.
On July 27, the department received a trail camera photo from a Langlade County landowner of a cougar taken July 9.
On Aug. 3, a second Langlade County landowner submitted a trail camera photo of a cougar – this photo was also taken July 9.
After site evaluations, DNR staff confirmed the location of each photo. These photos were taken roughly six miles apart at a 20-hour interval.
Genetic evidence suggests cougars known to have entered Wisconsin are male cougars dispersing from a breeding population in the Western United States. There is currently no evidence that cougars are breeding in Wisconsin.
Cougars are a protected species in Wisconsin and hunting is not allowed. Cougars are not considered a threat to public safety, and in the unlikely event that a person is confronted by a cougar, face the animal and spread your arms and open your coat or jacket to appear larger. If a cougar approaches, make noise and throw rocks or sticks.