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DNR warning hunters about cougar on the loose
TMJ4 ^ | 11-16-11 | Nick Montes

Posted on 11/17/2011 5:31:11 AM PST by SJackson

MENOMONEE FALLS- A word of caution for hunters from the Department of Natural Resources. They say there's a cougar on the loose. And they want everyone to keep their eyes open.

This is the latest trail snapshot of a cougar roaming around Rusk-Taylor County line - east of Hawkins.

Evidence deer hunters aren't alone this hunting season.

"Cougars you know are stalkers. They would size me up if they're interested in taking me down," Jim Fetters, a longtime hunter says. DNR officials say there are only 13 documented cougar attacks on humans in the last 100 years.

But, they are still putting out a word of caution. "If you were to see a cougar, stay in groups, make loud noise. Basically scare the animal off," says DNR Wildlife Biologist Tim Lizotte. By looking at the photos, DNR officials guess this big cat is a young male.

"Male probably because it's traveling long distances. Our nearest breeding population of cougars is Black Hills of South Dakota," says Lizotte.

That's about 600 miles away. The DNR says, he's now been seen roaming west central and Northern Wisconsin.

He could even be in the Flambeau State Forest or Price County now. "We think they're on the search for good habitat, good territory and also probably looking to where they'll be other cougars," Lizotte says.

That's why some hunters are making sure they keep their eyes open on their big hunting trip.

"A cougar is something to really pay attention too. I mean they are very powerful and they'll take your game from you," John Argenzio, a longtime hunter says. Now, the DNR says not to shoot the cougar. They are a protected species. But, if you do see one to contact the nearest DNR office.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: animals; cougars; wi; wisconsin

1 posted on 11/17/2011 5:31:12 AM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson

How am I ever going to get a date if they keep warning everyone????


2 posted on 11/17/2011 5:33:38 AM PST by Clintons Are White Trash (Lynn Stewart, Helen Thomas, Rosie ODonnell, Maureen Dowd, Medea Benjamin - The Axis of Ugly)
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To: SJackson
Trail cam: Cougar convention


3 posted on 11/17/2011 5:35:50 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: Iowa Granny; Ladysmith; Diana in Wisconsin; JLO; sergeantdave; damncat; phantomworker; joesnuffy; ..
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5 posted on 11/17/2011 5:36:54 AM PST by SJackson (Haven't changed the environment, just take a bath. Eat a piece of chocolate. You need one. Michelle)
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To: SJackson

This article annoys me. DNR talks about how cougars stalk, attack humans etc... and then they demand that no hunters shoot the cougar because they are “endangered”. So, no shooting but you can “group up together” and make noise to scare it away?! Yeah, right.


6 posted on 11/17/2011 5:41:59 AM PST by momtothree
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To: SJackson

I’ve seen a few really nice specimens at my local watering hole.....


7 posted on 11/17/2011 5:46:12 AM PST by astounded (Barack Obama is a clear and present danger to the USA)
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To: Daffynition
Looks like a job for Peta.
8 posted on 11/17/2011 5:47:24 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen. --> AmeriCain)
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To: Daffynition

f you go out in the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go out in the woods today
You’d better go in disguise.

For every cat that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the cougar cats have their picnic.


9 posted on 11/17/2011 5:50:20 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SJackson

It would be nice to know the state they are talking about.


10 posted on 11/17/2011 5:50:35 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

If, dagnabit!


11 posted on 11/17/2011 5:53:04 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: FatherofFive

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12 posted on 11/17/2011 5:53:13 AM PST by Esther Ruth
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To: Ditter; Esther Ruth; All
Not speaking of the two legged kind ... someone else has and Thanks Esther Ruth.
Could someone put up a cougar range map for the U.S.A.? I do not have the skill for placing one up.
13 posted on 11/17/2011 5:56:32 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen. --> AmeriCain)
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To: SJackson
"Male probably because it's traveling long distances. Our nearest breeding population of cougars is Black Hills of South Dakota," says Lizotte.

Could be Canadian...


14 posted on 11/17/2011 5:59:14 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: SJackson
That's why some hunters are making sure they keep their eyes open on their big hunting trip.

Yeah God forbid the big mighty hunters have some real competition.

15 posted on 11/17/2011 6:01:08 AM PST by Fawn (No TO PERRY!!!!!!!!! Vote for Newt)
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A link to a map ... http://www.cougarnet.org/bigpicture.html


16 posted on 11/17/2011 6:02:57 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen. --> AmeriCain)
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To: no-to-illegals
Fully naked women has been up for at least 20 minutes now and not pulled. Porn always showing up on FR.

Regarding Hermain Cain and David Koch
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Koch was the Libertarian Party's vice-presidential candidate in the 1980 presidential election, ......... The ticket proposed legalization of ***prostitution,**** recreational drugs, and suicide.

17 posted on 11/17/2011 6:07:27 AM PST by Esther Ruth
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To: Fawn

You are funny! I don’t think hunters are worried about the competition.


18 posted on 11/17/2011 6:10:00 AM PST by Ditter
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To: SJackson

A group of four of us saw a cougar over in the Colby, WI area—this was five-six years ago. DNR is a little late with the warnings to hunters...not that I think there is much danger to adult humans from the cat what with the smorgasbord of kitty treats available to them in rural Wisconsin.


19 posted on 11/17/2011 6:11:23 AM PST by elli1
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To: Esther Ruth

Where? Where?

;^)


20 posted on 11/17/2011 6:14:27 AM PST by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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ouch


21 posted on 11/17/2011 6:16:05 AM PST by wita
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To: Daffynition

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22 posted on 11/17/2011 6:16:52 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Daffynition

Almost unbelievable!


23 posted on 11/17/2011 6:17:30 AM PST by wita
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To: Ditter

They are talking about Wisconsin. I agree with your complaint and often see threads that don’t indicate what state they refer to.


24 posted on 11/17/2011 6:20:39 AM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: momtothree
If you were to see a cougar, stay in groups, make loud noise....

Bang! Bang! Bang!

Shhhhhh!

25 posted on 11/17/2011 6:29:24 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Esther Ruth
Fully naked women has been up for at least 20 minutes now and not pulled. Porn always showing up on FR.

Nakedness alone is not necessarily "porn". But it was gone by the time I got here, so you'll be spared my judgement...

;^)

26 posted on 11/17/2011 6:51:07 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Ditter
Yes, confusing.

Hawkins, Texas is in Wood County.
Rusk County Texas is a little SE of Hawkins, in East Texas.
Taylor & Rusk Counties do not border since Taylor County is in West Texas.
And why is there a need to warn armed people of cats?

27 posted on 11/17/2011 7:36:56 AM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: JimRed

Judgment
http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Dan&c=7&t=NASB#11


28 posted on 11/17/2011 7:40:47 AM PST by Esther Ruth
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To: Deaf Smith

Where is Menomenee Falls?


29 posted on 11/17/2011 7:57:08 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Deaf Smith
I went and searched again, it is not Texas, it is Wisconsin.
30 posted on 11/17/2011 7:59:41 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Daffynition

I thought cougar conventions were held at bars, pubs and other fine drinking establishments! LOL!


31 posted on 11/17/2011 8:02:30 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Ditter

Texas was too hot for the Menominee Indians and they moved up North as the ice age ended. /s?


32 posted on 11/17/2011 8:15:21 AM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: Deaf Smith
Right! When the ice age ended was about the time my ancestors made it down to east Texas. LOL! Maybe not but we have been here a loooong time.
33 posted on 11/17/2011 8:27:43 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Esther Ruth
Picture gone.

Funny thing (about the link) did not see Mr. Cain mentioned there.

34 posted on 11/17/2011 8:37:42 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen. --> AmeriCain)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

35 posted on 11/17/2011 8:41:06 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

May not be the same one, but an old cougar was seen sitting on a bench with Newt Gingrich a few years ago!


36 posted on 11/17/2011 8:49:11 AM PST by outhousepatrol
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To: SJackson
A word of caution for hunters from the Department of Natural Resources. They say there's a cougar on the loose.

A cougar on the loose? They're worried about a cougar? And how did this cougar get loose in the first place? Did the owner kill himself before he freed it? What a silly story.

37 posted on 11/17/2011 8:57:53 AM PST by mtg
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To: SJackson
Pure BS, I live in Vilas County. I've seem cougar tracks for the last five years. An alpha pedator, these cats are as much as ten feet long. From tip of the tail to the tip of his nose, the largest cat taken down south was twelve feet long.

When I lived in Montana I knew an elk hunter. He told me that last year, he was doubling back after stalking elk up the mountainside. He spotted a big cat laying motionless sunning himself on top of a large rock at twilight. This cat laying alongside his trail in ambush. With almost no fear this cat was patiently waiting for the elk hunter, knowing he would return the way he had just walked up the mountain!

If that doesn't frighten you imagine a two hundred pound cat with teeth 3.5 inches long. Razor like claws, which are sharp as any Ginzo knife. I know, because when I called him a liar, he went over to his freezer and pulled out a cougar skin complete with the animals skull and jaw intact.

Every year, I read stories from out West about cougars taking children and infants as prey. Their lifeless bodies are almost always found high up in nearby trees where the cats stashes them for future feeding.

How long before we have dead hikers, tourists, or children decorating our forests? The DNR is hopelessly behind the curve.

Another good reason for Wisconsin open carry laws. They might have acted just in time to prevent another needless tragedy

38 posted on 11/17/2011 9:54:56 AM PST by STD (Cut Taxes, Cut Spending Stupid!)
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To: mtg

Just a thought. If anyone out there works for a state Department of Natural Resources, DO NOT get a “DNR” tatoo on your chest. The emergency room doctors may think it means something else :-)


39 posted on 11/17/2011 10:44:31 AM PST by A. Patriot (Have we lost our Republic? Do the majority of Americans care?)
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To: Ditter

Northern Wisconsin.


40 posted on 11/17/2011 11:52:25 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Smokin' Joe

“Bang, bang, bang... Shhhh!”

That is exactly how I would handle it, Smokin’ Joe! No way I am staying huddled in some group, ARMED... and sing musicals to make enough noise to scare away a Cougar.


41 posted on 11/17/2011 12:27:26 PM PST by momtothree
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42 posted on 11/17/2011 1:46:18 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: STD
--Every year, I read stories from out West about cougars taking children and infants as prey. Their lifeless bodies are almost always found high up in nearby trees where the cats stashes them for future feeding.--

--in all due respect for your being on the same side of the firearms situation as I am--could you cite ONE example of this?

43 posted on 11/17/2011 1:52:53 PM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: SJackson

—according to my brother-in-law—(a retired deputy sheriff who does know mountain lion from a housecat) there are verifiable sightings in Grant County, (Wisconsin) too-—


44 posted on 11/17/2011 1:55:31 PM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: rellimpank

Is your finger broken? Your search engine down? Did you invest in GREEN technology? Are you on Food Stamps?


45 posted on 11/17/2011 2:54:35 PM PST by STD (Cut Taxes, Cut Spending Stupid!)
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To: SJackson

Yeah... I just read Demi Moore is divorcing Ashton!


46 posted on 11/17/2011 3:12:50 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: STD
No disagreement. Not to minimize other predators, but cougars and grizzlys scare me. We have lots of discussions about the proper grizzly defence, not so much about lions. Which is fine, if they actually want you, they're coming up behind and you won't have a chance anyway. I'm not minimizing the risk of a visual confrontation, but you've already survived.

I found the DNR's admonition to hunters not to shoot the cougar entertaining. I understand what they're saying, I guess, but one cougar, their estimate, isn't much of a threat. He's a better chance of being hit by a car.

47 posted on 11/17/2011 4:37:56 PM PST by SJackson (Haven't changed the environment, just take a bath. Eat a piece of chocolate. You need one. Michelle)
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To: SJackson

I wonder if the cougar warnings might mean there’s now a market for orange safety vests with googly-eyes sewn on the back? Hmmmmm.....


48 posted on 11/17/2011 5:40:28 PM PST by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: momtothree

You are either at the top of the food chain, or you’re bait. Our ancestors made that choice, and for some unfathomable reason, people who live elsewhere are trying to change the roles for us.


49 posted on 11/17/2011 8:51:10 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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