Skip to comments.DNR warning hunters about cougar on the loose
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.
How am I ever going to get a date if they keep warning everyone????
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.
I’ve seen a few really nice specimens at my local watering hole.....
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.
It would be nice to know the state they are talking about.
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Could be Canadian...
Yeah God forbid the big mighty hunters have some real competition.
A link to a map ... http://www.cougarnet.org/bigpicture.html
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You are funny! I don’t think hunters are worried about the competition.
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.
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