Cougar Sighting Confirmed By DNR Near Rosendale

(Rosendale) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a cougar sighting in Fond du Lac County. DNR officials say trail camera photos from January 5th show a cougar near Rosendale. The agency is also confirming cougar sightings in Lincoln and Langlande Counties in December. DNR Assistant Large Carnivore Specialist Jane Wiedenhoeft says there have been cougar sightings in the state going back ten years. Wiedenhoeft says when they get photos of cougars they investigate to make sure they were taken in the state and are legitimate. The recent cougar photo from Fond du Lac County was the farthest south in the state.  She says not very many photos are as clear as this one as the animal “looks pretty obviously like a cougar.” She notes there were quite a few cougar sightings in Wisconsin last year including sightings near Merrill and Antigo last month. This incident may be the first real sighting in Fond du Lac County, although there were reported sightings of a cougar in the Eden area in the summer of 2012. Wiedenhoeft says typically it’s a young male cougar looking for a mate that travels through the area. “The young males can sometimes disperse pretty far looking for a mate,” she says, “and they get this far and they have a long way to go to find any other cougars so they just usually keep going.” Officials say there is no evidence that cougars are breeding in the state.