EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says a photo of a cougar taken in Juneau County is legitimate.
The agency says two DNR wildlife biologists verified the photo, taken by a trail camera Sunday night.
The DNR says the photo shows a young adult cougar moving against a nighttime background of native grasses. The camera was located more than two miles north of Mauston.
DNR officials learned of the photo on Friday. The landowner hadn’t checked the camera for several days, but a time stamp establishes when the photo was taken.
DNR wildlife biologist Adrian Wydeven says it’s likely a male cougar in search of new territory.
It’s the seventh time a trail camera has captured a cougar in Wisconsin, although three of the instances probably involved the same cougar.
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