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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Three confirmed Puma sightings have occurred in northern Wisconsin in 2014,,,,,,,,,,,,,One in the northeast near the Michigan border, another in the middle of the state and a third at the north west border up near the great lakes......It is possible that all three sightings were of the same animal as they were all sighted 90 miles from each other in a straight line..........Three additional confirmed Puma sightings also occurred in 2013..........The Dept. of Natural Resources feels all the "Cats" were likely males emigrating from the Dakotas in search of mates.

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Biologists confirm 2 cougar sightings in northern Wisconsin*

Biologists confirm 2 cougar

 sightings in northern Wisconsin

The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the sighting of a cougar in Lincoln County. A trail camera on private land captured this image on July 30, and the property’s absentee owner first discovered the image Sept. 5.


The Department of Natural Resources has

 confirmed the sighting of a cougar in 

Lincoln County. A trail camera on private

 land captured this image on July 30, and

 the property’s absentee owner first

 discovered the image Sept. 5.

The Dept. of Natural Resources on
 Tuesday said biologists have confirmed
two cougar sightings in northern Wisconsin
 in recent months.
Including a cougar sighting in January in
 Bayfield County, DNR biologists say there
have been three confirmed reports of
cougars in 2014.
The two most recent cougar discoveries
 came from photographs from trail cameras
 on private land in Lincoln and Marinette
counties. They follow a string of such
observations since 2008. The big cats
 disappeared from Wisconsin in about 1910.
A study in the Journal of Wildlife
Management in 2012 reported that
cougars have spread across the Midwest
landscape in recent years.
The study showed 178 cougar confirmations
 in the Midwest and as far south as Texas
 between 1990 and 2008.
Confirmed sightings of Midwestern cougars
 were sporadic before 1990, but then
 spiked to more than 30 by 2008, the
 study found.
In the latest cases in Wisconsin, the
 cougars in fact could be the same animal,
 according David MacFarland, a wildlife
biologist with the DNR.
He said the respective locations were
about 90 miles from each other in a
 straight line.
"It is very possible that a cougar could
 have covered the distance in that
 amount of time," MacFarland said.
In the first case, a cougar was sighted
in Lincoln County, east of Merrill, on
July 30. A Minnesota man, the owner
of the property, reported the photo to
 the DNR onSept. 5, MacFarland said.
Feces found on the property could have
 come from the cat and is now
undergoing DNA analysis.
In the second case, the cougar in
 Marinette County was photographed
 with a trail camera on Sept. 1 near
 Middle Inlet, north of Crivitz, and
 reported to the DNR on Sept. 30.
In both cases, personnel from the
 DNR visited the sites, inspected the
 images, interviewed the landowners
 and concluded that the photos were
In January 2014, the first cougar of
 the year was verified by its tracks by
 a conservation warden in Bayfield
County. The DNR believes it was likely
 the same cat that was photographed
 in the county in late 2013.
The DNR received 240 reports of
cougars in 2013, according to agency
 figures. Eight of the reports were
confirmed as probable and three
were verified.
The verified sightings in 2013 were
in Bayfield, Sawyer and Florence
The DNR believes the cougars are
 males that left the Black Hills region
of western South Dakota looking
for a mate. Invariably, the cats move
 east in the hope of finding a mate.
"There is no reason to believe we
have a breeding population in the
state," MacFarland said.
There has been no verified evidence
 of predation on pets or farm animals
 in Wisconsin, he said.
"For people who might be nervous
about having cougars in the area,
the indications are that they are
spending little time in any one place,
" MacFarland said.
In the most notable case in
 Wisconsin, a cougar seen in 2009
was the same cat that was killed
by a motoristdriving an SUV on a
 busy highway in Milford, Conn.,
in June 2011.
A DNR biologist said then that the
cougar's trek from its first confirmed
 sighting in a Minneapolis suburb
 to a densely populated corner of
Connecticut represented a record
of straight-line movement for a
cougar — 1,055 miles.
The DNR has a website devoted
 to cougars and rare animal
 sightings, which includes a form
 for reporting rare animals. The
site includes photos of other
cougar sightings.

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