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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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Friday, February 23, 2018

So far, every confirmed Puma sighting and subsequent DNA identification in Wisconsin over the past decade has revealed the origen of the Cats to be from the Black Hills of South Dakota, some 500 miles West.................All of the Pumas have thus far been male dispersers with no evidence that there is a breeding population in the "Dairy State"............Click on the links below to see video evidence of the two most recent Puma sightings---both here in the month of February 2018 in suburbs West and South of Milwaukee

The Cougar Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research
 organization dedicated to studying 
cougar range expansion in North America

Check out these amazing two Wisconsin PUMA videos

There seems to be some cougar activity in Wisconsin recently! Just yesterday we learned of an incredible video of a cougar taking a peek into a house in Brookfield, Wisconsin - and prior to that another video in Washington County, just on February 7. Brookfield, Wisconsin is a suburb of Milwaukee in southeastern Wisconsin, near Lake Michigan and at least 500 miles from the nearest known population of cougars in Nebraska. Very likely these videos are of the same animal given the proximity and timing of the confirmations, but certainly it has traveled quite a distance!

Brookfield, Wisconsin Puma

Washington County in red shading below

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 2017-18 Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources
 confirmed Puma sightings


The Cougar Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research
 organization dedicated to studying 
cougar range expansion in North America

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