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DNR Confirms Cougars On the Prowl

The Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday said biologists have confirmed two cougar sightings in northern Wisconsin in recent months — the first confirmed so far in 2014.

The cougars were photographed with trail cameras on private land in Lincoln and Marinette counties. They follow a string of such observations since 2008. The big cats disappeared from the state 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.

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