"It's jaw dropping:" Cougar caught on camera in Brookfield neighborhood
The video, courtesy of Dan and Bridget Guerndt, shows a cougar walking along the road before coming up to their doorstep and peeking into a window at their home near Capitol and Pilgrim Road.
On Sunday morning, Dan noticed large paw prints in the snow and after hearing about recent reports he decided to look back at the surveillance video."
"It's just jaw dropping. Like there is my house and there is the big cat and it's pawing against my window. I was just shocked," said Dan Guerndt.
Watch the raw video clips below.
On Saturday, the City of Brookfield Police Department got a report of a cougar sighting near Raven Court in Brookfield. DNR agents responded to the home and confirmedOn Saturday, the City of Brookfield Police Department got a report of a cougar sighting near Raven Court in Brookfield. DNR agents responded to the home and confirmed it was a cougar. The cougar appeared to be injured. DNR planned to return the following day to figure out what to do with the cougar but it was gone. The DNR tracked the cougar heading southeast but lost the trail near N. 135th St. and Hope St.
A cougar was also caught on video surveillance in Washington County a few weeks ago. DNR states the evidence leads them to believe that cougar is the same cougar but cannot say for sure.
"Likely a young male leaving south dakota, not uncommon what is unusual is that it ends up in Brookfield in Waukesha County," said Dianne Robinson, DNR Wildlife Biologist.
Cougars can travel between 10 to 15 miles a day. According to the DNR, it is not uncommon to see cougars traveling in the Northern even the middle part of the state but it is unusual to see them in urban areas.
DNR said if you see a cougar, do not approach it.
"If you see the animal, extremely unlikely but if you do, maintain eye contact, don't run, don't turn back on the aminal, but remove yourself from the situation, call police, call DNR," said Robinson.