The cougars are coming out in Wisconsin - what to do if you spot one

Courtesy of the Wisconsin DNR
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Get ready – cougar season has begun.

While it’s rare see a cougar in Wisconsin, multiple spotting have already been reported, especially near Beloit.

Beloit police say a fisherman spotted one of the big cats near the Rock River, though officers never got a chance to confirm it.

The Wisconsin DNR says that if a cougar does approach, you should stand tall, wave your arms, throw objects and yell. The DNR recommends to slowly back away from the cougar – keeping an eye on the cat at the same time.

The cougar – also known as a puma, mountain lion or panther – are native to Wisconsin. However, hundreds of years of hunting have reduced their population. Now, spotting a cougar is rare.

The DNR asks that if you spot a cougar that you fill out their online form.

Learn more about cougars in our state here.


Courtesy of the Wisconsin DNR
Courtesy of the Wisconsin DNR
Courtesy of the Wisconsin DNR