There's been another report of a cougar sighting in southeastern Wisconsin, but state wildlife officials remain skeptical about whether the big cat is really prowling around the area.
However, state Department of Resources officials suspect the animal may have been a bobcat.
The officer had been talking to a resident when the two saw "a large, brown cat with a stub tail walk out from the wooded area, leap into the air over the path and walk back into the woods," according to NOW.
However, David MacFarland, an official with the DNR, said the agency hasn't received of that cougar sighting from its online report form.
In an email, MacFarland said that based on the officer's description, the officer and resident likely saw a bobcat.
"Given how likely this is to be a bobcat, I wouldn’t expect the wildlife supervisor referenced in the story to proceed with an investigation," MacFarland said.
Earlier this month, the Caledonia Conservancy Facebook page reported that a cougar was “seen coming and going out of an abandoned barn numerous times” on a property at 6 Mile and Foley Road three times.
Cougar sightings have also been reported in Oak Creek on April 17, the DNR said.
The sighting from Oak Creek was just south of Mitchell Field, which DNR officials said was an "unlikely place for a cougar to show up." The person described a dark brown animal as being four-feet long that ran with a long stride across College Avenue. DNR officials suspect the animal was a dog.
In November, Adrian Wydeven, carnivore specialist with the DNR, said while cougars have been located in Wisconsin, they have typically been found in the northern and western parts of the state. Still, cougars are known to travel from western South Dakota as far away a Connecticut.
Cougars are very large cats. They have long rounded tails, rounded heads, rounded ears, dark patches of fur along their face and are a solid tan color.
“People often mistake a bobcat for a cougar and sometimes they mistake a wolf, coyote and fox for them, especially if they didn’t get a long look at them,” Wydeven said. “If you are seeing an animal from far off, it’s hard to judge weight and size.”