The Caledonia Conservancy 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 over the weekend.
The DNR is investigating the sighting, according to the Caledonia Conservancy. However, Patch has not confirmed the investigation.
This isn’t the first time residents have reported seeing a cougar.
Tracy Curran reported seeing “a very large cat, that wasn’t a fox or a coyote” in November just north of the 5500 block of 5 Mile Road.
The cat was about 4 feet long, and orange or tan colored, and weighed between 80 and 90 pounds, Curran said. It had a long tail and was crouched close to the ground.
“It was hunting something, and I was glad that it was hunting something else and not me,” she said.
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.
Curran reported the incident to the DNR. However, the DNR did not investigate.
We’ve got a phone call into the DNR to confirm this most recent cougar report and will update the story when it's confirmed.