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Possible cougar tracks found in Wisconsin

Dec. 18, 2009 at 7:02 PM

SPRING VALLEY, Wis., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Experts said animal tracks discovered in Wisconsin could belong to a cougar seen wandering recently in Minnesota.

Barry Anderson said he first spotted the tracks in the snow Wednesday at his Spring Valley farm, and Adrian Wydeven, a mammal ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said after viewing photos of the tracks that they appear to belong to a cougar, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reported Friday.

Wydeven, who said the tracks won't be officially verified as belonging to a cougar until officials inspect them in person, said the department will be on the lookout for biological samples that could indicate whether the animal is the same one seen wandering recently 35 miles away in Stillwater, Minn.

Department of Natural Resources officials said cougars are protected in Wisconsin and there are no known breeding populations in the state.

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