Cougar sighting confirmed in Buffalo Co.

Published On: Jul 18 2012 05:06:43 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 18 2012 05:06:37 PM CDT

BUFFALO, CO. -- Wisconsin DNR officials have verified the second cougar sighting in the state this year, this time in Buffalo County.

Kris Johansen, a wildlife biologist with the DNR, confirmed the trail camera photograph matched the site where the photo was taken. Johansen also found cougar tracks in the area, but was unable to track the animal due to dry, hard soil.

"There are probably more trail cameras in Buffalo County, per capita, than in any other county in the state," said Johansen. "I wouldn't be surprised if it shows up on camera again."

The first cougar sighting in the state this year was verified near Crandon in northeastern Wisconsin on March 26.

Cougars are a protected species in Wisconsin.

To learn more about cougar sightings in Wisconsin, visit the Wisconsin DNR website.