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Trail camera captures cougar in Juneau Co.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says a photo of a cougar taken in Juneau County is legitimate.

The agency says two DNR wildlife biologists verified the photo, taken by a trail camera Sunday night.

The DNR says the photo shows a young adult cougar moving against a nighttime background of native grasses. The camera was located more than two miles north of Mauston.

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DNR officials learned of the photo on Friday. The landowner hadn't checked the camera for several days, but a time stamp establishes when the photo was taken.

DNR wildlife biologist Adrian Wydeven says it's likely a male cougar in search of new territory.

It's the seventh time a trail camera has captured a cougar in Wisconsin, although three of the instances probably involved the same cougar.


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