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Cougars returning to Wisconsin

May 17, 2010 at 08:30 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wildlife experts say cougars are returning to Wisconsin.

The Department of Natural Resources will work to come up with a plan on dealing with the powerful predator that hasn’t lived in Wisconsin for a century.

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point wildlife researcher Eric Anderson and DNR biologist Adrian Wydeven recently traveled to South Dakota to learn more about how the cougars. They got experience in darting and putting radio collars on the big cats.

While there have been three confirmed cougar sightings in the past two years in Wisconsin, the DNR says its received many more unconfirmed sightings.

Wydeven told the State Journal that it will be interesting to see how wolves and cougars interact. Both rely on deer for food. The wolf population in Wisconsin is now about 700.

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