Wednesday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 56. Sunrise is 6:41 AM and sunset 4:35 PM for 9h 53m 52s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 39.4% of its visible disk illuminated.
Paul A. Smith reports Trail camera picks up image of cougar on West Bend property:
The cougar sighting was confirmed Monday by Eric Kilburg, a senior wildlife biologist for the Department of Natural Resources in Washington and Ozaukee counties.
Kilburg said the West Bend trail cam image fits a pattern of other recent cougar observations in the state.
On Oct. 22 a cougar was captured on a trail cam in Waupaca County and then one was photographed Nov. 3 near Fond du Lac.
“This new image in West Bend falls into the trajectory of those earlier sightings,” Kilburg said. “So it could be the same individual continuing its travels.”
Cougars were native to Wisconsin but extirpated in the 1800s.
In recent decades they have started to expand from a population in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The species has been documented in Wisconsin for at least the last 13 years.
In each case DNA evidence could be recovered, the animals were young males that originated from the Black Hills, according to the DNR.
Cougar sightings in Wisconsin are uncommon but are no longer unexpected. From 2017 through this year there have been 76 confirmed or probable cougar sightings in the Badger State, according to DNR records. It should be noted many are likely reports of the same animal in a different location.