According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the cougar (puma concolor) is one of three wild cats native to the state, along with the bobcat and Canada lynx. It is the largest wildcat north of Mexico, with males ranging from 116-160 pounds and females from 75-110 pounds.
There have been several cougar sightings in southeastern Wisconsin in 2018. Kumitsch said she knows several people who spotted one in Sussex. The DNR asks that anyone who spots a cougar report it using the large mammal observation form on its website.
More information on cougars in Wisconsin can be found at dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/cougar.html.