Cougar sighting on home surveillance camera near Milwaukee. I wonder if the DNR is going to say it was a pet that escaped.
Fish, For the record I wasn't poking you in the eye. I've seen numerous comments that the cats spotted are males seeking their own territories and females to breed. I've always thought that the adult females must also be territorial to protect limited food resoursces for themselves and their offspring, and that young females, or even adults, would disperse in hard times to find food and/or their own space. I think over time the spread of females into the currently male dominated outlying areas will increase and that breeding populations will be established or grow from their current range.
I’ll amend my statement to 95% chance they’re all males. The breeding and dispersal habits of cougars do not require female cougars to disperse very far beyond their natal range. No one is saying it will never happen but even with western populations stable or increasing, the chances of breeding populations popping up are still pretty slim with the wide swath of poor habitat between wisconsin and the nearest breeding populations. And they’ve probably been passing through for years. The difference now is detection is much more probable with the billion trail cams that are deployed that weren’t around 15 years ago.
I have basement windows at ground level and have tom turkeys "fight themselves" annually. It funny until you are sitting on the floor in the basement with your back to the window when it happens. Then it requires a change of underwear.
Not triue IMK, this is a cougar sighting thread (which actually do exist), the other thread is for Yeti’s, werewolves, man-dogs, Sasquatch, and Bigfoot that have been known to frequent certain parts of Walworth County.
Big Shane knows, he saw one with red eyes!!!
Plus, look at the photo on the Bigfoot thread and compare it to the cougar pic on this thread - clearly separate creatures.