Wisconsin DNR Clears Bow Hunter in Cougar Incident

Wisconsin wildlife officials have decided not to pursue charges against a bow hunter who killed a cougar in Buffalo County. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) revealed in a press release that the bow hunter self-reported the incident to the agency’s violation hotline on Nov. 11.

According to the DNR’s investigation, the bow hunter was deer hunting when they encountered the cougar and shot it in self-defense. The department did not disclose the hunter’s identity or gender in the news release.

Cougars, though rare, have been increasingly sighted in Wisconsin over the past two decades. While native to the state, they were extirpated in the early 1900s. DNR officials suggest that cougars seen in Wisconsin are likely dispersing from established populations in the western United States.

Dispersing cougars are known for their nomadic nature, covering vast distances up to 1,600 miles (2,575 kilometers). Despite these sightings, there is no evidence of cougars establishing a breeding population in Wisconsin.

 

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