Cougar or bobcat? Large cat spotted in Suamico

Posted at 4:49 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 13:33:14-04

The Village of Suamico Police posted on their Facebook page the sighting of a possible cougar in the area.

The department has been receiving calls about a mountain lion in the area since Sept. 1 but has not received evidence until now. 

Police are not confirming that the photo is a cougar until the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources makes an announcement. The post also says that DNR officials at this moment believe it to be a large bobcat.

The DNR also gives tips to those who may encounter the animal:

  • People hiking in areas where cougars are known to occur are advised to hike in groups, and keep small children in sight.
  • If a cougar approaches and does not immediately flee, stand tall, wave your arms, throw stones or other objects and yell. Don't run, but slowly back away from the site, keeping an eye on the cougar.