The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the big cat spotted in Washington County this week was a cougar.
Earlier this week the DNR said the cougar has likely come and gone, off looking for a mate.
DNR Large Carnivore Specialist Scott Walter told TODAY'S TMJ4 there have been 11 cougar sightings in the area since January.
- Jan. 5: Fond du Lac County (Rosendale)
- Jan. 17: Dodge County (Waupun)
- Jan. 18: Fond du Lac County (Oakfield)
- Feb. 6: Washington County (Germantown)
- Feb. 7: Washington County (Colgate)
- Feb. 16: Waukesha County (Wales)- probable cougar tracks
- Feb. 18: Waukesha County (Brookfield)
- Feb. 18: Waukesha County (Brookfield)- probable cougar tracks
- Feb. 18: Milwaukee County (Wauwatosa)
- Feb. 23: Waukesha County (Menomonee Falls)
- March 13: Washington County (Colgate)
The DNR has said the cougar is a protected animal and reminded residents not to hunt the cougar.
If you believe you have seen a cougar, the DNR asks that you fill out its Large Mammal Observation Form to report the sighting.