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Cougar attacks cow in Juneau County

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WONEWOC (WKOW) -- Wildlife officials are trying to capture a cougar that attacked a cow in Juneau County.

A turkey hunter saw the cat trying to pull the cow to the ground this weekend. He fired shots in the air, which scared the cougar away.

The cow survived, but was severely hurt and had to be put down.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says tracks and other evidence at the site appear to confirm it was a cougar.

Wardens will set out motion activated trail cameras to see if the cougar is still in the area.

This isn't the first cougar spotting this year; in fact, there have been at least 10 sightings or traces of cougars in Wisconsin in 2010 so far.

The DNR says cougars are indigenous to Wisconsin but migrated west in the early 1900s.

Now, more than a century later, the cats seem to be making a comeback.

"People need to be aware of the presence of cougars, but they don't pose any more of a threat than bears, coyotes, wolves and some of the other predators that are already occurring in Wisconsin," said Adrian Wydeven of the state DNR.

"Cougars are very fearful of people. Very few cougars approach people; very few ever attack livestock. Most, as soon as they see people, just disappear," said Wydeven.

You can see the cougar sightings by going to the DNR's website.

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