DNR biologists visited the sites to verify the location and origin of the photo and video footage.Writing about mountain lions in Wisconsin is often met with rejoinders and references to female night club patrons.But the big cats are winter hardy and could do it over frozen water. The story of the Missouri female mountain lion has attracted the attention of wildlife biologists across the continent."That finding definitely caught our notice," Wiedenhoeft said.The DNR has not been able to collect genetic samples from any of the pumas documented in Wisconsin this year. It's possible, but as the last decade has shown, not likely.
It's possible the photos are all of the same animal, Weidenhoeft said, or there could be more than one.
The line usually goes like this: "All you have to do is go to (insert name of establishment here) on Ladies Night and you'll see dozens of cougars."But in the wilds of Wisconsin, you'd be very fortunate to see one of the big cats with your bare eyes.
And if you were so lucky, the overwhelming probability is it wouldn't be a female.
The tests can tell the gender of the animal as well as where it likely came from.
Each of the handful of catamounts analyzed in Wisconsin over the last decade has been male.
Significantly, none of the images allows the sex of the animal to be determined.