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Published May 19, 2010, 09:36 AM

Wildlife experts say a cougar attack on cow was the first since 1800's

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-- State wildlife experts say a cougar’s recent attack on a dairy cow in Juneau County was the first incident of its kind since the 1800’s.

State wildlife experts say a cougar’s recent attack on a dairy cow in Juneau County was the first incident of its kind since the 1800’s.

A turkey hunter heard the attack near Wonewoc last Saturday, and fired shots in the air to scare the cougar away.

The 400-pound dairy heifer was so badly injured, it had to be put down. Adrian Wydeven of the state D-N-R says they’ll handle the case similar to other animal attacks on livestock. Trail cameras are being set up near bait, to see if the cougar is still around.

The predator was wiped out in the Midwest in the early 1900’s. But recent protections in the West have resulted in a group of around 250 cougars in the Black Hills area of South Dakota – and some may have moved east from there.

A cougar seen in Rock County in 2008 was later killed in Chicago. D-N-R officials photographed a cougar near Trego in northwest Wisconsin last March. And a camera spotted a cougar on a trail in Dunn County in far western Wisconsin last fall.

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