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DNR looks into reports of cougar den in Juneau County

WONEWOC - The state DNR says it could not confirm that a den of young cougars has settled in west-central Wisconsin.

That's after a mountain lion seriously injured a horse on Monday in the Wonewoc area of Juneau County. Officials said it was apparently the same cougar that killed two sheep and a cow in the Wonewoc area last month.

The DNR's Keith Warnke said volunteers and officials from his agency and the USDA all tried track the animal on Monday, but rainfall made the task impossible. After the May attack, Warnke said crews were hoping to trap the cougar. But after Monday's incident, he said officials were going to drive the animal to a tree and have it killed.

The DNR has no plans to hunt the mountain lion again until there's another confirmed sighting. As for the possibility of a den, Warnke said a motion-activated camera was installed at the place where the group was said to be located. He said it turned up a host of animals, including turkey vultures - but a cougar was nowhere to be found.