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First Cougar Recorded Killed in 108 years
Dec 3, 2023 11:18 ET

Published 12/03/2023

The cougar killed last month by a bowhunter in Buffalo County was in good condition and not suffering from injury or disease, according to a necropsy conducted Thursday by the Department of Natural Resources.

The animal had good fat reserves and had recently eaten a meal of white-tailed deer, said Lindsey Long, DNR veterinarian.

Long was part of a team of agency employees, including large carnivore specialist Randy Johnson and furbearer ecologist Shawn Rossler, that performed the examination at the DNR's Fur Research Training Center in Madison.

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