For those interested, I have more info to share about the rebounding population of cougars in the United States.
Looks like they have made it to Michigan.
Reader Mike Doughty sends this link to a super looking workshop if you live in the Boise area. Open to the general public.
Mike Doughty also sent me a link to a list of cougar attacks from 2001-2006. It is a bit graphic (photos) so beware. Here is the link.
If you are interested in hunting cougars or any other game, here is a great article from Chuck Hawks on what caliber of weapon you will need. I am considering hunting for deer next fall, and will either take with me my K-31 carabiner, or will purchase a used .30-06, of which there are millions floating about. Either will do the job on a cougar if I happen to see one and it is threatening me.
It appears that there are cougars in Oklahoma now.
This is a great map from the Cougar Network of all cougar confirmations, along with their normal territory. The Cougar Field Guide is a great read if you are interested in learing how these animals live, hunt, and survive.
The Wisconsin DNR has a great page all about cougars and it features the confirmed sightings here in Wisconsin as well as pictures of animals frequently misidentified as a cougar.
Still no word on if the cougar that was shot by the CPD in Roscoe Village is the same one that was confirmed in Southern Wisconsin.
Cross posted at LITGM.
UPDATE: The cougar shot in Chicago has been confirmed as being the same one that was sighted in Southern Wisconsin. In all probability, this cat wandered to Chicago all the way from South Dakota. Amazing, simply amazing.