We have to make note of this event, since it points out how hard it is to get a photo of a cougar that doesn’t want to have
its picture taken.
An apparent cougar has been wandering around urban Milwaukee for just under a week. Only a short blurry video, and a
horrible still were managed of it. Not enough for a “confirmation” but some features visible. Sound familiar?
People scoffed, dismissed the witnesses, etc, until a Milwaukee PD Sergeant responded to one of the calls, and got
a first hand brief look at it. The sergeant described it as a “large wild cat”. The photos and video show a cat
with a long thick tail hanging down, with the profile of a cougar. A large contingent of police thought they had
it contained, but alas, they couldn’t find it.
Here are a couple of quotes from the PD:
“From my understanding, it was a 100% confirmation that it was a lion-like animal. They know it`s a cat-like
animal — could be a young African lion or could be a mature mountain lion/cougar species. Unfortunately we
weren`t able to keep visibility on it long. It went into some thick vegetation,” MPD Lt. Paul Formolo
and MOST IMPORTANTLY:
“Anytime there’s a confirmed sighting — they stand down and let the tranquilizer guns be prepared. We’re
going into each scenario with tranquilizing being the first option,” MADACC Executive Director Karen Sparapani said.”
So note, here is a cat running around Urban Milwaukee, and yet very little “evidence” comes forth. Imagine
what a cat can do in New England? This demonstrates again that just because people aren’t getting pictures
doesn’t mean its not there. Lets hope the cat moves to more suitable territory. Also note it went into an URBAN area.