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A trail camera captured a cougar in Jackson County last week.
A trail camera captured a cougar in Jackson County last week. / Contributed photo
A trail camera captured a cougar in Juneau County in mid-October 2011. / Contributed photo

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MADISON State wildlife officials say a young cougar is apparently roaming far and wide across west-central Wisconsin.

Department of Natural Resources ecologist Adrian Wydeven says a trail camera snapped a shot of a young cougar near the town of Pray in eastern Jackson County on Oct. 20.

More on this and other cougars in Wisconsin: Cougar spotted in Juneau County | Trail cameras capture cougar activity

Agency biologists believe it's the same cat another trail camera caught on film on Oct. 16 near Mauston in Juneau County, about 42 miles from the area where the Jackson County photograph was taken. Wydeven says the cougar in both photos appears to have the same spot pattern.

Trail cameras have snapped photographs of cougars eight times in Wisconsin over the last two years. The DNR believes the photographs depict at least three different cougars.

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