February 28, 2012
Contact: Julie Galonska
Free Presentation on "Cougars in Wisconsin"
ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: Cougars – sometimes known as pumas or mountain lions -- once roamed throughout the state of Wisconsin. Today, they are rare with only periodic sightings reported. Join the National Park Service for a free presentation on "Cougars in Wisconsin" on Saturday, March 17, at the St. Croix River Visitor Center in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.
Adrian Wydeven, a mammal ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, will discuss the history and early occurrence of cougars in Wisconsin and the DNR's efforts to collect observations across the state. Learn about specific cougars tracked in Wisconsin, including the "St. Croix Cougar" who traveled portions of the Riverway in 2009-2010, and eventually traveled as far as Connecticut.
"Cougars in Wisconsin" will be presented at 10:00 a.m. and then repeated at 1:00 p.m. Presentations are free and open to the public and take place at the St. Croix River Visitor Center, 401 North Hamilton Street, in St. Croix Falls.
Reservations are strongly encouraged due to limited seating. To reserve a seat, call (715) 483-2274. Callers can reserve up to 4 seats.
This presentation is part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Speaker Series, an annual offering of programs focused on the St. Croix Valley's national park. The Speaker Series is generously supported by the St. Croix River Fund, http://www.stcroixriverassociation.org/river-fund.
Save the date for the final presentation in the 2012 Speaker Series:
April 14:Knee Deep in Monkeys: Protecting Tropical Forests for Our Migratory Birds
Craig Thompson, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources