Wildlife of the Area

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    The large mammals listed to the left as subtopics are those that have generally interested visitors to the Star Lake area. However, this list is arbitrary. Other animals in the area (about which there is information to share) include:

    Cougars: In 2010 DNA tests have shown that recent sitings (or confirmed signs) of cougars in Wisconsin reflect four separate animals--one of which was killed later in the Chicago area. These are young males seeking new territory, probably originating in the Black Hills. There is no evidence of breeding in Wisconsin. The last known cougar native to Wisconsin was killed about 1908. ["DNA Proves..."]

    Bison: "Mammals of Wisconsin" by Jackson [Bibliograph entry], states that the historic range for bison in Wisconsin was to the west and south and did not include Vilas County. The last two knows wild bison in Wisconsin were killed on the Trempealeau River in 1832. Jackson includes a photo a a Bison in Vilas County in 1944 which appears to be in the wild, but based on the text must have in a captive animal.

    Charles P. Forbes
    October 1, 2010
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