One local resident came across some interesting tracks while hiking the Ice Age Trail on the South-East corner of Devil’s Lake State Park. Are these cougar tracks?
Adult cougar tracks average 3 1/2″ tall by 4″ wide. They are usually distinguishable from coyote and most other dog tracks because they are wider than they are long (Unlike canids). You normally won’t see the claw or toenail prints in a cougar track either. Bobcat tracks are much smaller than cougar tracks, usually only around 1 1/2″ long by 1 3/8″ wide.
For what it’s worth I’ve talked to folks who should know what they are talking about and most say that cougars are in the Baraboo Hills. One person told me that he even feels there is a small resident population. Who knows?
So what do you think? Is there a cougar roaming around Devil’s Lake State Park?
Thanks to Andrea Cunnington for allowing us to share her pics!