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DNR biologist Jess Carstens discovered a presumed food cache Monday, Dec. 21. A cougar is believed to have killed the fawn deer, fed on a portion then covered the remains with corn stalks from a farmer's field. Evidence examined Tuesday showed the cat likely returned to the cache overnight. Photo courtesy WDNR.

DNR trailing cougar across 3 counties; tips offered to avoid confrontation

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EAU CLAIRE - Biologists with the state Department of Natural Resources have tracked what could be the same cougar through parts of St. Croix, Pierce and Dunn counties in western Wisconsin.

It is possible this is the cougar that was photographed and tracked Dec. 11 in Stillwater, Minnesota. That cougar was moving east, and it would have been easy for the big cat to cross the frozen St. Croix River. Tracks found in Stillwater and in St. Croix County are similar in size.

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