While native to the state, about 100 years ago, eastern mountain lions were extripated from Wisconsin.
More recently, occasional mountain lions have ventured into Wisconsin from the west.
Thus far, there has been no effort to develop a cougar management plan.
Currently, Mountain Lions are a protected species in Wisconsin meaning they may not be hunted, trapped or possessed without first obtaining appropriate DNR authorization. Protected species include all endangered and threatened species. However, mountain lions are not currently listed on Wisconsin’s endangered and threatened species list.