A lady that works at a bank in Marshfield does some semi pro outdoor photography work and was beating herself up that she wasn't able to get a pic of a cougar she saw just a couple weeks ago crossing the road. She claims that she got a really good look at it, just that she didn't have a camera with her.
Take that for whatever it's worth. I wouldn't be surprised either way.
When I lived south of Stanley for about 10 years (right where the Eau Claire and Clark Co forest lands started), lots of people claimed there was a cougar running around there, as well... Apparently damn near everyone saw it, except for me. I spent a ton of time in the woods out there and never saw so much as a track.