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VIDEO: Large cat spotted on Janesville's south side

A large cat that might be a cougar was spotted on Janesville's south side Sunday night, according to Janesville police.

Police said residents at 3490 Tennyson Drive spotted the cat at 807 p.m. about 300 yards east of their home.

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"You could just tell it was not a house cat. It was pretty large. It wasn't a deer. It had a very long tail," said Rocky Decker, who lives in the neighborhood. "I didn't believe it at first because it had a white chest. You could see a black stripe on its tail. We looked it up on the Internet, looked at pictures and definitely knew it was a cougar then."

Decker and a neighbor searched the area Sunday night after losing sight of the large cat to try to track where it was going and to make sure it didn't roam into the neighborhood, but were unable to find it.

Rock County Humane Society to unveil new name

The Rock County Humane Society will host an open house unveiling its new name, logo and website March 28 from 3 to 6 p.m.

The open house will feature presentations on the new name, a look at the organization’s new website, staff tours, a question-and-answer session and reception following. The open house will be at 222 S. Arch Street, Janesville.

"This is a monumental day for our organization, our staff, board, volunteers, for the pets we help, and for our community,” said Executive Director Brett Frazier.  

Rock County Humane Society drops director

Rock County Humane Society drops director

The Rock County Humane Society is looking for a new director after parting ways with Angela Rhodes.

The Rock County Humane Society Board of Directors said in a release that it's evaluating its options and will be pursuing candidates. The release stated the Humane Society had fallen short on customer service and donor relations.

The Humane Society was recently forced to close a satellite adoption center at a Janesville pet food store.

Rock County Humane Society Board of Directors Secretary Leslie Hulick said the Humane Society will focus on rekindling relationships around the community.

"There's been mistakes made on both sides, and now we're just looking at moving forward," Hulick said. "The board is going to be more involved than we have been in the past, and we're looking to take the information that we know now and move forward with it."

'Arftic Art For Animals' To Raise Funds For Animal Rescue Group

Those who love animals and art will want to go to Janesville this weekend. "Arftic Art For Animals" is a fundraiser for the Friends of Noah Animal Rescue Group. 

Middleton Receives Grant Money For Blanding’s Turtles Survey

Middleton Receives Grant Money For Blanding’s Turtles Survey

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin has provided $980 in grant money to the city of Middleton Conservancy Land Committee to support the Citizen Survey of Blanding’s Turtles.

The funding will facilitate the expansion of citizen monitoring efforts of the last two years.

The money will cover the costs to put radio transmitters on the turtles and track their movements and their habitat needs.

“Our Foundation works to save endangered wildlife, protect natural lands, and promote conservation education," said Charlie Luthin, executive director of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. "The Besady Grants are specifically for small-scale projects that have a big impact in local communities. This year, we gave away nearly $25,000 to 28 projects across the state. We’re pleased to support the great work of city of Middleton Conservancy Land Committee and Middleton citizen volunteers."

Two Rock County Parks Designated As State Natural Areas

Two Rock County Parks Designated As State Natural Areas

Sections of Magnolia Bluff County Park and Carver-Roehl County Park were recently designated as Wisconsin State Natural Areas (SNAs). SNAs protect outstanding examples of Wisconsin's native landscape, significant geological formations and archaeological sites. These designations were made cooperatively with Rock County and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The land management is also a cooperative venture.

Park users should always treat the natural community with respect.  Now that these parks are designated as SNAs, it is even more important. Please observe the following:

Janesville Police Capture Large Lizard

A large lizard that had been loose around Janesville has been captured.

A black-throated monitor lizard that has been loose in Janesville since at least Sept. 28 is at the Rock County Humane Society.

Janesville police used a dog snare to catch the lizard at about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. It was cornered in a yard in the 600 block of Williams Street, just north of downtown Janesville.

"Actually, I wanted to put meat out in the front yard to try and catch the first one, but my mom wouldn't let me," said Andrea Arthur, who saw the lizard in her neighborhood.