According to the Outdoor Hub, there have been so many cougar sitings over a long period of time, that the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy has determined that not only are there resident cats, but that there are also breeding pairs in the state.
Cougar numbers are growing across the United States, and there have been spottings in four different counties in Michigan in just the past year. This photo was taken on June 1, and it is the clearest photo of a mountain lion in Michigan, according to the MWC release.
“The MDNR cougar team should now look at the very good evidence of a remnant cougar population collected before 2008,” said Bill Taylor, President of the Conservancy. “They could still easily verify cougar photos taken in the 1990’s in Alcona and Oscoda Counties in the Lower Peninsula and some others. The vegetation and other landmarks needed to confirm the photos are still there.”
It sounds like the cougars are in Michigan, and probably there to stay. –Brian McClintock
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