There may be cougars in Michigan

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There may be cougars in Michigan after all. Dr. Brad Swanson and Dr. Patrick Rusz have co-authored a scientific paper in the American Midland Naturalist, published by Notre Dame University. Full Story
Cheryl

Munster, IN

#22 Oct 7, 2006
I lived on the border of the Huron National Forest in the northeastern LP for 17 years. I saw a cougar late one night at the M-65/ River Road junction in 1996. My sighting was confirmed by two others who live in the area who have seen them, too. One aquaintance told me they were having trouble with them attacking their cattle. This person was so concerned, they just came up to me at the beach one day and said "You're probably not going to believe me, but there are cougars in this area." The person felt compelled to warn me because they knew we had livestock.The person was relieved when I told them I didn't think they were crazy, because I'd seen one, too.

I grew up in the north woods and worked in the logging industry. I have seen tons of bobcat, deer, etc. What I saw was DEFINTELY none of the above.I have also seen cougar up close and personal at zoos. THAT was what I saw.
I asked a newly retired DNR employee about them being in Michigan and received the same "official answer." He said they have found no scat or track evidence, and no bodies.He did suggest that there may be a small population of cats running around who were once pets. He personally thinks that they were illegally released into the wild when the folks who owned them could no longer handle them.I guess that's as close as the DNR will come to admitting that they are there;)
However or whenever they got there, the cougar ARE there.
Dot Thompsonville MI

AOL

#23 Oct 7, 2006
joel wrote:
typical of the DNR they wont admit anything just like the declining deer heard and crummy hunting the last few years
Joel of Grawn -
What makes you think the deer herd is declining - they "infest" our neighborhood and are a nuisance on the roads. Just ask the insurance companies.
Dot Thompsonville MI

AOL

#24 Oct 7, 2006
As recently as this past Friday (October 6, 2006) we have identified cougar tracks on our property. This is not the first time. It rained earlier this weeks so the soil was perfect for tracking on the sand trails in our woods. The cougar tracks were amidst multiple deer and turkey tracks. Just one of the many reasons we are moving from Michigan! I certainly don't want to deal with cougars menacing my horses or me, for that matter!
joel

Sahuarita, AZ

#25 Oct 8, 2006
Dot Thompsonville MI wrote:
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Joel of Grawn -
What makes you think the deer herd is declining - they "infest" our neighborhood and are a nuisance on the roads. Just ask the insurance companies.
i work all over the state and have been in the woods for many years and see no where near the deer that the dnr says is there on many stretches of road driving in the morning and evening where you could see deer both times now you can go months without seeing them you cannot let people take 5 deer a year and unlimited does and have a deer heard and if you believe the insurance companies then i guess you are not as smart as you think you are
kim from Grand Marais MI

AOL

#26 Oct 9, 2006
Matt from Ann Arbor mentioned seeing a cougar that looked black. My Dad saw one in Grand Marais in May of this year. It was in town, & headed into the woods next to his house at beach-level. It was in the morning, & he called the DNR to report it. They just asked him what he was drinking, & never came out to check the foot prints.Over the last 30 years, I know of several sightings of cougars in the Grand Marais area.
The fact that it was black seems odd, but I remember that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote in Little House In the Big Woods that when they lived in Wisconsin, her father was followed thru the woods by a black panther.
Out here in the Northwest, we have such a large cougar population that they have government employees that are payed to track them down & kill them. I've only seen @ in the wild in 28 years,tho.
Dennis

Alma, MI

#27 Oct 10, 2006
I saw a cougar in the UP back in 1988. There was no mistaking the animal. the tail was as long as the rest of the animal. It was moving very quickly and was out of sight in a few moments. North of Iron Mountain on some deserted mine property. (Groveland Mine)
unanamus

Bay City, MI

#28 Nov 27, 2006
i've always belived there are cougars in michigan
jeelzer

Auburn Hills, MI

#29 Dec 21, 2006
I saw a large cat in the area of Sringdale and Old Grade Crossing, but am quite sure it was a bobcat. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being "not due to" and 10 being "very much due to", what rating would you place on cougars being responsible for your decision to move away from Thompsonville.
jeelzer

Auburn Hills, MI

#30 Dec 21, 2006
I saw a large cat in the area of Springdale and Old Grade Crossing in Thompsonville, Mi. I am telling myself that it was a bobcat, although I could be wrong. Others have told me they have seen cougar. Is it safe to take the dog for a walk down a gravel road during daylight hours?

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Since: Dec 06

United States

#31 Dec 21, 2006
I live in VERY northern, lower Michigan... and I've seen 2 cougars... but I also saw a panther loose, and an elephant... and a camel once..., but they just happened to escape the circus or something. haha. but bobcats, cyotes, wolves, cougars, bears, all that, they're really here.
Toby

AOL

#32 Mar 3, 2007
I was walking my Pharrot, Vinney, in Kensington Metro Airport last Sunday when I spotted a mysterious black cat sitting on the baggage claim conveyer belt. We made eye contact directly before it disappeared behind the rubber flaps. I'm not sure if it was a cougar or not, but my pharrot Vinney was acting very strangly for the rest of the day. I stood by the belt one more round, and although the cougar was gone, there was an odd scent in the air. And thats when I knew the cougar had crapped on my pharrot. I'm not saying this to scare anyone, its just a warning. Take care of those u love. Like your pharrots.
miket

Lindon, UT

#33 Mar 4, 2007
Both my dad, and I saw a large black cougar, take two leaps and cross US23 in Rogers City, Mi. While driving,it passed less than 50yards from us. It happened quickly, but the thing that struck me the most was its tail, and catlike leaps. Two jumps and it crossed from ditch to ditch.pretty awesome sight.
SaveTheCougar Org

Birmingham, MI

#34 Mar 14, 2007
report your Michigan cougar sightings.
http://www.savethecougar.org
kc southeastern MI

Detroit, MI

#35 Mar 15, 2007
I've heard the DNR has actually admitted to releasing several pair of mountain lions in Michigan to help control the out-of-control deer population here. If that's true, how can they deny cougars/mountain lions/panthers exist?

Since: Feb 07

Saginaw, MI

#36 Mar 15, 2007
joe wrote:
they might be here but they are absolutly in confined areas because if they were spread all over, more evidence would have been found
Wrong! They are in rual county areas getting into trash dumpsters (midland County) and they are all over from Gladwin and north of Gladwin. There was one shot on video down in Livingston county along a tree line shown on the news. And if you are out in the woods, they will see you before you ever see them. remember that.

Since: Feb 07

Saginaw, MI

#37 Mar 15, 2007
There was one in my back yard on North M-18 when I lived up there. It was a very scary experience. It was being baited in (unintentionally) and I didnt know it at the time. It paid a visit about 3 in the morning and when I opened the door and screamed back at it, it took off,screaming and mad.It covered an area of thick trees and brush,about 50 yards in a minute flat without making a sound or snapping a twig. You will never hear one before it hears you. If you see one, and you are lucky,its because you are up a tree with your bow,and it is a ways off and doesnt smell or see you.

Since: Feb 07

Saginaw, MI

#38 Mar 15, 2007
miket wrote:
Both my dad, and I saw a large black cougar, take two leaps and cross US23 in Rogers City, Mi. While driving,it passed less than 50yards from us. It happened quickly, but the thing that struck me the most was its tail, and catlike leaps. Two jumps and it crossed from ditch to ditch.pretty awesome sight.
Avery good freind of mine who lives on F-97, her daughter was driving home from Houghton Lake one night when a black one ran across the road in front of her. This was at least 8 years ago. They are here and have been for a long time.
anthony

Tempe, AZ

#39 Mar 16, 2007
thats true im 14 and i used to live in ypsi and there was sum woods and they cut them don to build houses (not a good idea) but then my neigboor was walkin on a path in da woulds (part they havent cut) and saw a bobcat and den she ran to her house and calleed da 50 and they came and called the vet people
anonymous poster

United States

#40 Mar 17, 2007
I olverine on my property in Harrison, since I've been to Alaska a few times and have seen them live and up close, it definitely was a Wolverine.

Seen a Liger downstate, had one in my yard even

seen a cougar twice in Clare county
anonymous

Holland, MI

#41 Mar 19, 2007
my parents live between Holland and Grand Haven near US31. recently, the dnr trapped a cougar near their house after neighbors reported tracks. the dnr wants this to be hush-hush. why can't they just admit cougars are here?

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