From the Michigan DNR website;<quoted text> Every Cougar sighting I have investigated in the last 25 years in the LP has been a Bobcat or even worse, a stray tom cat gone wild.
1. Is there a population of wild cougars in Michigan?
"In 2004, a hair sample was collected from a vehicle bumper and tested using DNA analysis. That sample was positively identified as cougar.
A recent study based on DNA analysis of scat samples was conducted by Central Michigan University and the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy. That study showed that samples from eight locations tested as positive as cougars"
4. If cougars are here, where did they come from?
"Based on documented evidence, cougars observed in Michigan could be escaped or released pets. Or, they could be transient or dispersing cougars from the nearest known breeding populations in North and South Dakota. These populations are over 900 miles from Michigan."
It doesn't sound like the DNR disputes that there are cougars here. The DNR just thinks there isn't a wild sustainable breeding population here.
And here is some advice...
If you really do work for the DNR like you claim. Stop being such a poor representative of your profession. Your attitude is terrible and you do a disservice to your peers.