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MIbowhunter

Traverse City, MI

#41 Jan 4, 2012
DNR wrote:
<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.
From the Michigan DNR website;
http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-1037...
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.
Former Deputy Sheriff

Lansing, MI

#42 Jan 4, 2012
More than likely this womans story is false. But don't be fooled. There are Cougars in Michigan and in the Lower Penninula. I worked for a local Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Sheriff and cougars have been sited in west michigan over the last decade and the DNR will only admit to the confirmation behind closed doors. If the DNR were to publicly confirm cougars in Michigan it would open up a can of worms. The DNR finally was forced to admit that cougars are in the U.P. by a local hunters trail cam pics. I am sure this will be the same way that the DNR will be forced to confirm that cougars are in the lower penninsula.

There is no reason to be afraid of cougars the likely hood of being attacked is too small. Cougars have high population numbers in the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana. I live in Colorado for 2 years and the avg. cougar attack on a human being was 1 to 2 a year. The population of cougars in Michigan is so small it does not warrant a concern.
Barney Fife

Caledonia, MI

#43 Jan 4, 2012
Former Deputy Sheriff wrote:
More than likely this womans story is false. But don't be fooled. There are Cougars in Michigan and in the Lower Penninula. I worked for a local Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Sheriff and cougars have been sited in west michigan over the last decade and the DNR will only admit to the confirmation behind closed doors. If the DNR were to publicly confirm cougars in Michigan it would open up a can of worms. The DNR finally was forced to admit that cougars are in the U.P. by a local hunters trail cam pics. I am sure this will be the same way that the DNR will be forced to confirm that cougars are in the lower penninsula.
There is no reason to be afraid of cougars the likely hood of being attacked is too small. Cougars have high population numbers in the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana. I live in Colorado for 2 years and the avg. cougar attack on a human being was 1 to 2 a year. The population of cougars in Michigan is so small it does not warrant a concern.
Don't worry Andy, I'm on the look out!
Chi Rho

Lansing, MI

#44 Jan 4, 2012
Barney Fife wrote:
<quoted text>Don't worry Andy, I'm on the look out!
LOL. I have heard them all. That one is not new.
Forrest Gump

United States

#45 Jan 4, 2012
DNR wrote:
<quoted text>My brother's buddies older brother. That's usually how those stories start. Do you realize how many calls we field every year saying "I just saw a 500 lb Black Bear destroying my bird feeder". 500 Lbs? You weighed it? Uh Huh. Sure pal. 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.
Do you ever wonder why the DNR is so despised by the hunters and fishermen who pay your salary? If you're still clueless read over your own posts if you are even really part of the DNR as you claim.
Barney Fife

Caledonia, MI

#46 Jan 4, 2012
Chi Rho wrote:
<quoted text>
LOL. I have heard them all. That one is not new.
Ya but it's a classic. Glad you retained your sense of humor. It probably helped keep your sanity in this crazy world.
Aint Bea

Jenison, MI

#47 Jan 4, 2012
Forrest Gump wrote:
<quoted text>Do you ever wonder why the DNR is so despised by the hunters and fishermen who pay your salary? If you're still clueless read over your own posts if you are even really part of the DNR as you claim.
You are such a Gump!

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#48 Jan 4, 2012
Go Blue wrote:
<quoted text> Wonder if they have ever considered, releasing wolves, back into northwoods of Michigan?.....i believe it has been done in some of the northwest.....
Good Day,

Actually, wolves in Michigan have been removed from the endangered species list...

http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-1037...

Steelie
Go Blue

West Palm Beach, FL

#49 Jan 4, 2012
Congratulations to the Michigan Wolverines on their overtime victory over Virginia Tech, in the Sugar Bowl, last night............Wolverines are tougher than cougars, anyway....lol....

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#50 Jan 4, 2012
Go Blue wrote:
Congratulations to the Michigan Wolverines on their overtime victory over Virginia Tech, in the Sugar Bowl, last night..........Wolverines are tougher than cougars, anyway....lol....
Good Day,

This we can agree on! My wife wasn't sure why I was making such a ruckus... hehe. Hail to the victors!

Steelie

Since: Jan 09

Hersey, Michigan

#51 Jan 6, 2012
Mr Wiggley wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey Abranger...I'm not familiar with the problem regarding the Protected Species Act.
Just wondering...if I may ask...
Sorry, I incorrectly identified the program. It's the Endangered Species Act and the link below is a great article about the economics involved.

http://www.umich.edu/~esupdate/library/97.01-...
Bull Ryan

Jenison, MI

#52 Jan 6, 2012
Well I hope you denyers are happy. I was in the Embassy (one of Allendale's premier bars) recently when I was approached by a couple of cougars. Unfortunately they seemed to lose interest and failed to jump me. None the less, there are cougars in Allendale. Foot prints and scat in the parking lot were confirmation enough for me.
Keep your eyes open and zipper shut and you will see them around!
Ole Vet

Grand Rapids, MI

#53 Jan 27, 2012
There use to be a place in Allendale called the Goal Post. Lots of Cougars around there. Fortunately most were so old they lost there teeth.
Wendy

Grand Rapids, MI

#54 Feb 2, 2012
Ole Vet wrote:
There use to be a place in Allendale called the Goal Post. Lots of Cougars around there. Fortunately most were so old they lost there teeth.
Yer a crazy old fool. There are no cougars on Michigan, let alone on a football field. Unless you mean the Catholic Central Cougars.
There coach is a bit of a Fox!

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