2018 : Cougar Spotted in Upper Peninsula

October 1, 2021 all-day

A cougar has been spotted for the first time in years by a Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) camera.

The animal was recorded wandering through a wooded area in Gogebic County in the Upper Peninsula on the evening of Oct. 1.

Although there have been 38 confirmed reports of cougars since 2008 — 37 in the Upper Peninsula — this is the first time since 2009 that the DNR has snagged a shot of the animal in action among its 3 million game camera images, said Kevin Swanson, wildlife management specialist with the DNR’s Bear & Wolf Program.

“They’re so rare in the Upper Peninsula,” Swanson said. “These are dispersers, transients coming from the Dakotas, from northwest Nebraska. We just get a few moving through the Peninsula.”

It’s impossible to say whether the cougar was male or female, the DNR said.

Sources :

Brandon Champion, “Cougar wanders by DNR trail camera in Upper Peninsula”, MLive, October 25, 2018.

Fiona Killiher, “Cougar spotted on DNR camera in the Upper Peninsula“, Detroit Free Press, October 25, 2018.