2019 : Cougar Spotted in Gogebic County, Michigan

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An image of a cougar was caught on a landowner’s trail camera in Gogebic County in the west side of the Upper Peninsula, on July 7.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources team of wildlife biologists reviewed the photo and verified the information after visiting the location on August 8.

Confirmations are derived from trail camera video, photographs, tracks, and other methods.

Wildlife biologissts speculate that the cougar was most  likely visiting from  South Dakota, Wyoming, and northwest Nebraska.

Cody Norton is a large carnivore specialist with the DNR’s Bear and Wolf Program. He said it isn’t common to find many cougars in Michigan.

“With an average of three confirmed cougar reports in each of the past 12 years, these animals remain rare in the Upper Peninsula,” Norton stated in a press release.

Once native to Michigan and much of the Western Hemisphere, cougars are now an endangered species, protected by law. Since 2008, there have been 38 cougar reports in the Upper Peninsula, and one report in the lower peninsula.

Some of these reports are of the same cougar and don’t translate to 39 different cougars spotted, according to the DNR.

Source : Malak Silmi, “Cougar spotted on camera in the Upper Peninsula“, Michigan Radio August 12, 2019.

Update:

The Michigan DNR has confirmed 12 cougar sightings in 2020, all in the Upper Peninsula.

In 2020, the DNR has 12 confirmed reports of cougars in Michigan, all in the Upper Peninsula. It’s the most confirmed sightings in one year in at least the last 12 years, according to DNR records.

Michigan cougar sightings 2020.
Michigan cougar sightings 2020. (Michigan DNR)

On October 13, 2020, a trail camera photo was captured of a cougar in western Mackinac County. This is about 10 miles from where August 30 photos were captured in Luce County. (DNR)

On October 13, 2020, a trail camera photo was captured of a cougar in western Mackinac County. This is about 10 miles from where August 30 photos were captured in Luce County.

Source: Ken Haddad, “Michigan DNR: 12 confirmed cougar sightings in 2020“, ClickonDetroit.com, December 16, 2020.