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Michigan DNR Confirms Gogebic County Cougar Sighting

Updated: August 12, 2019 10:47 PM

The Michigan DNR confirmed a cougar sighting on a landowner's trail camera in Gogebic County. 

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The photo was taken July 7 northwest of Ironwood, on the west side of the Upper Peninsula. A large carnivore specialist said it's close to where a cougar was documented on another trail camera last year.

The DNR said it is the 39th confirmed cougar report since 2008. All but one have been in the UP, and the DNR said some of the sightings may be the same animal. 

The agency says a wildlife biologist visited the location the photo was taken, and the DNR's "cougar team" reviewed and verified the animal is a cougar. 

"So far, there remains no conclusive evidence of a Michigan breeding population of mountain lions," the DNR wrote in a press release. "Cougars are an endangered species in Michigan protected by law." 

They are still rare to see in Michigan. Other sightings have come through trail cameras, photos, tracks, scat or poached carcasses.

At one time, cougars were native to Michigan, but they were trapped and hunted around the turn of the 20th century.

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