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State Confirms 40th Cougar Report in Michigan Since 2008

This cougar was caught on a Gogebic County landowner's camera in July. This cougar was caught on a Gogebic County landowner's camera in July. |  Photo: provided by Michigan DNR

Created: September 02, 2019 02:51 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State officials say the 40th cougar report in Michigan since 2008 has been confirmed.

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The confirmation was made after an image of a cougar was captured Aug. 17 on a trail camera on public land in the Upper Peninsula's Delta County.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources large-carnivore specialist Cody Norton visited the area and substantiated the report.

Another trail camera captured an image July 7 of a cougar in Gogebic County, about 170 miles northwest of the Aug. 17 report.

Thirty-nine of the confirmed reports since 2008 have been in the Upper Peninsula. The DNR says the reports may include multiple sightings of the same cougar and that there is no conclusive evidence of a breeding population of cougars in Michigan.

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