A trail camera catches a a Cougar.
Written by Jesse Baroka on August 13, 2019
GOGEBIC COUNTY, MI – A cougar captured by a trail camera in the Upper Peninsula is the 39th confirmed report since 2008. MLive.com reports that the cat was photographed July 7 in daylight hours northwest of Ironwood. A DNR wildlife biologist visited the location Thursday. The image was reviewed and verified by the DNR’s cougar team, composed of wildlife biologists. Since 2008, the DNR has now confirmed 39 cougar reports with all but one of those occurring in the Upper Peninsula. In some cases, these reports may include multiple sightings of the same cougar, not necessarily 39 individual animals. So far, there remains no conclusive evidence of a Michigan breeding population of mountain lions. Cougars are an endangered species in Michigan protected by law. Michigan cougar confirmations have been derived from trail camera video, photographs, tracks, scat or in the case of two male cats, poached carcasses. Previous genetic testing on tissue samples from those two cougars poached in the U.P. showed the two animals likely came from a population found generally in South Dakota, Wyoming and northwest Nebraska.