In recent years, numerous cougar sighting reports have been received from various locations in Michigan. On April 24, 2020, a trail camera photo was captured of a cougar in Delta County, on the Stonington Peninsula. Elections 2020; Subscribe; Log in; Subscribe Now . Face the animal and do not act submissive. LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has confirmed six cougar sightings so far in 2020. What should I do if I encounter a cougar?The odds of encountering a cougar in the wild are very small and attacks are extremely rare. On February 20, 2020, DNR staff identified cougar tracks in southeastern Schoolcraft County while conducting wolf track surveys. This is the 40th confirmed sighting of a cougar in Michigan by the DNR since 2008. On October 13, 2020, a trail camera photo was captured of a cougar in northern Mackinac County. LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan wildlife officials have confirmed the presence of a cougar in the Lansing area - the first to be verified in the Lower Peninsula. Your email address will not be published. Never run from a cougar or other large carnivore. The last time a wild cougar was legally taken in the state was near Newberry in 1906. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. OutdoorHub Editor: Keenan Crow   08.13.20. On February 19, 2020, DNR staff identified cougar tracks in Delta County while conducting wolf track surveys. Four additional sightings were confirmed after residents submitted trail camera photos of cougars. This is about 5 miles from where another photo was captured on October 13 in Mackinac County. If animals are judged to be a threat to human life and safety, conservation officers or other qualified DNR employees may remove or euthanize the animal. On May 17, 2020, a DNR trail camera captured a photo of a cougar in southcentral Luce County. This is about 120 miles from where the July 12 photo was captured in Delta County. From 2018: Cougar captured on DNR camera in Michigan's Upper Peninsula “With an average of three confirmed cougar reports in each of the past 12 … The last known wild cougar legally taken in the state occurred in 1906 near Newberry. The image shows a cougar … This is about 1 mile from where another photo was captured on August 30 in Luce County. This is about 45 miles from where DNR staff found tracks on February 20th in Schoolcraft County. The Michigan DNR has confirmed the first ever sighting of a cougar in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. On April 24, 2020, a trail camera photo was captured of a cougar in Delta County, on the Stonington Peninsula. In this photo submitted to the Michigan DNR, a cougar can be seen just behind the mailbox on the right side of the road. Michigan DNR Confirms First Cougar Sighting in Lower Peninsula. Jacob Owens Posted On June 29, 2017 1.1K Views 0. All physical evidence will be collected by the DNR. Yet, even with the reported sightings, wildlife experts say there’s no evidence to show there’s a breeding population in the state. Monolith Disappears, Jornet Waylaid by 24-Hour Run: Adventure News of the Week, Building a Viking House | 10 Day Bushcraft Shelter Build, Recall: Santa Cruz, Juliana Warn Mountain Bike Frames Can Buckle, Camping Stove Meals. This is the first time the presence of a cougar has been verified by the DNR in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. This was only after a guy got a night trail cam pic right next to a specific landmark in his woods that the DNR could not deny it. This is about 45 miles from where DNR staff found tracks on February 20th in Schoolcraft County. An animal acting tame or unafraid of people is likely to be a pet. This is about 10 miles from where August 30 photos were captured in Luce County. However, under the Large Carnivore Act, large cats (including exotics and cougars) that are escaped pets may be destroyed in defense of property, as well as life. This is according to folklore in Michigan. Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center, Bluesource/DNR Big Wild Forest Carbon Project, Assistance for Private Forest Land Owners, County and Municipal Law Enforcement Information, Fisheries Division Citizens Advisory Committees, Michigan History Center Commissions & Committees, Pigeon River Country Equestrian Committee, Timber and Forest Products Advisory Council, Upper Peninsula Citizens' Advisory Councils. DNR confirms cougar in Lower Peninsula for 1st time in a century Cougars were once native to Michigan, but, like wolves, were wiped out from … On February 19, 2020, DNR Wildlife Division staff identified cougar tracks in Delta County while conducting wolf track surveys. A camera snapped a photo of the animal in Delta County on Aug. 17. This is about 180 miles from where the July 17 photo was captured in Ontonagon County. All articles, images, product names, logos, and brands are property of their respective owners. Reports of cougar sightings, which have continued to pour in since last month’s confirmation, aren’t new in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. LUCE COUNTY-- Two cougar mounts are on display in the Upper Peninsula to help the public learn more about these uncommon visitors.According to the U.S. Since the cougar team was established, there have been 51 confirmed cougar sightings. Cougar 1st Confirmed On Michigan's Lower Peninsula Since 1900s - Detroit, MI - The mountain lion photographed in June is the first documented sighting in lower Michigan since 1900s. “DNA analysis of two cougars poached in the U.P., for example, showed the animals likely dispersed from their established populations in South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska,” said Cody Norton, large carnivore specialist with the DNR. Share. Ruffed Grouse West Nile Survey & Cougar Sightings in Michigan. There have been six confirmed cougar sightings in Michigan so far this year, all in the Upper Peninsula. This is the first time the presence of a cougar has been verified by the DNR in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The road is closed between Gray and Island View roads – a 2.7-mile stretch - after a portion of it washed into the bay, authorities said. On July 12, 2020, a trail camera photo was captured of a cougar in Delta County. Since 2008 a total of 36 cougar sightings have been documented in Michigan’s U.P. (06/29/17) - Michigan wildlife officials have confirmed the presence of a cougar in the Lansing area - the first to be verified in the Lower Peninsula. If children are present, pick them up so they cannot run. On June 1, 2020, a trail camera photo was captured of a cougar in eastern Mackinac County. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources for the first time has confirmed the presence of a cougar in the state’s Lower Peninsula. In 2020, officials with Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources says they have recorded six reports of cougars (or pumas) in Northern Michigan. If attacked, fight back with whatever is available. The image shows a cougar … The Michigan DNR has confirmed the presence of a cougar for the first time in a century in the Lower Peninsula. This is the first time the presence of a cougar has been verified by the DNR in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Only one was in the lower peninsula and that one was a strange case that still has biologists questioning how exactly it may have ended up in the area it did. The DNR will respond to reports of cougars/large cats in residential or urban areas, if physical evidence is available. We will investigate complaints of livestock depredation by cougars. 184,000 of New Cases of Covid Shoeman replied Nov 15, 2020 … The last confirmed sighting of a cougar in the area was in June 2017 in Bath Township. There have been no confirmed cougars in the Lower Peninsula, while 35 cats have been confirmed in the Upper Peninsula, though Swanson said there has … February 19, 2020. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources for the first time has confirmed the presence of a cougar in the state’s Lower Peninsula. In 2020, the DNR says it has six confirmed reports of cougars in Michigan, all in the Upper Peninsula… On August 30, 2020, a trail camera photo was captured of a cougar in southcentral Luce County. Fire Harbaugh? There have been many confirmed cougar sightings since 2008, including two illegal harvests in the Upper Peninsula. The cougar … ... Decision 2020. Cougars were native to Michigan but were driven out of the state more than a 100 years ago. PENINSULA TOWNSHIP, MI – Part of a road that skirts Grand Traverse Bay washed away amid flooding on Friday morning, Oct. 23. There have been at least 55 cougar sightings in the state since 2008, with only one being reported in the Lower Peninsula back in 2017. 3 posts Ruffed Grouse West Nile Survey & Cougar Sightings in Michigan Ruffed Grouse West Nile Survey & Cougar Sightings in Michigan. A man says he saw a cougar … DNR confirms first ever cougar sighting in Michigan's Lower Peninsula Discussion in 'Sound ... Down there they also had alleged cougar sightings and pictures and much like MI DNR has done, they finally admitted they had a population down there. The Michigan DNR has confirmed the presence of a cougar – also known as a mountain lion – in Bath Township, Clinton County.. Team #11 Elusive Eleven... TheLionsFan replied Nov 15, 2020 at 8:03 AM. Back in 1887, many people living in Wexford County cane forth as witnesses of the Michigan Dogman. Until this sighting all the confirmed sightings or tracks have been in the Upper Peninsula. Another cougar was spotted in the Upper Peninsula, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. This species is currently listed as endangered in Michigan and is protected under state law. Currently you have JavaScript disabled. This situation is not unique to Michigan, and has been occurring in many other mid-western and eastern states as well. Sunday Jul 2, 2017 at 3:00 PM Jul 2, 2017 at 3:36 … Michigan wildlife officials have confirmed the presence of a cougar in the Lansing area - the first to be verified in the Lower Peninsula. On October 13, 2020, a trail camera photo was captured of a cougar in western Mackinac County.