Cougar spotted on a U.P. trail

A mountain lion image caught on a landowner’s trail camera in Gogebic County has been confirmed as the state’s 39th cougar report since 2008. (Source DNR)
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GOGEBIC COUNTY, MI. (WILX) -- The Michigan DNR has discovered a cat in the Upper Peninsula that you won't want to say, "here kitty, kitty," to.

It's a mountain lion or cougar and the DNR is reporting it as seen on a trail camera in Gogebic County.

The animal has been confirmed as the state's 39th cougar since 2008.

It was caught on camera on July 7, in the daylight, just northwest of Ironwood.

“This is very close to where a cougar was documented on a Deer Movement Study trail camera last year,” said Cody Norton, a large carnivore specialist with the Bear and Wolf Program of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Cougars are an endangered species in Michigan protected by law.
“With an average of three confirmed cougar reports in each of the past 12 years, these animals remain rare in the Upper Peninsula,” Norton said.

The Michigan DNR says that at one time cougars were native to Michigan, living in coastal marshes, mountains and forests.

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