Cougars are here; will they stay?

Posted on October 13, 2011

The recent images of a cougar recorded on trail cameras in the Upper Peninsula have been interesting. The animal has been doing a lot of traveling in Michigan and is thought to have come all the way from South Dakota.

The DNR says additional images of the cat, which is wearing a radio collar, were recorded in Wisconsin. South Dakota wildlife biologists say that many of their radio-collard cougars tend to move east, but efforts to find the animal in Michigan using South Dakota radio frequencies have been unsuccessful, so far.

Thanks to the abundance of trail cameras out there in the woods, we're starting to get a clearer picture of what wildlife biologists have been saying for years - that it appears cougars in Michigan are likely transients looking for new places to call home.

Who knows? With the number of deer available to cougars in Michigan, it could be that some of the animals may stop and decide to stay. However, there are no images of cougar kittens, yet. The photos are showing us quite a bit, but there is still no definitive evidence that cougars are breeding in Michigan - yet.

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