Cougar spotted again in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Hancock, Mich. (AP) – A cougar that officials believe migrated
from the western U.S. has been caught on camera for a third time in
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday the wildcat
was photographed by a trail camera Nov. 13 just north of
Hancock.

They say it’s probably the same animal that was photographed
twice in September. The first time was in Ontonagon County and the
second was in adjacent Houghton County, about 15 miles south of
Hancock.

The cougar was wearing a radio collar. Western states are the
only ones that have collared cougars for research, so officials
assume the Michigan cat came from there.

The last known wild cougar in Michigan was killed in 1906, but
there have been several verified sightings in the U.P. in recent
years.

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