We have friends that hunt bobcat in our area and they have also told us they have heard what they thought were cougars, so we find this story interesting:
GRAND RAPIDS -- There may be cougars in Michigan after all.
Dr. Brad Swanson and Dr. Patrick Rusz have co-authored a scientific paper in the American Midland Naturalist, published by Notre Dame University. In this paper, they found cougar droppings in scattered, remote regions of Michigan.
Between 2001-2003, nearly 300 droppings were collected from 12 areas of Michigan that had long histories of cougar sightings. 10 profiles contained DNA identified as cougars. One was a bobcat and the other a dog.
One DNA sequence from Delta County was long enough to identify it as a North American cougar.
While Swanson, a Central Michigan University professor, and Rusz from the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy, admit their findings don't prove the origin of the cougars, they believe it does prove these cougars are not released pets.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources maintains there is not a sustainable breeding population in our state. If there was a sustainable breeding population, there would be many more of them. The spokesperson said there may be a random cougar, but they have either escaped or been released from captivity. According to the DNR, cougars are territorial and generally stay in one area
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