Not sure how we missed this in our recent wild cat news round-up, but a Michigan Department of Natural Resources press release says:
Three recent trail camera photos of cougars in the Upper Peninsula have been verified by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Two of the photos, both of a cougar with a radio collar, were taken in October in Menominee County – one near Cedar River and one near Menominee just north of the Wisconsin border. The third photo was taken in northern Marquette County in November. The cougar in the Marquette County photo is not wearing a radio collar.
The DNR does not place radio collars on cougars; North Dakota and South Dakota are the nearest states where wildlife researchers have placed radio collars on cougars to track their movement. The DNR has not yet been able to determine the origin of the radio-collared cougar that is in Michigan.
Cougars are otherwise known as mountain lions, Puma concolor to scientists.
Photo: trail cam photo of a mountain lion courtesy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources