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State confirms 40th cougar report in Michigan since 2008

Associated Press

Lansing – State officials say the 40th cougar report in Michigan since 2008 has been confirmed.

The confirmation was made after an image of a cougar was captured Aug. 17 on a trail camera on public land in the Upper Peninsula’s Delta County.

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.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources large-carnivore specialist Cody Norton visited the area and substantiated the report.

Another trail camera captured an image July 7 of a cougar in Gogebic County, about 170 miles northwest of the Aug. 17 report.

Thirty-nine of the confirmed reports since 2008 have been in the Upper Peninsula. The DNR says the reports may include multiple sightings of the same cougar and that there is no conclusive evidence of a breeding population of cougars in Michigan.