Here ya go,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Originally Posted by no thyme
knock knock!!! whos there? MODS!!! mods,who? mods need 2 close this!!!!! and ban all cat talk till , someone in this state proves it!
why not a forum on bigfoot and chupacabra sightings! anything but cougars!!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 4, 2009
Contact: Kristie Sitar, 906-293-5131, Debbie Munson Badini,
906-226-1352 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014
DNR Verifies Cougar Tracks, Confirms Location of Trail Camera Photo in
Eastern Upper Peninsula
The Department of Natural Resources today announced it has verified two
sets of cougar tracks and confirmed the location of a cougar photo in
the eastern Upper Peninsula. The tracks were discovered in the DeTour
and Gulliver areas, while the photo was taken near Bruce Township.
On Oct. 26, DNR Wildlife Biologist Dave Jentoft received a call late in
the day at the Shingleton Field Office reporting tracks that looked like
cougar prints near DeTour. The caller was instructed to cover the tracks
to protect them from the elements, and Jentoft was able to respond the
next day to take photographs, measure the tracks and conduct a field
investigation. The information Jentoft collected was shared with the
DNR's trained cougar team, and the consensus was reached that the tracks
appear to have been made by a cougar.
On Nov. 2, DNR Wildlife Biologist Terry Minzey was contacted by a
private landowner near Gulliver who reported finding large tracks that
he thought may be from a cougar. DNR biologists Kristie Sitar and Kevin
Swanson investigated the site with Minzey, taking measurements, photos
and plaster casts of the tracks. In conjunction with the DNR's
specially-trained cougar team, it was determined that the tracks are
from a cougar.
"These are the first confirmed cougar tracks in the eastern Upper
Peninsula, and we appreciate the cooperation of the callers who reported
the tracks and worked to keep them covered until we could respond to the
scene," said Sitar, who is a member of the DNR’s cougar team. "Other
landowners who believe they have evidence of a cougar on their property,
such as tracks or a kill site, are encouraged to contact their local DNR
field office as soon as possible, which allows staff to investigate
before the evidence is compromised. Without good evidence, like what we
had in these two cases, verification becomes increasingly difficult."
The cougar photograph, taken by a trail camera on private property near
Bruce Township in mid-October, has been under investigation by wildlife
staff since Oct. 22. The photo shows a cougar at night walking through a
food plot. Though there was no doubt the photo depicted a cougar, the
location where the photo was taken was not accessible to DNR staff for
on-site inspection until Nov. 2. At that time, a field investigation by
Jentoft and DNR Wildlife Technician Tim Maples made it possible to
verify the location by comparing camera angles and vegetation markers at
the site, allowing wildlife officials to confirm the photo was taken at
Cougars, also known as mountain lions, originally were native to
Michigan but were thought to have been extirpated around the turn of the
last century. The last known wild cougar taken in Michigan was killed
near Newberry in 1906. However, sightings are regularly reported and
although verification is often difficult, the DNR was able to verify
several sets of cougar tracks in Marquette and Delta counties in 2008.
Established cougar populations are found as close to Michigan as North
and South Dakota, and transient cougars dispersing from these areas have
been known to travel hundreds of miles in search of new territory.
Characteristic evidence of cougars include tracks, which are about three
inches long by three and a half inches wide and typically show no claw
marks, or suspicious kill sites, such as deer carcasses that are largely
intact and have been buried with sticks and debris.
Reports of cougar tracks and other evidence should be made to a local
DNR office or by calling the department's 24-hour Report All Poaching
line at 800-292-7800. If a citizen comes into contact with a cougar, the
following behavior is recommended:
- Stop, stand tall, pick up small children and do not run. A cougar's
instinct is to chase.
- Do not approach the animal.
- Try to appear larger than the cougar. Never take your eyes off the
animal or turn your back. Do not crouch down or try to hide.
- If the animal displays aggressive behavior, shout, wave your arms and
throw rocks. The idea is to convince the cougar that you are not prey,
but a potential danger.
- If a cougar attacks, fight back aggressively and try to stay on your
feet. Do not play dead. Cougars have been driven away by people who have
Cougars are classified as an endangered species in Michigan. It is
unlawful to kill, harass or otherwise harm a cougar except in the
immediate defense of human life. For more information about the recent
cougar tracks and photo, call Sitar at 906-293-5131. To learn more about
cougars and how to identify their tracks, go online to
and click on Wildlife and Habitat.
The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management,
accessible use and enjoyment of the State’s natural resources for
current and future generations.