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BIG CREEK TWP. — Jim Gannon got quite the rude awakening Oct. 7.
“I heard my birds squawking,” he said. Gannon was taking care of a peacock, two peahens and several chicks that roost in a white pine behind his house along Big Creek. However, Thursday, when he awoke to see what the fuss was about, the first thing he saw was not the birds, but, allegedly, a mountain lion.
“I saw the cat at six this morning. It ran through the light,” he said. “I’ve never seen a cougar around here in Michigan. I had to wipe my eyes.”
According to Gannon, when he looked out his bedroom window, he saw a mountain lion. He said it was approximately five feet long, much bigger than bobcats, which are seen more frequently in the area, and had a long tail, rather than a short stubby one like the common bobcat’s.
“It ate a peacock, a full-grown peacock,” Gannon said. “I went out and saw a big pile of feathers and a carcass down by the water.”
He added that several markings on the white pine where the birds would roost appear to be signs that the cat climbed the tree to get the birds down. He also marked a spot on the ground that looks as if it is a paw print.
George Kerschenheiter, a wildlife technician with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said the attacker could have been a mountain lion, but added there has never been a confirmed mountain lion sighting in the northern Lower Peninsula.
“This is the trouble with mountain lions. At least in the UP, we’ve been able to verify tracks. Here, we’ve never been able to verify tracks,” Kerschenheiter said. “In order for us to verify it, we’d have to have some evidence.
“In the UP, we’ve found tracks; we’ve found hair from a car-cat accident … and we’ve confirmed sightings on trail cams,” he added.
However, he feels that eventually, a mountain lion sighting will be verified in the Lower Peninsula.
“It’s a matter of time,” Kerschenheiter said. “We’ll confirm one here.”
Kerschenheiter said that about five years ago, near Mapes Road in Big Creek Township, a mountain lion sighting was reported. When it was followed up by the DNR, though, it turned out to be an abnormally large bobcat. Kerschenheiter said bobcats usually weigh about 20 pounds, and the one spotted near Mapes Road was 45 pounds.
Gannon said he is sure it is a mountain lion, as he is familiar with the animal from his time living out west in the Rocky Mountains.
Gannon also thinks the mountain lion that killed one of his birds will return.
“He’ll be back. I’ve got seven more peacocks,” he said. “I’ve got to hunt this cat, because he’s coming back.”
The bird killed by the alleged mountain lion was the lone adult male Gannon had, he said. He had been raising it for about three years, he added.