Sixth cougar sighting of the year in the Upper Peninsula confirmed

Published: Oct. 29, 2019 at 2:32 PM EDT
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Biologists from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed another cougar sighting in the Upper Peninsula on Monday.

This recent sighting, in Ontonagon County is the sixth of the year. The cougar was spotted on a trail camera back in September, those photos were just confirmed after being released to the DNR.

So far this year there have been sightings in Delta, Marquette, and Gogebic Counties, in addition to Ontonagon. The DNR says that just because there has been six sightings, that doesn't necessarily mean there are six cougars. However, if you come across any footage or evidence of a cougar, be sure to share it with the agency.

“We investigate them, we want to make sure and be able to verify any of them that are actual cougars and keep tabs on where they're at in the state,” said Cody Norton, large-carnivore specialist with the DNR’s bear and wolf program.

If you come into contact with a cougar, it is recommended to make yourself appear big, never run away, and fight back. These techniques should be enough to scare a cougar off.

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