Another cougar spotted in UP

Aug 30, 2019

A cougar is shown Aug. 17 from a game camera in Delta County.
Credit Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Another cougar was spotted in the Upper Peninsula, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. A camera snapped a photo of the animal in Delta County on Aug. 17. 

This is the 40th confirmed sighting of a cougar in Michigan by the DNR since 2008.

Cody Norton, large carnivore specialist for the DNR, says they are seeing more cougars lately, but there's no evidence that there is a breeding population of cougars in the state.

"We're starting to see more of them coming through the U.P. and Michigan and other states that typically haven't had very many reports," Norton said. 

Cougars are listed as an endangered species in Michigan and protected under state law.