A landowner in Gogebic County had an interesting surprise when he took a peak at his trail camera last month.
As reported by WWJ News and the Radio Results Network, the sighting of a cougar was captured on a trail camera on July 7 in the northwest region in Ironwood.
With the report confirmed by Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources, this is the 39th reported cougar sighting since the year 2008.
“This is very close to where a cougar was documented on a Deer Movement Study trail camera last year,” said Cody Norton, a large carnivore specialist with the Bear and Wolf Program of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “With an average of three confirmed cougar reports in each of the past 12 years, these animals remain rare in the Upper Peninsula.”
There has been no conclusive evidence of suspected breeding of cougars, but the wild animals remain an endangered species in the state under law.
The confirmation was brought upon by a wildlife biologist, who visited the location, reviewed the pictures, and verifying its whereabouts.
Since 2008, the DNR has confirmed so far all 39 reports of the wild animals. And all but one of them occurred in the Upper Peninsula.
Most cases have said those reports included multiple sightings of the same cougar, but not necessarily 39 individual animals.