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: Michigan - Cougars ?

10-12-2002, 10:43 AM

I had an eerie feeling I was being watched as I walked out in the dark by myself from a river in Manistee national forest this past spring. Also years ago on a national forest gravel road could have sworn I saw large cat paw prints. It appears there are some in Michigan per this recent article and they are hungry.

Something to be aware of for sure but would say a very low probability of ever having an occurence.


10-13-2002, 04:56 PM
Makes me wonder too. They have found tons of evidence and when I am near Traverse City I usually will be fishing in forested areas around the Leelanau area, and I heard a few roam around the sand dunes up there. I'll have to keep my eye out. I heard of them attacking dogs and sightings are prevealent in the UP and LP.

Well, Michigan sustains a population of wolves, bears, moose, elk, and now cougar....wow, I didn't even think of how wild my state is!

10-13-2002, 09:41 PM
A retired executive who I worked with for 6 years grew up in Idaho where they had cougars and still do to this day. He was ahunter and said you could go a life time living out there, be looking for them, and still not be able to sight one, unless you were hunting them with trained dogs.

They are nocturnal, roam over a large range, and great sense of hearing and sight.

Here is a good link describing them, interesting, doubt if we will ever see one on our fishing trips to gods country.

Since white tails are one of their prime preys I can see why they can survive in Michigan.