Michigan DNR confirms presence of cougar near Skanee in Baraga County
The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of a cougar in Baraga County in the Upper Peninsula. A photo of the animal was taken by Baraga County resident Fred Nault near Skanee on Saturday, May 5.
DNR Wildlife Division staff were contacted by Nault and visited the property on Tuesday, May 15 to verify the location of the camera.
"This is the 15th time we have verified the presence of a cougar in the Upper Peninsula since our first confirmation in 2008," said DNR wildlife biologist Adam Bump, who is a member of the Department's specially-trained cougar team. "This is the first confirmation in 2012, and the first verified photo of a cougar taken in person and not by a remote camera."
The cougar was spotted crossing a road near Skanee by Nault, who had a camera on him and was able to take a photo before the animal fled into the woods.
A handful of cougar photos and tracks were also verified by the DNR in the fall and winter of 2011. Tracks and photos were confirmed in Ontonagon and Baraga counties, a photo was verified in Houghton County, and tracks were confirmed in Keweenaw County.
:yeahthat: Sometimes I'm amazed at those that hear a report of bear, bobcat, badger,wolf, cougar and wonder why there isn't a season to kill it. Sometimes it's better,IMHO , to just watch and enjoy it being there.:biggrin:if they are native to that area and once existed there then let it be...let it be...let it be...should they be protected...i'd be for that...