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Trail camera captures mountain lion in Michigan’s UP

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A mountain lion, or cougar, has been spotted in Michigan for the 39th time since 2008.

An image of the cat was caught on a landowner’s trail camera in Gogebic County on July 7, in the daylight.

“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.

All but one of the 39 cougar sightings in Michigan occurred in the Upper Peninsula. The DNR says in some cases, the reports may include multiple sightings of the same cougar, not necessarily 39 individual animals.

So far, there remains no conclusive evidence of a Michigan breeding population of mountain lions. Cougars are an endangered species in Michigan protected by law.

At one time, cougars lived in every eastern state in a variety of habitats including coastal marshes, mountains and forests. They were native to Michigan but were trapped and hunted from the state around the turn of the 20th century.