U.P. Cougar Population Not Expected To Grow

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DNR Wildlife Specialist Brian Roell.

DNR Wildlife Specialist Brian Roell.

Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The cougar population in the Upper Peninsula is not expected to grow by leaps and bounds anytime soon.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Brian Roell says, while the U.P. has the right habitat and food source, it isn’t large enough to encourage rapid growth.

In fact, Roell says most cougars that find their way to the U.P. are young males that migrate from South Dakota – pushed out by older, territorial male cougars.

According to reports, there have been 22 confirmed sightings of cougars or cougar tracks in the U.P. since 2008.

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