MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Three recent trail camera photos of cougars in the U.P. have been verified by the Michigan DNR.
Two of the photos, both of a cougar with a radio collar, were taken in October in Menominee County – one near Cedar River and one near Menominee just north of the Wisconsin border. The third photo was taken in northern Marquette County in November. The cougar in the Marquette County photo is not wearing a radio collar.
North Dakota and South Dakota are the nearest states where wildlife researchers have placed radio collars on cougars to track their movement. The DNR has not yet been able to determine the origin of the radio-collared cougar that is in Michigan.
All three photos were taken by trail cameras located on private property and DNR Wildlife Division staff were able to visit each location to confirm the authenticity of the photos.
The DNR has now verified the presence of cougars in the Upper Peninsula 20 times since 2008.
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