Although many people believe our last cougar was killed in the early 1900's, recent evidence proves that Michigan Cougar have survived, at least in small numbers. Michigan Wildlife Conservancy researchers have found cougar DNA in scat (feces) from eight counties: Dickinson, Menominee, Delta, Emmet, Presque Isle, Alcona, Roscommon, and Houghton. The conservancy also has documented evidence of cougars from several other sites, including tracks, photos, videotape, and sightings by researchers.
Cougars usually live in areas with plentiful deer and adequate cover - which can include subdivisions and urban fringes. The more we humans invade cougar territory, the greater the chance of human/cougar interactions.
- Habitats and Habits -
We can live with cougars if we respect them, their habitat and their habits.