Habitat Capacity for Cougar Recolonization in the Upper Great Lakes Region

O'Neil, Rahn, and Bump (2014)

Background: Recent findings indicate that cougars (Puma concolor) are expanding their range into the midwestern United
States. Confirmed reports of cougar in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have increased dramatically in frequency during the last five years, leading to speculation that cougars may re-establish in the Upper Great Lakes (UGL) region, USA. Recent work showed favorable cougar habitat in northeastern Minnesota, suggesting that the northern forested regions of Michigan and Wisconsin may have similar potential. Recolonization of cougars in the UGL states would have important
ecological, social, and political impacts that will require effective management.

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