Michigan

Cougars were originally native to Michigan, but were extirpated from Michigan around the turn of the century. The last known wild cougar taken in the State occurred in 1906 near Newberry. There have been periodic reports of cougar sightings since that time.

Over the past few years, numerous cougar sighting reports have been received from various locations in Michigan. According to the Michigan DNR this situation is not unique to Michigan, but has been occurring in many other mid-western and eastern states as well.

  • Dead Cougar Found on Michigan Road Had Been Snared

     • The Cougar Fund

    Initial examinations of a dead cougar found ditched on the side of a Michigan road have revealed that the cat had been caught in a neck snare.

  • Support Grand Teton National Park’s Preferred Alternative for Moose-Wilson

     • The Cougar Fund
  • Cougars Working Their Way Back Into Midwest

     • The Cougar Fund
  • Confirmed mountain lion sighting in Michigan’s UP (video)

     • The Cougar Fund
  • Could this possibly be in the future?

     • The Cougar Fund

    At least one cougar expert believes the cat could someday recolonize the northeast United States.

  • Support for the protection of wolves is increasing

     • The Cougar Fund

    A federal court order has suspended Wisconsin's wolf hunt.

  • Experts: Cougars Could Return to Northeast

     • The Cougar Fund

    Many biologists agree that the northeast US possesses large tracts of suitable habitat for the cats. Now, some believe that recent long-distance dispersals suggest cougars are capable of recolonizing northeastern states they have long been extirpated from.