HANCOCK (AP) – A cougar that officials believe migrated from the western U.S. has been caught on camera for a third time in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday the wildcat was photographed by a trail camera Nov. 13 just north of Hancock.
They say it’s probably the same animal that was photographed twice in September. The first time was in Ontonagon County and the second was in adjacent Houghton County, about 15 miles south of Hancock.
The cougar was wearing a radio collar. Western states are the only ones that have collared cougars for research, so officials assume the Michigan cat came from there.
The last known wild cougar in Michigan was killed in 1906, but there have been several verified sightings in the U.P. in recent years.
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