BREITUNG TWP., Mich. (WWJ/AP) – Authorities say the frozen carcass of a male cougar that was found along a road in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula likely was dumped at the site.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the cougar was found in Dickinson County’s Breitung Township, about four miles north of Iron Mountain.

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Officials say the carcass may have been thrown from the back of a vehicle before a woman walking her dog discovered it Monday morning. The cause of the cougar’s death wasn’t immediately known.

DNR First Lt. Pete Wright said the carcass likely was dumped within a day or two of when it was found.

“It certainly didn’t end up there naturally,” Wright told “All I know is they don’t end up thrown off the side of a road on their own.”

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Officials are seeking information from the public in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Wright at 906-228-6561, or call the 24-hour DNR Report All Poaching Line at 800-292-7800. Information may be left anonymously.

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