Wait a second … haven’t DNRE officials been denying all along that cougars exist in Michigan?
So what about this image, captured by a trail camera last month in the central Upper Peninsula?
Actually, DNRE officials have not denied that cougars are present in Michigan.
In fact, DNRE wildlife biologist Kristie Sitar told me Tuesday that she has verified numerous cougar tracks, and at least one other photo.
However, there is no evidence of a breeding population of the animals in Michigan — no evidence of young cougars, lactating females, etc.
So, it’s possible that cougars are merely passing through Michigan, like people looking for employment.