(Addendum: Please read all the comments to this post, these are NOT photos taken in Michigan! While I do believe cougars inhabit the UP, the question of whether they are in the lower peninsula is still open. )
This gives new meaning to the phrase: “Honey, would you warm up the truck for me?” These were taken on 2/13/2010 outside of Gladwin, Michigan, on Renas Rd.
These photos are courtesy of a customer at the store. Cheri, thank you for forwarding them to me and allowing me to post them. These photos were sent by a relative who was quite taken aback by these three lovely cats hanging out near their truck, right outside their home.
I have personal knowledge of another sighting: my son saw a mountain lion (cougar) while driving on US 2, in the UP, late in the night. This was a few years ago. And now these photos, from last month……
But it seems that the DNR has repeatedly denied that there is a breeding population in Michigan. They maintain that the sightings are of released pets, or cats that have travelled hundreds of miles from the west.
Supposedly, these cats became extinct in Michigan about 100 years ago.
Are these transient cougars?????? I would keep a close eye on your puppy, just in case.