For the first time in more than 100 years, a #mountainlion has officially been found in #Michigan's Lower Peninsula.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed the presence of a cougar in Bath Township, Clinton County.
A photo of the cougar was captured by a Haslett resident near the Rose Lake Wildlife Area on June 21. After a field investigation, the MDNR confirmed that the animal was indeed a cougar, also commonly referred to as a mountain lion.
In a statement, MDNR wildlife specialist Kevin Swanson said, "Even with this verification, questions remain, especially regarding the origins of the animal. There is no way for us to know if this animal is a dispersing transient from a western state, like cougars that have been genetically tested from the Upper Peninsula, or if this cat was released locally." More from the MDNR press release: bit.ly/M070717
Source: Michigan Radio