Cougar header Yellowstone Cougar - National Park Service photo by W. L. Miller
  • Michigan Cougar History Cougars were originally native to Michigan, but were extirpated from Michigan around the turn of the century.
  • Description and Life History The cougar, also known as a puma, panther, catamount or mountain lion, is a large-sized wild cat.
  • Cougar-Human Interactions The DNR recognizes that, although highly unlikely, the potential for human-cougar encounters exists, and knowledge is the best tool for minimizing the potential for an attack.

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