Michigan Cougar History

Cougars were originally native to Michigan, but were extirpated from Michigan around the early 1900s. The last known wild cougar legally taken in the State occurred in 1906 near Newberry. There have been periodic confirmations of cougar sightings since that time, and one illegal harvest in the Upper Peninsula. Over the past few years, numerous cougar sighting reports have been received from various locations in Michigan. This situation is not unique to Michigan, but has been occurring in many other mid-western and eastern states as young males disperse from core range in the western United States.

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