Leelanau County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 3:51 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 18, 2010
Time: Approx. 10:25pm
Location Description: It was a grassy area with a cabin to the left and pine trees to the right. (It was at Leelanau's Rustic Resort, which is located on the west side of south Lake Leelanau.)
At the time this occurred, it was very quiet & I was the only person outside at the Resort. There was little to no wind, and it was approx. 77 degrees. I was standing outside, talking on my cell phone to a friend in St. Clair Shores (which is where I'm from), to find out what the storm prediction was for our neighborhood. While walking/talking, I thought I saw something out of the corner of my eye, so I turned and looked that way. I then saw something move in the shadows behind one of the cabins, so I kept talking but watching. I then saw a large tail sway back and forth as the animal moved toward me. That's when I stopped moving and noticed that it was light in color (I would say, tan) and had the head & body of an over-grown cat. (I own 2 cats, and that was DEFINITELY a cat.) I'm 5'7, and the body was about as high as my knees to middle thigh, and it was lean. When all this info made it's way to my consciousness, I freaked, as it was still moving toward me from the shadows of the cabin. Needless to say it didn't even occur to me to try and get a picture or video of it with my cell phone ... I just screamed and ran and watched over my shoulder to see if it was chasing me - which it didn't. When I screamed, it just stopped walking, and then turned back behind the cabin. (I kept running of course.) When I informed someone else at the Resort about what I had seen, that's when I found out that someone else had said they had also seen a bobcat or cougar on the property earlier in the week. When talking with some of the locals who live in Cedar, they said that I must have seen a cougar and not a bobcat because what I saw had a long tail, and bobcats don't have long tails (?). I called the Traverse City DNR office and left a msg, but no one called me back to get any info. I came across the MI Wildlife Conservatory and reported my sighting, and came across your site as well, so I decided to share my story with you also. Thank you.