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Michigan Cougar Sighting Archive

St. Clair County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Dec 26, 2010 at 12:19 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12/25/2010
Time: 11:15 p.m
County: St. Clair
Location Description: Marsh Road near 26 Mile Road, Marine City Area
Sighting Description:
It appeared to be a "black Panther" which slanked across the ditch of a farm land residence, some 20 feet away from car as we drove home from visiting parents. It did not run, rather it sleekly walked across the farmland ditch. I was very surprised to see such a large cat, never thought there were cougars in that area, especially a black one

Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 4:03 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12/20/2010
Time: 9:15 pm
County: Oakland
Location Description: Wixon road just before it turns into Glengary.
Sighting Description:
I was driving on wixon road and I saw some eyes in the distance on the left side of the road. Thinking it was a deer I slowed down and put my bright lights on it. It got spooked by my car and turn around and headed into and open field. The field was covered in white snow making it easy for me to see it running.


Calhoun County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 11:07 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: December 12, 2010
Time: 5:00pm
County: Calhoun
Location Description: Between 6 1/2 and 6 miles rd, behind an old county gravel pit.
Sighting Description:
While deer hunting, we sighted a cougar about 250 yards from the hunting shacks. We put the binoculars on it and it was definitely a cougar.


Bay County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 7:04 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12-3-10
County: Bay
Location Description: Midland rd. just past the elementary school in auburn.
Sighting Description:
My son and I were on our way to Bay City around 6:00 in the evening when a very large cat ran out in front of our car. It was the size of a big dog. It was a dark color and the tail was really long, and it ran like a cat, not a dog. Some people don't believe us, but we know what we saw.


Iosco County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 11:53 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: November 17 2010
Time: 3:30 pm
County: Iosco
Location Description: The Huron National Forest East of Hale and South of the Au sable River near the intersection of forest roads 4420 and 4406 ...jack pines, scrub oak and some grassy area
Sighting Description:
While deer hunting from a tree stand hung in some large jack pines overlooking a field surrounded by scrub oak and small pines I saw what I thought was A Deer coming through the scrubs.As it entered the field aprox.30 feet from me on my left I realized it was not A deer but A large cat,it crossed the field right in front of me at an angle and I could clearly see that it was a cougar dark brown in color with A long tail that was hung down between its hind legs and curled up(or it would have drug the ground)with a black tip. It had its nose to the ground with its mouth slightly open and seemed to be trailing something,It exited the field on my right at about 75 feet from my tree I could not belive my eyes... It was headed on an angle towards forest road 4406 when it went into some thick brush I climbed from my stand and ran towards the road(about 100 yards)hoping to see it cross It never did I walked the road looking for tracks but none were found, I returned to where I seen it cross the field and realized the size of the animal I had seen was about 2 feet high at the shoulders and 3.5-4 feet long not including the tail.. the size of A large dog I then climbed back up in my stand where I could see farther in case it was still there...we were camping in A tent not 300 yards from where I had seen it, I returned to camp before dark that night and at first light the next morning myself and anoth er hunter from our party walked the road where it should have crossed we saw tracks of A cat exiting the field right where I thought it should then followed my tracks back to where I had exited the woods from my tree stand the night before there is no doubt in my mind that I saw A cougar and it saw me as I walked the road looking for it...Two days later I reported this to A forest ranger he asked if I had any pics. I said no and he promptly rolled up the window of his truck and drove away...this is my second sighting the first was about 10 miles from this spot fom a car and not as personal...I will return when the snow falls and look for big cat signs and hang a trail cam..


Ionia County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Nov 28, 2010 at 10:53 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10-1-2010
Time: 5:00am.
County: Saranac
Location Description: Saranac, Michigan.
Sighting Description:
I was going out hunting with my boyfriend and it was about 5 in the morning. We had to walk about 200ft into our blind. It was dark at the time and we couldn't see anything. As we are sitting in our blind we hear this screeching scream..we both looked at each other with huge bug eyes. We didn't know what to think. It sounded like an animal caught in a trap, it was ear piercing. It went on for about an hour. We heard some rustling in the woods also. As we went in that night the horses were SPRINTING out of the woods spooked by an animal. We figured out it was a cougar. One o f the scariest things of my life! knowing the cougar was right behind us as we were in our blind!


Ionia County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Nov 27, 2010 at 2:27 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10-1-10
Time: 4:30 am
County: Ionia
Location Description: Pecklake Road, Saranac michigan.
Sighting Description:
Saranac michigan, Sitting in my blind open bow season on the edge of a swamp in a field and i heard a scream that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up!!! It was very loud and distinct so i knew it was within only 100 or so yards into the swamp. I never herd this scream before and was a bit scared because it went on for about 5-10 mins... it sounded like a women screaming or a large animal trapped...after about 5 or so minutes it stopped and was never herd again that day! Around 8pm i was packing up my blind just about dark... when i here 12 of the farmers belgin horses come rushing out of the woods into the field by me! i was a bit freaked out because those are some of the biggest horses in the world and are not scared of much. So i talked to the farmer and he told me the same story that happened a week before opening bow season. his horses came rushing out of the woods so he drove back to the field after dark and saw a very large cat that was up to his bottom fence post that was about 36" high and within "half a heart beat" It dashed into the cornfield 20ft away! it was long and had a big tail!!! The farmer has seen many animals on his farm and knows what he saw and i know what i heard.


Manistee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Nov 27, 2010 at 2:27 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/21/2010
Time: 5:00 PM
County: Manistee
Location Description: Deer hunting from a tree stand, my son sighted a large animal with a long tail.
Sighting Description:
Much larger than a domestic cat with a tail longer and not as bushy as a coyote, which we have heard and seen in this area, we determined it to be a cougar.


Genessee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 10:31 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/23/10
Time: 11:00
County: Genessee
Location Description: On the right shoulder on northbound I-75, just north of Flint. I took me about 5 minutes before it occurred to me to record the mile marker, which I would estimate to have been about 125.
Sighting Description:
I was driving northbound on I-75 just north of Flint when I saw a cougar standing attentively just off the right side of the highway. I know nothing is ever 100% positive, but I'm as sure as I could possibly be that this was a cougar having seen them before living in Kentucky.


Alpena County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 5:27 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11-15-10
Time: 0800
County: Alpena
Location Description: Near the intersection of M32 & M65.
Sighting Description:
Son in law spotted a large(200lbs)animal with a very muscular build. He also noted it had a long tail with short hair and the head of a lion. When shown a picture of a courgar he said "that's what I saw". This was NOT a coyote or a deer or a bob cat.


Kent County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 9:18 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/22/10
Time: 8:22PM
County: KENT
Location Description: On the NorthWest part of our property which butts up to woods. We are just South of 13 mile road and North of 12 mile road. Also, in between Young and Ramsdel Road. It is the border of Cedar Springs and Rockford.
Sighting Description:
My son and I were driving home when we saw a very Large brown animal at the back of our 9 acre property which butts up to woods. The animal was next to our playset took three strides and then jumped at least 4-6 ft high and 25-30 feet long jump. The animal was extremely swift. When it jumped it landed and went into another giant leap to the edge of our property and then ran rapidly off into the woods. This animal was tall, long legged, large body,very fast, can jump high and far with clearly little effort. Too large, jumps too high and fast to be a deer.


Macomb County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 9:56 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/20/10
Time: 9:45 AM
County: Macomb
Location Description: North of 22 Mile Rd between Garfield Rd. and Romeo Plank Rd.
Sighting Description:
My house backs up to some woods and a farmer's field. I saw what I thought was a dog wandering around. I grabbed my binoculars and was stunned to see that it was a BIG cat with a long tail. It stalked around the open field briefly and then disappeared into the woods.


Presque Isle County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 12:21 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: November 15, 2010
Time: 7:45 am
County: Presque Isle
Location Description: Quarry
Sighting Description:
I was walking out to my blind slow and quiet as always for my annual opening day deer hunt. I don't spook easily but as soon as I started walking in the bush there was something stalking me. I couldn't see it but it was loud and close. I took a few steps...it took a few steps...this went on for about 200 ft. Then I was really scared thinking that maybe it was a bear or wolf...never ever expecting a cougar for goodness sakes !!! I stopped...made a loud growl (boy have I got teased for that !!!) racked a bullet in my chamber and was ready to fire a shot to scare it. I got the rest of the way back to my blind without any more stalking. I was so scared. My heart was pounding and I was so bummed that I just ruined my opening day hunt. I had a nap since there was any way a deer would be in my blind after that rediculous growl and the fact that I probably sounded like a heard of elephants entering my blind. I woke up groggy, looked out my window and swore I saw a cougar. I immediately thought to myself..."Did you just dream that ?"...."Are there frickin cougars up here ?" "Is that what frickin stalked me this morning ?".....Then one of the boys said they were stalked walking out of his blind for about 1000 yards. He had a pistol and wasn't scared and also could not see it. He said it was stalking about 20 feet away in exacly the same manner....He took a few steps...the cat took a few....He stopped....the cat stopped. My heart is still pounding !!!


Berrien County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 9:45 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11-17-10
Time: 10:00 pm
County: berrien
Location Description: On my property in the woods along Brandywine Creek.
Sighting Description:
I saw it from maybe twenty five feet away. It had a tail and was the size of my 105 pound labrador. Moved like a serious cat.

Berrien County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 8:19 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11-11-10
Time: 9 pm
County: Berrien
Location Description: Saw cougar behind my house attempting to get a duck from a small pond about 100 feet from house. un-fortunately the only reason I saw cougar was because I let my 4 min-pins out to use facilities and they surrounded cougar. as soon as I shined cougar with lite, it grabbed largest min-pin (about 15 lbs) and ran about 25 mph ish accross my soy bean field. stopped about 350 yards into bean field and killed dog. Talking with neighbors, found 2 had seen similar size/descript cougar recently with-in last 2 weeks.

Calhoun County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 2:42 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/15/2010
Time: 12:00pm
County: Calhoun
Location Description: In a feild off of Verona Road just south of the I-94 overpass.
Sighting Description:
Two truck drivers that work for my company were traveling together from Marshall to Battle Creek and both spotted a large cat sitting in a field just south of I-94. The cat moved and they both looked at eachother in disbelief saying to eachother "did you just see that?". They wanted to stop but were unable to because they were driving a large loaded gasoline tanker with nowhere to park.

Crawford County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 9:37 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11-15-2010
Time: 4:30 pm
County: CRAWFORD
Location Description: FLETCHER AND JOHNSON RD. WEST SIDE OF MUD LAKE.
Sighting Description:
I was hunting about 50 yards off the edge of the cedar swamp when I saw a shape I assumed was a deer. I put my scope on it at 3 power, It was looking into the swamp,it didn't move at all for about three minutes,it was frozen still with it's left rear leg held up and its tail fairly straigt out like you would see a house cat watching a chipmunk. I bumped the scope up to 9x to get a better look, it was aprox 80 yds from me.As far as I know it never knew I was there. It was light brown like a deer but what I really noticed was its tail,instead of just a black tip the last 18'' or so was a faded black progressing to the solid black tip. I reset my scope to 3x for better field of view and when I looked again it was gone. I walked out of there backwards. I will try to get pictures and update.

Branch County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 4:57 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Nov. 15, 2010
Time: 12:15p.m.
County: Branch
Location Description: Sighted on Gilead Lake Rd about 1/2 miles north of the Indiana line.
Sighting Description:
I was on my way home from work, and I saw it cross the road when I got up by where it had been it was laying in the tall grass on the side of the road.


Emmett County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 1:09 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: November 12, 2010
Time: 7:30 p.m.
County: Emmett
Location Description: Driving north on Lake/Michigan before it turns into Horton Bay Road appx. 5 miles outside of Boyne City.
Sighting Description:
We were drving from Boyne City to Bay Harbor. A cougar crossed the road in front of our car. It stopped, looked at us, then turned around and went back into the woods. It's long thin tail was pointed upward, and it appear to be appx. 4-5 feet long.


Calhoun County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 11:32 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/15/2010
Time: 4:30 pm
County: Calhoun
Location Description: I-94 and Helmer Rd (Exit 95)
Sighting Description:
Driving home from work I saw a very large tan cat stalking in a recently cut cornfield. It was definately a cat and I really think too big to be a bobcat. It blended in very well with the corn stalks and was hardly noticeable. I immediately pulled off the interstate and went back for a picture but could not find a turnaround close by and it took me nearly 5 minutes to get back to the same spot. I didn't get a picture. I will say that it looked similar but furrier than the picture above and it had very large (noticeable even from the highway) paws.


Charlevoix County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 8:07 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/06/2010
Time: 10:40pm
County: Charlevoix
Location Description: About a mile south west of Boyne golf course, on Korthase rd. Roughly 75 yards from the deer lake rd intersection.
Sighting Description:
At 10:40 pm on Saturday, the sixth of November, 2010, I was just turning off of Deer lake rd onto Korthase rd and I realized within the first 20 yards that there was an animal in the road headed at me. At first I thought,"what an odd deer!" and then realized it was no deer. The golden tan colored animal was moving towards me on a sort of prowling walk. With eyes that were reflecting in a bright yellow/orange color. I have never been concerned of cougar before, but as I realized what it is, quickly changed my mind. Closing the gap quickly, I hesitated to apply the brakes and for what ever reason either did the cat. Once I saw that it was not stopping I finally began to slow and as my brake lights flashed, the cougar turned to the east about ten- fifteen feet in front of me at which point I sized up the animal to the hood of my car. I estimate the animal to be Five foot long in body and a three foot tail about 3 inches in diameter. A round head and thick legs. There was no doubt of the animal I was looking at... At this point the cougar leapt from the middle of the northbound lane and over the ditch from a nearly stand- still position. At the location of the incident, the deer lake swamp is on both sides of the road and the shoulder has grassy thick earth and the swamp is layered in mossy rebounding soil. I did go back in daylight and look for tracks but did not find adequate impressions. I estimate the weight of the cat to be in the140- 160 lb range. I also noticed the stomach had a sag to it as would be expected in a cat. I will enter the woods differently now. Deer hunting will not be the same fir me, I know I am not the only one after the prey!


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 12:46 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/27/2010
Time: 5:00PM
County: Oakland
Location Description: Pontiac Road and I75 in Auburn Hills. At the side of Lumber Liquidators there's a hill that leads up to I75. It's brushy and that's where we saw it.
Sighting Description:
My wife and I were getting into our car when we simultaneously spotted the cougar near the top of the hill that goes up to I75. We thought it was a tan dog at first and then realized it was a cat with a very long tail. I went up to the fence to get a better look when the cat turned its head and faced me. I didn't know what it was. I forgot about it until tonight when the Tonight Show had some wild cats on. I googled "large cats in Michi gan" and found a picture of a cougar. Same face, although I don't think it was fully grown. It was way too big to be a house cat and had a much more distinctive face.


Sanilac County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 4:14 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: November 9, 2010
Time: 2:45 PM
County: Sanilac
Location Description: M-53 About 2 Miles South of Marlette, MI
Sighting Description:
With my sales manager in the passenger seat and one other passenger behind me, I was driving on Southbound M-53 from Bad Axe returning to Imlay City around 2:45 pm. We had just passed through Marlette, maybe 2 miles south, and the animal bounded across M-53 West to East about 75 feet in front of us. It was large, dark tan cat with a long tail. This was my second cougar sighting in Michigan since 2007, the last was in Roscommon where I had a full profile and front view of a cougar about 25 yards if front of me (while hiking) and so I know what we saw. My front passenger and I both had a very good look at the cat this time which stood at least 2 1/2 feet tall and was a good 4 feet in length with a very long tail. No doubt in either of our minds what we saw was a young cougar. The passenger in the rear had an obstructed view and did not see it. There were corn fields on either side. We pulled over where it crossed, but it must have hidden itself in the one small grove of trees visible in the cornfield so we did not get a second look.


Clare County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 6:51 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/4/2010
Time: 11:30AM
County: Clare
Location Description: North of Harrison. Approx 3 miles south of Roscommon County line near Old 27. Private Hunting Property. Heavy cover, Autumn Olive bushes, etc. Lots of small game which I believe attracted the animal.
Sighting Description:
Walking down my two-track which is planted as a food plot. Spotted long brown animal lying along the RH side of trail, thought it was possibly a wounded deer until it stood up, walked sideways, then away from me which is when I saw the tail and distinct hip structure. It then turned and started walking towards me. I waved my bow over my head and yelled loudly several times. It crouched and crept forward but would not leave staying in a pouncing position, ears up staring at me, approx 40 yards distant. I backed away and retreated to an elevated blind for protection. Had to walk the same trail out 20 minutes later or so to get to my truck and the cat was thankfully gone. My trail camera was only 10 yards away facing the other way so no picture. This is a 100% true story. I am an engineer and have been hunting Michigan, UP and LP, for over 30 years. I was a nay-sayer about cougars being here until this encounter. I estimate the size of the cougar to be similar to a medium sized doe.


Washtenaw County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Nov 7, 2010 at 7:38 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Last week in October 2010
Time: 7:30 am
County: Washtenaw
Location Description: On the golf course green behind my home.
Sighting Description:
I was standing at the windows which overlook my back yard, a golf course green and a woods beyond. I noticed a black feline-appearing animal emerge from the woods, cross the edge of the green moving toward my house and then veering to its left and disappearing behind a clump of pine trees, moving toward a small gully with a stream. The animal was the size of a small collie dog, had a small feline head and a large tail. I can't swear that it was a cougar, just that it moved like a feline and was much too big to be a house ca t. Later in the day I noticed a deer coming out of the same woods the "cat" had been in and moving down the edge of the woods out of my sight.


Wayne County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 1:28 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/01/10
Time: 1:30 a.m
County: Wayne/Oakland
Location Description: At the 696/275 S interchange
Sighting Description:
I was merging onto 275 South when 2 cars in front of me braked suddenly and a catlike figure sprinted with lightning speed across the lanes. I immediately looked to my right and saw a large cat at the end of the bush gazing back at the highway. I recognized it as a light brown cougar and was in awe.


Barry County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 6:24 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/19/10
Time: 7:35 AM
County: Barry
Location Description: west state road just outside the city limits.
Sighting Description:
My son was driving to school,the cougar ran across the road,he had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting it, when it got across the road it stopped and looked at him then ran in the woods. A car had stopped they saw it too.


Antrim County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 10:41 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Oct 7 2010
Time: evening
County: Antrim
Location Description: Sighting was on Eckhardt Rd.
Sighting Description:
On this sighting the cougar was standing in the road but cougars have been sighted along this road and in the local area on several occasions. I have photos of tracks and plaster casts of one that was spotted my my granddaughter in Feb 2010.


Oceana County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 8:17 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10-18-2010
Time: 8:00 a.m.
County: Oceana
Location Description: Deer Rd. just west of the west mich. sand drags.
Sighting Description:
I was on my way to work, and it ran across the road about 100 yds. in front of me. It was aproximately the size of a medium to large dog, and moved like a cat,reddish-brown color, with a tail at least two feet long. Also, about a month ago, a co-worker saw one within a mile of this location, on Ridge Rd.


Houghton County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Oct 17, 2010 at 10:31 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: oct 17 2010
Time: 6:00
County: Houghton
Location Description: On the orv trail between chassell and arnheim rd. just off the end of the sturgeon river road in chassell.
Sighting Description:
My orv broke down when i was Grouse hunting, it left me stranded in the klingville swamp, and with no choice but to walk the orv trail back the way i came to the railroad grade. At this point i was worried about there not being enough daylight to make it out, it was just after 6:00 P.M. when i came to the rail road grade. i walked two to three hundred yards down the Grade toward chassell MI when i looked up and saw a tan colored animal walking fifty yards in front of m e in the same direction. This animal was approximatly two to three ft in height and roughly five ft long with a long tail.I looked at it through binoculars and i am sure what i saw was a cougar.


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 3:18 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/09/20010
Time: 3 pm
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: U.S. 131 Just north of White Pigeon.
Sighting Description:
Saw a large Cougar stalking through a tall grass field. Fairly close to human populations.


Wayne County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 11:58 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: October 2, 2010
Time: 2:50a.m.
County: Wayne
Location Description: Westbound I-94 freeway and Telegraph Rd.
Sighting Description:
I saw a large animal run quickly across the freeway. My car was the only car approaching the animal when it darted across swiftly. The animal had made it safely across an ran into a wooded area by the time my car passed. The animal had a very long tail like a fox but it was twice the size of a fox. The animal could not have been a deer due to it's long tail and height.


Muskegon County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at 8:21 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: October 9, 2010
Time: 10:35 am
County: Muskegon
Location Description: On highway 31.
Sighting Description:
A friend and I were driving from Montague to Pentwater when a large reddish-brown cougar ran across the highway (31, both directions). It was running VERY fast and it was obvious it was a very large animal in the cat family. There were other cars on the road and other travelers must have seen the cougar as well.


Leelanau County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Oct 3, 2010 at 11:32 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 09/19/2010
Time: 2:00 pm
County: Leelanau
Location Description: M22 on south side of Little Traverse Lake, wooded area just east of County Rd 667, where a creek flows under the highway.
Sighting Description:
We were biking west on M22 and saw the cougar lope across the road from north to south in front of us. He seemed to be a small-medium sized cougar (50 - 70 lbs?), medium brown color (darker than I would have expected), with the long curling tail trailing behind. I biked to the other side of the road by the creek and caught another view of the cougar about 75 ft south of the road crossing the creek on a large fallen tree. The cougar then disappeared as it moved south into the brush.


Washtenaw County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Oct 3, 2010 at 10:48 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/30/2010
Time: 6:40am
County: Washtenaw
Location Description: East bound I-94 just before the 159 exit. Approximately 44 meters before the large blue 159 exit sign.
Sighting Description:
While traveling east bound, the head and shoulders of a lightly colored animal were evident on the side of the road. The shoulder dips in that area and the animal was looking directly across the road. As we got closer the cougar was very clear and distinct. The ears were positioned front word and a clear profile was made. The cougar looked to be a little larger than my German Shepard, in the 65 to 85 pound range.


Washtenaw County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 6:29 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/01/2010
Time: 4:30 p.m.
County: Washenaw
Location Description: Munger and Merritt Road, Ypsilanti, MI
Sighting Description:
Large black cat with very long tail. It ran very fast across road.


St. Clair County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 2:49 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/30/2010
Time: 1:42 am
County: SAINT CLAIR
Location Description: Crossing from north to south across Bordman Road about 1/2 west of Miller/Omo Road.
Sighting Description:
It was a foggy night with patches of thick fog along North Ave. and Bordman Road. A lot of active deer and I was driving slow to avoid deer. My headlights stopped 4 or 5 deer along the side of the road along North Ave. and near the corner of North Ave. and Bordman. I was watching for the "red eye" of deer as I was driving. In a thick patch of fog 1/2 mile or so west of Miller/Omo road I saw a large cat silhouette with the long up curved tail cross the road about 15 feet in front of me. I'd estimate the total length from nose to tail about 7 feet long. As it stepped onto the shoulder it looked into the headlights and it's eyes reflected bluish green as it stared at the car and kept walking off the road and into the brush. Unlike most animals "caught" in the headlights it didn't slow down or speed up, just looked at the car and kept walking along and into the brush and then trees. I will go back at sun up with a camera to see if I can photograph any tracks on the shoulder of the road. It was a wet day and foggy night so I am fairly confident I'll find tracks in the light. I am a wildlife educator for Animal Encounters and I have worked with all sorts of big cats over the last 20 years from lynx to tigers including mountain lion/cougars.


Lenawee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 2:03 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Sept 29, 2010
Time: 12:05pm
County: Lenawee
Location Description: Field behind our home
Sighting Description:
I was making lunch and noticed something brown moving in field behind our house, thought it was a deer but looked closer and saw it had a 3 ft tail and walked more like a cat. The animal walked a few feet and then laid down in the grass and rolled some in the grass and got back up and started walking again.


Mason County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 6:41 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: sept 09
Time: 2:00 pm
County: Mason
Location Description: back side of Goose Neck Lake
Sighting Description:
"we're out cutting wood and it was in the road WE!! seen it! we follow it . it run in to the woods so we look in the road at the tracks .this is the cool part in the road ther was little tracks with big ones to. we did't say nothing because didn't what no one to mess with them."


Barry County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 8:21 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/26/10
Time: 10:00 am
County: Barry
Location Description: Delton Rd Delton mi
Sighting Description:
Cat was walking/stalking slowly about 200 yards behind my house located near Delton high school. it was walking a grass line on the other side of a small cut hey feild. It came out to the edge of the feild walked 50 or so feet down the edge and went back into the grass toward a swapmy area


Barry County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 6:56 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/25/2010
Time: 3:30
County: Barry
Location Description: Herbert road, winding area, where hunters leave deer carcasses.
Sighting Description:
I was driving west on herbert road between Kelly and Hallock , approached as the cat was attempting to cross the road, it paused, then went across, the most distinctive feature I noticed was the huge tail.


Wexford County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 3:09 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/19/10
Time: 1:00 pm
County: Wexford
Location Description: South of the Hodenpyle Dam area and west of M37 in a wooded uninhabited area. No houses for miles. Very little traffic.
Sighting Description:
We were driving on a back country but paved road when we spotted the cat in the road in front of us. The cat was walking slowly north, crossing the road. It was obviously a full grown animal (easily the size of a rottweiler but it had a very long tail) traveling alone. The cat did not speed up and watched us as our vehicle came closer though we did reduce our speed as to watch him/her better. When the cat left the road it dissapeared into the woods.


Calhoun County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Sep 19, 2010 at 4:20 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/19/2010
Time: 1AM
County: Calhoun
Location Description: Northbound I-69 approx 5 miles south of Marshall exit
Sighting Description:
While driving north on I-69, I had to swerve to miss hitting an animal crossing the highway from west to east. It was about the height of a small deer or large dog, tan in color, thin, with a long tail that curved upward at the end. It moved slowly and simply turned around and headed back to the west. I didn't know what it was at first, but "mountain lion" was the closest thing I could think of to describe it. I called my son as I continued driving north and had him look online to check the normal range and habitat of mountain lions. He said "any where west of South Dakota". I described what I had seen and he looked at various photos of animals and agreed that what I was describing sure sounded like a mountain lion or cougar. I had no idea they inhabited Michigan until I found this web site the next day. The cougar I saw was quite a bit thinner than the ones depicted here, but very sure that's what I saw, especially after reading about all the sightings listed here.


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 4:14 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/11/10
Time: 3AM
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: Driving along I-94 in between milemarkers 93 and 92.
Sighting Description:
On my way home from work I saw what at first I thought was a deer crosing the road in front of me. It was just far enough away to be mostly shadow. When it passed infront of a road construction barrel I could make out the feline body and long tail of the cougar. I have been an avid hunter and outdoorsman my entire life and I know what animals look like in the wild, this was definetely a cougar!


Oceana County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 4:47 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 09/03/10
Time: 2330 hrs
County: Oceana
Location Description: Private dirt road next the Channel that runs between Pentwater Lake and Lake Michigan.
Sighting Description:
Back in the Beach Association dirt roads off of Chester St in Pentwater. The road is just barely more than a two track to get back to the residences on the Lake. It had just rained heavely. The cat ran across the road in front of me and up into the hill that is has covered heavily in trees. It was a quick view but it was the size of a medium to large dog, light colored, and had a long tail. The area has a ton of deer also that are regularly grazing in the open all over that area at dusk and dawn.


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/30/10
Time: 7:55 a.m.
County: Oakland
Location Description: Heavily wooded area within subdivision. Many deer, ducks, rabbits present.
Sighting Description:
Looked out my back window and saw the tan colored cougar drinking from the lake behind my neighbors house 2 doors down. It turned and I saw the extremely large tail with the curve on the end of it. It was around 4 feet long!


Crawford County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 2:12 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/29/2010
Time: 12:00 pm
County: Crawford
Location Description: My dad was driving North on Kolke Creek Rd., about 100 yards south of the Gravel pit when it crossed. Approx. 1 mile or so south of Mt. Frederic Rd.
Sighting Description:
My dad was driving North on Kolke Creek Rd., about 100 yards south of the gravel pit. A mountain lion ran across the road infront of his truck, only approx. 30 yards away from him. It crossed from the East and ran west across the road, into a stand of pine trees. It was big, golden brown with a long tail. It was at noon, so he saw it clear as day. Definetly a mountain lion!!


Charlevoix County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 7:54 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/27/10
Time: 9:30am
County: Charlevoix
Location Description: Approx 1.5 miles on the south side of Fisherman's Island State park.
Sighting Description:
Wading out in the water we saw 2 cougars investigating 2 swans who were in the water (and left quickly). One looked to be 150-200 lbs., the other smaller. They descended back into the woods quickly. Very powerful animals!!


Oceana County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 10:44 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8-21-2010
Time: 5:00 PM
County: Oceana
Location Description: Hart-Montague Bike Trail between mile markers 5 and 6 at trailside overlook deck with two picnic tables.
Sighting Description:
My partner and I were biking north on the Hart-Montague trail and were planning to stop at the trailside overlook deck. From about 80 yards away, we saw an animal walk onto the bike path from the west just north of the deck. I first thought it was a deer. But then it stopped as it saw us approaching, looked at us, turned around, and disappeared back into the woods to the west. As it turned, we saw that it was a cougar based on large size, color(reddish brown), pointed ears, and long tail (over 2 feet long with dark tip). Estimated weight: 75 pounds. Overall length: 5-6 feet.


St Clair County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 9:47 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/24/2010
Time: 5:30 pm
County: St. Clair
Location Description: The Cougar crossed St. Clair Highway 1/4 mile west of Wadhams road.
Sighting Description:
I was driving east on St. Clair highway at approximately 5:30 pm. The Cougar crossed the road 50-75 yards in front of me.


Iron County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08/21/2010
Time: 6:15 pm
County: Iron County , MI / Iron River
Location Description: Apple Blossum Trail. Trail in between river bank / woods / brush and the RV Park on Genesee St. Iron River, MI
Sighting Description:
Walking down trail towards the Frisbee golf area. Last RV in the park on my right, wooded area / brush / river to my left. Noticed out of the corner of my eye something run across trail toward river and jump into brush. As I walked by moving / shaking brush looked down and seen the cougar head looking at me, it was crouched down. As soon as I turned my head and looked at it, it turned around and ran into deeper brush toward the river.Round face with whitish face around big yellow eyes. It really freaked me out and I walked off of the trail into the RV park. No one was out at the RV park on the side of the trail, there were a few people out on the opposite side of the park though. Seemed to me it was coming from the last RV parked on the right (which no one was there).


Grand Traverse County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Aug 8, 2010 at 12:20 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: August 4, 2010
Time: 2:30 p.m.
County: Grand Traverse
Location Description: River Road area
Sighting Description:
My boyfriend and I were on our quad driving down a boat launch access road off of River Road. It was sunny and about 2:30 p.m., last Thursday. We were just cruising along and then in front of us we saw what we first thought was a panther because of how dark the animal was. After we got over the shock and surprise of what we had just seen and much conversation about it we came to the conclusion it was a very dark cougar. As the Northern Michigan "swamp deer" are quite dark, this cougar was quite dark. He just meandered across the road, in no hurry turn cross. The animal did not look in our direction as we came down the road. There were plenty of kayakers when we approached the launch. We are avid outdoor enthusiasts and have enjoyed all aspects of our wildlife but have never ever seen nor heard of a cougar in our area before. We called the DNR right away and left a message but to this date no one has returned our call. We both know what we saw and it was absolutely a cougar. We are grateful not only for the experience we shared together in seeing this beautiful animal but that we have each as witnesses to what we saw. It was a beautiful moment that we will never forget. And Thank You for having this site to share our cougar story with!


St. Clair County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 9:26 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08/02/10
Time: 9:06 PM
County: St Clair
Location Description: My wife and I were westbound on I69 after meeting friends for dinner in Port Huron, MI. We saw a big cat, that was unmistakable and we saw it east of mile marker 193 perhaps a quarter to a half mile going south from the wooded area on the north side of I69.
Sighting Description:
My wife and I had joined friends in Port Huron for dinner who were there while on their sailboat on their way out the St Lawrence Seaway. We left Port Huron for home west of Lansing shortly before 9 PM and not far west of Port Huron in a low wooded area we saw a large cat with a long tail moving across I69 going from North to South. It was overall as long as at least 1/3 of the width of the right lane when we first saw it. There was no mistaking this animal for anything but a big cat. It appeared to be fairly dark in color. I am 64 and my wife is 59 so we have some experience in life. Not a dog, not anything but a big cat. Long tail and it was in no hurry and did not run but rather just moved across the road on its own schedule. No camera but then hard to expect the unexpected. By the way we had root beer with our dinner. I was amazed since we hear about these sightings and there we were. No one probably would believe you but we saw it.


Gratiot County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 4:54 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/27/2010
Time: 7:30 a.m.
County: Gratiot-Isabella line
Location Description: Fence row of field approx. 50-75 yards away
Sighting Description:
Someone was in road in front of my house yelling for attention and I noted animal West of my home in backyard. I thought it was a dog at first, but reassessed when I saw the long tail and face. It walked slowly to woods and jumped in.


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 12:36 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/2/10
Time: 5:20 AM
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: It was along side off I94 between Shaver and Centre.
Sighting Description:
It was foggy this morning on my way to work. I saw an animal along side of the road from a distance so I slowed down thinking there would be more some where , when I got up to the animal it was a younger cougar eating a dead deer.


Leelanau County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 8:56 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 3 2010
Time: approx 7-8 pm
County: Leelanau
Location Description: M 22 6 miles north of N. Lake Leelanau. Spotted while leaving restaurant approx 30-50 yards away. Crossing the road from one wooded area to another.
Sighting Description:
We were standing in the parking lot with a group after dining at the Happy Hour restaurant ready to get in our cars. I was chatting and gazing south down the road (M 22) and saw a silouhette crossing the highway from one wooded area to another. At first I assumed it was a deer (as we had seen many at dusk) but as this crossed it was clear from it's gait and shape that it was a big cat. I pointed it out to my niece''s husband saying "oh my god do you see that" He looked and concurred that it was indeed a big cat. It was amazing and a sight to see! It was approx 30 - 50 yards south of us....and would be approx up to the top of our knees.


Cheboygan County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 8:10 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7-27-10
Time: 1:00 PM
County: Cheboygan
Location Description: Dirt road heavily wooded
Sighting Description:
The cat walked fairly slow across the road, but once it got to the side of the road, it had taken off. It was roughly the size of my small female Collie. Perhaps 45-50 lbs. It had a thick tail, and was a dark brown color. I have done cat rescue for many years, and this was NOT a house cat.


Alcona County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 6:41 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7-30-2010
Time: 5:00pm
County: Alcona
Location Description: M-72, just west of Hubbard Lake Road.
Sighting Description:
I was headed home from work with my work partner when suddenly we both observed a cougar leaping across M-72 just west of Hubbard lake road, traveling from the north side of M-72 to the south side of M-72 and into the forest. I choked on my Dr. Pepper that I was drinking as I excitedly said to my partner, "Did you see that ?". He replied, "Did you see that?" Ha Ha !! That was a Cougar I said. He looked at me and said, "I don't know what else it could have been. It was way to big and long to be a bobcat and it was not a coyote or dog because it was way to fast and leaped instead of trotting like a dog.... and THAT TAIL!!". "Ohh, It was a cougar alright", I exclaimed. This is the second cougar I have seen in the last 8 years, the first one being some miles away from this site while driving the back-roads of the Huron National Forest on a spring afternoon. At that time I was with another friend. I reported it as a black cat in Alcona County out by Bliss lake in the Huron National forest. -- Actually the guy I was with back then just saw a cougar on Hubbard lake road and Trask Lake road just last month. He was with his girlfriend and observed the Cougar which was a tan color just standing in the intersection. That intersection is empty of traffic most of the time as it is off the beaten path. The location of the Cougar I just saw 45 minutes ago was about one mile from his sighting. I can't wait to tell him!! Ha Ha !! It is exciting to know that these beautiful and graceful cats are thriving in our area. We have heard reports of a Cougar family with kittens down by Hubbard Lake road and Sucker Creek road. That is about 8 miles down Hubbard lake from where I and my partner sighted this one today. The Cougar I saw today was very low to the ground as it ran across M-72. It was a dark tan in color with a very long tail. It's speed was amazing. It crossed the two lane highway and disappeared into the forest with no more than 3 bounds of it's mighty hind legs. -- I still am quite excited by the experience of seeing this graceful beast!! We are blessed here in Northeast Michigan with an abundance of wildlife and I count myself very lucky indeed to have personally seen this graceful animal twice in the last 8 years!! Thank you God!! Your wonders never cease to amaze me!!


Benzie County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:51 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/30/2010
Time: 10:45am
County: Benzie
Location Description: crossing M-22 from west to east between Deadstream Rd and Park Edge Drive
Sighting Description:
We were coming out of Park Edge Drive for a bike ride along M-22 and we saw something standing on the road about 150 yards down. It was in a shady area and at first we thought it was a deer. But realized that it had a long tail curled at the end, shorter legs, and long body. After it crossed there was a baby cougar that scrambled across the road after it.


Genesee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 9:43 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 29,2010
Time: 7:30 PM
County: Genesee
Location Description: South East corner (field) of Marshall Rd. and Lake Rd.
Sighting Description:
I was riding bikes with my two daughters when out of the corner of my eye I thought I seen a yearling deer. We turned around to check it out and to our suprise there roamed a (from tip of tail to tip of nose)about 6 foot long, reddish/tan cougar. It stopped and looked at us for about 30 seconds and went into the brush behind an old house. I notified neighbors of the sighting and they seen it too. Neighbors said they seen a cougar in their back field 2 years ago. A lot of people do not believe it or have mistaken it, but being an avid hunter, I know what I seen.


Saginaw County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 11:03 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: April 29 2009
Time: 1pm
County: Saginaw
Location Description: cut corn field in Marion springs
Sighting Description:
I was driving down the road at about 50 mph when i looked over and saw a balck couger running across a cut corn field. i slowed down to 40 mph and it was running the same speed. I was able the watch the animal run for aprox 300 yards then it made it to the wood line.


Cheboygan County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 10:47 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/27/10
Time: 9:50 a.m.
County: Cheboygan County
Location Description: Brutus Road & Maple Bay Road
Sighting Description:
I was walking alone when I turned down Maple Bay Road. There is forest on both sides of the road. I noticed an animal coming out of the woods to cross the road. It was walking slowly and I initially didn't feel threatened. I thought it was a dog. It was close to the size and color of a golden retriever. I started to panic when I couldn't figure out why it's head wasn't shaped like a golden retriever, it's skull was large and cat-like. It stopped and looked at me. It's tail was long and curled at the end and not hairy like a golden retriever. This animal didn't appear aggressive, just interested in me. It was very still and not crossing over to the go back into the forest. Then full panic set in. I stopped and very slowly walked in the opposite direction. I kept looking back and to make sure it didn't follow me. He went back into the forest. He never appeared aggressive but because I couldn't register or reference what type of animal I was encountering I was afraid. When I got back to the cottage we're renting I googled images and the animal I saw was definitely a cougar. Yikes!


Midland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 6:38 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/24/2010
Time: 6:30 pm
County: Midland
Location Description: Alongside US 10 about 4-5 miles east of Coleman.
Sighting Description:
Just a quick glimpse but sure it was not a deer, bobcat or coyote. It Headed south from Eastbound lane. Did not see it cross highway.


Berrien County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 8:19 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/20/10
Time: 6:30PM
County: Berrien County
Location Description: Stevensville-Baroda Road, Stevenville, MI
Sighting Description:
I was driving South on Stevensville-Baroda Road just passed Johnson Road in Stevensville. I spotted the cougar crossing the road and disappeared into the ravine.


Genesee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 19, 2010
Time: 9:30 pm
County: Genesee
Location Description: Neighborhood, subdivision, 1/2 acre lots, bordering a school and wooded area
Sighting Description:
I was walking my dog through the neighborhood and was just turning down a street to head home. As I turned onto the street a big creature, probably about three to four feet tall, ran from one side of the street to the other. It moved very quickly and silently. The creature was light in color, but it wasn't a dog, it didn't have the characteristics of a dog, it resembled something from the cat family. After the creature crossed to the house across the street, I looked in that direction trying to figure out just what kind of animal it was. I could see it behind some pine trees watching me, it reminded me of a big cat scoping out its prey. Needless to say, I got out of the area as quickly as I could, while watching to make sure I wasn't being followed. If it was a cougar, I didn't realize they were this far south in Michgan. I have friends in Traverse City who have cougars in the woods by their home, I didn't know they had traveled this far downstate.


Genesee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 11:37 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/17/2010
Time: 3:59 PM
County: Genesee
Location Description: Wooded, lots of deer
Sighting Description:
At the end of my backyard there is a drop off of about 50' with a stream below. The stream connects to the Flint River. My backyard has woods on one side and in the back. The cat has been sitting and walking on the line between my cut grass area and the taller grassy area within the woods. I have observed this younger smaller cat four to five times since the spring. Earlier in the spring when the wooded area was clear from leaves, I went outside with a relative to look down the 50' incline where the cat walked. After observing the area for a few minutes, I viewed a lager cat, about six foot long, walk through the thick brush by the water. The younger cat was standing on a rock drinking out of the stream. The sighting on 07/17/2010 is of a smaller cat, about three to five times bigger than a domestic cat. I was able to get a few digital pictures, however they are from a distance of about 125 feet.


Calhoun County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 9:20 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/20/2010
Time: 08:20
County: Calhoun
Location Description: Fritz Keiper Blvd heading east
Sighting Description:
I saw what appeared to be a light brown large cat with a long tail and white whiskers, bigger than a German Sheppard run across the road in front of my office window on Fritz Keiper Blvd.


Genesee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 7:34 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 19, 2010
Time: 4:00 PM
County: Genesee
Location Description: Behind a General Motors Corporate building, highly wooded, natural wetlands, heavily populated with goose and deer
Sighting Description:
It was definitley a cougar! It had no spots, it carried its tail straight behind it and was about 2-3 feet tall. It wasn't running real fast, almost like a gallop in front of the tall weeds, which surprised me because it was out on the grass that is often cut. It looked as if it could've been either young or just really hungry because it wasn't very heavy, it was skinny! There were 2 of us that saw this & we're convinced this is what we saw!!!!


Washtenaw County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 10:05 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7-19-10
Time: 4:30 AM
County: Washtenaw
Location Description: Willow Rd just west of Sumpter.
Sighting Description:
I saw this animal on the side of Willow Rd. just west of Sumpter early in the morning about 4:30. At first I thought it was a dog, but it had a rounded head with pointed ears. I googled until I found this website and one of the picture looks exactly like the one I saw. This animal was very large, maybe 100 pounds or more.


Iosco County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 7:11 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7-15-10
Time: 5:00 p.m.
County: Iosco County
Location Description: East River Rd about 4 miles west of Oscoda
Sighting Description:
A cougar crossed heading north in front of us. We backed up and stopped to look at it. It stopped and looked at us. Unfortunately we did not get a picture. We are very sure of what we saw, no mistake!


Newago County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 5:26 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/13/2010
Time: 5 PM
County: Newago
Location Description: I was trveling south on 196th turned east on 7 mile, cat was crossing north across the road.
Sighting Description:
This was the first Cougar I"d seen in the wild. I only had 4 to 5 seconds to observe. At first I thought Bobcat but it had a long tail, and was solid gold in color. After the cat dissapeared into a cornfield on the northside of road,I thought how big? I came up with 60 to 70 lbs. In hindsight, the cat was taller than my labrador, witch weighs in at 105. I'm 69 years old and a sceptic. If you had told me the same story I would say no way. Now I'm a believer. By the way I was on a motorcycle, so I was up close and personal. No distortion. Interestion to note, there was a wild turkey just to east of the cornfied looking back at the cornfield, turkey had the cats number.


Leelanau County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 11:34 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/16/2010
Time: 8:32
County: Leelanau
Location Description: on 651 from M22 crossing the road from the south side (the side which is Sleeping Bear Dunes Lake Shore)
Sighting Description:
I had just left W. Good Harbor Dr. and turned onto 651 from 22. As I looked down the road there appeared to be an odd looking dog crossing from the south side of the road. As I approached, I could tell that it was undenyably a cougar. It slowly walked across the road never looking around or speeding up to get across.


Macomb County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 1:26 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/14/2010
Time: 10:15AM
County: Macomb
Location Description: The cougar was spotted going north along the clinton river at 16 mile road.
Sighting Description:
I was driving east on 16 mile road and all of the sudden out of the right side of my vision at the clinton river overpass I see this large brown cougar with a long tail running full stride north along the river at the overpass & road. The cougar ran in front of east bound traffic (about 3 cars)the cougar was 10 to 15 yards in front of me, we all slowed down and watched it run across the median and cross the west bound lanes were a pick-up truck almost hit it and then the cougar ran back into the woods along the river going north. I know what I did see and it looked just like the pictures on this site. I wiil never forget the moment, That was a cougar.

Gladwin County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 1:49 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/11/2010
Time: 4:30 AM
County: Gladwin
Location Description: M-61 15.5 miles east of Gladwin. Standing on the middle of the road. Blew the horn, cougar jumped approx. 10 feet in the air and returned into the woods heading north.
Sighting Description:
On my way to work at 4:30 am. Traveling on M-61, 15.5 miles east of Gladwin. Cougar was sitting in the middle of the road eating road kill. The cat turned and looked at me but wouldnt move. I then blew the horn and startled the cat, he then jumped over 10 feet and darted into the woods, heading north. It appeared to be between 120-130 lbs, golden in color, long swooped tail touching the ground.

Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 9:14 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 11, 2010
Time: 5-6 pm
County: Oakland
Location Description: General Motors Road & Milford Road. On bike trail west of gravel parking lot and east of wooden bridge. Village of Milford. Between GM Road and the water treatment plant. Heavy wooded area.
Sighting Description:
My sister and I were riding bikes on Milford Trail. As we rode on the wooden bridge toward the end of the trail, We spotted a golden colored animal. It was facing the woods and was looking intently at something like it was ready to pounce. I told my sister to stop and we were in utter disbelief. We knew it wasn't a dog because the tail was certainly a long cat-like tail. Especially the movement of the tail! My sister noted it had somewhat pointy ears. It looked at us but made its jump on its prey. We freaked out and turned around ringing the bells on our bikes hoping to scare it away. I googled "cougar" when I came home and the photo is exactly what I saw. This is pretty scarey especially since this area has a lot of walkers, joggers, bikeriders. Maybe the DNR should check it out some time.

Wayne County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 9:39 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/8/2010
Time: 5:45 a.m.
County: Wayne
Location Description: In the yard behind my condo building. The yard abutts the woods.
Sighting Description:
I was standing on my 2nd floor balcony at 5:45 drinking coffee. To my left in the yard I noticed an animal trotting along the woodline on the grass coming towards the area my balcony overlooks. At first I thought it must be a coyote, since I have seen several in this area from time to time. However as the animal trotted directly accross from my balcony, I noted it was not a coyote. It was low to the ground, golden brown in color with a darker face and a very long, slim tail. The animal changed direction in from of my balcony area and trotted into the woods.

Otsego County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 9:25 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7-2-2010
Time: 7:00 - 7:30 pm
County: Otsego
Location Description: Right off M-32
Sighting Description:
WE were driving to Atlant Mi. headed east on M-32 when my wife saw a big cat drinking from a creek or small stream. We couldn't belive our eyes. No way it was anything else. To muscular to be a deer and the tail and head was of a cat. By the time we turned around it was already gone but my wife insist it was a big cat and I belive her. Wow!!!! To cool.

Leelanau County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 4:47 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 2, 2010
Time: 8:30 pm
County: Leelanau
Location Description: .5 miles south of the centerline of eckerle rd and 53-60ft west of the centerline of the leelanau trail.
Sighting Description:
I was cycling south on the Leelanau trail at a relatively slow pace. the sun was below the cedar trees to the west of the trail but the sky was brilliant blue and there were no shadows or glare. i looked at my speedometer and was traveling at 18.8 km/hr (11.5 mph). the width between the tart trail and the cedar trees to the west is about 100-130 ft. this area is covered predominately with ferns and some low to medium brush. there is a mowed trail thru the ferns that runs from the tart trail to the cedar trees. this mowed trail is perpendicular to both the tart trail and the cedar trees. as i looked to the right (west) my eyes followed the mowed trail until i saw the "cat" that the DNRE says is a large bobcat. it was standing in the ferns about 1-2 feet from the north side of the mowed trail. it was not in the mowed trail. i saw in perfect light, a large cat, full face and shoulder, in the ferns. with absolute certainty i can say that the head was 8-10 inches above the ferns. it was a tawny or honey color with absolutely no spots,stripes or mottling. it's sleek face was tawny it's muzzle mostly white with the white continuing down to the chest. there was black around the nose/upper mouth. the front (tip) of the nose was tawny/flesh color with some black on the top. i did not see the tail. i did not see the body other than the left shoulder. the ears were upright and facing directly at me. by the time that i realized what i had seen i probably rolled 200-300 ft. i turned around and went back to see if i could see it again (mainly to id. the tail). the next day i went back with my wife because i had the location exactly marked. the cat was in the ferns 1-2 ft north, but not in the mowed trail and was less than halfway between the cedars to the west and the paved trail. i took my 100 ft tape measure and placed the cat 53-60 ft from the centerline of the leelanau trail and my bike speedometer read .71 km (.45 mi) s of centerline of eckerle rd. the lowest ferns measured 24 inches and the highest 30 inches.

Montcalm County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 2:12 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7-7-2010
Time: 9 a.m.
County: Montcalm
Location Description: Crossing the field between our house and our neighbors.
Sighting Description:
I was sitting at my computer desk that is in front of the window that faces the field and our neighbors house.I happened to look out and there it was running toward our backyard. It was quite big and I could see its muscular build in its legs as it ran. I quick got up and ran to the french doors at the back of the house to try to get a picture and it all happened too fast to get it zoomed in closer but I do have it in one of the 2 pictures that I quick took but not close enough to tell what it is.

Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 9:48 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/06/2010
Time: 7:45a.m.
County: Oakland
Location Description: The cat was sighted on the bank of the Rouge River in Beverly Hills, MI.
Sighting Description:
I went into the back bedroom to pick up some clothes and glanced out of the bay window that overlooks the Rouge River. Something caught my eye and as I looked across the river, I saw a very, very large cat. My first thought was it was a mountain lion because it looked like a female lion. I was awestruck! I know other wildlife have been spotted in this area but I positively knew that this was a large cat. I watched the cat for a few minutes and then it ran into the woods. A few seconds later, two doe jumped out of the woods and into the river in the same area. Both deer stood in the river for a few seconds looking back into the woods and then they ran back into the woods. I figured the cat was stalking the deer. I went online to look at pictures of what I saw and the pictures of the cougar match EXACTLY to what I saw! It was a medium, sandy light brown color with a tail that came down to the ground and curled upward at the end. It's ears were pointed. I continued to watch for a few more minutes but didn't see any more activity.

Jackson County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 9:20 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/05/2010
Time: 7:15 am
County: Jackson
Location Description: Horton Rd. near the intersection of Horton Rd. and Weatherwax Rd.
Sighting Description:
I was driving East on Horton Rd. getting ready to turn left on Weatherwax I saw an animal coming out of the wooded area just beyond an office building farther down on Horton Rd. it was tan, at first I thought a deer ( there are many in this area)but the way it was moving it wasn't a deer it was lower to the ground and it ran across Horton Rd. it had a long tail it was slender reminded me of a grey hound dog, but ran like a cat,leaping, it was as tall as a lab, then I thought "oh my that might be a cougar" wondering if any others have seen this around this area

Missaukee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/3/2010
Time: 0930
County: Missaukee
Location Description: North of Lake City, on M66, about 200 yards south of Timber Wolf Camp main entrance
Sighting Description:
We were travling south on M66 behind another vehical and saw a cougar on the west side of the road in the right of way. From a distance it appeared to be the color and size of a deer but it was too low to the ground. We both pulled over. The first vehical was closer and verified that it was a cougar. We drove back to the camp and warned a cartaker about the sighting. He stated they have seen them on the camp grounds before.

Crawford County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 12:32 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07-04-2010
Time: 12:00pm
County: Crawford County
Location Description: Mid-way between Durant's Hanger and Durant's Castle along the South Branch Au Sable, on the opposite bank from the castle.
Sighting Description:
Cougar was spotted while fishing from Durant's Hanger to Castle. The cougar was climbing from the river bank up to a ridge. The full body of was visible, and clearly a cougar. Brownish/Yellowish in color, large size. There were two of us and both saw it and agreed - could have only been a cougar.

Lapeer County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Jul 3, 2010 at 6:46 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/2/10
Time: 9:30 a.m
County: Lapeer
Location Description: East Bound I-69
Sighting Description:
I was East Bound on I-69 on Friday morning,unfortunately the cat was laying in the left lane of East Bound I-69 dead. We had just come out of a long area of construction. At first I thought it was a deer, then a large dog but as I passed by to the right and got a good look and again in my side mirror and saw the face I swear it was a cougar. I could not go back and traffic was much too heavy to pull over. I've checked the news and no reports. Help I'm sure of what I saw!

Note from SavetheCougar.Org: *There were two seperate reports of a roadkill cougar at this location within a few days.

Kent County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 7:45 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/1/2010
Time: 12:15 p.m.
County: Kent
Location Description: White Pine Trail in Belmount
Sighting Description:
I was biking on the trail when the cougar came out of brush onto the trail then went further down in the gully. Then he came back on to the trial and crossed to the other side. He was thin and long with a long tail.

Gladwin County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Jun 27, 2010 at 4:27 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/20/2010
Time: 6:30 am
County: Gladwin
Location Description: The road there is two lane with narrow shoulders and thick woods on both sides. The date was 20 June 2010, and the time was 6:30 am.
Sighting Description:
Cougar Sighting, Traveling north on M-30 about 10 miles north of White Star (intersection with M-61) I saw what was definitely a cougar cross the road west to east 75-100 yards in front of me. The big cat was walking with purpose, but in no rush. Round “lioness” head, about two feet at the shoulder, grayish color, distinctive tail –large diameter hanging almost to the ground with slight backward curve at the tip. Submitted by J.M. Edenville, Michigan

Montcalm County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 3:15 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 24, 2010
Time: 10:00 P.M.
County: Montcalm
Location Description: It crossed the road in front of us in a rural area near Trufant.
Sighting Description:
We saw it with the headlights of our car coming home form some friend's house. It was tan and we could see the long curved tail clearly as it ran across the road in front of us.

Barry County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 4:49 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Aug 2009
Time: Afternoon
County: Barry
Location Description: In our yard near Stevens Rd. Delton
Sighting Description:
Last late summer, my son was in the house with our chocolate lab dog. Our dog started smelling the air and then ran outside to our side yard barking like crazy on the other side of some pine trees. My son then went to the door to see what the dog was going crazy over, the dog has never done that before or since. After a minute or so of this, my son saw a large black cat run thru the woods next to our yard with the dog chasing it. He yelled to the dog to come back, the cat was larger than our 80 lb dog! Many people in the Delton area have seen large black panthers!

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
County: Leelanau
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.)
Sighting Description:
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.

Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 8:21 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/8/10
Time: 11:00 PM
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: Cougar was seen running down street and crossing neighbors yard in a residential neighborhood that has woods and a farm nearby.
Sighting Description:
I was sitting on front porch at 11 at night when something ran down the middle of street. It was so FAST that I could hardly tell what it was. I was thinking some sort of very fast dog but the speed was amazing. I got up and walked a little ways into the yard to look. It stopped under a street light for an instant and I was struck by the sight of the tail which seemed like some large monkey-like tail. My heart gave a leap as I expected to see a dog face but it was definitely a cat profile with the head being much smaller than I would expect for the body size. It turned its head for a second and I instantly thought "A COUGAR!!" even though I had never seen one. I ran back inside and called the police and they didn't seem very interested. I looked up pictures on internet and I think I definitely saw a cougar. I went to school the next day and spoke to some other teachers and they assured me it probably was. The school secretary told me there was a sighting close by of one in the woods by the school (close to where I live) and another teacher reported that Western Michigan University has had several cougars going through garbage (also not too far away.) I talked to several neighbors who said there have been several small pet house cats missing and we have noticed a sharp decline in rabbits in the area. The "thing" I saw was definitely feline with a long tail that curved upward. The body was longer than the height with larger back legs that somehow reminded me of kangaroo-like back legs. The speed was amazing and the tail was something I have never seen on a regular cat or dog. I won't be exercise/walking around my neighborhood at night which is something I used to do!

Antrim County, Michigan - multiple cougar sightings.
Reported
Sat, Jun 19, 2010 at 9:45 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: several sightings 2010
County: Antrim
Location Description: Youngdyke Rd. - Howards Street - Behind The Blue Pelican Inn - Woods Behind Bus Garage Near Central Lake Schools -
Sighting Description:
Last spring something scared me out of the woods off Youngdyke Rd near the Elk Farm - everything went quiet and when I walked sticks were snapping behind me -it stopped when I stopped. The hair on my neck stood on end and I ran from the woods.A neighbor had a similar experience. In October a huge cougar leaped in front of my friend's car near this location. Around this same time, my son's friend walked up on a cat bigger than him in the tall grass behind the bus garage - approx. 2 miles from where my friend saw it and on the edge of town near the school. My son saw it shortly after dark crossing behind The Blue Pelican Inn heading right towards M-88 -also last fall. Three weeks ago, a neighbor on Howard Street saw a cougar walking down the middle of the road late at night. I live two blocks away directly across from the Elementary School. That said, I was feeding a herd of stray cats and all but a couple have disappeared as well as five of my pets.The last one disappeared three nights ago. Because I put food out, there were skunks, opossum and raccoons that stopped by. They have all disappeared as well. I am disturbed that it is hunting in my yard in town across from the school. This cat isn't afraid of people.

Emmet County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 11:16 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 06-18-10
Time: 6:30 am
County: Emmet
Location Description: On East Mitchell road, heading west.
Sighting Description:
I was driving to work on east mitchell road heading towards town (petoskey) and the cougar ran in front of my jeep. I stopped, and watched the large cougar with its very large tail, running out of the woods crossing the road, into a clearing. It was a big cat (cougar) and was stout!!!! I watched the cat about a minute, and couldnt believe my eyes. I am a hunter, and I have dogs and cats (house) and I know the difference between the two. I also lived in Florida, and have worked at with the wild life, and know the difference between what a cougar, and a bobcat look like. I know for a fact what i saw was a cougar, and i would bet my life on it. I called the DNR and they were not interested on what I had to say. My father was a DNR officer in his younger years, and if he was alive today, you can bet that this would be checked into.

Benzie County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 10:21 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/17/10
Time: 4:50 PM
County: Benzie
Location Description: We were hiking on the Otter Lake Loop Trail, on the west side of Otter Creek toward the end of the trail. This is north of Little Platte Lake, west of M-22 and south of Esch Rd. My wife saw it first as she came around a bend in the trail. We were downwind from the cougar and walking quietly. She said she was no more than 50 feet from the animal. It walked away from her down the path. Then I saw it. It was definitely a cougar...long tail, way too big to be a cat (we have a cat at home). It was not aggressive, just kept its distance, watching us and finally moving off into the woods. BTW, I'm the Chief Meteorologist for WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, an Eagle Scout and a hiker.

Jackson County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 2:13 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 17 Jun 2010
Time: 6 PM?
County: Jackson
Location Description: West side of M-99 just 1/4 mile before the curve entering into Springport.
Sighting Description:
My son and I were coming home after I picked him up from work, and as we were nearing Springport, I spotted a large animal just at the edge of the road, whereupon I braked my vehicle as hard as I could without losing control. When I did this, the Cougar turned around 180 degrees to face West towards the corn field. I was struck by how rapidly the cougar simply disapeared. I was fortunate enough to see the entire cat in profile, before it slipped away, as did my son. After I had dropped my son off at home, I went back with a camera, but the ground in the field was too hard to leave prints in. Upon returning to my vehicle, an officer of the Springport Towship Police was waiting at my vehicle. Feeling like a complete idiot, I explained what had happened, and the officer simply said to call them next time... Wow!

Munroe County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 9:47 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 14th,2010
Time: 8:30am
County: Monroe
Location Description: Lewis Ave just north of sterns Road in a swampy wooded area on the east side of the road.
Sighting Description:
He was about 75 yards off the road Sitting in the tall grass with his back to me. I thought he was a large dog at first. He then took off after something in the wooded area. leaping up and running. definitely was a cat, appeared to be about 30 inches in length before its tail. and around 40 to 50 lbs maybe. Looked like a house cat on Steroids. Lots of Steroids.

Grand Traverse County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 11:09 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6-8-10
Time: 12:20 pm
County: Grand Traverse
Location Description: old mission peninsula, approx. 3/4 of a mile outside of the city limits, small field bordered by by woods and under growth
Sighting Description:
Walking the neighbors dog in a small field, we exited the field and started up a steep long drive when the dog went went into some brush under a tree bordering the field all of a sudden a large animal that appeared to be dark in color or black bolted up and disappeared into some heavy under growth. I have never ever seen an animal move that fast and so graceful. I can say without a doubt that it was a cougar or panther.I am a graduate of Central Michigan University with a major in biology

Van Buren County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 4:33 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4-22-10
Time: 6:30 pm
County: Van Buren
Location Description: I saw a very large brown/tan feline with a long tail walking across the corn fields toward the woods.
Sighting Description:
I was letting my dogs outside to go to the bathroom. Then i looked across the corn field and saw a very large brown/tan definitely a feline, from a distance it is hard to say around how much it weighed but it was considerably larger than my golen retriever it probably weighed somewhere around 85-100 pounds. Im lucky that my dogs didnt see it and go off and chase it down, i wouldnt want to pick up pieces left of my pups. without a doubt it was definitely a cougar, if theres one theres more.

Manistee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 9:58 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 05/31/10
Time: 9:00 am
County: Manistee
Location Description: Cougar crossed Lyman Road from a heavily wooded sandy road that encircles the lake.
Sighting Description:
The cougar crossed in front of my car and disappeared in tall grass. Its body was sleek and well defined. Reminded me of lions that I had seen in zoos but smaller. Small ears ...large tail. I got a picture of its tracks.

Montcalm County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, May 22, 2010 at 10:24 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/18/2010
Time: 7:30 pm
County: Montcalm
Location Description: Just North of Stanton on the heartland trail (Still in town!)
Sighting Description:
My Two daughters and I were taking a walk. My 12 year old said "mom is that a cat?" She pointed out the cat that was in an old boat that was in a back yard. We looked at the cat as it looked at us and we thought it was a bobcat, but on our way back home, it crossed the trail ahead about 30 feet and it was HUGE! The torso was bigger around than my 8 year old and its tail was so long that it curled up away from reaching the ground. It was not a bobcat! we walked right past it to get home, we were about 15 feet away from it as it crouched down in the grass. Most people do not believe us, but there was an elementary teacher who also seen it walk across the trail. (I believe it walked across the trail to check out her little dog that she was walking) amazingly she didn't seem worried. I really wish I could have gotten a photo.

Newaygo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, May 16, 2010 at 12:13 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/15/10
Time: 2:00pm
County: Newaygo
Location Description: The large cougar-looking cat raced across Bingham Road, between 48th & M-82, right in front of our car. The location was just past the property line South of the orchards on the West side of Bingham.
Sighting Description:
My son and I both saw it. It was large, short-haired and gray in color with a tan bottom and tan under-side of the tail. It's tail was long and straight up in the air as it ran right in front of our car. (I stopped the car to watch it.) I purposefully looked for tufts on the ear or any clue that might deem it to be a bobcat, but it did not look like a bobcat. It was much larger and had a muscular appearance. We really feel we saw a Michigan cougar.

Macomb County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, May 14, 2010 at 6:19 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: May 8, 2010
Time: 9:00 pm
County: Macomb
Location Description: Open field with patches of forest.Creek , backyard
Sighting Description:
We live in Chesterfield Twp. ,MI There are around 20 to 25 acres behind my house that run along side I-94 between 21 mile rd and Cotton rd. May 8, 2010 Saturday about 9:00 PM. I let out our yorkie to go potty. I started screaming for my son and husband " hurry come here". It was a tan full grown cougar that was on the first step of my back porch in a stalking position ready to pounce on my dog.It was literally 15 fett away from my back door. I screamed for the dog to come in that still was going potty in a desperate voice.The dog ran in and the cougar stepped of the porch and sniffed around on the grass. It was not in a hurry until it heard a man's voice. When my husband came around the corner screaming what happened it took off through the creek. My husband and my son (22 years old) gave chase with a 3 million candle spotlight but it was way too fast.


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, May 7, 2010 at 5:35 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/5/10
Time: 4:50 pm
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: In wooded area along the Kalamazoo River.
Sighting Description:
My son and I were walking through the woods behind a community center, Our dog stoped and stared, when I looked up the cat was 20 yards infront of us.It stood in the trail for about 20 seconds, and stared at us, I first thought it was a giant bob cat because of the dark spots on belly line, then it leaped into the thicket, thats when I seen the tail..

Macomb County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, May 7, 2010 at 9:40 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: May 5, 2010
Time: 11:10pm
County: Macomb
Location Description: The open land on east side of I-94 before exit for east bound hall rd (m-59), going into Salfrige Airbase. Cougar was scrunched down low right on side of road. Was just amazed how close the bigcat was to road!
Sighting Description:
The cougar was scrunchen down low by the side of road. He was looking left & right. Cougars eyes just hit headlights right & glowed. It was clearly a Big Cat, cougar or mountain lion. Beautiful!

Genesee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, May 5, 2010 at 10:30 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 2006
Time: 11:00 am
County: Genesee
Location Description: Field bordered by wooded area. My backyard.
Sighting Description:
I was walking my dog and she stopped. I looked around to see what she was staring at. The cougar/mtn. lion was crouched down in some high grass. It made direct eye contact with me and held it for about 3 minutes. I, couldn't tell what it was at first, because of the grass. It then ran into the wooded area. I have seen numerous tracks and found tufts of rabbit hair, skunk hair and once I found a hind leg of a deer nearby. I found a medium size branch of a tree, split and peeled down, as if something too heavy had tried to climb. The tracks in the snow are more frequent each year since 2005. On three occasions, I have heard cries from the wooded area at night. The last one was March 2010. I spoke to local DNR, but was told there was no Mtn Lion/Cougar in the area.

Roscommon County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, May 5, 2010 at 8:59 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/4/2010
Time: 6:30pm
County: Roscommon
Location Description: Wooded area just north of the DNR airport
Sighting Description:
My husband was working in the yard and noticed something walking along the side of the road in front of our house. We have woods between us and the road, but the woods aren't very dense, so he could see it moving clearly. At first he thought it was a bobcat, but quickly realized it was way too big. He came running in the house and told me to come quickly. We ran to the end of our yard to observe the animal, which by now was North of our property, but still walking on the side of the road. At first I thought it was our neighbors German Shephard, to give you a sense of how big it was, but I quickly realized it wasn't a dog. It walked very sleek, like a cat. I then noticed the large paws as he walked and the long tail, which almost touched the ground but kind of curved up at the end so it wasn't actually touching the ground. The body was a tannish brown color. It defiantly wasn't a dog. It's walk was too sleek and it kept it's head down even with it's body as it walked.. We watched it as it slowly walked off the road into the woods across the street from us. There are no houses on the opposite side of the road, it's all jack pine state land. We watched for a few minutes hoping it would emerge.. It didn't so we grabbed the camera and drove slowly back and forth down the road hoping to spot it again, but unfortunately, did not.. We then walked up and down the road trying to see paw prints, but it's so dry right now, there was nothing. It was very exciting to see such a magnificent creature right here by our home!

Clinton County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, May 3, 2010 at 4:48 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/19/2009
Time: Between 12am and 1am
County: Clinton
Location Description: Drive way on Wright Rd between Herbison & Howe roads.
Sighting Description:
I was pulling into a driveway and saw several deer running from the south toward the north very quickly. A lone deer ran 50 ft in front of my car, but there was somthing chasing it. It was very fast and had a long tail straight out behind it. It also moved more like a cat and had ears and large head, like a cougar. It was a golden tan color with some black and white markings on it's head. It leaped jumping the entire width of the driveway, before chasing the deer into the corn. I found no tracks. I reported it to the DNR, but they said it could not be a cougar or a wolf, as we do not have them here. They told me it must have been a dog. I have large dogs, and this was way larger and moved like a cat, not a dog. Also I remember the paws seemed huge when it was leaping. I do not know for sure what it was, but my first thought was cougar.


Ottawa County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 11:42 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/28/2010
Time: 8:30 pm
County: Ottawa
Location Description: behind our home in our backyard
Sighting Description:
from a distance about 50 yards or so. i saw an unusally large cat sitting with its back to me, looking as if it was looking for something on the ground. its movement was quick and it was big. i got out binnoculars and saw its face. it was a BIG cat. then it walked forward behind the garage and then out of site.


Macomb County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 8:02 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 04/28/2010
Time: 4:00pm approx.
County: Macomb
Location Description: Wooded & open field, somewhat protected via fence and private Air National Guard property. Huge deer population.
Sighting Description:
Driving East on I-94 prior to exit 240 (M-59). Seen Cougar on east side in Selfridge Air National Guard property. It was slowly walking in open field away from wooded area.


Gladwin County, Michigan - likely cougar track found.
Reported
Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 9:08 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/23/10
Time: between 10 pm and 7 am
County: Gladwin
Location Description: I only have the tracks, twice in 2 weeks, and then again about 6 months ago. Just this morning I got a response from the zoology department at MSU checking into it, the man said he 'thinks' this could be a Cougar but wants to consult with a couple others before saying for sure.
Sighting Description:
Closed down for the night around 10 pm, dogs went crazy (2 inside dogs) around 3am and would not shut up for nothing. I am accustomed to coyotes and such being around here, and recent reports of a 500 pound male bear, and ferel pigs weighing 400+ pounds, so I did not let the dogs out, (my dogs ONLY go into a 25x50 pen attached to my house, never into the lawn or tree area) and I could not see outside. In the morning I went out at 7 am to go buy some milk for coffee, and by my car in my drive was these tracks... too big for a coyote and no nails, too big for a bob cat, and again, no nails and only 4 toes, ruling out a Bear, so I sent it on to MSU.. The pics of the tracks (I took a couple pics of the best track I could find) they were near 4-5 inches wide, 3-4 inches high, and no toenail marks. I currently have someone from zoology at MSU checking into it and getting a 3rd and 4th opinion because all info and the pic points at a Cougar. BTW I am in Gladwin County.
Click here to see photos of the tracks

Lenawee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 9:37 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Feb 2010
Time: 5 am
County: Lenawee
Location Description: Lakewood drive off Spielman rd
Sighting Description:
Spotted twice what appeared to be a black panther. After many phone calls and made to believe she was crazy my neighbor was told someone from the sheriff's department would be over to take photos and measure the tracks left in the snow. No one ever showed up. Now neighborhood cats are going missing.


Roscommon County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 9:37 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4-21-10
Time: 6:30am
County: Roscommon
Location Description: South Branch rd Mason Tract
Sighting Description:
On my way fishing this morning Isaw what I am %90 sure was a cougar run across the and into the jackpines. It was definately a cat. I could have imagined seeing long tail and misguessed the size, I doubt it. I have seen several bobcats this was much larger and had a long tail. I could not distinguish color due to low light. Also in the area I was fishing it seemed to me that there were more than the normal amount deer carcasses(from winter), many which were only partial, as if something drug the rest off.


Calhoun County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Apr 18, 2010 at 2:14 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 04/17/2010
Time: 0800
County: Calhoun
Location Description: Outside of my house, about 150ft away. Prairie type land.
Sighting Description:
Saw a large gray-tan animal creeping cat like, as in stalking. Began running, and saw it leap twice. Long tail, gray-tan upper body, white on the underbody. Stood out well against the tall dead grass. Sun was shining, so I got a pretty good look.


Alcona County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 9:32 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 04/12/2010
Time: 10:15 AM
County: Alcona
Location Description: West side of Hunters Lake.
Sighting Description:
I was driving to the Store in Glennie from my home in Hunters Lake Heights. I was traveling north on Algonquian and a large brownish blonde animal leeped across the road about 15 feet in front on my vechile. I have never seen anything like it before. I was so startled I couldn't tell you if it had a long trail. I looked into the brush on the side of the road but could not see it anymore.


Allegan County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Apr 11, 2010 at 4:00 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: May 20, 2009
Time: 10:45pm
County: Allegan county
Location Description: Battle Creek Michigan it was on ULDRIKS Drive and at a cross roads, in which each side is surrounded by swamp.
Sighting Description:
it was almost 11 at night, and we noted that two big SUV's had stopped and people were outside of their cars. I assumed it was an accident and stopped to offer help. I noted that the people were taking pictures of into the swamps. Each side of the crossroads are swamp filled, and usually filled with deer. I looked to where the people were taking pictures and about fell over. Watching very closely was one of the biggest mountain lion's I have ever seen. This big cat was NOT afraid of us in the least. Camera flashes were going off and there were at least 8 people outside of their SUV's taking pictures. I slowly kept my eyes on the big cat and got back in my car. He sat very calmly as pictures were taken of him. I finally drove away, taking another road as to not startle him so that I would not hit him. When I left, the people were Still taking pictures of this mountain lion. But when reporting this to the DNR, we were told there are No Big cats in the area.


Ingham County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 5:58 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/5/2010
Time: 4:00 PM
County: Ingham
Location Description: I was going south on US 127 when getting off at the Barnes Rd Exit, I saw the cougar crossing Barnes Rd, traveling in a NE direction and heading into the area between the exit ramp and Southbound 127.
Sighting Description:
Coming home from picking up my daughter, at the time of the signting it was mostly sunny, 50+ degrees. The cougar was running. As we were getting off the US 127 South highway onto the Barnes Rd exit, we noticed the cougar crossing Barnes Rd. from the South and traveling in a Northeast direction into the brush area between the exit ramp and highway. I could not tell where it went after going into this brush area.


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Mar 21, 2010 at 10:04 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 03/17/2010
Time: 4am
County: Oakland
Location Description: Crossing street in subdivision. Caught briefly in headlights as it ran out of view. West of Adams, between Long lake and Square Lake roads.
Sighting Description:
I spotted large Cat running across street in early am hours doing paper route. Much to large to be house pet, and tail to long to be Bob Cat. Moved quickly when to avoid light.


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Mar 21, 2010 at 3:43 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/7/2001
Time: 7:30 a.m.
County: Oakland
Location Description: Wooded field behind my home
Sighting Description:
My daughters notice a large animal laying in a field, 70 yards from our home. Our woods has a large deer population that has attracted coyotes and more foxes. Upon closer look with a video camera we all could see that it was a cougar. The animal was bathing in the sun and got up and walked 40 yards into the woods. The ground was mud covered and the animal left a trail of prints about 4" dia. Estimated weight of the animal: 90 lbs. and a body 3.5' in length plus a 2.5 long tail. Other sightings were reported by the local police including the day prior at Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge campus and in the area of 11 mile/Orchard Lake Road.


Jackson County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 8:03 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/11/10
Time: 6:45 am
County: Jackson
Location Description: Teft and Boadway
Sighting Description:
There was a giant black cat in the woods across the street from my house. It walked around for a while, then sprang away. It didn't look very old, but it was about the same size or slightly bigger than my chocolate lab.


Wayne County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 6:58 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/30/2008
Time: 7:00pm
County: Wayne
Location Description: Wooded area by a set of railroad tracks
Sighting Description:
I was walkin with a friend down railroads tracks between northline and Goddard and I seen a black cat about the size of medum dog and as soon as it seen us. It ran I I knew what I say it was a big black cat and I look it up and it was what I say


Clinton County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 2:37 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: February 2008
Time: approx 6:00pm
County: Clinton
Location Description: I69 near Airport Rd exit DeWitt, Michigan
Sighting Description:
I was heading east on I69 the roads were icy so I was driving slowly. I noticed a deer coming across the median. I thought the snow must be deep in the median as it appeared that the "deer" had short legs. As I neared the area where I thought the "deer" might cross it came out of the ditch on my side of the road. At first I thought,"what an odd looking deer" because it appeared to crouch as it came up out of the median. It took me a second to realize what I was actually seeing. It was only about 15 ft from my car and when my headlights hit it it looked right at me. To my disbelief the face was unmistakably a cougar's and then it turned and I saw its long thick tail. I was so rattled I called my husband. At first I asked him not to tell people because they would just laugh.


Genesee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 10:45 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/06/10
Time: 6:30pm
County: Genesee
Location Description: In our backyard there is an open field lined by woods.
Sighting Description:
I was cooking dinner and looked out our back window. There are condos behind ours and an open field to my left. I looked out and seen about five large, about the size of a lab, cats with big tails. They were all different colors a couple golden, one a grey color and one an almost black color. I yelled for my mom and dad to see my mom also witnessed it, when I opened the back door the smallest one had not crossed behind the other condos and was hiding behind a pine tree. It finally came out it was spotted with dark grey and light grey undercoat, the pictures that I have googled are identical to a cougar. The small one was about as big as my english bulldog who weighs 42lbs. I tried to look for tracks but the snow has melted.


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - Likely cougar tracks photographed.
Reported
Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 4:46 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 2/26/2010
Time: 7:00 am
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: Tracks were sighted and photographed in my drive.
Sighting Description:
Photos areavailable of tracks. I sent the photos to the Michigan DNR. If interested please provide an e-mail address to send to.
Click here to see the photos.

Washtenaw County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 10:08 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10-13-2009
Time: 9:30am
County: Washtenaw
Location Description: It occurred at a residence, surrounded by trees and tall grassy area.
Sighting Description:
I just got out of a vehicle at a residence and was walking around the vehicle and looking around at the yard checking out the area (because I've never been there before) I looked down a hill and seen something move out of the corner of my eye and saw something brown. It looked like a huge cat, but it was approximately 6-7 feet long from nose to tail. I watched it for about 7-8 seconds before it disappeared into the grass.


Barry County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 3:51 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 01-22-10
Time: 2:00 p.m.
County: Barry
Location Description: Havens rd. in Barry county on a wildlife sanctuary.
Sighting Description:
While working at a job site in Barry county I had noticed some large tracks in the snow. I came closer to get a better look. I saw large paw prints of a cat, they measured 5 1/2 in. in diameter. I followed the tracks about 30 yards and found a dead deer that was recently killed. The deer appeared to have a few puncture wounds on its neck, as well as scratches and missing hair on its back and shoulder.


Saginaw County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 5:16 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 2/16/2009
Time: 7.30 p.m.
County: Saginaw
Location Description: Parking lot of an apartment complex in Saginaw Township
Sighting Description:
I was backing my van, saw something walking with a long thick tail in my rear view mirror. After I turned the car I saw this huge at least 5 feet cougar sitting under a car. Remarkably it had a huge belly almost touching ground.It did not budge till I drove away. I have an hunch it is pregnant. have reported it to DNR. Kind of scared to venture out with kids since they are very young. I was told today by my apartment manager that there was a sighting at same site last year.


Newaygo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 8:01 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: November, 2008
Time: Morning
County: Newaygo
Location Description: Smaller semi secluded dirt mound/hill on M20 in Newaygo county.
Sighting Description:
On my way to work and there were two cats sitting on a small hill with some trees around it not far from M20. I had to take a second and third look just to make sure what I was seeing were actually cougars. I was shocked to see one let alone two. I called my wife to tell her. I was so excited. I didn't think she would believe me but she did.


Saginaw County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 4:33 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 2-13-10
Time: 3:10 p.m.
County: Saginaw County
Location Description: Across the road crossing through the neighbors slightly wooded yard near the road.
Sighting Description:
I was watching television and saw an odd movement out of the corner of my eye. I looked out the front window and across the road in the neighbors yard. I saw the bobcat moving fairly swiftly and very agile across the edge of their yard and into the beginning of a wooded aread right near the road. I could clearly see the tan body and and long tail as it moved into the woods.


Barry County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 3:06 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: November, 2009
Time: 4:30 pm
County: Barry
Location Description: Lawrence Rd. Hastings Michigan
Sighting Description:
I was sitting in my deer blind, watching squirrls when I heard a lound noise coming from a hill to the left of me. I thought it might be a deer, but it was a cougar. It laid in a brush pile, and I could just see it's head around a blue burn barrel. It was about 50-75 yards away.


Cheboygan County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 9:09 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 27, 2006
Time: 2:30 am
County: Cheboygan
Location Description: Point Nipigon, north of U.S. 23 and south of the Straits of Mackinac. Semi wooded.
Sighting Description:
I'd gotten up to go to the bathroom, but what woke me was my dog's growling, so I took a few steps to the window of the loft and looked out. The outside lights were still on.My son's truck was in the drive and my Subaru was parked parallel to the house. I saw the animal stride out from behind the truck and just walk west. It only took a few steps for it to disappear behind my car, and then it was engulfed in blackness. But in those few steps there was no mistaking the stealthy stride of an enormous cat – it's buff color, the set of its head. It was the size that froze me on the spot. It was huge. As I remember it slipping behind my Subaru, its head was at the level of the tail lights. The size of its paws still amazes me, as it laid each one down with that unique feline intent. To this day that sighting is so vivid it plays like a video clip.


Wayne County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Feb 7, 2010 at 12:00 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 2-6-10
Time: 7:00pm
County: wayne
Location Description: plymouth township in michigan This is out in the country area
Sighting Description:
I had discovered the large foot prints in the last snow we had 3 or 4 days ago and had thought it was extremely wierd in the driveway and in the snow and thought too big for a rabbit and deep and not a human. My dogs have been barking at something in the back of my house where there large privots for hiding areas and some of neighbors are poorly kept and bushy just for a cougar to hide in and plan for an attack I guess. Stalking so to speak. My daughter came over and told me about cougar sightings in the area and now I am on the watch and for my dogs as well. Last night there was a large amount of pee outside of the area of whhere my dogs go and it showed dribbling as it walked. I have not encountered it yet and hope I dont but with all the evidence now it is stalking my area for a reason. I def. am not going out ot clean up little doggie messes at night anymore because I am in a stooped position and could be its prey. I drempt last night it was a black one so maybe this is a warning now. I took some pictures from my driveway of the tracks before they start to melt. You can see the claw paw type print and the way it was walking like a small stalking cat one foot over the other.


Kent County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 5:00 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Spring 2006 or 2007
Time: 7:00A
County: Kent
Location Description: Just north of Rockford city limits on Summit Ave NE. Not sure of the exact date, but it was springtime, early Saturday morning.
Sighting Description:
I was traveling South on Summit coming in to Rockford. What appeared to be a large cat crossed the road. I thought it to be way too large for a house cat. Once it crossed the road it sat next to a bush at a neighboring house. I stopped the car and rolled down the window to get a better look. I was approximately 50-75 yards from it. I got a good look and then drove off. Later that day I looked on the internet to see what kind of cat it might be. It was not a bobcat, it was definitely a cougar by the pictures i found.


Alcona County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 10:04 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Fall 2006
Time: Late Afternoon
County: Alcona
Location Description: Lakeshore Rd. south of Black River Rd.
Sighting Description:
While walking with our Border Collie the Cougar came out from behind our neighbors barn (about 75 yards). We spotted each other about the same time. The Cougar bounded off into state land.


Lenawee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 1:57 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 01/19/2010 & 01/20/2010
Time: early afternoon
County: Lenawee
Location Description: Wooded area, close to treeline of my brother's property on the southern end of Ogden Hwy, off 223, Palmyra Township.
Sighting Description:
An adolescent black cougar has taken up residence in the wooded part of my brother's property off the southern part of Ogden Hwy (Palmyra Township). All of us have been seeing it along the treeline to the back yard. Observed it walking around, tried to climb a tree on the 19th, on the 20th was laying down just at the treeline. We now know why the puppy won't leave the back step at certain times of the day. We have also observed larger paw prints in the snow at the front of the house.


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 3:41 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 1/15/2010
Time: 4:24 pm
County: Kalamzoo
Location Description: Just west of the Sprinkle Road and Zylman intersection.
Sighting Description:
Cougar was chasing two fleeing deer from a fallow field across the road into a densely wooded area. Cloudy, but full light.


Lenawee County, Michigan - 2006 cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 12:43 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: October 2006
Time: 8 pm
County: Lenawee
Location Description: Clinton-Macon Rd. just east of Macon Twp.
Sighting Description:
My wife and I were on our way back from Ann Arbor and a cougar ran across the road from one corn field to another right in front of our car. We almost didn't believe our eyes. It was tan in color with a long tail. It was about six feet in length. It ran very close to the ground and made it across the road with amazing speed and very few long strides. I had heard about cougar sightings in the area and I was VERY skeptical. However, seeing is believing.


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 2:55 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 01-16-2010
Time: 4:24 pm
County: Kalamzoo
Location Description: 100 yards west of Sprinkle Road on Zylman Ave.
Sighting Description:
2 white-tail deer running lickety-split south. 50' behind them a cougar was chasing them. They came out of an fallow field and went into a heavily wooded area. Visibility in the wooded area is zero.


Jackson County, Michigan - 2005 cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 2:55 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08/25/2005
Time: Sunset
County: Jackson
Location Description: Southbound on M-106 just past the Portage River bridge, right across from the State Prison.
Sighting Description:
Traveling South on M-106 with the wife & 3 kid's in our Ford Bronco just past the river when our youngest son yelled out " look at that huge golden retriever". As we looked to what he pointed at I immediately pulled the truck to the shoulder as I seen the unmistakable tail standing up as it came out of the river bottom, estimate weight of over 130 lbs. As soon as it hit the edge of the field it went into predator mode and crouched down moving towards the deer herd feeding in the field. I remember my oldest boy ask why its rear end was sticking up higher than the front end of the animal. The deer became alert and ran towards another group of deer which all went on high alert. We then watched the cat clear a small patch of grass and head into a wood thicket when then the deer all bolted to the west. One other vehicle stopped because he saw the tail and just the hind end of it come out of the river. I don't believe we would have watched what we did if we were not in the big 4x4 sitting up higher than a car. I bought a nice video cam & a high end point & shoot camera right after that & never leave the house without them. This sighting was about a few weeks before the 1500Lb. Arabian Mare was killed in Parma Township. http://www.miwildlife.org/ detail-20050907.asp I must also add I have been an Sportsman since the age 12 and am now 43. I Hunt, Fish & Trap and know our native animals & tracks. NO DOUBT A HUGE COUGAR!


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 11:32 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 1/13/10
Time: 9am
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: D ave. 4 miles west of US 1-31, and 1 mile north of Kal-Haven trail.
Sighting Description:
I opened my back door to let my dog out, it was 9 am. My dog ran, barking out to the field. I looked to see what he was after, at first I thought it was a dog, because of the size. It was not, it looked like a large cat, and moved like one, It was dark brown, almost gray next to the snow. It scampered into the brush/thistle. I have seen a lot of animals including many big cats in this area, this was nothing I have ever seen before.


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 9:34 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: January 4, 2010
Time: 5:30 A.M
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: I was on VW ave near the end of Oakland dr.
Sighting Description:
I was driving to work monday,I was on VW ave. I looked to the left and there it was it had just crossed the road and stopped and watched me drive by. It was about two and a half feet tall, light golden brown in color, and long tail. It was beautiful.


Emmett County, Michigan - 2005 cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 2:28 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Fall 2005
Time: dusk
County: Emmet
Location Description: An area off of two-track near Harmon Road in Southeastern Emmet County.
Sighting Description:
We were picking blackberries off of a two track that belonged to Mr. Harmon in southeast Emmett Co. The animal was about 100 lbs. with a long thick tail. It was about 150 ft. from the front of the pick-up we were driving. When My son-in-law and I saw it we both remaked that it wasn't a bobcat. His remark to me was that we couldn't have seen what we had seen because the DNR had not recognized that these cats were in the area.


Ingham County, Michigan - 2009 cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 2:28 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: OCTOBER 15TH 2009
Time: 10:30PM
County: INGHAM
Location Description: LANSING AVE NOTH OF OLDS ROAD
Sighting Description:
AS I WAS DRIVING NORTH BOUND ON LANSING AVE I OBSERVED A LARGE ANIMAL AHEAD OF ME IN THE ROAD. THE ANIMAL WAS HUNCHING DOWN LIKE A LION STALKING ITS PREY AS IT CROSSED THE ROAD AND FROM ITS HEAD TO THE END OF ITS TAIL TOOK UP THE WHOLE LANE. AS I NEARED THE SPOT IN THE ROAD WHERE THE ANIMAL WAS IT HAD ALREADY CROSSED THE ROAD AND WAS ENTERING THE WEEDS ON THE DITCH BANK. AS I PASSED THIS SPOT ALL I COULD SEE WAS ABOUT 2 FEET OF TAIL DISAPPEARING INTO THE WEEDS THE DIAMETER OF THE TAIL WAS QUITE BIG AND WOULD HAVE BEEN CONSISTANT WITH A COUGAR.


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 12:34 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 1/5/10
Time: 5:50 AM
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: Parkview Ave, Kalamazoo County
Sighting Description:
While driving down Parkview Avenue, maybe a 100 yards from the entrance to Parkview Hills Condominums, near the left side of the road, an extremely large cat-like animal, a light golden brown color, ran from the side of the road in the snow southward into the wooded area. I've seen alot of animals and I don't know what else it could have been.


Berrien County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 8:57 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Janurary 3, 2010
Time: 8:30
County: Berrien
Location Description: On Harbert Rd in Harbert.
Sighting Description:
My mom was standing on the porch and she saw a large animal, dark in color. The one thing that really stood out was the long rope-like tail.


Muskegon County, Michigan - 1994 cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 9:45 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 1994
Time: 5:30pm
County: Muskegon
Location Description: The cougar was walking along the edge of the woods along a creek on Lehman and Meinert Park Road.
Sighting Description:
My husband was driving as we approached the stop sign on Lehman Road, I looked west and then to the north back towards the woods because we usually saw deer there. I saw what I immediately recognized as a cougar. I said to my husband "tell me what you see in the corner of the field" he said "it's a cougar". We couldn't believe what we were seeing because it wasn't that far from the road, we watched it for a couple minutes walk along the edge of the field. We had to leave because we had an appointment, but the animal wasn't bothered by us watching it. One of the local farmers said some calves had been killed in the area, and some dogs were missing. After seeing the cougar I began to see more Sheriff Patrol vehicles and DNR vehicles in the area. One evening while coming home I saw 2 Sheriff and 3 DNR vehicles leaving the area near where we saw the cougar, I assumed they were also looking for the cougar, or had found it.


Cass County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Jan 3, 2010 at 11:24 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 1/3/09
Time: 6:30 am
County: Cass
Location Description: Just past the intersection of Runkle St. and Beebe Rd.
Sighting Description:
I was driving to work in the morning. We had approx. 1 to 1 1/2 feet of snow the day before. I turned off of Runkle St onto Beebe road and drove for approx. 2-3 blocks. I slowed down because I saw what I first thought was a deer passing in front of my car from the right side of the road. When I looked closer, I saw a very large cat-like animal crossing approx. 10 feet in front of my car. It walked slowly in front of my car and glanced at me as it passed by. It appeared to be light brown in color and about 130-140 lbs with a long tail. I could see it's scapula moving up and down as it walked just like when you see a tiger at the zoo. It had a large head. My sister has a large bull mastiff that is approx. 120lbs and it was definately larger that her dog both in height, length and weight.


Montcalm County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jan 1, 2010 at 6:21 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12-31-09
Time: 8:00 a.m.
County: Montcalm
Location Description: I was just starting out x-country skiing and saw this animal running very fast across the road and in our field which is all weedy.
Sighting Description:
The animal was about 2 1/2' tall with a snubby face, traveling very fast low to the ground. It was tan colored with very long tail. When I yelled at my dog to keep from chasing it, it turned around and went the other way. I looked at it's tracks and where it paused, the still track was about the size of my hand. The stride was as long as my ski pole.


Wayne County, Michigan - two cougars sighted.
Reported
Fri, Jan 1, 2010 at 2:40 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12/31/09
Time: 10:50 PM
County: Wayne
Location Description: West bound I-94 just past Ecorse rd
Sighting Description:
I was driving into work on New Years Eve and I saw two animals cross I-94 in front of me. I looked to the left to make sure no more "deer" were on the other side, but then I noticed that it wasn't "deer" is was looking at. They didn't lope like deer, they weren't as tall as deer and deer don't have long tails. The two animals (one was smaller than the other) loped like cats, had long thick tails, and about the size of a large dog (shepard). They had to be mountain lions. I can't imagine what else it would have been. I know I could be mistaken because it was dark, but I know what I saw, and it was two very large cats.

 

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