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|Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:30 am Post subject: 2009 Gogebic County Sighting reported to SavetheCougar.Org
|2009 Gogebic County Sighting as reported to SavetheCougar.Org on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 9:52 PM
"Jim Harter, White Pine, Retired Assistant Park Manager of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
2009 - August -Pomeroy Lake USFS Campground SE of Lake Gogebic. About 5:30PM on a nice warm day, he was just setting in a chair enjoying the view, when he heard some yelling several camping sites down. A few seconds later he could see something running through the underbrush by his site. He thought it was another dog coming towards them and looked behind him for his dog to avoid a possible fight. His dog was sleeping and he turned his eyes back to the coming animal. It wasn't a dog but a cougar running past him only 20-25 feet away. It was obviously wet and he could see mud splashed on its body.He thought, "This is unreal"! It continued on passing through an opening at a 45angle to his view. He was in site 16 near the boat ramp.
He got on his bike and went down to Site 7 occupied by Sandy and Jim Richardson, employees of the Porkies SP, thinking maybe the yelling was about the cougar. The Richardson's missed the cougar and only saw the guy's dog from Site 4, a black lab, run by as the guy kept yelling at him to stop.They said they didn't see the cougar but maybe the guy in Site 4 did. Harter went down to Site 4 and immediately the guy, from Chicago, said, " You aren't going to believe what I just saw !!!" He said the cougar just came walking through (only three sites were occupied in the campground) and his dog took off after it and he yelled to stop it. Both men that saw it agreed it was 100+ lbs. Jim was a Park Ranger at Yellowstone and had seen a cougar there.
Next day Harter talked to the concessionaire and the guy said a trapper friend saw one near the campgrond in 2008. When Harter filed a sighting report at the USFS
office he was told that only 2-3 days earlier a bear hunter checking his bait and trail camera had a cougar in a picture.
Harter said he would guess the cougar was walking the shoreline to hunt ducks as there were large numbers of them along the shore. He also related to me that while camping in Minnesota he talked with a C.O. and asked him if there were cougars in that area. He said the C.O. told him they believe they have about 20 cougars and some breeding was occurring.
Harter concluded that "cougars have been in the Porkies area a long, long time".
Pomeroy Lake is about a mile from Wisconsin and 2 miles east of M-64."