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New Mecosta County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 8:26 PM to savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/18/2013
Time: 6:10pm
County: Mecosta
Sighting Description:
We were driving from our house and saw the dark brown to black cougar, loping up a hill into the wilderness.  It moved like a big cat, not a deer or a dog.  I stopped and got out to see if I could spot it again, but it was gone.  I reported it online to the Michigan DNR.


New Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 2:50 PM to savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/12/2013
Time: 11:55pm
County: Kalamazoo
Sighting Description:
I was driving down the road looking  over near the woods and saw something along side of the road by the drainage ditch. We frequently see deer crossing here. There was no traffic so I slowed down to a stop and there was a mountain lion looking right at me no more then 20 feet away. There was no mistaking what it was. It looked at me for a moment and went slowly off into the woods.


New Mason County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 10:19 PM to savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/9/2013
Time: 8:30am
County: Mason
Sighting Description:
I was taking a regular morning walk when I spotted the cougar as it entered the road from the south and walked across into full sun light.  It turned sideways to me and looked directly at me standing still for several minutes.  It was larger than a big lab-I would guess 200 lbs. it had a long tail with the standard dark tip.  She was a beautiful tan large cougar.  Vehicles approaching caused her to go into the woods.  When they passed a cub followed her across the street
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New Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM to savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/25/2013
Time: 10:00am
County: Oakland
Sighting Description:
My husband and I were traveling westbound on I-696.  There is some farmland/fields in the area.  I saw a golden animal in the field on the other side of the road in view from the expressway.  I was expecting it to be a fawn as it was about that size.  Then to my surprise it leaped and the tail came into full view. I was so surprised by what I saw and the car was traveling so fast that I was unable to identify the second animal in front of it.  It was either traveling with another cat or it was stalking a deer.


New Barry County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 7:46 PM to savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/23/2013
Time: 4:30pm
County: Barry
Sighting Description:
I was working in the garage and my dogs were acting strange ( whimpering and kinda off) so i put them in the house. i went back out to the garage and heard a huge animal fight and went in the back yard to see who's cats was fighting and saw a cat that was at least 20" high and 36" long black with some dark grey and a long tail, it had to weigh around 60 pounds. it was about 40' away and sitting on a tree branch about 10' in the air. when it saw me it jumped down and darted into the swamp. i know what i saw it was no house cat it was a cougar.


New Schoolcraft County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM to savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/18/2013
Time: 4:00pm
County: Schoolcraft
Sighting Description:
It ran across the road about 100 years in front of me.  It happened quick but I knew it  was a cougar by it's long curled tail
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New Wexford County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 6:26 PM to savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/29/2013
Time: 3:30pm
County: Wexford
Sighting Description:
The animal was much smaller than the cougar photos I've seen.  The animal was  tan, had a long body, and was the size of a very large domestic cat.  It crossed the road ahead of where I was biking.  When I got to where it crossed, I saw its hind end and tail disappear into the swampy woods.  The tail was thin, but had a dark tuft of fur on the end of it.


New Newaygo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 7:55 PM to savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/18/2013
Time: 12:30pm
County: Newaygo
Sighting Description:
I am not 100% sure it was a cougar, but I can't think what else it would be. I was riding my road bicycle at about 15 mph coming south on Oak St. I looked up ahead about 60 feet and saw a very large cat jog across the road in a heavily treed area from the west to the east. It had short reddish brown fur/hair, and was very muscular. It was long and lean. It was bigger than a bobcat and did not have the shorter front legs. I believe I saw a long tail, but honestly don't remember. My brain said cougar, but logic argued. All I know is it was a cat, and it was big!


New Leelanau County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 3:06 PM to savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/16/2013
Time: 10:30am
County: Leelanau
Sighting Description:
This looked like a young cougar, probably 40 pounds, etc.  it had a dark tan coat, black tipped ears and a very long tail. It crossed in front of my car, at the most 10-15 yards ahead of me.  It was two big to be a domestic cat but it was two small to be a full grown cougar.


New Manistee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, May 21, 2013 at 1:48 PM to savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/1/12
Time: 6:00pm
County: Manistee
Sighting Description:
My friend Dylan was bowhunting on abandoned farm land up in his stand. A deer right below him got spooked and when he looked around to see what it was he saw the cougar just a ways away. By the time he got his camera/video camera out it was further away!


New Lapeer County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM to savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/13/2013
Time: na
County: Lapeer
Sighting Description:
There were several cougar tracks in the muddy areas in my driveway and side yard and appeared to be going through to next yard.  This was in the same area where deer regularly cut through my yard.  As the muddy areas dried after the rain stopped, the prints became less visible and distinct but can still be found today.  However there are no new prints.


New Alpena County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 8:27 AM to savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/30/2013
Time: 12:05PM
County: Alpena
Sighting Description:
I was driving and the cougar crossed the road approximately 50 yards in front of me.  It was tan, the tail was as long as approximately half of the length of the body. It was larger than our 95 pound German Shepherd.  It had a definite cat head and ears.


New Lenawee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 3:27 AM to savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/25/2012
Time: noon
County: Lenawee
Sighting Description:
Large black cat, the grass is about a 18 inches high and cat stood taller than the grass.  Was seen last year at about same time in same spot.  walkign along stream in field.


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 2:48 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 1/09/2013
Time: 2:45am
County: Kalamazoo
Sighting Description:
Saw him at 2:45am on the side of the road on G Ave beware of this cat if you live in that area.....my husband said it is a BIG BLACK PANTHER, HE SAID IT IS BIG!!!


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 1/05/2013
Time: 12:30 PM
County: Oakland
Sighting Description:
It was walking among the small trees and grasses, in the snowy trench along I-75, tail (with a rounded tip) in the air, looking at the cars and people gassing up as it went. It was way too big to be a house cat. Sam saw it first, and alerted Lynda, who was pumping gas.  Both stared in disbelief. After shopping we went back to find it, but didn't see it.


Saginaw County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 1:38 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12-7-2012
Time: 1pm
County: Saginaw
Sighting Description:
Standing on the bridge and saw the young cougar hunting for food in the weeds by the water.


Grand Traverse County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 1:12 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/26/2012
Time: 12:00-2:00 am
County: Grand Traverse
Sighting Description:
Me and two friends were walking one night out there and I was kinda flashing my flash light to make sure nothing creeped up on use. When I flashed the light towards this clearing in the small trees I saw these eyes that were too high off the ground to be a wolf and they were to far apart to and the glow/reflection wasn't of any  creature I have seen and I have seen coyotes and wolf and bears while hunting walking back from my blind in the winter times and it wasn't like them after I seen them we kinda walked slow and quietly back to the parking area and left
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Alcona County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11-15-12
Time: 5:00 pm
County: Alcona
Sighting Description:
This cougar was black, low slung and trotting across the road. It had a very long tail which was curved up at the tip. Seemed to be a medium sized animal. I have witnessed cougars in south Flordia in the wild before.


Michigan DNR verifies three Upper Peninsula cougar photos
Reported
Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM to www.savethecougar.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 28, 2012

Michigan DNR verifies three Upper Peninsula cougar photos

Three recent trail camera photos of cougars in the Upper Peninsula have been verified by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Two of the photos, both of a cougar with a radio collar, were taken in October in Menominee County – one near Cedar River and one near Menominee just north of the Wisconsin border.

The third photo was taken in northern Marquette County in November. The cougar in the Marquette County photo is not wearing a radio collar.

The DNR does not place radio collars on cougars; North Dakota and South Dakota are the nearest states where wildlife researchers have placed radio collars on cougars to track their movement. The DNR has not yet been able to determine the origin of the radio-collared cougar that is in Michigan .

In the fall of 2011, a radio-collared cougar was photographed in Ontonagon, Houghton and Keweenaw counties. Although the cougar recently photographed in Menominee County is wearing the same type of radio collar, DNR wildlife biologists are currently unable to determine whether this is the same animal or another transient that has dispersed from western states.

All three photos were taken by trail cameras located on private property and the landowners have asked to remain anonymous. DNR Wildlife Division staff were able to visit each location to confirm the authenticity of the photos.

DNR Wildlife Division staff have now verified the presence of cougars in the Upper Peninsula 20 times since 2008.

To date, the DNR has confirmed 11 photos, eight separate sets of tracks, and one trail camera video from 10 Upper Peninsula counties: Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Houghton, Keweenaw, Mackinac, Marquette , Menominee, Ontonagon and Schoolcraft.

“The increasing number and frequency of verified cougar sightings in recent years are likely due to three factors in particular: The growing popularity of trail cameras used to monitor wildlife activity in the woods 24 hours a day; additional transient cougars moving east from established populations in western states as they seek new territory; and the cooperation of the public in reporting cougar sightings and sharing their photos with us for official review, which we greatly appreciate,” said Adam Bump, one of four DNR biologists specially trained to investigate cougar reports.

Established cougar populations are found as close to Michigan as the Dakotas , and transient cougars dispersing from these areas have been known to travel hundreds of miles in search of new territory. DNA evidence collected from a cougar hit and killed by a car in Connecticut in 2011 showed it had originated in western South Dakota .

Cougars, also known as mountain lions, were native to Michigan , but disappeared from the state in the early 1900s. The last confirmed wild cougar in Michigan prior to 2008 was an animal killed near Newberry in 1906.

Although cougar sightings are regularly reported, verification is often difficult, due in part to a lack of physical evidence. Characteristic evidence of cougars include tracks - which are about 3 inches long by 3 1/2 inches wide and typically show no claw marks - and suspicious kill sites, such as deer carcasses that are largely intact and buried with sticks and debris.

Protecting evidence such as tracks, scat and cached kills from the elements with a bucket or tarp greatly improves the chances that a reported sighting may be verified by DNR wildlife staff.

Wildlife biologists on the DNR's cougar team investigate evidence that is reported or submitted, and may visit sites to verify the location and collect additional information. The team then evaluates the collected information and decides whether the presence of cougars can be confirmed.

Reports of cougar tracks and other evidence should be made to a local DNR office or by submitting the sighting on the DNR's online reporting form at www.michigan.gov/cougars . If an emergency situation exists, call the department's 24-hour Report All Poaching line at 800-292-7800 .

Cougars are classified as an endangered species in Michigan . It is unlawful to kill, harass or otherwise harm a cougar except in the immediate defense of human safety. To learn more about cougars and how to identify their tracks, visit www.michigan.gov/cougars .

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to  www.michigan.gov/dnr.



Photo caption:
The Michigan DNR recently verified this November 2012 trail camera photo of a cougar in northern Marquette County . The DNR has now verified the presence of cougars in the Upper Peninsula 20 times since 2008.


Genesee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Nov 18, 2012 at 9:20 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11-18-12
Time: 2:00 pm
County: Genesee
Sighting Description:
I was in the car coming home from Durand when my uncle spotted out a abnormaly large cat looking animal, I thought it looked like a lion but did not have a good look, it was eating what looked like a dead dog or cat and continued until it saw us, it then walked into the thick brush and dissapeared. It was a long slender and muscular cat low to the ground, long tail with a dark tip, I knew it was not a dog becuase of theway it walked, it looked as if it was stalking somtin and stayed low to the ground. it was light tan colored. It was very long, longer than 6 feet. I told the home owner about the incident and told him to be cautious.


Ingham County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 2:44 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/15/2012
Time: 10:00AM
County: Ingham
Sighting Description:
Deer hunting from ground blind. looking out to the west approx. 450 yds away to the west across a soybean field which had been tilled under. say a yellow or golden animal walking along the western edge of the soybean field from north to south. saw him at that distance with my naked eye. then watched as he continued going south until he cut into some deep grass. watched him through binocs for one to two minutes. estimating him to be approx three feet long, approx 1.5 to 2.0 feet at the shoulder with long smooth gait and full thick tail. did not appear dog like and thought too big to be coyote or bobcat.


Wayne County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/14/2012
Time: 1:00PM
County: Wayne
Sighting Description:
I was looking out my door wall when I saw what I thought was a cat in the weeds but then I decided it was too large to be a house cat.  I got my binoculars and saw a black cougar like head with a caramel body.  It had that thicker neck and shoulder area and rounded ears. It was walking then crouching and it looked up at us. My son walked outside to get a closer look and it ran off.  He said the body was black.


Wayne County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/14/2012
Time: 10:00 am
County: Wayne
Sighting Description:
Driving west on Pennsylvania Rd Just East of Allen Rd I saw a large cat that looked like a cougar in a fenced in open field bordered by heavy woods.It was very large tan with brown on tip tail about 42"  tall arount 5' long.When I stopped to look He ran very fast across the field into the woods.The grass was recently cut short There was also another person who actually stopped their car in the middle of the road to take a picture. He left before I could talk to him.


Allegan County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10-20-2012
Time: 9:00 am
County: Allegan
Sighting Description:
Found fresh big cat tracks approximately 4-6" in diameter, rounded toes and definitely retracted claws, as there was no nail marks in the ground. There were tracks around the pig pen that led up to the gate that separates pastures.  Also saw a tree in the back woods that appears to have claw marks.  We suspect it is a juvenile male cougar who is marking his own territory.


Oceana County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 11:05 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: October 7, 2012
Time: 10:00am
County: Oceana
Sighting Description:
While doing my paper route in Walkerville, Michigan Sunday morning the wife and I saw a big cat standing in the middle of Deer Rd. and 160th. It was about 2.5 feet high and over 3 feet long. It was light brown with white belly. I tried to get my cell phone to zoom in but the cougar walked into a corn field an disappeared. But it was so beautiful and a wonderful experience.


Saginaw County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 7:15 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10-9-12
Time: 4:30am
County: Saginaw
Sighting Description:
I was heading to work at about 4:30am and I was on Chesaning Rd. coming up to the corner of Chesaning and Lincoln when I saw something large in the middle of the road eating on something.  As I got closer it was a dead deer that might of got hit by a car but something was eating off of it. Once I got to the corner I looked to my left were I saw the other animal run to and it went down into a creek. I grabbed my flash light to see what it was and I saw a large tan like cat that was hiding down.  I turned the corner heading north on Lincoln rd. and turned around in the 2nd driveway to head back and the deer that was hit was gone.  this is the 2nd time in the past 2 years I saw a large cat and the other one I saw was only about a mile away on the corner of Gary Rd and Lincoln Rd. by the river.


Lapeer County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 11:00 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: October 5, 2012
Time: 9:20 PM
County: Lapeer
Sighting Description:
I was driving south on Rochester Road, it was dark and slightly rainy.  I noticed an animal in the road, I slowed down.  It was about the size of a large dog, with a cat like face, yellowish in color and walked like a cat.  It crossed the road and kept meandering down the street.


Ottawa County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 8:25 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/20/2012
Time: 3:30 P.M.
County: Ottawa
Sighting Description:
I was driving east on a street near the airport area near some railroad tracks. As I crossed the tracks I saw a big cat, likely a cougar strut across the street into a corn field and disappeared as I passed that area. The height of it standing was about 2.5 ft from paw to shoulders and the length maybe about 3 ft head to butt. Color was mostly tan and a slight white underbelly. The way it was looking I couldn't quite see the head.


Gratiot County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 09-26-12
Time: 12:50
County: Gratiot
Sighting Description:
My wife and I were returning to our house, after my VA appointment and I had picked her up from her mothers home. We were going home to pick our daughter up to take her to work. As we got close to the drive way, my wife yelled, what is that, and pointed toward the ditch just before our driveway. As I looked, I saw the shape of an animal moving into the field,that at first, I didn't recognize. Once the animal moved out into the field more, I recognized it as a Cougar. We did not pull into our drive, but followed on the road for a good 200 yards.  It was carrying an animal (somebody's animal) in its mouth. It didn't run across the field, just moved at a steady lope. The animal it was carrying was about the size of a small dog or big cat. We couldn't tell.  I and my wife saw this cougar and reported it immediately to the Gratiot County Sheriffs Office. I told them they would probably think I was nuts, but we had just seen a cougar.  I described the animal to the individual on the phone and told him. "I know its a cougar, because I saw it tail..it wasn't a dog." The dispatchers were supposed to contact the Michigan DNR..but I really don't know if they did. We got a good look at the animal and it was not a large house cat nor a dog..The animal was about 100lbs to 150lbs.


Leelanau County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 1:16 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 09/17/2012
Time: 1:00pm
County: Leelanau
Sighting Description:
Just saw the back half of the large cat walk into the shrubs right off the road. saw the Long muscular tail with black tip.


Barry County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 3:27 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Summer of 2007
Time: Afternoon
County: Barry
Sighting Description:
We had just moved here from Hawaii the fall before, my kids had never been to Mi before that and had no knowledge of Cougars "Panthers". We had just gotten a chocolate lab puppy 7mo.old a couple of months earlier.It was late summer our first summer here, my son was on the computer with the sliding glass door open. Our dog started smelling the air which caught my son's attention.Then our dog took off out the door towards our side yard, maybe 50 feet just on the other side of some big pine trees that block the view, he was going nuts barking very aggressively, which he never did before! So then my son started yelling for him to come but he didn't, he kept going nuts just on the other side of the pine trees, out of view.Then all of a sudden my son saw a BLACK PANTHER....run right down the edge of our yard and the treeline to the woods, just as soon as he passed the pine trees he was in full view(25 ft.), about the same size of our dog (60 lbs at that time) "super shiny black fur" and "with a long thick tail"! The panther was way faster than the dog, my son was screaming for the dog to stop, which he did after chasing the panther out of our area!My son was so concerned that he went into the house and got a shotgun, just in case....he is not that kind of person to do that, he was very fearful!I have submitted this to the other website, but I see they have edited it down to no description of the actual sighting.The reason I am submitting this now here is, I see someone else on our road has submitted a report of a black panther also, this is conformation for our family that it was in fact a black panther.....very cool, but not a game!Barry Country has many, many sightings, most people will not submit reports here, I know of many people who have seen tan cats and black panthers! Manning Lake Rd has a mountain lion that is very commonly seen, also around Crooked Lake Delton are many sightings!I also found a big track on the mountain bike trail at Deep Lake in Yankee Springs....I talked to the ranger, he pretty much laughed at me, to me it is not a joke...I see families on that trail with little kids that are way out in front of their parent...in my opinion, it is a CRIME not to warn people there are mountain lions in these woods! People have the wrong impression of these cats, they are not just beautiful, they are very dangerous also if in the woods alone or with children running in the woods....people need to wake up! They ARE HERE....period! People deserve to be alert to the fact they are common in Michigan!


Alpena County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 2:53 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: September 7, 2012
Time: 5:25 p.m
County: Alpena
Sighting Description:
Cougar ran in front of my vehicle. I was about 20 feet from it.  It ran across the road and hesitated on the other side for about 30 seconds before it ran into the brush.


MDNR releases and confirms cougar video from the UP.
Reported
Fri, Sep 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: September 7, 2012
Time: 5:25 p.m
County: Alpena
Sighting Description:
This video of a cougar sighted in the upper peninsula was released by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Sept. 13, 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGHz8Zx8c1k



Hillsdale County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Sep 8, 2012 at 10:27 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/8/2012
Time: 8pm
County: Hillsdale
Sighting Description:
I was riding my bicycle home from work today when a deer crossed the road in front of me like it had just been shot at. I looked the direction it came from expecting more deer to jump out in front of me when I saw the cat slowly pacing in front of the woods and then crouching when I turned around and stopped to look at it. I shined my blinking light at it but it was unafraid. I saw another large cat in the same area about 3 years ago but that cat was very afraid and trying desperately to get away from me. I had scared that large cat by sneaking up on it on my bicycle on the North Country trail on my way to work on a rainy morning about 9:30am.


Mason County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 9:47 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/6/2012
Time: 9:20am
County: Mason
Sighting Description:
I was in the car about 75-100 yards from the bridge heading south. The cat trotted across the road in front of me and leaped over the railing. When it first started crossing the road I thought it was a fox or coyote (size-wise) but it was long-bodied with a long tail and moved like a house cat, just much bigger.  I'd say 40 pounds?? It was dark brown and the tail curved with the back legs and curled up at the end.I pulled over and jumped over the rail to try to get another glimpse, but it is a wooded ravine with lots of cover and I couldn't see anything.


Roscommon County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 12:05 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/2008
Time: 9pm
County: Roscommon
Sighting Description:
My family was at our cabin in Mid Forest Lodge. We were all on a 4 wheeler ride and my friend and I got cold and decided to head back to the cabin. We were almost home when we saw a very large animal sprint across the road. The animal was the color of a white tail deer but much larger and had a very long tail that went down to the ground. There has been several cougar sightings in Mid Forest lodge before and after our sighting.


Muskegon County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 12:25 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9-3-12
Time: 10:30 am
County: Muskegon
Sighting Description:
I was running down a somewhat busy public road near Kruse Park when a yellow mountain lion ran across the road about 15 to 20 ft in front of me, and then ran into the woods on the south side of the road.


Benzie County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Aug 20, 2012
Time: 8:15 am
County: Benzie
Sighting Description:
Tan, golden, orange color with a long tail with black tip on the tail.  Cougar was size of large dog and ran swiftly across the road about 50 feet in front of me.


Ogemaw County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Aug 19, 2012 at 5:01 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: early 1990's
Time: dusk
County: Ogemaw
Sighting Description:
I was on the back porch, I saw a cougar about 150 yards away walk from from a grass area into some brush, I saw mostly backside, but it had cougar coloring (that solid yellow-tan) and a long thick tail tipped in black. Outside of a zoo this was the only time I had seen a cat with a tail like that. It was not a domestic cat. I know this was years and years ago, but  with all the attention lately I thought I'd report my sighting, and it isn't as if the Internet existed back then.


Leelanau County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 9:28 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8-17-12
Time: 7:30 am
County: Leelanau
Sighting Description:
I was riding my bike on Weston rd heading north. I was about 150 yards from the open wetland portion of the rd and I saw a cougar walk across the road from the small part of the wetland to the large part (going towards Tucker Lake). It was dark tan, about two and a half feet at the shoulder with a long tail. The tail was sticking almost straight out. It was unmistakeably a big cat. I almost put my GoPro camera on my bike this morning, I wish I had.


Bay County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 9:31 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7-14-12
Time: 11:30 p.m.
County: Bay
Sighting Description:
I observed a large animal, tan / brown in color with a long tail, long body and small head.  I first noticed it standing in the street and it slowly moving north into the woods.  The animal was not startled by the house light turning on or the opening of the door.  I wanted to get closer to the animal to determine what it was, but after realizing it wasn't a dog I returned to the house.  I couldn't believe what I was seeing and had to convince myself it was more cat-like rather than dog-like.  After discussing my sighting with my mother, she mentioned she had seen the same animal a week earlier running down the street.  It appeared to have been startled by the noise of the fireworks festival and was running toward the woods.


Midland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/20/2012
Time: 10:00 am
County: Midland
Sighting Description:
I was out for a morning run and saw an animal cross the road in front of me.  It was about as tall and the same color as a white-tail deer fawn, but much stronger build.  Its tail was long, like a cat.  The animal crossed a little more than 100 yards ahead of me and quite quickly so I didn't get a good look at its face.  I never would have guessed it was a cougar until a family member showed me a picture, and it very closely resembled the animal I spotted.


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 7:14 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/06/2012
Time: 6:45AM
County: Oakland
Sighting Description:
It had been raining for like a week and that day is the only day with a bright sunshine in the early morning, I was walking my dog behind the home depot there is a small hills and fense. My dog rarely run up the small hill but that day it did! So I went after my dog. It took me 5 minutes to recognize there was a cougar at 50  feet away behind besides the edge of the big area of woods.It was laid at the time I saw it,seems it was enjoy the sun bath.But it immediately stand up after he saw me and my dog,watched us. I was frightened and ran back home( so near my home) wanted to grab my camera and ask my husband to see! But when we come back it already disappeared. Now I know I was being stupid to ran !Because it might so dangerous both to me and my dog!


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 11:20 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 5, 2012
Time: 11:00AM
County: Kalamazoo
Sighting Description:
Travelling westbound I-94 in the left lane (approx mile marker 80), I spotted a large black object on the left shoulder of the concrete wall/median. As I passed it appeared to be a large (estimate 60-80 lbs) black cat with a distinctive long tail. The carcass was stretched out just like a sleeping cat (only much larger). I was unable to stop but called my wife to have her report it to the DNR. Driving by the site @ 1pm, the carcass had been removed. I was unable to get confirmation from the DNR the following morning. I own 2 house cats and know it was not a dog. This area is heavily wooded on both sides of the freeway with the Kalamazoo river to the north (right side). After researching potential for such a sighting I believe the carcass was a NABP-North American Black Panther (a generic term attributed to such sightings). I would love to know if any other motorists reported this sighting, and whether the police or DNR officials could or would corroborate.


Emmet County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 9:41 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 5, 2012
Time: 3:30 PM
County: Emmet
Sighting Description:
We were driving east on Levering Rd. when a large light brown cat bolted across the road into the woods.  The animal was only 30 /- yards in front of our car. We were shocked by the sighting and did not know what we had saw.  We later realized it was a cougar because of the long tail.


Kent County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Jul 28, 2012 at 8:14 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 28,2012
Time: 3:30 PM
County: Benzie
Sighting Description:
My beagle had picked up its scent and was chasing it (until I realized what it was and stopped her!).  I told others who let their dogs run off leash.  Some said they had experienced adults in the park hearing their growling.  The cats seem to want to avoid humans.  I wish their presence had been posted.


Marquette County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jul 27, 2012 2:38 pm to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/18/2012
Time: 2:00am
County: Marquette
Sighting Description:

This trail camera photo of a cougar was taken at 2 a.m. on July 18 in northern Marquette County .

The photo represents the 17th time the DNR has been able to verify the presence of cougars in the Upper Peninsula since 2008.



Marquette County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Jul 18, 2012 at 12:02 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/1/2012
Time: 11:26am
County: Marquette
Sighting Description:
Pat Rusz and Mike Zuidema confirmed on site in June in SW Marquette County, Michigan.



Benzie County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Jul 15, 2012 at 8:02 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/13/2012
Time: 7:00 pm
County: Benzie
Sighting Description:
While dining in the Brookside Inn we looked out the window to the South and in back of an adjacent business we saw a very large yellow/tan wild cat (about the size of a large dog) with a thin long tail. It sauntered around the asphalt parking lot and then walked into the brush consisting of tall grass, wildflowers, trees and bushes. We were so shocked to see such a large cat that we couldn't believe it was something like a cougar, but after we did some research on the internet we were sure it was a cougar. Unbelieveable to see it so close to us next to a restaurant! It was beautiful.


Cheboygan County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Jul 8, 2012 at 9:54 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/8/2012
Time: 3:30 pm
County: Cheboygan
Sighting Description:
Noted large cat crossing trail, stopped and watched us approaching .  We slowed noted it was much larger than a house cat and long tail.  It then continued on into the woods.

Ingham County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Jul 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: April 25 2012
Time: 7:20 pm
County: Ingham
Sighting Description:
I was turkey hunting an not much action going on so I decided to leave. An as I was getting up to leave across the field which was roughly 600 to 650 yards across from were I was standing I notice something sneaking down the edge of the field heading north I thought to my self it cant be true this thing was either a cougar or the biggest house cat I have ever seen in my life and I thought to my self it would be pretty hard to spot a house cat at that distance. It stopped an rolled around on the ground were shortly after it disapeard into the wood so I "m not saying with 100 percent confidence that it was but when I have had people approach me and tell me that they have seen one in this area for the last couple of years it makes it hard to dispute.

Mackinac County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 11:28 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 27. 2012
Time: 8:30 pm
County: Mackinac
Sighting Description:
I was standing looking out my kitchen window into my backyard and down in the woods in the clearing I saw the cougar standing . I could see him from the side ,it stood there for a few moments and he started to run as he was chasing something into the woods, Got a good side view of it,, he was tan in color and a long tail.

Ingham County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Jun 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 2012
Time: 7pm -8pm
County: Ingham
Sighting Description:
Recently walking on and around Lakeland trails in Stockbridge, we've seen a large black cat with long tail moving in the wooded areas. My neighbor told me last night that his dogs treed a large black cat that he thought was a lynx or bobcat, but he said it was all black with long black tail. We've recently also started seeing a family of fox in the same area, we saw a family of 6-7 on 6/22/12 at 7pm. This is the same area as the local animal blood bank that keeps many cats and dogs for the blood bank. The large black cat is still around in the area.

Macomb County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Fall 2011
Time: 9:00-10:00 AM
County: Macomb
Sighting Description:
While riding the seasonal loop wild turkey caught my eye running up towards the trail. The trail is elevated like a ridge next to the river and a floodplain (not exactly sure) is to the right. The turkey ran up the banking onto the trail about 10ft in front of me and the cougar was in hot pursuit but quickly turned and ran back to the woods. it was about 7ft in length.

Marquette County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 17 2012
Time: 4.30 pm
County: Marquette
Sighting Description:
Hello ,My wife and I while hiking near Big Bay Michigan(exact location withheld at the moment) encountered a fairly large beautiful Cougar @ about 20-30 feet away,on fathers day June 17th around 4.30 pm,we were making some noise cuz we thought there might be Black Bear in the area,but being close to a water fall we speculated that he didn't hear us coming and it was a surprise encounter,we stopped together and he starred us down and maybe even sized us up,my wife and I kept our eyes on him as we stood frozen both us and the cat,then together we raised our arms ,barked liked dogs and made an aggressive move towards the cat and he instantly bolted away,being experienced outdoors people and having lived in Montana for a spell we are accustom to large predators,but  Cougars can surely take your breath away ,we hope he can live on in peace in our wonderful Michigan wilderness, we regret not having our camera !

Clinton County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 15, 2012
Time: approximately 5:30 pm
County: Ogemaw
Sighting Description:
My husband and I were driving west on M-21 just east of Fowler in the evening, when I spotted something dark moving from a mown hayfield into a wheat field along a fence row.  We did not see the head as it was entering the wheat field, but the movement suggested a cat, and the slope of the back and the tail were distinct.  We did spot if from a distance, but it was obviously quite large.

Ogemaw County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/25/2012
Time: Approximately 8:30-ish
County: Ogemaw
Sighting Description:
I was riding shotgun with my buddy Jeff from work.  We were on our way up to go early spring turkey hunting.  We were driving up I-75 when Jeff yelled out "Dude, did you see that?!" I said "Yeah!! That was a cougar!"  He said "Cougar?!?  That was a woodcock that flew right in front of us.  We almost hit it!"  I said, "woodcock?? There was a cougar standing on the side of the road!" It showed its teeth like it was hissing at the car, then turned and ran off. Nothing else in Michigan looks like that!  You didnt see its tail when it turned and ran?!" We had come to the conclusion that the cougar was chasing the woodcock and the woodcock made it across the road in the nick of time.  We apparently had messed up its hunt. The image of that cat's teeth is burned in my brain.  I will never forget that.  I only wish Jeff saw it too.  I've been checking this page once a week, ever since that day hoping someone else would report a sighting anywhere near West Branch.

Allegan County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, May 26, 2012 at 8:13 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: May 26, 2012
Time: Approximately 5:30 pm
County: Allegan
Sighting Description:
Just ran across the road in front of my car heading north into some woods

Clinton County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, May 20, 2012 at 12:33 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: May 16, 2012
Time: Approximately 8:00 P.M
County: Clinton
Sighting Description:
We were driving back from Eagle to our home on W. Cutler off Francis Rd, and instead of going down Clark Rd, I suggested to my wife that we go a different way and proceeded north on Grange Rd. As we got up to Herbison and Grange road, Grange started to curve to the west. I suggested that we turn right on Herbison Rd even though it was a dirt road because I didn't want to end up going way out of our way. So we proceeded east on Herbison road.  We went about a mile and started down a hill in a wooded area when I saw a lady standing off to the right side of the road about 150 feet ahead with a dog on a leash waiting for our car to pass when all of a sudden I saw a large animal running full tilt across the road between us. At first glance when it came across the road, I thought it was a large dark dog but as it jumped out of the road and went into the trees on the other side, it had to jump up as the embankment was 4 feet higher than the road. As it jumped I saw it had a long black cat-like tail about 30 inches long.  As it jumped its tail was fully extended and I said to my wife, “that was a cougar!” We stopped to warn the lady but she said she didn't see it. She was trying to make sure her dog was out of the road as our SUV was going by.  It was an amazing thing to see.


Baraga County, Michigan - 15th Michigan DNR Confirmed cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, May 19, 2012 at 12:33 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/5/2012
County: Baraga



Cougar spotted in U.P. county

Man takes photo of animal in Skanee

May 19, 2012
http://www.dailypress.net/page/content.detail/id/536424/Cougar-spotted-in-U-P--county.html?nav=5003

SKANEE - The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of a cougar in Baraga County. A photo of the animal was taken by Baraga County resident Fred Nault near Skanee on May 5.

DNR Wildlife Division staff were contacted by Nault and visited the property May 15, to verify the location of the camera.

"This is the 15th time we have verified the presence of a cougar in the Upper Peninsula since our first confirmation in 2008," said DNR Wildlife Biologist Adam Bump, who is a member of the Department's specially-trained cougar team. "This is the first confirmation in 2012, and the first verified photo of a cougar taken in person and not by a remote camera."

The cougar was spotted crossing a road near Skanee by Nault, who had a camera on him and was able to take a photo before the animal fled into the woods.

A handful of cougar photos and tracks were also verified by the DNR in the fall and winter of 2011. Tracks and photos were confirmed in Ontonagon and Baraga counties, a photo was verified in Houghton County, and tracks were confirmed in Keweenaw County.

The cougar confirmed in Ontonagon, Houghton and Keweenaw counties had a radio-collar, while the cougar verified in Baraga County did not have a collar. The timing and locations of the photos and tracks suggests there were at least two cougars in the western Upper Peninsula in December 2011.

The DNR has now verified eight separate sets of cougar tracks and seven separate photos in the Upper Peninsula since 2008. The last confirmed wild cougar in Michigan prior to 2008 was an animal killed near Newberry in 1906.

Cougars, also known as mountain lions, were native to Michigan, but disappeared from the state around the turn of the last century. Established cougar populations are found as close to Michigan as North and South Dakota, and transient cougars dispersing from these areas have been known to travel hundreds of miles in search of new territory.

Although cougar sightings are regularly reported, verification is often difficult, due in part to a lack of physical evidence. Characteristic evidence of cougars include tracks - which are about three inches long by three and a half inches wide and typically show no claw marks - and suspicious kill sites, such as deer carcasses that are largely intact and buried with sticks and debris.

Reports of cougar tracks and other evidence should be made to a local DNR office or by submitting the sighting on the DNR's online reporting form at www.michigan.gov/ cougars. If an emergency situation exists, call the department's 24-hour Report All Poaching line at 800-292-7800. Preserving evidence such as tracks, scat and cached kills greatly improves the chances that a reported sighting may be verified by DNR wildlife staff.

Wildlife biologists on the DNR's cougar team investigate evidence that is reported or submitted, and may visit sites to verify the location and collect additional information. The team then evaluates the collected information and decides whether the presence of cougars can be confirmed.

Cougars are classified as an endangered species in Michigan. It is unlawful to kill, harass or otherwise harm a cougar, except in the immediate defense of human life.

http://www.dailypress.net/page/content.detail/id/536424/Cougar-spotted-in-U-P--county.html?nav=5003



Berrien County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, May 20, 2012 at 12:33 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/20/2012
Time: Approximately 8:00 P.M
County: Berrien
Sighting Description:
I saw a large animal with a bushy tail and large paws moving fluidly around the driveway.  When it passed under a light I saw it clearly and recognized it as a cougar, having twice seen cougars in the daylight.


Clinton County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, May 20, 2012 at 12:33 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/16/2012
Time: Approximately 8:00 P.M
County: Clinton
Sighting Description:
We were driving back from Eagle to our home on W. Cutler off Francis Rd, and instead of going down Clark Rd, I suggested to my wife that we go a different way and proceeded north on Grange Rd. As we got up to Herbison and Grange road, Grange started to curve to the west. I suggested that we turn right on Herbison Rd even though it was a dirt road because I didn't want to end up going way out of our way. So we proceeded east on Herbison road.  We went about a mile and started down a hill in a wooded area when I saw a lady standing off to the right side of the road about 150 feet ahead with a dog on a leash waiting for our car to pass when all of a sudden I saw a large animal running full tilt across the road between us. At first glance when it came across the road, I thought it was a large dark dog but as it jumped out of the road and went into the trees on the other side, it had to jump up as the embankment was 4  feet higher than the road. As it jumped I saw it had a long black cat-like tail about 30 inches long.  As it jumped its tail was fully extended and I said to my wife, “that was a cougar!” We stopped to warn the lady but she said she didn't see it. She was trying to make sure her dog was out of the road as our SUV was going by.  It was an amazing thing to see.


Isabella County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/28/2012
Time: Approximately 8:00 A.M
County: Isabella
Sighting Description:
Cougar ran across road in front of my vehicle.  Approximately 30 feet in front. Three bounds and it was across the road and gone into foliage.  The direction it was traveling was toward an old landfill site abandoned in the 70's.


Roscommon County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 at 3:37 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/28/2012
Time: Approximately 2:45 P.M
County: Eaton
Sighting Description:
My friend and I where taking a walk through the woods saturday afternoon in the wooded area across from my daughters house,a little ways in,there are trails to follow through the woods they split in different ways.One of the trails is a complete circle so we took that one,we had almost completed the entire circle when my friend looks at me and says look bear I laughed at him and said bs it is a big black dog and looked even closer to prove myself that's when I realized what it actually was a cat.  Very big black,the paws were huge and the tail was very long,it walked around like it was searching for something. My friend said like it's looking for its next meal,what ever this cat was it was beautiful but also scary because of the size.


Eaton County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Apr 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/23/2012
Time: Approximately 6:30 P.M
County: Eaton
Sighting Description:
I live directly across the road from Elmwood Elementary in a duplex. Yesterday, my grandkids came over and wanted to go play in the back yard but the wind broke a branch that was hanging so I took them into my bedroom to point out that I didn't want them near it. My 8 year old grandson looked behind my neighbors home on top of a hill in a clearing in the wooded area and said "look at that giant cat". His 10 yr. old sister and I looked and I saw what was clearly a huge orange/yellow cat walking. When I saw the tail I knew what it was but I did not grab my cell phone to take a picture of it. I took off running and yelling at my sons to come out on the deck and that we saw a cougar in the back yard while the kids continued to watch it from my bedroom window. They said it entered the woods that are directly behind my home. The 8 year old said that he thought it was a girl lion  when he first looked at it - but it was mo
  re orange and my granddaughter said it had a "panther tail". I know what I was watching and I am afraid to let my grandkids go out there anymore. I did file a report today with MDNR but have not heard from anybody yet. I will go home this evening and inform the neighbors as I spend the evening looking out back for it. I am too afraid to go back and look for any tracks but would point out exactly where we saw it.


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Apr 8, 2012 at 10:48 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/8/2012
Time: 10:00 pm
County: Oakland
Sighting Description:
My wife and I were pulling up our driveway and our headlights illuminated the trees at our properties edge. We observed the profile of a cougar that was walking between the second and third spruce tree and slowly walked out of the view of the headlights.WE got out of the car. The cougar seemed to be tan with a lighter underbelly and long thick tail. I would guess it to be 3 1/2 to 4 ft long without the tail and maybe 2 to 2 1/2 ft off the ground.We are going to check for prints tomorrow morning if it does not rain.Now we know why our cat has been going crazy at night looking out our back sliding doors.


Lenawee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Apr 7, 2012 at 4:06 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/6/2012
Time: 5:51 pm
County: Lenawee
Sighting Description:

http://www.lenconnect.com/ topstories/x1607840331/Black- panther-sighted-in-Adrian- Township

I wanted to pass along information about a verified black panther siting near my hometown of Adrian, MI.  I did not personally observe the cougar, but a Michigan State Police officer (Trooper Sean Street, Monroe MI MSP Post) and several eye witnesses did report seeing it.  The link above contains their accounts of this verified black panther sighting.  Witnesses called the local police to describe sightings of a large black feline in the area.  Upon arrival at the scene, MSP Trooper Street observed "a large feline walking in the field" (near US-223).  Trooper Street said he saw "an animal, approximately 2 feet in height and weighing about 30 pounds, walk across the field about 75 yards away and into a nearby woods."  According to Trooper Street, he has no doubt that this animal was a black panther.  “There is no doubt it was a panther,” Street said.  “It was identical to what you see in National Geographic Magazine. "The Michigan State Police have contacted the DNR and are awaiting assistance in the search for this animal.

Genesee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 9:33 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/17/2012
Time: 9:00 pm
County: Genesee
Sighting Description:
Our Dog was outside sitting on the porch and started growling and had his back up to the house door. He vary rarely barks or growls so we knew something was up. I went outside stood on the porch while my dog was still pressed against the door, to see what was going on. There was this animal about forty feet away, next to a line of pine trees, it just stared at us for about 30-40 seconds, never making a sound. I was yelling for my friend in the house, when the animal started slowly walking away. This animal which at first I thought was a dog, definately was not, it was the size of my medium size lab and was walking like a cat would. It was way to big for a house cat plus my dog would not have went nuts over a house cat. I Went in the house for a flashlight to see if i could get a better look, but it had left by the time i came back outside. I Could hear the neighbors dogs one by one down the street start to bark.


Washtenaw County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 8:36 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 2/17/2012
Time: 2:45 pm
County: Washtenaw
Sighting Description:
I work at a childcare facility located in Milan, Michigan, on Stony Creek road between Willow and Willis Rds..3 of my co workers witness a large black cat/larger than black lab..with very long tail walk the edge of property line..two 4 ft fence is all that separates our property from wooded area cat walked through..he/she was roughly 30 ft. away from building..it stopped reached up and scratched tree post, visibly shaking the tree..and continued on west toward US-23..when authorities were called no one was sent to investigate and we were told cougars are not native to area and are not in MI..we protested that it may very well be released pet..but to no avail..they seemed unconcerned..needless to say children did not play out that day and we are abit unsure as to what next step of action would be:( understandably they are protected species..but this is very close for comfort..we have a nature trail that walk right through this area..but there is a bit too much nature for that now. there were fist size prints in the snow yesterday..the assistant director said he saw large claws in one of the prints


 

Crawford County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 2-13-2012
Time: 1:30 am
County: Crawford
Sighting Description:
I live on the East Branch of the ausable river. I was eating my lunch and was looking out the window towards the river when I noticed a black animal walking out of the woods towards the river. He walked on to the ice and was getting a drink of water. At first I thought it was a black lab. I keep my binoculars by the window so I looked at him to get a better look. I couldn't believe my eyes when I seen a large cat. I watched it drink for 2 minutes, not beliveing what I was seeing.  I called my wife to take a look. I said look at that animal down the river and tell me what you see. She said it looks like a large black cat. The body of the cat was three feet long with a long tail. I watched the cat for a total of about 7 minutes.


 

Midland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Feb 12, 2012 at 2:16 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 2-12-2012
Time: 1:15 pm
County: Midland
Sighting Description:
My wife and I were driving home from church and we seen a tan colored animal run out of the woods.  The animal was about the size of a full grown labrador retriever.  The animal was running with its tan colored tail up.  It was certainly a cat it had a cats face and ears.


 

Muskegon County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Dec 2010
Time: 11:00 pm
County: Muskegon
Sighting Description:
Came in from the garage after smoking a cigarette, went and looked out the slider in the back yard, and watched what at first i thought was the dog walking in the back yard, but as it got closer i realized it was a cat, so i first assumed it was one of the big african cats that got out of the SPCA, but after closer observation i realized it was a cougar, i watched it  on a well lit moonlight night, where i could see it in detail all the way to the dark brown tip on the tail, and a little discoloration in its tan fur. And then in a single leap hoped over a 6 foot fence like it was nothing, so considering it was wandering in back yards i called the police just to make sure it wasnt stealing pets or children. Beautiful animal, i have studied animals all my life, its a passion, and i know what it was.


 

Oceana County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 8:59 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 2/7/12
Time: 11:00 am
County: Oceana
Sighting Description:
My mother and I were on our way back to my house, about eight miles east of Rothbury, when we noticed the cat coming out of the swamp and crossing the road seventy-five yards in front of us. The cat seemed to be dark in color, but not black. What got my attention was the long tail, firm but not bushy, and the "J" hooking apearence at the end of it. We slowed to look, but we saw nothing but the tracks were it had went down the embankment. I was able to track the cat for a little way, but the only good track I saw was were it dropped of the road into the deep snow. The track was about three inches across, with no claw marks visable. I'll keep my eyes open!


 

Cass County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 10:12 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June/July 2008
Time: 1:30pm
County: Cass
Sighting Description:
I saw a large, tan colored animal with a long tail run across the road as I was driving westbound on Edwards Street. It was approximately 100 feet from my car and disappeared into the woods before I was able to get a better look.


Macomb County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 5:14 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: January 31 2011
Time: 3:30pm
County: Macomb
Sighting Description:
My wife said look at that cat. It was large with a long tail and kept on walking north. It looked just about like the picture above bottom right.

Ostego County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 4:21 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 1/25/2012
Time: 10:30am
County: Ostego
Sighting Description:
I was leaving our property, on antler trail, a black cat made one jump into the middle of the road, then into the woods, he was heading east. he was moving fast. cat was the size of a shepherd dog, he was pure black, big thick hind legs, had rounded ears.


Claire County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 1/12/12
Time: 12:03 am
County: North end of Clare County
Sighting Description:
Driving south on US127 about midnight, going slow as it was late and didn't want to have an animal encounter. Saw something light colored that appreared to be bounding along the side of the road. its head kept catching the headlights., thought it was a deer tail but as we got closer and I slowed the animal appreared to be playing with its food!  sort of prancing in the same place and putting its head to the ground.  as we passed it looked right at us and it was a very large cat, no tufts on its ears, and light colored.  the passanger in the car said that is a cougar.  I tried to ractionalize that it wasn't but my bried glimpse said very large cat and not tufts.  Since there was no traffic I stopped and backed up but we say nothing more.  I wish we had gotten out to see if the cat had left any remians of its dinner or tracks.


Maccomb County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 3:12 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Dec.23, 2011
Time: 2:30pm
County: Macomb
Sighting Description:
"While walking the dogs in the woods, my friend seen a black cat leaving the open field, going down into the creek. we entered the spot where the cat went in, the dogs hair was risen and they were walking profoundly.  The previous day the same cat was seen by my wife out of the kitchen window.I had pictures of the cat on my hunting trail cam, but I erased them due to the big cat!!I thought it was taken pictures of a house cat and it was too large so I erased them.(dang)"


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 5:50 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12/20/2011
Time: 2AM
County: Oakland
Sighting Description:
Cougar was large 4ft . Walking toward the freeway.


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 12:51 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: late summer 2006
Time: afternoon
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: crossing 19 mile rd just west of M66 (30th ave)
Sighting Description:
My husband was driving and we were headed west on Milham (divided road). I was looking at the landscape and caught a glimpse of it through a break in the tall grass. I saw it's head, part of it's shoulder and hindquarters/tail. It looked to be turning around in a circle as animals do when they are ready to lay down. For a moment I was speechless, and when I was able to speak I said "That was a cougar!" My husband turned around and we drove back by hoping to catch another glimpse but to no avail. It was about 2 1/2 feet tall, under it's belly was white and golden color elsewhere. I thought about reporting it but didn't know who to report it to because the DNR was not acknowledging these sightings.


Mecosta County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 7:34 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11-14-2011
Time: 9:15 pm
County: Mecosta
Location Description: crossing 19 mile rd just west of M66 (30th ave)
Sighting Description:
was traveling west on 19 mile rd just west of m66 , it crossed the road going north. about 9:15 pm. both the wife and myself saw it..very large with a long tail.


Van Buren County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 12:32 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: October 8th 2011
Time: 7-8 am
County: VanBuren
Location Description: the corner of 652 and 354th avenue just north of Huzzy Lake.
Sighting Description:
This morning I was on my way to Huzzy Lake. We had just turned onto 652 off 354th when I saw the strangest site. What it appeared to be to me was a puma, N.A. Mountain Cat. Not believing what I saw I made my friend turnaround immediately in the first drive way on the left, boat and all and go back. Of course it took a few times to negotiate that and in the mean time the creature got up and moved away toward the back of the property and crept very lowly into the woods. We continued to the corner of cr 652 and 354 th turning west to see if it came through the stand of trees just before the fences where horses were. Nothing in sight we waited for a few minutes and nothing so we turned around in the first driveway passed 652 to the west and headed back to 652. After we made the turn we saw a huge animal with only 3 legs. This appeared to be a huge husky. Too big to be a coyote. To thick. Hard for me to believe that at first I thought this was a puma. Just then Cindy goes what the hell is that animal? There was the cat. Huge in all its glory. As It made its way through the next field south on 652 on the west side of the road and went to the back of the field, maybe 300 feet from the road now I noticed the end of its large tail was dark in color,and it kept pacing back and forth waiting for, what I now believe looks more like a wolf then a husky. This animal had a hard time negotiating the fenced in field because of the 3 legs. He managed to make it into the field and rested by the b ig tree before the cat came back into view and the 3 legged animal left to meet back up him. My thought was to call 911 and report what we saw. However Cindy and I have encountered many things strange in our early morning drives to the lake and what not so we just went on to Huzzy Lake. Common sense tells me it could not be a puma. But My vision tells me otherwise. I sure would like to know if anybody North of Huzzy lake has seen these animals though. Of course queen of photographing and I didn't have any of my cameras. No binoculars nothing to reinforce what we thought we were seeing.


Van Buren County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 2:07 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/5/11
Time: 1:00 A.M.
County: Van Buren
Location Description: On M40, about 5 miles north of Paw Paw.
Sighting Description:
I was driving with the brights on, only going 50 mph, because I had been seeing a lot of critters out and about. All of a sudden this black streak flew across the highway, right in front of the headlights. It leaped from one side of the highway to the other, only 4-6 feet in front of the van, without it's feet touching the road. It was fully extended, black as coal, and shot across the road so fast it must have been going almost as fast as I was. My scream woke up my guy, and I sure wish he hadn't been snoozing because he missed one heck of a sight!


Chippewa County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 10:04 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: November 6, 2011
Time: 9:25 PM
County: Chippewa
Location Description: Driving east on E 15 Mile Rd between S Shunk Rd and Yacuone Rd
Sighting Description:
I was driving when I noticed a large animal cross the road about 10 meters ahead of me. I first thought it was a deer because I saw its eyes first, but then quickly realized it didn't have hooves or antlers. It was tawny colored and moved like a cat. The animal looked to be about the size of a St. Bernard. Once it got to the other side of the road, it stopped and looked towards my car. I slowed way down because it looked like it was going to cross the road again. I could see its face. There weren't any tuf ts of hair on its ears and it was all one color, there weren't any spots. After I slowly drove past, I looked in my rear view mirror and watched it stand there for a few seconds before moving into the field next to the road.


Roscommon County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 8:54 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/15/11
Time: 9:30 a.m.
County: Roscommon
Location Description: 18 and Hunter Lake Rd. area
Sighting Description:
I was driving back from my friends property in Mio where I was bowhunting when about 100 yds. in front of me I noticed something solid color dark brown at side of road. Now this definetly was not a deer because its head was shaped like a bowling ball with no long snout, about 24" to 30" to top of shoulder, and if I had to guess on weight I would have to say 70-80 lbs. Now to the skeptics, I have been hunting all over lower peninsula for 20 yrs. and I have never seen any other animal shaped like this. Also I sped up to get a better look at this animal but it seen me when it got to side of road spun around fast and leaped three times (about 40-50 yds.) to the jack pines out of sight.


Grand Traverse County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 12:37 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/30/2011
Time: 8:30 am
County: Grand Traverse
Location Description: Our neighborhood (Underwood Farms) on Old Mission Peninsula
Sighting Description:
We saw it heading north in an open, natural area on the north side of our property. It was leaping across this field then crouched for cover for a few seconds when it reached its destination, then it continued on walking. It was a dark grayish-black color, which is the part that makes us question its identity; but it had a long tail and was the size of a cougar. (Our next-door neighbors also saw it & were not sure what it was.)


Delta County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 8:09 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/28/2011
Time: noon
County: Delta
Location Description: North of Gladston on Hwy 2 just South of Hwy 41 intersection. We were heading to Marquette,MI.
Sighting Description:
It ran across the road in front of us from my right to left. It was moving fast but was in perfect sight.


Barry County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 1:05 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10-27-2011
Time: 12:40PM
County: Barry
Location Description: On the edge of an open field next to our house, on miller rd.
Sighting Description:
. I saw a black animal in motion walking in the opposite direction, approximately 100 yards away which caught my attention. I watched the animal for about 20 seconds, then it turned sideways facing twars a tree line and Miller Rd. My 20 year old daughter was also watching the creature and when it turned sideways we both said "that's a cougar"!! Black short fur,Long slender body with shoerter legs and a long slender tail which hund low and away from it's body. I am in shock. The animal disappeared into the tree line. I am in shock but excited at the same time!!


Barry County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 5:58 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10-26-11
Time: 1:30 pm
County: Barry
Location Description: Open field low rolling hills
Sighting Description:
At first i thought it was a deer laying in the field appro.85 yds away. As I was watching it it moved from east to west in avery slow walk, I called my son to come see if he can see the same, by that time it went down below the, so we quietly walked to the edge of the field and both of us watch it for 2 min. before it caught sight or scent of us, and it ran into woods. It was appro 6 to 7 feet from head to tail and a brownish tan in color.


Kalkaska County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 12:29 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/24/11
Time: 7:20 pm
County: Kalkaska
Location Description: i was driving to the forest area high school for a game when i saw something cross the road into the woods.
Sighting Description:
i noticed the eyes of it because they were glowing from my headlights. As i got closer i saw less of it but it was more aparent. when i was right up close i was doing like 45mph and saw the back end ready to dissapear into the woods but not before i caught a good glimpse. i saw a big cougar low to the ground running away. my cousin (whom was in the passenger seat) saw the same thing at the same time. we saw a cougar with a long tail and big paws dissapear into the woods a few m iles from forsest area high school. i could make out the tail and hind legs perfect the color was spot on as well.


Osceola County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 9:23 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/23/2011
Time: 6pm
County: Osceola
Location Description: Off US10 2 miles down Clairolia Rd
Sighting Description:
While deer hunting 2 black cats came out about 100 yards away. At first I assumed they were bobcats but they had a long tail and were solid black and the size of a medium dog. Then they both jumped 8ft in the air over a fence. 15 minutes later they reappeared and a much larger cat appeared and sat and watched while the 2 smaller ones jumped around and played just like a house cat would. The larger cat was very big the size of a large dog. Its tail was very long and thick as well as its legs and was all solid black. After about a minute they dissapered back into the woods.


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 9:12 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: October 21, 2011
Time: 8:30 pm
County: Oakland
Location Description: CORNER OF GRANGE HALL RD. AND DIXIE HWY. IN HOLLY, MICHIGAN WHICH IS OAKLAND COUNTY
Sighting Description:
I was visiting my wife at her work in Holly, Michigan on the corner of Grange Hall Rd. and Dixie Hwy. I stepped outside the office building about 8:30 pm when I clearly seen a cougar. This was not a bobcat or any other animal. It was definitely a cougar. It had short tannish-colored hair with a white underbelly. It was approximately 3 feet long with a long tail. It walked off in the woods towards a farm that is known to raise turkeys. I then walked out to the edge of the building's parking lot w here I then saw a much smaller cougar which I could only assume was the this large cougar's young.


Alpena County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 7:43 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/12/11
Time: 7pm
County: Alpena
Location Description: Sighting occurred in Herron, MI between a rural home, sunflower field, and forest.
Sighting Description:
As I was walking in the entrance of my house, I noticed something near the trees that caught my attention. From the corner of my eye I thought it was a fox.. for it was grayish/brown? However, it wasn't a fox because it had a very long, skinny tail. If it wasn't as long as it's body. It was longer. It looked right at me, and I noticed it was darker around the eyes and top of body/tail. Then, it looked away and started to move away quicker. When it turned it's head, I noticed it did not have a snout on it. So my next assum ption of a cyote was thrown away. This animal was MUCH bigger than a house cat, but a little bigger than a fox.

Presque Isle County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 5:27 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: October 1 2011
Time: 9:30 am
County: Presque Isle County
Location Description: Along Rainy river, heavily wooded with cedar trees.
Sighting Description:
Dogs started whining, we assumed it was a deer. My wife went to the doorwall and said it's a cougar, I went to the doorwall to look, and dogs started to bark, I saw it for only ten seconds, a few steps. It's probably only 60 feet from the window to the spot. It was amazing to see it take off, and run so fast so quickly. The area is very thick with cedars and there was no open path. The body was similar to a large (125 black lab) but much longer. I would estimate the nose to butt between 4 and 5 feet with a 3 foot long very thick tail. The gate was very distinctive with the front legs reaching and pulling in unison. We went to the spot and looked for tracks but the ground is rocky with alot of leaf litter and sticks. The color was a tawny brown.

Osceola County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 12:16 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/08/2011
Time: 11:45PM
County: Osceola
Location Description: Camping next to the Evart motorcycle trail head.
Sighting Description:
A buddy and I were sitting around the camp fire and I was shinning my flashlight into the woods and saw two eyes light up and disappear. I shined my flash light in the same area and saw the two eyes light up again. We grabbed a spotlight and shined it out in the woods and saw what looked like a fairly large solid tan cat with short ears and a white tail. It was way too big to be a house cat and it was definetly not a fox. We persued it and it just walked away slowly not letting us get close and it hid in some brush and watched us. We saw a spot in the tree full of water and in appeared the cougar was drinking from there. We went back to our campsite and never saw it again.

Benzie County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Oct 9, 2011 at 1:23 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10-6-11
Time: 11:30 a.m.
County: Point Betsie
Location Description: Approximately two blocks from the light house.
Sighting Description:
Cougar crossed the road about one block in front of the car. Backed up car and took pictures of it sitting in the woods.

Mecosta County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Oct 8, 2011 at 6:26 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 0ct 8 2011
Time: 10:00 am
County: Mecosta
Location Description: Sitting in my treestand while trying to hunt deer!
Sighting Description:
I had several deer in the field coming down the hill when the suddenly stopped....at first I thought they caught sight of me or even winded me but either way they turned and ran where they came from. I then saw an object come across the corner of the field and follow the deers path. I did notice its cat like figure but thought nothing of it since we've been regularly seeing a bobcat in the area. Aprox. 30 minutes later I then saw the cat at 60yds tops up the hill from me and then noticed the long thick tail and tanish color fur.....it was then th at I new it was no bobcat! He wander the area for some time so I had plenty of time to determine that it was for sure a cougar. If I were to have brought a camera in the woods with me I could have easily photographed the cat for proof which I will be doing from now on. As I said he was rather close when he came through the woods and into our swamp so a photo would have been very clearly describalble.

Calhoun County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 4:32 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/4/11
Time: 6:30 PM
County: Calhoun
Location Description: Walking along the hill top of my neighbors house
Sighting Description:
Tan, very large, the tail was huge he walked slowly and made lots of noises.

Ottawa County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 5:45 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: October 2, 2011
Time: 8:20 p.m.
County: Ottawa
Location Description: Just west of Butternut Dr. on Ransom St. in Park Township north of Holland in Ottawa County.
Sighting Description:
Just west of Butternut Dr. on Ransom St. in Park Township north of Holland in Ottawa County. Second sighting!! I was traveling west on Ransom St. at 8:20 p.m. it was very dark. All of a sudden we saw some very large green cat eyes in the ditch just to the south of Ransom St. We passed the cat and my wife exclaimed "That was a cougar!" Amazing that this was the second time I had seen a cougar in the area. So glad that my wife witnessed it this time. The first was a few weeks ea rlier near Butternut and New Holland St. We turned the car around and shone the lights back to the ditch where we had seen just the animals head. The ditch was between the road and a blueberry field, it was about 2 to 3 feet deep. We scanned the ditch and the blueberry field but did not see the cougar again. The next morning my father went to where we had seen the cougar and found paw prints that were aprox. 3 1/2" wide and 14" apart.

Bay County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 10:33 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: October 2, 2011
Time: 1:30 A.M.
County: Bay
Location Description: My back yard which is approximately 250 ft. south of the intersection of Salzburg and Four Mile Rd.
Sighting Description:
I was awake at 1:30 A.M. on October 2, 2011 when our back yard motion light went on. I walked into the great room (next to our bedroom) and looked out the sliding glass door expecting to see a deer or rabbit. Instead, a very large cat creature came from the bushes and walked toward our small pond. It continued to walk behind the waterfall and along the stream--a distance of about 30-35 ft. I was totally amazed at what I saw. I walked south in our house and went into ou r small bathroom. The cougar disappeared heading south. I was so shocked that I did not even think about trying to get my camera.

Monroe County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Oct 2, 2011 at 9:55 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/02/2011
Time: 11:30
County: Monroe
Location Description: McDonald's parking lot!
Sighting Description:
We were ordering our Mcdonald's food in Dundee, Michigan. We at first thought it was a stray dog, but 3 seconds later realized we were looking at a cougar. It was about knee hight, 6 feet long or more with the tail, about 4 feet long without the tail. It was bright almond colored, no spots or markings, all one color. It came from the north brush, walked into t he small parking area at the NW corner of the parking lot, "smelled" some car tires and scattered trash on the ground, and walked into the west side brush. Sighting was about 45 seconds. Afterwards, I went to the area to see if we could see more of the cat, but it was nowhere to be found. There were wet footprints about the size of a closed fist on the pavement, but no noticeable tracks on the ground that I could find. Cat was not 10 feet from where the workers go to take smoke breaks.

Livingston County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 10:03 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/30/11
Time: 2:30 pm
County: Livingston
Location Description: swarthouth road between d 19 AND KING ROAD.
Sighting Description:
animal was crossing road quickly in front of my car. it dashed into the wooded area..

Mason County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 5:53 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/27/2011
Time: 1:30pm
County: Mason
Location Description: End of small dead end street in Hamlin Township, East of Jebavy, North of Jagger Rd. Actually on Breckenridge.
Sighting Description:
I was driving out of our road to turn onto Jebavy Rd. A gray fox ran across the road in front of the car, so I stopped. The fox was going from South to North and was about ten-fifteen feet in front of my car. Next, the cougar ran across the road in the same direction. It appeared to be about the same length as the width of my car. They went down into the side of the road.


Roscommon County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 10:27 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9-26-2011
Time: 12:04 AM
County: Roscommon
Location Description: Along East side of the Southbound Shoulder of US127, south of Higgins Lake Road, and north of Meads landing road.
Sighting Description:
The mountain lion was standing still on the shoulder of the road facing into the median, but looking at my car as I went by. I was able to see the whole cat as my headlights brought it into full view. I would estimate the tail length at approximately 3.5-4 feet long, and would estimate the back of the cat to be roughly 24 inches high. I did get a good look at the face and could clearly see the dark colors around it's muzzle. The body color was the typical tan.


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 7:09 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/24/2011
Time: 12:30 PM
County: OAKLAND
Location Description: MY PARENTS LARGE UNFENCED BACK YARD....COULDN'T GET A PIC FAST ENOUGH...NOT SURE IF IT WAS A COUGAR OR A MOUNTAIN LION??
Sighting Description:
THERE ARE A ROW OF SPRUCE TREES WITH A BREAK.....IT MOVED IN FRONT OF THE FIRST TREES, INTO THE CLEARING, STRAIGHT LINE, AND BACK BEHIND THE OTHER SPRUCE TREES.....I AM FRIN CALIFORNIA, ONLY HERE TWO WEEKS, SO THIS FREAKED ME OUT!!!!


Livingston County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 10:59 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9-18-11
Time: 8:00am
County: Livingston
Location Description: Small open field walking west towards wooded area.
Sighting Description:
I was outside on our deck grilling breakfast when a large cat, a little smaller than my dog (black lab) slowly jogged across a small open field towards the wooded area. My first thought was Mountain Lion. It was beautiful and quick.


Charlevoix County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Sep 18, 2011 at 1:52 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9-18-11
Time: 11:30 a.m.
County: Charlevoix
Location Description: Phelps Road about 1/4 mile east of Blanchard
Sighting Description:
I was walking with my dog (she was on leash) west on Phelps in a wooded area when I spotted a very large animal sitting on the other side of the road. It was facing the woods and sitting upright. At first I thought it was a large bobcat but When I was about 25 feet from it I saw that it had a smooth grayish coat and a longer tail. Tail was ringed. It turned to look at me and I saw the white on the face. It stood and I saw that it had long legs. It was very sleek and about the size of my 60 pound lab mix, but slimmer.After it gazed at me foraging 5 seconds it turned back and slunk into the woods. I saw a full size cougar in Antrim county about 6 years ago and this animal was much smaller which is why I initially thought bobcat. Now I believe it was a large cub. It was clearly not afraid of me or of my dog. My dog did not bark but it is not her nature to bark at any animal unless it enters our yard.


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 9:20 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/17/11
Time: 4:00
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: On "H" Avenue approximately 1/4 to 1/2 mile West of 33rd Street, Comstock Township.
Sighting Description:
Saw what I believe to be a cougar in the scrub brush by the side of the road waiting to cross. Only saw the cat from the head back to the front shoulder from approximately 70 yards away while driving, but the coloring, size, and head shape were all correct for a cougar. The only reason I wouldn't say I'm 100% sure is I wasn't able to see the animal's entire body.


Arenac County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 10:03 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7-12-2008
Time: 2:30 pm
County: Arenac
Location Description: Sterling off of jefferson road on my property.
Sighting Description:
I usually go for a walk with my dogs everyday up north. i have 2 coon dogs and one day while walking around the 5 acre pond in the back of my property i usually go coon hunting out there and while walking my dogs ran ahead of me and about 100 yds away i could hear them barking. i thought maybe they had chased some animal up a tree. i didn't have a weapon on me so no matter what i couldn't do anything about it. so i called my dogs off and i walked over to the area where they were barking and i heard something run off and it crossed the trail and it was a black cougar abou t 100lbs and its tail was about as long as its body. i told my neighbor about it and about a month later he saw it creeping around his pigeon coop. I have seen it a couple times since then at night while coon hunting but its got plenty of food around there such as deer and other animals. It likes to lay in a big oak tree by the pond.


Crawford County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 5:03 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9-11-11
Time: 9:00 AM
County: Crawford
Location Description: I have horse pattocks i was throwing hay to my old horse in the back pattock. Behind the pattock is a powerline,then forrest behind that. there is a beaver pond and Wakely Lake quiet area 1/4 of a mile behind there. The properties are 5 acre parcels and are 165 wide. The animal was three parcels away from.
Sighting Description:
The animal wa moving toward me. It was yellow beige it moved like a cat. I kept looking trying to see a nose or a snout on it. There was no long nose on it!!! My friend was with me and I said Look look and pointed. Then the animal saw me. It turned to the right and went into my neigbors's back yard. I could see it's side ways profile. it was a large cat with a long slender tail!!!!! I was amazed and i still am.


Ontonagon County, Michigan - verified cougar video.
Reported
September 13. 2011 12:47PM to www.savethecougar.org
Cougar sighting verified in Upper Peninsula
Jim Lynch/ The Detroit News
From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110913/METRO/109130389/Cougar-sighting-verified-in-Upper-Peninsula#ixzz1XtUxFGBh


Alcona County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 4:04 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/10/11
Time: 3:45 pm
County: Alcona
Location Description: East M72 and M65 - we had just turned East off of M65
Sighting Description:
It was so exciting, this was our first cougar siting! We saw it about 20 feet ahead of us running down the embankment, crossing the highway and then going up the hill on the other side.

Ottawa County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 1:08 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/7/11
Time: 9:30 a.m.
County: Ottawa
Location Description: In the area of Butternut Dr. and New Holland st. in Park Township north of Holland.
Sighting Description:
I was traveling northwest on Butternut Dr. nearing the intersection of Butternut Dr. and New Holland St. On the west side of Butternut Dr. I noticed a Cougar cross a short section of bike path that runs along Butternut Dr. It was traveling north. I watched it cross a driveway and then the front yard of house towards the wooded side/backyard. I new instantly this was a BIG cat. It was the color of a deer, it had a very thick and long tail, and moved very fast! I was still traveling on Butternut Dr., I stopped just north of where I saw the cougar to warn a jogger that was heading in that direction. I turned around and heading back south to see if I could spot the cougar again. I had my camera ready this time, but was not able to find it.


Ottawa County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 7:55 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/16/2011
Time: 6:30 am
County: Ottawa
Location Description: M-45 and 112th Ave
Sighting Description:
I was heading east on M-45 like I do every morning going into work. I had just passed over 112th Ave when I spotted something dead in the road, then my eyes where drawn to something standing in the ditch a few yard ahead. My first though was a small deer since it was shorter and about the same color, then it crossed the road in front of me. I knew this was no deer. It like pounced across the road in front of my car as my head light hit it, into a yard it went. At that time I got a better look at it. I knew what it was as soon as I saw that long tale. In shock I turned my car around and went back to the yard it had ran into to see if maybe it was lurking in the bushes. It was still hard to see at 6:30 in the morning so needless to say the cougar had moved on. I stopped on my way home to let the people know what I had seen in their yard earlier that morning. The home owner and I looked for any sign of the cat but we found none.


Cheboygan County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 8:59 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Sept. 2, 2011
Time: 4:10 pm
County: Cheboygan
Location Description: on north shore rd. which connects north shore dr. and doriva beach rd. with cedar swamp on all sides. sighting was 100 yds of black lake cottages, people and pets.
Sighting Description:
while driving north on north shore rd from north shore dr about 150yds from doriva beach rd traveling appox 15 mph the animal was walking in the same direction 30 to 35 yds in front of me. after spotting it i slowed down to 5 mph and closed in on it to within 15 yds. when the animal turned to the right it ws still meandering along without fear of the car. it's body was appox 25 to 30 inches long with a tail that seemed almost as long. a reddish color with what looked like brown hints randomly thrown in. it was 18 or so inches high. there was a slight sway in the back and the tail came off the rump with a little arc and curved up without touching the ground. after entering the cedar swamp I did not see it again.


Lapeer County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 4:22 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/31/11
Time: 7pm
County: Lapeer
Location Description: Off Peters Rd, Columbiaville, MI. between LaValley Rd. & Klam Rd. A rural area with houses on acreage with some woods & farmland & high grassy areas. There are many deer in this area.
Sighting Description:
Sister & her family moved to a 7 acre parcel that is surrounded by woods & fields. They have cut some of the areas down & created some paths on the property to enjoy the wild life & walk their dogs they have 4 dogs they participate in dog sports. There are deer, turkeys & other wild life in the area. She called me & told me about 3 nights before her sighting she was outside letting her 1 dog out for a last tim e for the evening & was out on her deck when she heard a growling noise that she said startled her & she thought immediately that it sounded like some sort of a cat but definitely not like a house cat. She took the dog in & her husband & daughter come to hear it. She thought very little more about it & then last night she called me very excited & a little distressed as she was outside & observed what at first she thought was a deer in a tall grassy area walking along a old drive just beyond her property line. She stood watching it for a second & then she realized that was she was observing was not a deer & did not move like a dog but like a cat. It was tan in color & large. She was not able to give me a estimate on the size as she said it disappeared behind some shrub or bushes. She was I guess startled to say the least. About a year ago there was a article in a local paper of a woman who lives a few miles away said she saw what was a cougar that was larger then a lab. She t oo first thought it a deer or a dog & then realized as it came into view it was a large cat. She said what she saw was a cougar.


Mason County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 10:26 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: August 31, 2011
Time: 2:30 p.m.
County: Mason
Location Description: Lakeshore Drive, north of Bass Lake, south of the Summit Township Refuse Station
Sighting Description:
We were on Lakeshore Drive in Mason County, south of Ludington, specifically, south of the Summit Township Refuse Station. The big cat crossed the road in front of our car--tawny female. Most exciting were the two kittens who followed her across the road.


Shiawassee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 12:25 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: August 24, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
County: Shiawassee
Location Description: crossing the street in fron of me going from a wooded area into a corn field
Sighting Description:
I was coming home from work and had just crossed over Grand River when I saw a rather large sleek animal with a long tail cross Cole Road and go into a corn field. When I got to the point where the cat went into the corn field I looked but could not see it.


Mason County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 10:21 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08-19-2011
Time: 12:30 PM
County: Mason
Location Description: Lakeshore Dr. between Pentwater & Luidington. Near Summit Park.
Sighting Description:
My husband and I were traveleing south on Lakeshore Dr. and saw a cougar cross the road just past the Summit Park entrance. We slowed down and watched it for a couple minutes as it was stalking a deer that was feeding in the woods. We have a cottage about 1/2 mile from this location and there are alot of deer in the area. I was not 100% sure that was what it was at first so when we got home I looked it up on line and I am sure that it was a cougar. Did not resemble a lynx or bobcat.


Wayne County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 11:30 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08/17/11
Time: 5:50am
County: Wayne
Location Description: Brownstown Township,Mi Sibley Rd. & Emitt
Sighting Description:
Traveling west on Sibley the cougar ran across the road about 25-50 yards in front of me. It took about 2 strides to cross & lept from about 2/3rds on the shoulder over a ditch, 5-7 feet wide, & landed on the grass on the other side. Lost sight of it as it croosed the field with lack of light. It had rained over night because it was still wet with a very light fog. It was about 7-9 feet long out stretched with the tail being at least 3 feet. Light to medium brown in color & about 2 1/2 -3 feet tall.


Alger County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 1:12 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 26, 2009
Time: 6:00 pm
County: Alger
Location Description: On road H58 near Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore about a mile east of Melstrand
Sighting Description:
Just found this website so the sighting is actually two years old. But I did report it to the National Park Rangers in Munising the next morning as we were camping in the Park. My husband and two daughters (10 and 11) were traveling on the dirt road between Sable Falls and Munising when my husband spotted a BLACK animal in the road about 100 yards in front of us. I slowed so as not to scare it away and tried to quickly grab my camera, but wasn't quick enough. It was walking from left to right across the road, stopped, l ooked in our direction, turned and went back in the woods in the direction it had apparently come from. At that point I sped up hoping to get a glimpse of it in the woods but the foliage was too thick. Being regular campers in National Parks of the west, I knew that what we'd seen had been unusual. My first thought was that it was a black panther even though I knew there shouldn't be any in the U.S. It had a small head, tall legs, long, curled up tail and a smooth coat. Right after seeing it, we came to a brief spot of civilization...basically just a bar...which I assume was the "town" of Melstrand. We camped that night in Munising and I excitedly told the campground owner who blew me off. The next morning we went in town to the Ranger Station so I could fill out an incident report. The Ranger was excited about the sighting, but gave me no indication that it could have been a black cougar and that cougars had been spotted in Michigan. But this Family of 4 will never forget what we saw!!


Kent County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 12:59 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08/04/2011
Time: 9:30 am
County: Kent
Location Description: My wife and I live adjacent to a corn field and woods that are at the back side of our yard, we have seen her before I say her because my wife observed her with cubs. We live in the area of 22 mile and us 131.
Sighting Description:
The cougar was walking along the corn field at the edge of our yard, we believe that she lives in the woods at the back of our yard, I called the DNR and they said " did you get a picture" well of course not I dont sit at the table witha camera, apparently the Officer I spoke with said that there are NO cougars in Michigan, We are not visually challenged. I will get a pic of her event ually, when I do this site will be the first to get it.


Leelanau County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 3:11 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8-16-11
Time: 12:45pm
County: Leelenau County
Location Description: Cougar seen crossing drive leading into SouthBeach resort (just south of the Homestead), raveling south to north across the driveway.s.
Sighting Description:
The big cat loped confidently and carefully across the road and under fallen trees and branches. Direction was headed north toward the Leelenau School. Quite striking how muscled and carved the cat's flanks and back are, even as we saw it from about 30-35 yards away. Truly magnificent animal (why would we allow these animals to be hunted ?!!!)


Schoolcraft County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 10:20 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08/16/2011
Time: 3:00 PM
County: Schoolcraft
Location Description: Seney National Wildlife Preserve
Sighting Description:
We were driving through the park when we saw an animal, abt as large as a dog with a cat-like face and a distinctive tail flitting across the road. When we went to the visitor center to return the binoculars, my wife inquired abt it, and the rangers there were incredulous, because the way that she described the tail was unique to the cougar, but there were not known to be any in the park.


St. Joseph County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 6:12 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: August 8, 2011
Time: 08:30 hrs
County: St. Joseph
Location Description: Driving on Correll Road, south of Kline road.
Sighting Description:
Friend's mother described seeing a 'peculiar creature, about the size of a deer, not as tall, with a tail nearly as long as the creature' and noted that it was very fast. After having many debates about the prescence of cougars in our area, there is no more doubt on that farm. If she said she saw it, she saw it. Period.


Otsego County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Aug 6, 2011 at 7:34 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8-6-11
Time: around 11:30 am
County: Otsego
Location Description: Backyard behind our house.
Sighting Description:
Noticed something laying down in the tall grass. then it stood up an walked into the bushes. was a sight that was unbelievable.


Isabella County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 7:36 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: August 4, 2011
Time: 6:16 pm
County: Isabella
Location Description: My property on Tower Lake adjoining Littlefield Lake Property is surrounded by agricultural fields with many, many deer and turkey.
Sighting Description:
Coming home. About to turn into my driveway from our private road. Saw this large animal run across the road. It then ran along my fence line. I initially thought it was a very large black Labrador Retriever, but as it ran it had a distinctly cat like run and it was larger than my Yellow Lab which is 105 lbs. I live in California other than in the summer and we have Bobcats near our home. At first I thought it could be a Bobcat. This cat was much larger and much darker. I didn't get a good look at the length of its tail.


Mason County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 11:42 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/29/2011
Time: 1:00 PM
County: Mason
Location Description: Nordhouse Dunes beach trail at the end of Nurnberg Rd. I was about 15 along the trail heading back to my car from the lakeshore.
Sighting Description:
After a few nights of camping in Nordhouse Dunes, I was hiking out back to my car along the main beach trail. About 15 minutes in and coming around a bend, there she was with two young cubs. She crouched low, looked directly at me and gave a growl that I will never forget. Her cubs instinctively went straight up a tree. I would say she was about 75-100 lbs, the size of a big lab. Her cubs were around the size of domestic cats. I stopped, backed up around the bend and gave her her space to cross the trail with me out of sight for about 5 minutes. I grabbed a big stick, gathered my courage and continued on. The cubs were down the tree and I didn't see anything else. I just wanted to get the heck out of there! I am so blessed that nature gave me this experience, I will have this memory for the rest of my life!


Manistee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 9:32 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 2011
Time: 4 to 5 am
County: Manistee
Location Description: Near Magoon Creek and on County Line Rd. in Filer Twp.
Sighting Description:
I first heard a confrontation with a neighbors Shepard and what turned out to be a cougar after other neighbors heard it and one saw it after chickens were killed. It was laying in the back yard waiting for the chickens to come out of the barn. It got up and left after the woman yelled at it. The growl was that of a big cat. When I heard it I wasn't sure until others heard the same sounds.


Allegan County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 10:45 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 2010 summer-fall
Time: 9ish am
County: Allegan
Location Description: swan creek (the tubes) is what my family calls it but it is great for fishing
Sighting Description:
me and my dad were fishing for schramanian in the third set of tubes (three sets of tubes) my line broke and i looked over to the right cuz i seen a deer over there a couple minutes before and i seen a blur then it stopped and i could make out a long tail and an animals hind end then it was gone it was definitly not a dog because this year (2011) i seen a LARGE husky standing there and it didnt even come close to the size of the couger and the tail wasnt even half the size of the animal i saw.


Alcona County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 10:45 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/29/11
Time: 10:40 PM
County: Alcona
Location Description: Crossing Main Street near Lake Huron onto Lake Street. Harrisville
Sighting Description:
I was driving home from work when I spotted a large cat with white tips on the back of it's ears, I thought maybe it was a bobcat but then I saw the tail and knew it was a young mountain lion. It stopped and looked at me in someone's lawn. It seemed lost and headed toward the lake. I was following it as best as I could in my car when it disappeared into the night.


Roscommon County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 7:14 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: October 2003
Time: 10pm
County: Roscommon
Location Description: I was traveling north on M18 between Houghton Lake and Roscommon when I saw a HUGE cat run about 30 yards in front of me. I stopped my truck and got my spot light out to see if I could find it again. I saw the cat briefly in the edge of the woods before it slipped away. What I saw was a cougar. I have been wildlife my whole entire life and have seen them in person before but not in Michigan until that night. I have heard stories from other people but did not give much credibility to what they told me until the night I saw the cougar. I also looked on the edge of the road for tracks and saw one really nice print and was a cougar track and not a bear track. There have been a lot of claims as far as sightings go in this area. Later, I called th MDNR and the officer denied that cougars are living in Michigan.


Ogemaw County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 7:07 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Winter 2011
Time: Mid Day
County: Ogemaw
Location Description: The location was just a mile or so north of M55 on Sage Lake Rd. near Hale. My Step mother had an up close encounter with a huge cat. She said she went out to feed her geese and other animals that were in the coop and saw a huge cat acting like it was trying to sneak in the coop. Once the cat saw her, it just looked at her unafraid. After a few seconds of trying to shoo it away, the cat calmly turned around and walked into the woods. It scared her pretty bad and she said the cat was a brown color with a bid thick tail and probably weighed close to 100lbs. Later my father looked up photos of cats to include regular household cats and she pointe d out a picture of a cougar and said she was 100% that was the right one. She claimed to only be 20-30ft away from the animal.


Ionia County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 9:40 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Dec. 2010
Time: midnight
County: Ionia
Location Description: In lake Odessa.
Sighting Description:
My son-in-law from California saw a cougar in a street light when he went out for a cigarette. He saw them in CA so didn't know they aren't a common sight here.


Hillsdale County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 9:40 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07-23-2011
Time: 11:30p.m.
County: Hillsdale
Location Description: Mechanic by the industrial park. Ran across the street. The one I saw a few years ago was across the road from Silo's Fun Park, by the river, where the railroad tracks are.
Sighting Description:
On Mechanic street by the industrial park. I was driving west on Mechanic, when it ran in front of my car. I thought it might be a deer at first, but it ran differently, and then stopped at the side of the road and looked right at my car as I went past. It was either a cougar or the biggest cat I've ever seen. A few years ago, I saw one over by the river, past Silo's fun park, but it happened so quickly I wasn't sure. This time I am positive.


Marquette County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Jul 24, 2011 at 1:20 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/24/2011
Time: 1:00 pm
County: Marquette
Location Description: The trails of the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee, Michigan. Wooded, secluded area.
Sighting Description:
I work at the museum and one of our visitors and her family reported sighting the cougar on our trail system. I didn't see the cougar myself but the woman said that it was laying in the grass in the woods surrounding the trail. As they got closer they heard the cougar moving and saw it stand up. It growled before turning and running away. The encounter was brief.


Wexford County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Jul 24, 2011 at 1:20 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/29/2011
Time: 8:45 am
County: Wexford
Location Description: On 45 1/2 Rd. (rd to Timberidge Sub)
Sighting Description:
I was out on our back property with my 2 black labs and noticed a large animal across the street in neighbors yard. Wondered at first what kind of animal was walking through their yard ( as big as my 80 lb lab.) Realized it was a HUGE cat and put my dogs in barn, then it sauntered away, can't swear it was a cat, but not sure what it was. Keep checking and haven't seen anything like it in area. I don't scare easily and have tried to come up with ideas as to what it could be but truly at a loss in this situation. Looked and moved like a big cat.


Kalkaska County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 10:44 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 16 2011
Time: 11 am
County: Kalkaska
Location Description: county rd 66 just south of kalkaska crossed the rd in front of us approx 50 to 75 ft away
Sighting Description:
appeared bigger than a fox about the size of a coyote, long tail very bushy almost the length of the body. darker brown in color with some lighter streaks almost like stripes.


Montcalm County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 6:08 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 15, 2011
Time: 2200
County: Montcalm
Location Description: corner of gravelridge and cutler
Sighting Description:
He crossed in front of car, when my husband turned car around and pointed head lights at him we had a full body view and clear head shot. I've heard cat screams all spring in the woods at night.


Macomb County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 7:36 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/15/2011
Time: 10:00 A.M.
County: Macomb
Location Description: 34 Mile and Fisher Road.
Sighting Description:
I was driving in my car and I turned left onto Fisher Road from 34 Mile, going south towards 32 mile road. About a quarter of a mile down the road the big cat was running from the east, perpendicular to the road, crossing it. It was going for a brushy type area into a field. It was about 20 feet from my car when I spotted it. Later after searching about wildcats in Michigan I discovered it was a cougar.


Delta County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Jul 17, 2011 at 6:47 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/17/2011
Time: 7am
County: Delta
Location Description: 12 miles south of Escanaba, M 35, on the shore of Green Bay
Sighting Description:
Very LARGE cat seen walking along the shore, heading south. Two sandhill cranes off shore in the water were very disturbed and nervous, calling loudly.


Leelanau County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 9:34 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 13, 2011
Time: 10:30pm
County: Leelaneau
Location Description: On Little Glen Lake
Sighting Description:
My family and I rented on cottage on Little Glen Lk. We were enjoying a campfire in the backyard when to my right I saw a silhouette of a cat walking. It looked to be illuminated and large, I thought because of the moonlight. It turned direction, now I'm facing it, it was about 10ft in front of me walking across the yard. Clear as day lit up from the light coming off the lake and from the fire. Had to be about 5 1/2ft long. VERY SCARY!!!


Schoolcraft County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 1:56 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/31/2011
Time: 9:30 pm
County: Schoolcraft
Location Description: Wyman State Forest Tree Nursery
Sighting Description:
5/31/2011 930pm just before dark I spotted it running across one of the fields where pine tree's are grown. It was tan and looked to be over 100 lbs. Campers at Indian Lake State Park also spotted one the week of 7/4/2011. I didnt believe my eyes until my wife seen it on Sunday morning 10am 7/10/2011 in the same field.


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 8:48 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/6/2011
Time: 10 a.m.
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: Near new Lindenwood Middle School off Drake Road.
Sighting Description:
I am writing to ask if anyone in the Drake's Pond Complex and Arcadia/WMU area has seen a cougar. A few years ago, a friend that lived in Drake's Pond said he saw a cougar in the field behind the complex. Yesterday when I walked through the field and came out to the Complex, a friend ran out to tell me that she and a friend were pushing a baby in a stroller when a cougar crossed Lindenwood Blvd. near the new middle school. Has anyone else seen sightings in the area? I walk back there often and do think these two people know what they are talking about.


Mason County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Jul 2, 2011 at 11:04 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07-02-11
Time: 10:45 AM
County: Mason
Location Description: Grant township. I live in log home in the middle of 20 acres about 1/2 mile back-in off a deadend road. I have marsh on my property and this was the second time I saw it moving along the edge of the marsh.
Sighting Description:
This is the 3rd time I have seen this cat. Twice including today it was stalking along the edge of the Marsh on my property. I was standing on my deck and could see it moving through the under brush (about 30 feet off the edge of my deck) . It moved into a more open area and stopped and looked directly at me. I watched it for about 10 seconds and then it started to move away. I ran in side and got my wife. We both saw it again moving away along the marsh in the ferns but were unable to get a picture.


Lenawee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 6:44 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6-26-11
Time: 1:30 PM
County: Lenawee
Location Description: Crossed in front of car about half a mile North of M-50 on Nortly Rd. About 400 ft in front of car.
Sighting Description:
It was very quick at first it looked like a very large goldish colered cat, it moved across the road very fast The wife and I both said what a big cat!. The tail was very long.


Ottawa County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 9:16 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/17/11
Time: 7:30 pm
County: Ottawa
Location Description: Tyler between 56th & 72nd Ave (just South of GVSU)This is semi-rural area with widely separated homes and pastures.
Sighting Description:
I was riding my bicycle east on Tyler when I glanced to my right and saw a large cat, 3-4 ft long with long straight tail along a fence row about 50 yds south of the road. There were two horses beyond the fence and it looked to me like the cat was "stalking' the horses. I didn't realize what it was until I was home half an hour later.


Houghton County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 7:51 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 23, 2011
Time: 8:30pm
County: Houghton
Location Description: I was driving along M-28 near the 41 Junction around Covington
Sighting Description:
I was driving along M-28 near the 41 Junction around 8:30pm near Covington when a large, LONG tailed animal ran across the road in front of me. It was brown and black and moved very quickly across the road. I noted that it was low to the ground and the tail was very long.


Mecosta County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 7:21 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/21/2011
Time: 2:30 p.m.
County: Mecosta
Location Description: 19 Mile Road at Upper Evans Lake
Sighting Description:
It crossed the road right in front of our car - 19 Mile Road just at the top of the hill leaving upper Evans Lake area.


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 1:55 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 06/19/2011
Time: ~4:00 pm
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: Driving south on 34th Street several miles south of I-94--just south of Cook's Mill, near a winery.
Sighting Description:
While driving south, a very large, grayish brown cat with a long thick tail dashed across the road. It was observed briefly moving along a fence near a farmhouse.


Houghton County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 10:42 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 06-15-11
Time: 10:20 am
County: Houghton County
Location Description: Obenoff Road near the covered trail
Sighting Description:
while driving to Redridge a cougar crossed the road infront of me. I believe it was a good size male.


Wayne County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Jun 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 11, 2011
Time: 9:30am
County: Wayne
Location Description: 1-275 and 1-96 in the median of the expressway.
Sighting Description:
I saw what looked like a cougar in the median of the expressway. We were driving northbound and I looked to the west and there was a huge cat. I thought it was a dog at first but it was too big and it was walking like a cat.


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 9:49 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/3/11
Time: 5:05am
County: Oakland
Location Description: Freedom Road between Drake Tree Hill and Hill View Ct ... Farmington Hills
Sighting Description:
A saw a large dark cat like animal weighing about 75 pounds with a large 3 foot tail. It crossed the road directly in front of me at about 20 feet. I saw it from a side view and it leaped over a guard rail and ran into the woods next to freedom road. It was more dark like a panther and slimmer then a Cougar .. more Panther like would how I would describe it. I'm certain it was not a Coyote .. much too large and shapely to be a Coyote or fox.


Marquette County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 11:57 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 06/02/2011
Time: 11:20 pm
County: Marquette
Location Description: Downtown Marquette crossing Washington St.
Sighting Description:
As I was driving in downtown Marquette, corner of Washington and Lincoln, I saw an animal running across the road whose shadow I immediately recognized. The animal was bigger than a standard dog but not as large as a deer. It strode powerfully across the road, just narrowly being missed by my car. The tail was the most distinctive part of the body I recognized. I only really saw its silohuette but quickly pulled into the parking lot whose alley it ran down. This sighting occured in the dark of night.


Ottawa County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, May 30, 2011 at 10:25 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 05/30/11
Time: 1:15 PM
County: Ottawa
Location Description: 112th Ave, a mile or so north of Nunica
Sighting Description:
Crossed in front of me (75'-100') while I was driveing south on 112th. The large cat came from the west side of the road and headed east into small patch of woods. When I first saw it on my right I noticed the coloring similar to a deer, but was much shorter. Then as it crossed the road I thought large dog, but when I saw it "scoot" it definitely ran like a cat. And it was much shorter than a large dog would be and it had a long tail, but not hairy like a dog.


Cass County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, May 25, 2011 at 10:35 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: May 21, 2010
Time: 7:45am
County: Cass
Location Description: wooded area that abuts to a bean field behind our lake property
Sighting Description:
We were bird watching from our screen porch that morning when I spotted a large black color feline climbing down a tree limb. the tail was long and thick. agile movement , very cat cat like . landed in the thick ground cover and disapeared.


Branch County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, May 23, 2011 at 4:10 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 05/21/2011
Time: 7:00 a.m.
County: Branch
Location Description: North entrance to Lakeside Drive off of Ridge Road. Sighting was in a farm field on the west side of Ridge Road, just across fromt he entrance to Lakeside Drive -- Marble Lake.
Sighting Description:
I was on an early morning run and was approaching Ridge Road from Lakeside Drive. As I approached Ridge Road I saw a large cat like animal casually trotting horizontal to ridge road, in the farm field, going towards an adjacent woods. A homeowner on that intersection was also watching the animal. We both agreed it was a couger. I also saw 12 deer, 10 turkeys and 1 mink -- a nice run with nature.


Grand Traverse County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, May 16, 2011 at 1:47 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/15/11
Time: 2:30 pm
County: Grand Traverse
Location Description: Whitewater Twp Park, Grand Traverse Co.
Sighting Description:
My husband and I were hiking about 2:30 p.m. Sun May 15, 2011, in Whitewater Township Park at the south end of Elk Lake in Grand Traverse County, and encountered what I am quite certain was a cougar. We were on a foot trail walking-east on rolling terrain, and as we emerged from dense forest into a grassy area punctuated by copses of pines and sumac, I saw a stationary animal in the open to the left (north) of the trail, about 60 yards in front of me. It was facing southward, across the trail, and I do not believe it saw us. As deer are common, that was my first thought, because it was about the size of a doe and plainly larger than a dog or coyote. But it was not as tall as a deer, had small ears, and was lighter in color and with a long tail. It remained stationary for 5-10 seconds -- long enough for a good look -- then abruptly ran southward across the trail. When I saw it run, I realized it was very likely a cougar; its legs were far thick er and shorter than a deer's and it did not bound as a deer would. It loped rapidly with long, fluid strides, and disappeared behind a pine thicket about 10 yds across. I expected it to see it emerge from behind the other side, but it did not. It either entered the thicket or changed direction and disappeared into a more extensive wooded area about 50 yds farther south. My husband and I circled the copse in opposite directions several times but saw no sign of the animal again (we were not about to go into the thicket and risk startling a cougar at close range). We are very familiar with the terrain in the park, as we hike there frequently, and its trails are so lightly used, we have never seen another hiker.


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, May 15, 2011 at 11:16 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5-15-2011
Time: 10:45 pm
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: 7th street, 1/2 mile north of m-43
Sighting Description:
I was driving south on 7th street when I noticed a deer colored animal crossing the road, I turned on my brights and noticed it was about the size of a very large dog slinking across the road in a cat like fashion, smooth fast gait. It definitely had a long body. I'm sure it was not a deer.


Kalkaska County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, May 6, 2011 at 6:38 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/2/2011
Time: 5:30 am
County: Kalkaska
Location Description: On county road 517 a short distance from intersection with county road 612
Sighting Description:
I drive to work in the dark although it is somewhat lighter as summer is nearer. My headlights saw a animal approaching the road so I slowed the car. My first thought was a deer but as I got closer I saw the animal walked like a cat. And the animal turned as I approached it and went back into the trees. However he turned to look at me as I passed and I almost died of shock. Thought I might be crazy but this was a very large cat. At least the size of a deer. 3 months ago in the same exact spot a large animal crossed i n front of my car in such a blur I couldn't tell any one what the heck it was. I only can say it was in a full stretched out leap as it crossed the road with such speed it was almost as if it didn't happen. It was a lighter brown to golden color and since I couldn't figure out what it could have been I forgot about it until my sighting the other morning. If this wasn't a cougar I need my head examined.


Genessee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, May 2, 2011 at 10:00 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 05/02/2011
Time: 5:30-6:00 PM
County: Genesee
Location Description: crossing a 10 acre field behind our home
Sighting Description:
I walked into my home and was talking on my cell phone. I walked toward my door wall in the kitchen and immediately noticed a large black figure crossing the field (there is a 10 acre field behind my home). I told my friend "I think I see a black cougar in the field". I got my camera and got one picture before it disappeared behind a old hay bail at the edge of a field. The picture does not do it justice. Just before the shot, the cat's tail was extended out and it was long and thick. As I snapped the shot, the cat seemed to crouch d own and it's tail went into the grass. I watched the area for a couple of hours, but did not see it again. Plan on investigating the site tomorrow to see if I can find any tracks.


Lake County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, May 2, 2011 at 11:45 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 05/01/2011
Time: 9 pm
County: Lake
Location Description: Kings Hwy, South of E56th Street
Sighting Description:
This was reported from a friend staying in a cabin near this location. "Just saw in the back field, while spotting several deer, a cougar. I've been a cat owner for a long time. I recognized its gate, posture, and movement. It was much closer to the cabin than the deer were and I came back inside more excited than scared. It's been quite a night."


Sanilac County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, May 1, 2011 at 3:15 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 1st Week of April
Time: a.m.
County: Sanilac
Location Description: Field behind the apartment building; there were 3 of us (all women) on the 1st week in April. Last Night April 30th, it was spotted again by two other people from the apartment building at dusk. They were as shocked as the 3 of us.
Sighting Description:
When the three of us saw it in the first week of April, it was walking from the East (woods) to the fence row to the North, we were all shocked and amazed, it was huge and beautiful and the tail seemed as long as the body. The cat was not in a hurry, as we were trying to be quiet, but excited. Non of the other tenants believed us, as they did not see it! Then last night two other tenants at dusk saw this huge cat, beautiful and the tail was as big as the body and looked more muscular then a domestic cat would be. It was lying in a branch of a tree and came down from the tree and proceeded to walk back into the small woods. We have 7 to 9 Deer that we watch all winter and summer, so there would be plenty of food, as well as, rabbits and squirels.


Hillsdale County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 10:24 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Oct. 3, 2009
Time: 6:00 pm
County: Hillsdale
Location Description: Camden Rd Burt Rd Between Camden & Burt Rds (field)
Sighting Description:
The black(cougar, panther)jumped right in front of me and landed on the road within 25 feet. It came out of a very populated area for deer, but I thought it looked thin. When do cats nurse their young? It's tail was really long. I also saw a yellowish cougar, heavier on Burt Rd. This was within 50-100 feet. It was going into a corn field. It was a clear summer day in mid-afternoon. Another cougar was spotted in a field close to where I live but it was early morning, little foggy, and semi-dark shadowy. It was walking along a fence line.


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 9:11 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/9/11
Time: 8:30
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: on 9th street near tall oaks sign
Sighting Description:
My 14 year girl watched the cougar cross 9th street , at first she thought it was a really big dog . then she saw the tail and noticed how it walked and moved.


Clinton County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 7:30 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 03/26/2011
Time: 12:45 pm
County: Clinton
Location Description: Along a tree line next to a hay field.
Sighting Description:
A friend of mine was delivering firewood at my house. He looked out into my hay field and saw a very large cat with a long tail about 50 yards away walking along a tree line. he had binoculars in his vehicle, and glassed what he said was definitely a cougar. On the next delivery trip about 3:00 pm, I spoke with him and he told me about the sighting. After unloading the rest of the firewood we walked to the area where he saw the cat to look for tracks in the sparce snow. We found cat tracks that were 3" wide in the snow.

See the photos as sent to savethecougar.org here.

Wayne County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Mar 19, 2011 at 2:39 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/19/2011
Time: 1:30 AM
County: Wayne
Location Description: Ann Arbor Trail just east of Hines drive in Westland
Sighting Description:
My Friend and I were driving westbound on Ann Arbor Tr. just east of Hines Dr. about 1:30 AM, we both saw this dark figure streak across the street. After pure shock and amazement we concluded we have just witnessed a large feline about 65 pounds, maybe 4 feet long running about 25 miles mph maybe faster. At full stride it came out from someone large yard crossed the road, ran down a walking path down into Hines Park.


Mecosta County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 9:12 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/10/2011
Time: 5.16 am
County: Mecosta
Location Description: 19 mile and 131
Sighting Description:
cougar ran in front of my car at this location and almost hit the animal. I know this was a cougar because this is the second time I have sighted a cougar in the past ten years.


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 8:10 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/3/11
Time: 10:45
County: Oakland
Location Description: stevenson highway north of 13 mile
Sighting Description:
I was driving south down stevenson highway at about 10:45pm. I was driving at about 60 mph. I was closer to 13 mile than 14 mile when all of a suddan i see something run accross the road. It was low to the ground, lighter in color seemed to be moving at 45+mph, had a long tale that was pointed straight back as it was running, it crossed the diveded road and threw a business parking lot in a split second. It crossed the road about 40 yards in front of me. I lived in the U.P. for 3 years, never seen a mt. lion, but one late drive home from work and one runs out in front of me...


Mason County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 1:51 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: August 2004
Time: 5:30 pm
County: Mason
Location Description: My husband and I were driving southbound on Angling Road heading towards Ludington from Manistee. We both saw a large animal leap across the road moving West.
Sighting Description:
It moved like a cat, not a dog, it was the height of a labrador but at least a third longer in body length. It had a very long tail, with thick but short fur. It's fur was almost chestnut in color having quite a bit of red in it. It was not a deer its legs were too thick and stocky. It's tail was far longer than that of any bobcat or lynx and it did not have tufted or tipped ears. It looked like nothing else exce pt a cougar of some sort. We could see no collar on it. I got across the road in maybe three jumps.


Calhoun County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 7:56 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Feb. 24, 2011
Time: 3:15pm
County: Calhoun
Location Description: In field across from my residence, 1 mile south of I-94 on Capital Ave. s.w.. There are medicial complexes bordering this field on the north side.
Sighting Description:
I have seen this cat on at least three other times with a few months. A large red barn is on this property and on each occassion I've seen the car walking north thru the field toward the medicical complex area but from behind the barn(west side). There is no question to what this cat is. I had a very large german shepard (125) and this is as heavy but longer. My wife also saw it. We viewed with field glasses. It stood still for severa l seconds where I could finally see entire side view. This area has deer and coyotes as well. The area is wooded with a lake (believe its called Newman lake)on the far west side.


Mackinac County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 7:56 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Feb 21, 2011
Time: 7pm
County: Mackinac
Location Description: Hwy 2 near Brevort.
Sighting Description:
Ran across hwy 2 in front of our car near Brevort. Was clearly a cat and quite large. Reddish brown in color. Both my wife and I got a good look at it and it was consistant with the pictures we have been reviewing.


Van Buren County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 1:40 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 14, Feb. 2011
Time: between 8am - 6pm
County: Van Buren
Location Description: Cr669 and 33rd st.
Sighting Description:
Our horse was attacked . Tracks of 2 different size cats 1 large and 1 smaller. Casting of track available and video to confirm. Length of (track 1) was 5ft 8in (track 2) was 4ft 3in in stride. Print molds of (1 is wide 5in) mold 2 is 4inches Believed to be a mother and a kit. DNR and State Police reported. DNR has responded with officer awaiting follow up from Lansing. Horse will recover from rear wounds. Attack is considered to be from the cub. Maybe a Mother teaching to hunt? Most neighbors notified. Location Suggests a breeding population.


Eaton County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 7:48 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 2/8/2011
Time: 1:00 PM
County: Eaton
Location Description: At the edge of the woods in the back yard
Sighting Description:
I was looking out the kitchen window and at the edge of the yard where the woods start. I saw a large dark colored cat run into the woods. A few minutes after the cat went into the wood the neighbor's horses all ran back to the barn. Later in the afternoon my nephew, 125 pound dog and I went out to see if we could identify the tracks. The tracks were in a straight line. The foot prints were quite large and they went all the way to the ground, through 15 inches of snow. The snow had blown into some of them and it was hard to see the bottom of them. Th e few we could see clearly looked like cat prints. There were no belly marks between the foot prints. These tracks ran parallel to the deer prints we saw. We saw a few areas where the snow had been disturbed against fallen logs, like something had been sleeping there. My dog and I walk through these woods to the creek that runs through our property. Several times my dog has sniffed the air and ran back to the house leaving me standing there, no amount of coaxing could get the dog to come back into the woods. We have also heard scrams that I could not identify. When the dog heard the screams he stood very still and did not bark. Today when I looked out the big tracks crossed my foot prints from yesterday. There was cat spray on the snow in several places. We did not see scat or hair.


Presque Isle County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 8:43 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12/23/2011
Time: DUSK
County: Presque Isle
Location Description: On county road 634 Near 6 Mile rd.
Sighting Description:
I was driving with my girlfriend who is from North Carolina and Has seen cougars multiple times when I saw a Cat on the right side of the rd; initially I thought it to be a bobcat just based on the size it was even at first glance too large to be a house cat. But right away she said thats a cougar. I didnt think so but then it went across the rd right in front of us and sure enough it was a cougar with a long tail curled up at the end. It also didnt seem to threatened by us sitting there it just kind of wandered into the woods. I would have taken a pix but my cell phone was at my house We had just ran to get a pizza. This wasnt a huge cougar or atleast I didtn think it was that big maybe like 30 inches or so not counting tail. I have never seen one in wild before but there is no doubt was; has anyone else seen anything like this around the millersburg/rainy lake area?

Calhoun County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 2:14 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 2010
Time: multiple
County: Calhoun
Location Description: Sonoma lake area and a few miles west of there.
Sighting Description:
I know of four sightings around Sonoma Lake just south of Battle Creek. Multiple sightings at the north end of the lake and further down D Drive S. Last October (2010) a couple sightings of a Large black cat and smaller cat(like a large dog with its tail straight our and curled up at end). One who saw it was a bow hunter and the other a runner who said it crossed the road, 1 1/2 mile, right in front of him. North end of Sonoma at least three sightings by the same family. The father in the family said he dosn't care what anyone says, he saw what he saw and knows it wasnt a deer, dog, coyote or house cat.

Macomb County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 12:36 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Jan. 27, 2011
Time: 11:00 a. m.
County: Macomb
Location Description: 29 Mile and North Avenue
Sighting Description:
My friend and I had just pulled into the driveway of St. John's Lutheran Church on North Avenue to join our quilt group when we saw a large, tan animal with a long tail off in the clearing. We thought it was too large to be a dog. It stood there a few minutes and then walked through the brush into the woods and disappeared. we were intrigued by its long, curled tail which seemed as long as the body.

Mason County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 9:10 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10-25-10
Time: 5:30 pm
County: Mason
Location Description: Manistee Federal Forest
Sighting Description:
Bow hunting in Manistee Federal Forest. Pentwater area. Whiskey creek campground. Bow hunting just before dark saw 2 large cats running through the woods. Next day came out and saw two mountain lions on my trail-cam. I later learned that other hunters have been seeing the lions as well.

Genesee County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 8:22 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 01/19/2011
Time: 1:30 P.M.
County: Genesee
Location Description: Walking trail at Genesys Hospital.
Sighting Description:
While walking alone on the trail directly south of the hospital and North of Baldwin Rd. at first started noticing unusual prints in the snow. Many people walk dogs there but these prints didn't have claw marks like the one's that I always see. I thought it was strange but brushed it aside and kept walking. A couple minutes later I rounded a corner and had a weird feeling. I always try to be aware of my surroundings as there are many wild animals in this area such as deer and coyotees. As I scanned up ahead of me I saw something walking acro ss the snow approximately 100 yards in front of me. At first thought it was a deer but then I saw something made made me stop dead in my tracks! It was dark brown cat about the size of a lab only longer in length and it had a long thick tail that went down to the ground.I have 2 house cat's and this was definatly too large and know what a deer,coyotee,and bobcat look like in the wild. I know what I saw!

Bay County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Jan 16, 2011 at 6:18 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Jan 15, 2011
Time: 0345
County: Bay
Location Description: On 3 Mile Rd... between Salzburg Rd and Hotchkiss Rd.
Sighting Description:
I was driving my ambulance south on 3 Mile in a snowstorm, when I saw something in a dead run heading for the road. I hit the brakes, thinking it was a deer... it definately was not! It was about 3 feet tall, brown in color. It ran like a cat, not a dog. Had a long tail. It didn't slow... keep running west.

Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 12:49 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Dec 25 2010
Time: Unknown
County: Oakland
Location Description: Cobblestone Run subdivision on vacant lots adjacent to my home.
Sighting Description:
Originally spotted what we thought was a cougar in the spring/summer of 2010. It was actually spotted by my 25yr old son....he was sitting in his car on my driveway waiting for me to arrive (he was visiting) He commented about having seen what looked like a cougar in the brush on an empty lot next to our house. We thought no more about it and I joked with him that it was probably a dog or big house cat. Then later in the summer in roughly the same area I spotted for myself what I at first thought was a deer from the color of it (as we often see deer in that area). It move very stealthily and un-deer-like through the scrub and then walked up over a small hillock giving me a brief but good look at it. Definately was NOT a deer and I am convinced it was a cougar but didnt think there was any in Michigan. Then a week or so ago - we found tracks in the snow on our deck - they lead off across the yard to the area tha we had seen the first sightings. At first I thought nothing of it - thinking it was a dog or something but they were definately cat-like prints and pretty large for a house cat) then came across this web-site and couldn't believe it - sightings in Oakland County at Wixom (only a few miles away from me) in December !!!!

Macomb County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 2:03 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 01/03/2011
Time: 2:40PM
County: Macomb
Location Description: Between 15 Mile & 16 Mile and Gratiot Avenue & Harper Avenue on Glenwood Street next to Mike Dorian Ford Dealership
Sighting Description:
I got in my van and went to shut the door and saw a Cougar go into my next door neighbor's back woods from his neighbor's yard. I went into the house and asked my father-in-law if cougar's are down in this area and he asked, "Are you sure it was a cougar? I said, "I have seen a lot of them in Oklahoma and it had that distinctive "curve" in it's tail. I went back in the van to pick-up my Daughter from school and when we got back my father-in-law and I went to see if we could spot it. Unfortunetly we didn't, if i spot it again i WILL get a picture of it and send it to the DNR.

Charlevoix County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Jan 2, 2011 at 2:46 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12-25-10
Time: 1:00
County: Charlevoix
Location Description: M66
Sighting Description:
I was driving; I am not from here I am from Flordia and I saw a huge tan like like animal in a corn field with a huge long tail, it saw me and ran quikly in the under brush.



 

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