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2008 Cougar Sightings as reported to savethecougar.org

January thru August 2008

 

Allegan County Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Wed 8/27/2008 10:31 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Aug. 22, 2008
Time: 10:00 PM
County: Allegan
Location Description: 1/4 mile north of 122nd Ave on 22nd street, about two miles strait south of Hopkins.
Sighting Description:
"The cougar ran across the road in front of my car. I got a good broadside look at it, and given that this is my first look at a cougar, it is my opinion that it was quite young, full grown, but not filled out (lanky), and looked very healthy."


Jackson County Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Tue 8/26/2008 9:56 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/24/08
Time: 8:25 pm
County: Jackson
Location Description: south of seymour road on mt hope road on east side of road
Sighting Description:
"My family and I were northbound on Mt Hope road, just 1/4 mile south of Seymour road, when my wife and mother saw something walking across a field on the east side of the road. I saw it also only briefly. We went up the road a ways and turned around to come back and look at it again. It was still in the field and we took five pictures of it. It was definitly a large cat, tan in color and about four feet in length. You could its large tail clearly and it curved up a bit at the end. It stopped walking when we stopped the car and sat and looked back at us. It was about 75 to 80 yards away at this time. I watched as it reached back and licked its back as any house cat does. It was surely a large cat of some kind. In one of our pictures you can see its long curved tail and one rounded ear. Then it walked into the woods."

Lenawee County Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Sat 8/23/2008 9:36 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/2/08
Time: 4 p.m.
County: Lenawee
Location Description: Just off Tipton Road S. of M-50.
Sighting Description:
"My Uncle's neighbors described, while fishing in his pond sighting a cougar taking a drink of water. They had just spotted it coming out of the brush, walking to the shoreline across the pond from them and drinking. After about 30 seconds, the cat dissapeared back into the brush. It was about 4 feet long and 2.5 feet high with a black tip on the very long tail. Also, they felt that the cougar was the cause of the bite and scratch marks on one of thier horses backs!"

Lake County Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Sat 8/23/2008 7:05 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: August 23, 2008
Time: 6:00 p.m.
County: Lake
Location Description: Canterbury Park Drive, 300 yards inside the pavement off of Star Lake Drive
Sighting Description:
"I saw a feline cross the road 100 yds ahead. When I passed where it went in the woods, I stopped. I had my sunroof open, so I stood up looking out of the SUV and saw the cat about 30 yards in. It let me watch him/her for about 10 minutes! She groomed herself like my house cat and was generally very comfortable, until three cars whipped past me and scared her away. Solid brown body, with black and white ears, and a black tipped tail. About 18" at the shoulder, not very large from what I gather. With tail, I estimate it was about 4 feet long."

Manistee County Michigan "large black animal" Sighting.
Reported
Thu 8/21/2008 7:46 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08/17/2008
Time: 10 am
County: MANISTEE
Location Description: We were driving North on East Lake Rd just North of the Martin-Mariette Plant.
Sighting Description:
"We were driving North on East Lake Rd just North of the Martin-Mariette Plant. The road had a small curve and as we rolled around it a large black animal crossed the road. I said to my wife what the hay was that. We both saw the same thing a large black animal with a 2-3 foot black tail. It would have been slightly larger than a normal coyote and much darker. I'm not for sure if it was a cougar but I cannot think of anything else that would be similar."

Antrim County Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Tue 8/19/2008 11:22 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/16/2008
Time: 11:00 am
County: Antrim
Location Description: M88-Mancelona road 2 miles east of Mancelona between Mancelona and Waters, MI. Wooded field on south crossing the road to wooded upland hill.
Sighting Description:
"Very fast low to the ground appeared to be chasing a small animal. Long, slender, with long tail and limbs outstreched as it ran. It was tan. First thought it was a deer but was very thin and crouched as it ran. Over in 2 seconds."

Berrien County Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Mon 8/18/2008 6:25 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: August 14,2008
Time: 11:30 p.m.
County: Berrien
Location Description: Crossing the road
Sighting Description:
"I was walking the dog at 11:30 p.m. at night in front of my house. I turned to head to the side door to go back in and observed a large, tan animal walking across the road. I have seen many deer and coyotes and it did not immediately pop into my mind that it was either. The silhouette was long bodied and it was a light tan color. The headset was not erect, but rather even with the shoulders suggesting the head was down and in front. I did not see it for a long period of time, but the movement, headset and color were not consistent with a coyote. We have a large woods on the back our our property and are surrounded by grapes. It came out of a grapefield, crossed the road and went into another.
Previously reported a cougar crossing the road between grapes in Berrien County. The location of the sighting was on Lincoln Avenue, between John Beers and Rocky Weed roads in Lincoln Township."

Cass County Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Sun 8/17/2008 10:33 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08/18/08
Time: 8:00 AM
County: Cass
Location Description: Phelps Road, Dowagiac
Sighting Description:
"My husband was driving on Phelps Rd, about 5 miles north of Dowagiac when he saw a large cat cross the road directly in front of him. He said there was no doubt this was a cougar. This is the second time we have seen a big cat in our area."

Oceana County Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Sun 8/17/2008 9:41 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8-12-08
Time: 5:30 p.m.
County: Oceana
Location Description: Pentwater Cemetary
Sighting Description:
'While riding my bike I decided to visit the Pentwater Cemetary. While riding in block 7 of the cemetary I saw what at first looked like an interesting grave marker. The cougar was standing perfectly still. But, as I got closer it started to move crouching like it was stalking a squirrel. I watched it for 30 seconds (approx) and very quitely left the area as I have heard they can attack humans."

Branch County Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Thu 8/14/2008 8:58 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/14/08
Time: 6:45 AM
County: Branch
Location Description: Quincy, Branch County, Sebring Rd just East of Briggs Rd.
Sighting Description:
"My sister sighted this big cat as she had just started her morning jog. It took just two bounds to cross the road in front of her(50 to 60 yards). She states that it was a cat like animal, dark brown or black in color and about the size of a large dog. She quickly turned around and went back to the house. I have just returned to my office after searching for tracks. Without venturing too far into the wet corn field I was able to locate a track that was about 3.5 in across in the soft dirt. I am not a tracking expert by any means but I'm sure that a more thorough search would yield many tracks in this soft ground."

Oceana County Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Sun 8/10/2008 7:25 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8-10-08
Time: 5:50 pm
County: Oceana
Location Description: 1/2 mile west of US 31 on Shelby Rd.
Sighting Description:
"We were driving east and it crossed the road in front of us from north to south. Then it disappearede into the brush. It was at the bottom of a hill, or draw between two hills.It's size was bigger than a bobcat. It was a tawny color with a long tail and took long leaps as we approached."

Muskegon County Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Sun 8/10/2008 12:50 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/09/08
Time: 5.30 pm
County: Muskegon
Location Description: in a field with horses, within a 100 yds from it
Sighting Description:
"I have big glass sliders which overlooks my neighbors horse field, and I just spotted two young deer running across the field. when I looked further out approx. 250 yards I seen what I thought was a deer, until it started walking it did not walk anything like a deer. it was more non-chalantly it appeared to be 4-5 foot long with long tail and curved inward spine. it was a long ways away and I am not 100% sure but, it made a believer out of me."

 
Gogebic County Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Thu 8/7/2008 4:59 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8//5/08
Time: 6;30 pm
County: Gogebic
Location Description: Sylvania wilderness area. Crooked Lake- near Fisher 2 campsite.
Sighting Description:
"We were fishing on the opposite shore when I saw a face watching through some trees. I thought at first it was a wolf, but when it moved into view, I saw how huge and tawny it was...the tail itself seemed to go on forever. It was such a beautiful golden color. It moved as only a cat can move..with barely a sound...sinewy..almost serpentine. It did not seem to hurry. There were 10 ducks in the water a few feet from the cougar's initial hiding place. The cat watched the ducks swim away, looked at our canoe once more-then leisurely walked through the trees up a slope. We returned the next day to look for tracks, scat, etc. but the spongey ground would not even dent from our feet. We did notice recent beaver activity--trees gnawed and wondered if cougars eat beaver."

 
Leelanau County Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Wed 8/6/2008 8:32 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08-06-08
Time: 8:10 pm
County: Leelanau
Location Description: "At approx 8:10 pm, our neighbor across the street called and said "there's a cougar in your front yard". My husband and I went to the porch and saw only a long fluffy dark tail as the animal entered the thick naturalized sumac. At first, we thought we had seen the tail of a large domestic cat, but just as I was about to turn and go back into the house, the animal moved out of the thick cover and I saw a perfect profile of it. It was more mottled in color than actually spotted and was quite dark except for what appeared to be reddish-brown highlights. Points of fur were visible on the ears. It went into the dense pine forest in the front yard. We were unable to see it exit nor any sign of its path due to the underbrush cover."
Sighting Description:
"Very long thick dark tail. Dark in color with apparent hue of auburn. About the size of a large dog but low to the ground with a "stalking type" movement rather than a gait. Points of fur seemed to stand up from the ears but I was looking at it from approximately 40' above.

 
Lake County Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Tue 8/5/2008 10:10 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/21/2008
Time: 11:00 am
County: Lake
Location Description: M-37/ bridge over baldwin river
Sighting Description:
"My husband and I where driving on m-37 south of the baldwin village limits where the baldwin river crosses. A large redish brown cat came out of the weeds on the east side of the road and crossed right in front of our car. We both got a very clear look at the animal and both agree COUGAR! We also agree it was about 4 Feet long and weighted at least 100 pounds. The cat was following the river. It was not running and did not jump the gaurd rail but had to crouch to get under it. I have never seen anything like this in the wild but i know what i saw. This is also a somewhat residential area."

 
Midland County Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Sun 8/3/2008 1:27 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08/02/02
Time: 5 PM
County: Midland
Location Description: About 3 miles north of M20 on Coleman Rd
Sighting Description:
"Traveling south on Coleamn Rd., the Cougar crossed the road from east to west about 20 yds in front of my vehicle. I had unobstructed view, and there was no doubt in my mind it was a cougar. I would guess it to be about 60 LBS maybe a little more."

 
Oceana / Newago County Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Sat 8/2/2008 11:07 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07-28-2008
Time: afternoon
County:
Location Description: Extended viewing thru binoculars
Sighting Description:
"visiting my Aunt and Uncle...R. & G. F of Hesperia, MI on Monday, July 28th, 2008. About 3:00 pm we were setting out under the shade trees in their back yard facing their field which is to the west behind their home . We had a very clear view of the field and saw something brownish-orangish. At first I thought it was a trash bag or something that had blown into the field but...it stood up and started a slow, sauntering walk kiddy/corner in direction across the field towards the shade of the trees on the south/west end of the field that butts up to a new subdivision of homes. We watched the mountain lion through binoculars for at least 10 minutes, as it was in no hurry on this hot afternoon. My Uncle R. even took a picture of the lion through his binoculars. He judged it to be up to 4 ft. in length without the tail and judging by the height of the weeds in the field, the cat 's back was about 2 ft.
tall. There was absolutely no problem seeing it in this field of weeds without the binocullars but you could see all the details of the animal with the binocullars.
My Aunt and Uncle have seen it before. They found tracks of a cat this size in their fresh tilled garden last year and the neighbor watched it cross Maple Island Road from by R.W.s car wash going west between their home and their neighbors, F & S M..
Yes....there are definetley Cougar in Hesperia, MI and they have been sighted within feet of a populated subdivision. I fear for the children!
Can't something be done about this dangerous situation?
I was told that the insurance companies were behind getting these animals planted in the state to help kill down the deer population to lessen the claims from car/deer accidents. Is this true? (*This is not true*)
My name is K.H. and I have been a life long resident of Hesperia, MI."

 
Lake County (?) Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Thu 7/31/2008 11:19 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07-31-2008
Time: 2:10 PM
County: Lake?
Location Description: We were driving east on us-10 between baldwin and idlewild
Sighting Description:
"I thought it was a fox then as i seen it fully in the road as it crossed i saw it was a cougar. My 2 children were in the car with me. It was crossing the road from south to north. I have never seen one before but i think it may not have been a full grown one, it had long legs for its body it seemed. It was reddish brown in color with a long tail. I was very excited to see it."

 
Gladwin / Claire County Michigan Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Thu 7/31/2008 12:09 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/27/2008
Time: 6:00 p.m.
County: Gladwin/Clare
Location Description: 61 west between Gladwin and Harrison
Sighting Description:
"I was driving west on 61 about 6:00 p.m. when I saw a large black animal run across the road in front of me. It had a long black body was about 2 1/2 feet tall with a very long tail. It ran like a cat not a dog. The animal came out of dense woods on one side of the 2 lane road and went into dense woods on the other side. I stopped to look if I could see where it went, but it was no longer there. I can't seem to believe what I saw, but I think it was a large black cat! I have been driving rural Michigan roads for over 40 years and I have seen alot of wildlife, but I have never seen a cat this big before! I can't seem to stop thinking about the sighting."

Manistee County Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Wed 7/30/2008 11:12 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/29/08
Time: 7:00 pm
County: Manistee
Location Description: Running across Norconk Road (as it turns from pavement to gravel), heavily wooded area.
Sighting Description:
"A friend and I were traveling east on the gravel section of Norconk Road returning to our cottages on Bear Lake. We were startled by a very large, "cat-like" animal that ran across the street about 30 feet in front of our vehicle. We both agreed that it was some type of large cat such as a mountain lion, cougar, bobcat, etc. It was a solid tan/gray color with short hair, a very muscular body, and thick legs. It was difficust to determine size but larger than a labrador retriever. After researching our sighting on the internet, we are confident that what we saw was a cougar/mountain lion."

 
St. Clair County Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Mon 7/28/2008 1:53 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/27/2008
Time: 7:15p.m. approximately
County: St. Clair County
Location Description: On Beauman Road, just north of Lambs Road.
Sighting Description:
"I was driving home from a church event and a VERY large feline creature bounded across the street. There is a definite difference between the way cats, deer and dogs move. This was definitely a cat and it was VERY LARGE and brown. It came from one side of the brush and disappeared into the brush on the other side of the road. "

 
Cheboygan County Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Mon 7/28/2008 2:34 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: june 5 @ june 6
Time: afternoon
County: Cheboygan
Location Description: June 5th sighting on southern turn around on Big Sky Trail. June 6th sighting on Onaway Rd, 1/4 mile West of first sighting.
Sighting Description:
"On June 5th my daughter and I on our quads went to go checkout an active eagles nest just down from our home. Atop the last hill I glanced below to the vehicle turn around area and observed a dark brown cat gate across the two track and into the woods. Short dark brown hair, low -long body, short legs, very distinct long tail. Even after this I tried to convince myself that it must have been something else. The next day I was traveling South on Onaway rd. near Riverwood. Several hundered yards ahead I observed the same animal cross Onaway Rd and head East. This location is exactly 1/4 mile to the West of the first sighting. After seeing this animal two days in a row, I have no doubt that it is indeed a cougar. I have been a hunter and avid outdoorsman for over 25 years, there just isnt any other animal that this could be."

 
Manistee County Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Fri 7/25/2008 12:19 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: thursday 7-24-08
Time: 5:00pm
County: Manistee
Location Description: s 1/4 mile off hwy 115 on kurick road heading east toward the betsie river
Sighting Description:
hello my daughter shighted the cougar on her way home yesterday, she is 42 and has lot of experience with animals. she said it looked about 6' long body sloping toward the rear and a long tail. also, head looked round and could not see the ears. running quickly! i am certain she seen one. also, i live just to the west of this sighting, about 1 1/2 miles. during the past 2 yrs. i have seen tracks with i am pretty sure are cougar tracks, too large for a bobcat. i am very familar with tracks and animals and have spent most of my life in the woods and out west, where i have seen a few cats. just a side note: i seen a cougar in the u.p. just east out of grand maris, in the early 60.s. this i had a very good look at and no mistake!! thank you ed bianco i am going to set up some trail cams and try to get a photo of it!!

 
Emmett County Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Fri 7/25/2008 12:05 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 12, 2008
Time: 3:15 p.m.
County: Emmet
Location Description: North Larks Lake Road just north of Division Road
Sighting Description:
"My daughter E, her friend L, and I were travelling from the Blissfest site to Mackinaw City. We had just turned north on North Larks Lake Road from Division Road when we observed a large tan cat crossing North Larks Lake Road from west to east in dense, swampy forest. The cat calmly strolled across the road approximately 70 yards in front of us. The cat was dark tan/light brown in color with a white underbelly. It had a tail almost as long as it's body, which was approximately four foot in length and standing eighteen to twenty four inches in height. There is zero doubt in our minds about what animal we observed. I have observed cougars in the wild in Oregon, and this was absolutely a cougar. What a magnificent animal!"

 
Newaygo County Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Wed 7/23/2008 1:50 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/21/2008
Time: 5:45 PM
County: Newaygo
Location Description: Cougar was running North over M20 Highway, directly in front of my car.
Sighting Description:
"I was heading east on M20 from Stone Road in Fremont. I was approximately 40 feet from my driveway. The cougar ran directly in front of me. I pulled over just before my driveway and another driver stopped and saw it also. We both could not beleive it. The cougar looked like it may have been 3 yrs old."

 
Wayne County Black Feline Sighting.
Reported
Mon 7/21/2008 8:52 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/20/2008
Time: 11:00pm
County: wayne
Location Description: 25 feet from my back door edge of the woods. In grosse ile michigan between meridean and keith roads.
Sighting Description:
"I went to walk the dog at 11 p.m. sunday night. I opened my back door my 10 pound dog pulled me out of my house and as I came through the door I noticed a large jet black cat roughly 100+ pounds rise from a lying position to a leaping position and 2 strides later it was in the woods. the cougar was very large about 5 feet long, with rounded small ears, large head between ears, thick neck, broad shoulders, thick jet black very shiny hair. The animal was very muscular with rounded cat like paws and a long tail. The next morning we saw the animals escape route. In the mud was a large trail of tracks. The best imprint was exact to what we found on the internet as a cougar paw print. It is 3 1/2 inches wide by 4 inches long and many broken tree branches from very high up on the ground. what I saw was a most definitly a COUGAR!!!"

Kent County Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Sat 7/19/2008 2:04 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7-19-2008
Time: 1pm
County: Kent
Location Description: Southeast Grand Rapids Area on Burton St. and Forest Hill ave.near Christ Community Church in Kentwood
Sighting Description:
"Driving East on Burton St, I saw a VERY large, dark/rusty colored and lean looking cat, with a small head and short length fur. It crossed the lawn of Christ Community Church and went across the street,lurking low to the ground, and into a residential area behind a house, where there was a wooded area."

 
Ionia County Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Thu 7/17/2008 4:06 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07-16-2008
Time: 10:40 pm
County: Ionia
Location Description: West Main St. Ionia, MI
Sighting Description:
"First of all this spring we were hearing very strange sounds. It is so hard to discribe the sound. A scream and growl, I don't know how to explain it. It was soooo loud. It would wake us up in the middle of the night. It scared our dogs so much they didn't make a sound and didn't want to go outside. We heard it for about 3 to 4 weeks. Then one day we went to the Zoo with our children and all of the sudden we heard the noise. No way was this animal at the zoo. (By the way we didn't know what the sound was yet.) We walked around the corner to find two Cougars. I started asking the zoo keepers some questions and they said they make this noise when they are in heat. So off to the internet I go. I looked up cougars and actually found the sound of a female cougar "in heat". The sound was identical. That really fliped us out. Then there was no more noise for a while we didn't think about it that was until last night.It was about 10:30 pm. My husband was putting the our dog away before coming up to bed as he put the dog in her cage he looked outside and directly acorss the street from our mail box was a large animal. He wasn't quite sure what it was. Then it started walking he said there is not a doubt in his mind that it was a cougar. It walked down the road for about 10 yards and went down into the ditch and that was it. It was gone."

 
Muskegon County Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Mon 7/14/2008 12:41 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/13/08
Time: 7 pm
County: Muskegon
Location Description: Hile Rd a few block east of Henry St
Sighting Description:
"While in house, we saw 40-50 lb animal loping thru back yard at a distance of 50 yards. It was tan with a long tail. Tail was the length of the body. Tail had white tip on the end. Thick legs. Sighting was about 3 miles from Hoffmaster State Park. Three people saw the animal for aobut 30 seconds. We observed tracks. Some tracks seen in sandy soil with clumps of grass, some tracks in recently tilled garden soil. Tracks- round without claws, 2.5 inches in diameter."

 
Keweenaw County Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Sat 7/12/2008 10:56 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 2005
Time: Afternoon
County: Keweenaw
Location Description: M-41, 3.5 South of Copper Harbor, MI
Sighting Description:
"On a clear summer day, I was traveling South on M-41 about 3 miles out of Copper Harbor appraoching the Lake Medora Area. As I rounded a curve and entered a relatively straight segment of the road, I saw a large black animal bounding across the road about 75-100 yards ahead of me. The animal was not the size of a full grown wild cat, but certainly far larger than any domestic feline. It was longish and skinny, and clearly displayed the movement unique to bounding cats. It was not a bear, a fox, a fisher, a dog or wolf, and did not resemble any other known animal now or recently indigenous to the far north of Michigan. It crossed the road from west to east. When I arrived at the point of its crossing, I stopped to see if it was still nearby, but it had vanished into the thick forest undergrowth of this minimally-developed area."

 
Kalamazoo County Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Thu 7/10/2008 6:27 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07-10-08
Time: 5:00 pm
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: Edge of a field in northern Kalamazoo county. We are the last house in a subdivision that has been in existance since 1969. We are surrounded on two sides by fields. All the lots are at least half and acrea with lots of woods in between each house.
Sighting Description:
"I only have tracks on our black-topped driveway at the edge of our property near the fields. We use the driveway as an opportunity to teach our daughter about telling which animals have visited us by looking at the tracks. Today in addition to rabbit, deer, raccoon and oppossum tracks we had what I thought were coyote (we hear them every night, but have yet to see them). When I looked into our mammal book I learned that coyotes have toenail marks. NONE of these tracks had toenail marks, even those closest to the field. The strides are 19 inches apart and the paw prints measure between three and three and one half inches. I have photographed the paw prints with the tape measure next to it to show the length."
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Alcona County Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Mon 7/7/2008 3:43 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/06/08
Time: 7:30 p.m.
County: Alcona
Location Description: Hubbard Lake Road near Spruce Road.
Sighting Description:
"I was only able to witness a glimpse. I was able to see what appeared to be a young one run across the road; from one wooded site to another. I was impressed with the size of the paws and think it was a young one due to the "fluffy" coat, not a smooth sleak coat for the summer."

 
Muskegon County Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Sun 7/6/2008 4:41 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/3/2008
Time: 10:30am
County: Muskegon
Location Description: Maple Island Road north of the observatory
Sighting Description:
"The cougar crossed Maple Island Road from the west to the east about 150 feet ahead of my vehicle. I am very familiar with native animals to Michigan and I knew that this was something unusual. I thought to myself, a cat that big! That is no regular cat. It had a large muscular body medium tan fur that was darker on its back and lighter in color under its body. From the pictures that I have seen of a cougar, bobcat etc., this was definitely a cougar. "

 
Chippewa County Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Thu 7/3/2008 10:32 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7-3-08
Time: 11:30 pm
County: Chippewa
Location Description: M-28 Near Hulbert.
Sighting Description:
"The animal was on the road when I spotted him. He moved slowly and deliberately into the ditch. The cougar was a light tan color. He was muscular and had a very long tail-probably as long as its body. Although this cougar appeared smaller than the pictures I have seen today on-line, I am convinced that there is no other possibility."

 
Mecosta County Cougar Sighting Remembered.
Reported
Mon 6/30/2008 4:06 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: summer of 2006
Time: afternoon
County: Mecosta
Location Description: 1/2 mile east of the town of Barryton, in a wooded area along a river.
Sighting Description:
"I never reported this sighting until I just stumbled upon your website now. I looked in your archives, and there were other sightings in Mecosta and Osceola counties in the summer of 2006. Although our other friends laughed at us, there is no doubt in my mind that what my friend Tim and I saw was a mountain lion. We were driving across the field in mid-afternoon and both noticed it at the same time. It was across the river, walking along the bank. We only saw it for about 5 or 6 seconds before it ducked into the brush, about 150 yards away. But, there was no doubt what it was. We both looked at eachother with astonishment and said at the same time, "That was a mountain lion". We are both intelligent outdoorsman who have seen bobcats, coyotes, fox, big dogs, and deer many times before. This animal was between 80 and 120 pounds. It was much too big to be a bobcat, coyote, or fox, and much too low to the ground and stocky to be a deer. It was the size of a large labrador dog, but definitely a cat. It's sleek feline-like movements were unmistakeable."

Mackinaw County Cougar Sighting Remembered.
Reported
Sun 6/29/2008 7:05 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: a few years back ??
Time: middle afternoon
County: Mackinaw
Location Description: "Black river road runs north off u s 2 . Its a dirt road running north along the river driving slow and enjoying the area when a cougar walked across the road looked our way and went into the woods to the east."

Kent County Cougar Controversy.
Reported
Mon 6/23/2008 2:55 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6-22-08
County: Kent
Location Description:
Sighting Description:
"A neighbor came over early this afternoon and told us that her husband has seen a cougar go across property by us. Several members in her family have heard growling and loud noises. When they called the DNR they were told we DIDN'T have cougars in MI. REALLY? Then WHY this site? WHY the apparent cover up? WE have several children in this rural area and honestly...we've had a Black Bear why NOT a cougar too? We have coyotes and badgers. So WHAT are to believe? Sincerly, DB"
Read more about this Eastern Cougar controversy here

 
St. Joesph County Cougar Report.
Reported
Sun 6/22/2008 3:45 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 22, 2008
Time: 6:30 am
County: St. Joseph
Location Description: I saw this animal cross in front of my car on Heimbach Road in St. Joseph County.
Sighting Description:
"Early in the morning, about 6:30, I saw an animal the size of my 70 lb dog but with bigger, broader legs and feet, cross Heimbach Rd. in St. Joseph County, MI. It was a reddish tan with a long tail, with a stealthy cat-like walk. It didn't look at me, as I approached with the car, but the head was roundish with small ears. It was apparently stalking something because, all of a sudden. it jumped straight up like a kangaroo and pounced on something in the corn field by the road. It was too big of an animal for me to stop my car and want to investigate as I was alone in the car and would have felt in danger."

 
Grand Traverse County Cougar Report.
Reported
Fri 6/20/2008 9:34 AM to www.savethecougar.org
County: Grand Traverse
Location Description: Just South of Blair Townhall Road in Blair township (Grand Traverse County). Cougar was deep inside State land.
Sighting Description:
"I was on a trail ride with six other friends. We were all on horseback riding through state land. The cougar slowly walked across the trail about 50-60 feet in front of us and disappeared into the high ferns. He was large but I don't believe he was full grown. He was dark tan with black markings. When he casually looked at us, he had a round head and small rounded years. He didn't look to be bothered or affraid of us and the seven horses. It was a scary but thrilling experience. I knew cougars lived in our area but never expected to see one cross a horse trail right in front of me. We proceed with the horses at a walk to keep everyone calm, scanning the area for the next hour to see if the cougar was following us. We did not see him again. The area we saw him in is frequently used by trail riders. Do you have any pointers for someone who may see him while riding alone?" Eastern Cougar Safety

 
Kalkaska County Cougar Report.
Reported
Thu 6/19/2008 7:54 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/18/2008
Time: 9:32 PM
County: Kalkaska
Location Description: Sighted crossing Valley Rd. approximately 3 miles north of M-72 and 2 miles south of the Seven Bridges natural area.
Sighting Description:
"My wife and I saw what, based on its size and posture, could only have been a cougar. It crossed Valley Rd. about 80-100 yards in front of our car, just south of the Seven Bridges natural area. It was grey-yellow in color and was larger than a large dog, probably around 100-110lbs. We didn't think to stop and take pictures of its tracks, but we are going to attempt to do so tonight."

 
Muskegon County Cougar Report.
Reported
Wed 6/18/2008 10:58 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/18/2008
Time: 4:45 p.m.
County: Muskegon
Location Description: Whitehall Rd North, left onto Tyler Rd. (so head West on Tyler), right before you go up the hill on Tyler Rd.
Sighting Description:
"Driving to my sons daycare after work, saw a very large cat (bigger than my dog who is a large male boxer), tan in color, I pulled off the side of the road, and watched the large cat walk into the woods, it was large enough where its head was completly above the ferns in the woods. I just sat there, in the middle of the road (in my car of course!) in awe, thinking "No way, this isn't real!" But it very much was. Wow- that's all I can say, WOW!"

 
Kent County Cougar Report.
Reported
Tue 6/17/2008 1:50 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/17/2008
County: Kent County
Location Description: on private property in Nelson twnshp
Sighting Description:
"Crouched down drinking water out of pond. Approx 80lbs. Light brown/tan in color."

 
Livingston County Cougar Report.
Reported
Fri 6/13/2008 10:54 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 06/13/2008
Time: 7:15AM
County: Livingston
Location Description: Off I-96 between the the D19 and Grand River exits in Howell on the South Side of the Freeway. A large cat like animal came out of some tall brush into the open and proceded south.
Sighting Description:
"It was about 2.5-3 ft high and about 4ft long Black in color. I still am trying to explain what I saw as I can not rationalize it in my head. It was definitely a large cat but I am still just to bewildered. At the time I was driving East on I-96, the cat was West of Chilson overpass in a field. The lighting was good and there were no obstructions. I am going to go out and see if I can get a paw print as it had rained earlier and the ground should be soft. I'm still at a loss and trying to explain it off as something else...but can't."

Van Buren County Cougar Report.
Reported
Thu 6/12/2008 10:52 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6-6-08
Time: midnight
County: Van Buren
Location Description: There's a kind of "lowlands" type of spot on our road, where it's very brushy. Driving home on this night, he was seen going down into the lowlands. We have seen him two other times as well, just a little farther up the street heading into an evergreen woodsy-type area.
Sighting Description:
"We knew immediately that he was not a house cat, raccoon or an opossum as he was too large. Nor did he have the gait of a dog/coyote/wolf. He definitely was brownish-tan and had a long, sleek tail."

Barry County Cougar Report.
Reported
Thu 6/12/2008 6:01 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/11/08
Time: daytime
County: Barry
Location Description: Fresh tracks in sand of driveway 10ft. from house.
Sighting Description:
"Neighbor across street from me called me over to look at a set of large tracks in his driveway next to his house . Recent rain and the sandy driveway made it easy to see the perfect imprints of a large cat. The imrint of 4 toes with pad was about 4inches long and 5-6 inches wide and were in pairs , 2 prints together about a foot apart then 5-6 feet 2 more and so on . They were set in by an animal weighing at least 150 to 200lbs and with a stride that far apart this is one big cat. They saw a couger run in to woods from their yard behind house about a year ago and I reported a sihgting last year also .Probably same cat."

Kalamazoo County Cougar Report.
Reported
Wed 6/11/2008 3:16 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 06/10/08
Time: 12:30 a.m.
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: South of the "Arboretum" which is a large wooded area between W. Michigan Ave and W. Main. New construction is currently being implemented and wildlife has picked up in the area with deer, turkey, bats, fox.
Sighting Description:
"The large animal entered the neighborhood from the wooded area. It "loped" down the street. It was long and lean with a long tail that dipped down toward the street and curved right at the tip. Ears were upright. It did not "scurry" nor did it have the gate of a dog. The shoulders rose and fell as it walked along. When it heard me, it turned and trotted back into the woods. I could not tell the color of the animal. The coat was short cut close to the body."

Van Buren County Cougar Report.
Reported
Tue 6/10/2008 2:25 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: May 2008
Time: various times
County: Van Buren
Location Description: The full grown cougar has been seen on the greens at the Heritage Glen Golf Course,(The course is located off of 30th St. just south of CR 653) on several occasions.
Sighting Description:
The cougar has been prowling the greens at the golf course since mid May. I am not the only person to see the cougar, it has been seen by other golfers, several employees, the grounds keeper as well as by several home owners who homes abut the course.

Washtenaw County Cougar Report.
Reported
Mon 6/9/2008 4:51 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 05-04-08
Time: 9:30 AM
County: Washtenaw
Location Description: Ann Arbor near the fork of US-23 and M-14 West that continues over the Huron River.
Sighting Description:
I was heading south on US-23 near M-14 West and first saw a deer near the edge of the expressway. I looked a little further back and saw what looked exactly like a lion without a mane watching the deer. It was large.

Emmett County Cougar Report.
Reported
Mon 6/9/2008 2:02 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 1-2, 2008
Time: late afternoon/midnight
County: Emmett
Location Description: Bay View, northeastern edge of community bordering dense woods & golf course
Sighting Description:
"My wife and I and our two dogs arrived at our cottage in Bay View before the season began, when the grounds were still largely empty. In the past when I've arrived this early I've been struck by how much wildlife is still present (raccoons, porcupines, deer), milling around the grounds before the other residents arrive. We unpacked our car at mid-afternoon on June 1. No other people were around. A couple of hours later we were indoors when our dogs (a Lab/Chow mix and a Manchester terrier) became vocal and agitated. They ran to a ground level window, I followed and caught a glimpse of a large animal hurrying by. It appeared to be black in the late afternoon sun, with slick fur. It moved like a very large cat. During the next day a few more people arrived in Bay View. That night, around midnight, we took the dogs for a walk around the block and as we approached the northeastern edge of the community (which is beside dense woods and a golf course)the dogs again became very agitated. I stopped, looked ahead on the narrow road, and saw a dark shape crossing about 10-15 yards in front of me. When the dogs started to bark the animal leaped across the road and into the woods. I saw it for a moment clearly silhouetted before a street lamp. It was a very large, dark cat - larger than my 70-lb Lab. It made no sound as it moved. We didn't see it again during the rest of our week-long stay and I assumed it left the area because of the arrival of people. For two days after I saw it my dogs became highly agitated when I walked them by the area of my sighting. My wife and I examined the ground where the animal had jumped and took photographs of some heavy tracks leading into the woods. I called the Petoskey DNR to report what I had seen and was transfered to the Gaylord office. I spoke to a biologist named Laurie Bella who showed little interest in my sighting but did ask me to send her jpegs of the photos. I sent the clearest two images I had. She emailed me back that they were deer tracks. She said nothing about the visual sighting and implied that I had mistaken a deer for a wildcat. The tracks I saw very well may have been deer prints (I'm told that cougars are fond of deer meat), but the animal I saw leap into the woods was definitely a large cat. If you need additional information please let me know. I am a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a teetotaler, with good vision. My wife works at the Brookfield Zoo but didn't see the animal. There was, however, a cougar shot and killed here in Chicago only a month or so ago.
"
Berrien County Cougar Report.
Reported
Sun 6/8/2008 10:04 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 8, 2008
Time: 6:30 am
County: Berrien
Location Description: Berrien Spring, MI about .1 mile off Red Bud Road on the St. Joesph's River.
Sighting Description:
"My husband and I own a home on the St. Joseph's River in Berrien Springs, MI. We have about 2 acres of land so we can let our dog run off leash. This morning around 6:30am I took our dog Truman outside for his first walk/run of the day. Truman is a Doberman mix and weighs about 80 pounds. As soon as I opened the door Truman took off and ran into a neighbor's yard. Our neighbor lives 2 doors down about 100 yards away. There are 2 sections of trees between us so I didn't have a crystal clear view of what was going on. Our neighbors own a black Great Dane who is tied up when outside. At first I thought to myself "the Great Dane is out and Truman is trying to play with him." When I got closer I noticed the Great Dane was not outside but that something big and black was running down the driveway and Truman was running after it. I thought to myself what is that animal and will I ever see our dog again? Then I saw the black animal jet left and run into the forest...Truman running after it. I then heard a low growl...one that I have never heard before. I heard it a second time and thought what the heck is that? Truman came running out of the forest and was off to our neighbor's chicken coop. I finally caught him and took him inside. I never thought anything about what happened until my husband and I were driving home to Chicago and I told him the story. That's when I learned about the cougar sightings in Michigan. I only saw the animal from a far...which looked like it was jumping in the air and it's back end was rounded like it was running. The animal was definitely too big to be a cat and didn't run like a deer.
"
Genesee County Cougar Report.
Reported
Thu 6/5/2008 7:25 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5-28-08
Time: approx. 6:00
County: Genesee
Location Description: South of Carpenter Road, West of Center Road, North of Pierson, East of Branch in Genesee Twp.
Sighting Description:
"5:30 p.m. riding my dirt bike on a freshly grated area of earth. They were doing construction for the sewers. I clearly saw him run out in front of me at first I thought it was a coyote. I was able to get within 50 ft. of the big cat. It had a long tail, sandy in color. The area that he ran across was 2ft lower than the surrounding soil due to construction. There was 5 ft. piece of grass and a four ft. old field fence and he cleared it all in one leap. And I was amazed and that was the last I saw of the big cat."

Cass County Cougar Report.
Reported
Fri 5/30/2008 6:52 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/07
Time: 8 am
County: Cass County
Location Description: 1000 yards west of Redfield and Adamsville Road in Edwardsburg, Michigan a local Edwardsburg resident had seen the cat about the same time on the Southwest corner of this intersection.
Sighting Description:
"I was Eastbound on Redfield about 8 am when the Cat came out of the field from the North and crossed in front of my vehicle. I slowed down and stopped to get a less than 100 feet look at him. The cat was identical to the picture above, but was very skinny through his rib cage. He then ran south towards the Indiana line. I knew within seconds it was a Cougar. It's long thick tail, long body, height, and face was in plain view. I would of never heard of JD's sighting until in conversation with my Brother he said, his business partners wife had seen the Cat in the same location, but a little East of my sighting. I am an avid outdoorsman, and I am 100 percent sure it was a Cougar."

Montmorency County, Several Large Black Felids Sighted
Reported Mon 5/26/2008 11:09 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation:
May 2008
Time: Daytime
County: Montmorency
Location Description: Hillman, Michigan near Miller Creek on M-32.
Sighting Description:
"My family and I have a cabin in Hillman and we have natural gas on our property. We were up there this weekend and the guy that comes back to check the pump told us he had seen a large black cat breifly by our outhouse. He also stated that the man that lives across the road had seen 2 different black cats on his property. While in town I asked a couple locals and one of them had said a guy had seen a large black cat in town. I havn't seen any evidence but I thought I would share the information I have recieved."

Cougar Report from Michigan Wildlife Conservancy

To: Cougar Trackers               From: Dennis Fijalkowski

RE: Cougars – Tonight! Date: May 23, 2008

The Chicago cougar story that I told you about recently was postponed so they could interview Mike Zuidema in the U.P. It ran on Wednesday night under the title “The Great Cougar Cover-Up.” I haven't seen it, but it is supposed to be on the stations website. So if you have broadband the site is: ABC7chicago.com, click on the “I Team” section of the site if it doesn't show up on the home page.

I have been asked if the dead bear in Battle Creek and the dead wolf in the northern lower (3 years ago) are related to cougar incompetence. The answer is yes!

WLAJ, Lansing Channel 53, aired a cougar segment last night and has another coming tonight at 6 & 11. Tune in if you can.
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=6158309

Leelanau County Adolescent Cougar Report.
Reported
Wed 5/21/2008 3:07 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/19/08
Time: 3:30 pm
County: Leelanau
Location Description: 675 and S. Fisher Rd. near Crystal River dam.
Sighting Description:
"I was walking back to my car parked at the head of the Crystal River after kayaking down to the 675 bridge. I saw a large animal run across 675 and into the woods. It was reddish-tan? and I saw spots on the lower part. I did not know what it was with my brief look and continued to walk to my car, cutting through the woods toward the Crystal River dam. I was passing through an open field next to the woods when the cougar and I crossed paths. We both stopped about 40 feet from each other. We stared at each other for around 20 seconds. It showed no fear and looked curious. I got a clear view of his cat-like face with rounded ears with black markings. His round head was around 2 ½ feet off the ground. He was holding his ground so I slowly retreated. He continued to stare at me then ran back into the woods. I decided not to enter the woods and returned to the road to walk back to my car. After an internet search, I believe it was a juvenile cougar. It was a thrilling experience.
"
Washtenaw County Cougar Report.
Reported
Thu Wed 5/21/2008 8:18 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 05/21-2008
Time: 6:25am
County: Washtenaw
Location Description: I was driving to work toward Ann Arbor from Whitmore Lake, South bound 23 somewhere between exit 49 and the where 23 and 14 split off. It was off to the right in a field
Sighting Description:
"It was running along the the same direction as the traffic in an open field. It wasn't next to the road but in plain sight. I am sure there were many others that saw it, it was a busy traffic morning. It was so exciting and I just couldn't believe my eyes! I always tune in to deer and other wildlife along the road so this was quite a thrill!
"
Berrien County Cougar Report.
Reported
Thu 5/15/2008 2:05 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 05/03/08
Time: 12:30 PM
County: Berrien
Location Description: Near East Road and Red Arrow Highway, Lakeside, MI
Sighting Description:
"I was driving on a newly paved road in an platted but as yet unbuilt subdivision and saw movement ahead of me in the woods. I expected to see deer, but a large cat suddenly bounded out of the woods and ran across the road in front of me. It was bigger than a large dog, with a large head and short ears - big paws and a very long, bushy tail. Color mottled tan. After checking various reference sites I am certain it was a cougar."
Leelanau County Cougar Report.
Reported
Wed 5/14/2008 12:17 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: February, 2008
Time: 7pm
County: Leelanau
Location Description: About five miles south of Leland on M-22
Sighting Description:
"I saw the cougar on the east side of the road as we were driving home in the evening. At first I thought it was a dog out wandering around, so I slowed down. The animal looked at the car and stopped moving. As I went by I thought "that looked like a mountain lion." It was darker in color than any picture of a mountain lion I had ever seen, so I did not feel certain. It was mottled black and dark brown--sort of toroise-shell looking. When I got home and went online to research it, I at first thought that it must have been a lynx, as that is what the coloring, if not the size--this thing was LARGE--seemed to suggest. The tail, however was the deciding feature. The animal I saw had a very long thick tail. In fact, its tail seemed longer than its body. Since then, I have read/heard many reports that there have been other sightings in the area of darker colored cats, so I now feel certain that what I saw was, in fact, a cougar. "
Van Buren County Cougar Report.
Reported
Tue 5/13/2008 10:58 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: April 25, 2008
Time: 7:25 am
County: Van Buren
Location Description: M-40 Hwy. just north of Gobles to 6th Ave. and West on 6th ave.
Sighting Description:
"A Woman living on 6th st. reported to the Gobles City office that she had without question sighted a cougar. As she glanced out her back window on the morning of April 25th at 7:25 a.m. she said she found herself frozen as she watched the large cat stroll across the hay field behind her house. She stated that she had taken a better look at this golden cat with her binoculars. She said it was very large and had a long sleek tail that seemed to have no end. Her neighbor called a short time later to verify that she had seen this animal as well. This is the second sighting in this area. Check September 2007.
"
Berrien County Cougar Report.
Reported
Tue 5/13/2008 8:54 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/13/2008
Time: approx 5 pm
County: Berrien
Location Description: In the woods behind my house, large black cat sighted.
Sighting Description:
"I was in my kitchen making dinner which overlooks our back yard which further turns into woods and our neighbors house down a long paved driveway with the lake behind their house. I turned toward the sink and saw the back end of an animal. I first thought it to be a fox since we've seen one walking down the neighbor's driveway before and also have seen it in the woods on their property. I decided to run out and take a closer look. I proceeded to the end of our property line and stood at their driveway. Approximately 50 yards back I saw the profile of a very large black cat which then turned it's head and looked at me. Being startled as I was I headed quickly back to our house and called my husband. Later in the early evening before it became dark, we took a walk out to the location where the cat would have been standing when I spotted it. We found paw prints which confirmed to me even more what I saw. I am going to guess this animal to be approx. 100 or so lbs.and approx. 4 feet in length. I didn't notice the size of the tail.
"
Oakland County Cougar Report.
Reported
Sun 5/11/2008 1:46 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: may 10 2008
Time: 8:55
County: Oakland
Location Description: backyard
Sighting Description:
"I was goin in the backyard to put my chickens up and i saw a big cat RUN accross the yard, it looked exactly like a cougar
"
Neighboring Ontario Cougar Talk.
Reported
Sun 5/11/2008 12:18 PM to www.savethecougar.org
There is a new comment on the post "Cougar Track In Michigan".
http://michiganhuntingtoday.com/hooksandbullets/index.php/2008/03/14/cougar-track-in-michigan/
Author: Keith Kreitzer
Comment:
"I live in Bothwell Ontario Canada which is about a hour north of Windsor or a or a little more then an hours drive north of Detroit Michigan. The last few winters there have been Mountain Lion (Cougar) tracts out side are back door in the snow by our Garbage probably because we through out chicken and beef and pork scraps outside for the animals and they probably track the smell back to the house because there are usually some scraps in the garbage outside our back door too. We live in front of a huge bush which is populated by a large number of dear which I read are one of the Mountain Lion's (Cougar's) main food sources. There have been a few sightings around or area. For instance a couple kids just down the road about a mile away where riding their bikes and seen a black colored Mountain Lion (Cougar) and few others have sighted Mountain Lions (Cougars) both Black colored and brown and have seen tracks as well up till yesterday I had just heard about the sightings and them being in the area and had only seen the Mountain Lion's (Cougars) paw prints in the winter in the snow outside my back door the last few years. Although last night went to open up the back door to our garage which is part of the house to have a smoke I only opened it about five inches when I heard this really loud hissing sound like a cats when it is scared because it's cornered by a dog or something I must have scared it when I opened the door. My first thought was a raccoon because we had had raccoons tipping over our garbage before. Anyways I shut the door right away and grabbed a stick and went to our other back door and went out side to see. Long behold I seen a Mountain Lion (Cougar) it was a light brown color with black and dark brown markings it had a long tall and was around I'd say 5-6 feet long including its tall and stood around two and a half feet tall. I stood there for about 3-4 seconds until I moved then it took off running down to our big ditch then off to the bush behind our house this was around 7 O'clock at night. I ran back in my house and told everyone what had just happened. My grandfather went outside to see but of course it was long gone. Well that’s my experience with my first Mountain Lion (Cougar) s sighting I would really like to be able to see one again hopefully for a little longer next time they are really beautiful animal but are scarry too I wouldn't want to get any closer then I did I would have hated to see what would have happened if I had just continued opening the back garage door and had walk out the way it was hissing scared the crap out of me I sure if I would have opened that door all the was I probably would have been attacked because I know I startled it."

Genesee County, Cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon 4/28/2008 12:31 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 04/30/2008
Time: 9:55 PM
County: Genesee
Location Description: Genesee County - Morrish Road between Potter Road and River Road
Sighting Description:
"I was driving South on Morrish Road South of River Road in Flushing at 9:55 PM when I saw an animal approaching the road next to the creek. This area is wooded, very dark at night, and has a large deer population so I first assumed a deer was about to cross the road. I slowed down and the animal crossed the road 4 - 8 feet in front of my car. I could not believe my eyes! I stopped and watched the cougar walk up the wooded yard on the west side of the road and back into heavy wooded area. I called 911 to report the sighting, but the operator did not believe me. He indicated it could have been a bobcat because they have been spotted in the area in the past. The only thing is that a bobcat does not have a long slim tail that touches the ground. The pictures I found have only validated my first thought."

Jackson County- Cougar Sighting.
Reported Mon 4/28/2008 6:34 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: April 28, 2008
Time: 5:45 a.m.
County: Jackson
Location Description: On 127 just south of the 127/I-94 interchange.
Sighting Description: "I was on my way to work this morning and saw a cougar standing at the edge of the shoulder on the highway. It appeared as if it was waiting to cross the road."
Isabella County, Cougar spotted and reported to MDNR
Reported
Mon 4/28/2008 12:31 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: April 15, 2008
Time: 11:55 AM
County: Isabella
Location Description: I sighted it in the woods behind my house, along the property line to the east. To my east is 180 acres of leased hunting land, with no houses. Beyond that is extensive woodlands, with only a campground and no houses on that section of road. To the south and west is more woods and some farmland. I live in Denver township in Isabella County.
Sighting Description: "I was out boiling maple syrup and had just gotten my fire started when I heard something rustling in the brush about 50 - 60 feet away from me to the east. I just assumed that it was a deer, which are commonly sighted. I looked over and thought, "That's not a deer!" When I stood up to get a better look and the animal spooked and started to run to the south and then turned away from me at an angle and continued to run to the south-east. It was too low to be a deer, the wrong color (tawny/gold) and was running very differently than a deer runs. As it went by, I could see the front half of the animal in profile and could immediately see that it was a big cat, and for sure not a dog. As it turned from me I could see the back half in profile, with its long tail, definitely not a deer's tail. I could also see the back of its head in profile and could see its rounded ears, obviously not the tall pointed ears of a deer. I estimate that it was about 5 feet long, from nose to hindquarters. I immediately telephoned the DNR to report it."

Kent County- Cougar sighting remembered.
Reported
Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 1:06 PM to www.savethecougar.org
County: Kent
Location Description: Where Leonard St. dead ends just East of Forest Hills Northern High School in the field on the north side of the street.
Sighting Description:
"This mountain lion was chasing after prey, possibly rabbits, maybe just field mice. It was jumping up and down and moving around quickly in the field for about 5 minutes, then disappeared into the woods. This is the second time I have seen it in this field. My whole family was there to watch. My boy also claims to have seen it a third time. The most recent sighting was summer 2007."

Calhoun County - I-94 possible black cougar sighting.
Reported Tue 4/15/2008 9:42 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation:
4/4/2008
Time:
6:01pm
County: Calhoun
Location Description:
Rest stop on I-94 Exit 110
Sighting Description:
I stopped at the Exit 110 Rest Stop on I-94. Returning to my car I spotted the cat and took several pictures using my iPhone.
http://picasaweb.google.com/bishopbob/Panther I retouched these photos in Photoshop to adjust for light conditions and to crop. The bizarre coincidence was that the Panther van parked in the field of view. At first I thought I was seeing a zoo-like contained animal. I quickly realized the driver had no idea that the cat was there. I called it to his attention and other people at the rest stop (a man with his young son - maybe 10 years old). The driver of the van was taking pictures from as I left the area. I have seen the same kind of cat at Clark Lake in Jackson county at my parents home in a secluded set back twice over the past couple of years."

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Wayne County- Cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon 4/14/2008 9:45 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/11/08
Time: 2:00 PM
County: Wayne
Location Description: Highly populated area with many new homes and subdivisions.
Sighting Description:
"The sighting occured at 5 mile and Ridge Rd as I was driving westbound on 5 mile. It was 2:00pm in the afternoon and I was driving 30 mph about to turn on Ridge Rd when I noticed the cougar cross the rd about 30 ft in front of me. It was headed into a preserved natural park area with trails and ponds. It was large and looked full grown. There was no mistaking this as it's face and tail were giveaways. I usually take my son to this area in the summer but no fear doing so without a weapon."

Jackson County- Cougar Sighting.
Reported Wed 4/9/2008 12:45 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation:
4/8/08
Time:
9:30 PM
County: Jackson
Location Description:
US 127, Rives Junction area.
Sighting Description:
"I was driving home tonight from Lansing, and am used to the random deer jumping out and bounding across the highway at the last moment with very little time to react, so I tend to watch the roads closely. Tonight, heading south to Jackson on 127, I saw something dart across the northbound lanes from the corner of my eye. Before I knew it, the animal was crossing the southbound lanes right in front of my car. It was so close that I hit the brakes. I've seen plenty of animals on that highway, even in the dark. This was no deer or dog. It was long and sleek and light brown. It was in plain view of my headlights, so I got a decent look at it, as fast as things happened. The tell tale sign that it couldn't have been a dog was its tail. I've seen enough big cats in the zoo and in pictures and on television to identify one if I had to. It was obviously a large cat. It took off across the highway and into the fields about a mile north of the Henry Rd. bridge on 127. So if you live in the area, please be cautious."
Ingham County- Cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 4/8/2008 5:04 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: April 6 2008
Time:
7pm
County: Ingham
Location Description:
In Mason near Columbia/Aurelius.
Sighting Description:
"Cougar sighted in horse pasture in the brush. 3 eye witnesses, photos taken, video taken. Prints measured and photographed. Dennis from MCCR came out and confirmed--appears to be a juvenile. DNR came out and essentially said, "it's a large predatory cat, but not a bobcat and not a cougar." Cougar did not appear to be fearful of us as we watched and photographed."

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2007 Higgins Lake- Cougar Sightings Remembered.
Reported Tue 4/8/2008 4:36 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation:
8/17/07
Time:
~ 7:00 pm
County: Roscommon
Location Description:
Higgin's Lake where W. Maplehurst dead ends into the lake, a bit north in a fenced 40 acre parcel.
Sighting Description:
"We were staying with friends at a "cottage/mansion" on the Lake. After dinner my friend and I took our youngest kids for a walk on the trails in that area as we ususally do to see deer. When we first started down the first trail, something was moving about 40 yards ahead of us. There were breaking branches sounds and then we saw a golden brown animal that we expected was a deer. As we looked closer we realized it was not a deer. It was a very large cat, had a very long tail, he scooted down a trail heading to the left of where we were, crouched down with a flat back, ears proped, long tail behind him and then darted though the tall grass and was quickly out of sight. We were a bit shocked, my friend stating "that was a cougar!, did you see that cougar?!". We opted to finish our walk that went in a circle in a different direction, as we had five kids with us mostly around the ages of 3 to 10 years old. We did not look for tracks at the time. My friend whose cottage is there says he had heard of other people in that area reporting seeing what they thought was a cougar as well. Very exciting!"

Wexford County- Cougar sighted.
Reported
Sat 4/5/2008 12:51 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/10/07
Time:
5:15 p.m.
County: Wexford
Location Description:
On Old M 37 road, along a creek leading to the Manistee River.
Sighting Description:
"As I drove down the road, the cougar ran across the road and stopped and looked at me in the car."
Gogebic County- Cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed 4/2/2008 6:26 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/23/08
Time: 1:00 p.m.
County: Gogebic
Location Description:
Just off of the driveway leading into my cabin off the Cisco Branch of the Ontonagon River in Gogebic County (C.R. 527)
Sighting Description:
"On March 23rd, 2008, I documented mountain lion tracks leading from my driveway in Gogebic County into the woods. The paw prints were approximately 3-1/2 inches across and approximately 1-/2 to 2 feet apart. Accompanying photographs of this sighting can be found on my web site at www.ciscolandtrust.org/cats2.html. I had previously seen a cougar in the Porcupine Mountains in August of 2002 while on a bike ride on a closed trail. I wound up getting lost to the east of the main park road (South Boundary Road) after having to cross a number of beaver ponds. After several hours, I finally made my way back to the Ice Age Trail, which was incomplete at that time. Shortly after crossing a bridge over the Iron River, I saw an animal about 20 yards in front of me that I could not immediately identify. Then I saw the sweeping, long tail before the cougar turned and looked at me. In an instant, it was gone and I stood on the trail for several minutes wondering if I had seen what I thought I did. I was reluctant to come forward at that time because so many people had discounted the fact that mountain lions still existed in the U.P. Sightings by other people in the U.P., as well as my recent sighting of prints in the fresh snow, have further solidified my belief that I saw a cougar on that day."

 

Clare County- Cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon 3/31/2008 12:13 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3-20-08
Time:
8:55 pm
County:
Clare
Location Description:
115 North 10/20 miles from US 10
Sighting Description:
"Driving up to Benzonia we saw several hundred deer.When we got on 115 north off of US 10 at the second passing lane a cougar approached the side of the road but with traffic coming in both directions it circled back .We turned around to see if we could get another glimpse but could not find it.3 foot tall six feet long."

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2000 & 2007 Ionia County- Cougar Sightings Remembered.
Reported Mon 3/31/2008 2:24 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation:
2000 and 2007
Time:
12:30a.m/6:30a.m
County:
Ionia
Location Description:
Yr.2000,our Beagles dog pen in our back yard. 2007,in the road just down from our home.
Sighting Description:
"Yr.2000,I heard it climbing up our industrial chainlink fencing that our dog pen was made. Then, we heard it growl,roar? we both flew out of bed not understanding what could make that type of noise!!My husband ran out to the pen which is just 20 yds. from our bedrm. to try to get the dog...as he carefully opened the door to let the dog out which was cowarding near it,he seen the cat jump on the roof of the doghouse and clear the 6 ft. fence like it wasn't even there.I seen the shadow of it and knew it was bigger than a bobcat. It had a long tail. 2007, my husband seen it again as he left for work in the middle of the rd. it stopped for an instant,looked at his headlights and then ran off to the other side of the rd. It was breaking daylight and the headlights were bright!! It was about 20 yds. in front of the truck. We reported both sightings in 2007 to the DNR.Hesitated to report earlier sighting because we found it hard to believe what we had seen let alone report it. Second time, we were convinced of what we had seen. DNR tried their best to convince us it must be one that was released or escaped. A hunter in Ionia County seen a deer carcass up in a tree,next time he went out...he seen the Cougar in the tree with the carcass. I am not feeling comfortable to bow hunt any longer. We are both avid hunters. Never have seen the tracks. I wish it was an escapee,I would feel better."
Kalamazoo County- likely cougar tracks sighted.
Reported
Mon 3/31/2008 12:13 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: March 5, 2008
Time:
Aprox 7:50 AM
County:
Kalamazoo
Location Description:
In our front yard on R ave about 1/4 mile east 34th street intersection on the south side of the road.
Sighting Description:
"On the morning of March 5th after a light dusting of snow, I was backing out of our garage when I noticed an unusual set of tracks going across our drive and sidewalk. I briefly examined the prints and noticed that they were about as large as my palm and followed along the tracks of a smaller animal. I did not have time to take pictures and called my wife from work. She took pictures of the tracks which we later developed, and noticed that they appeared to be very similar to recent prints photograhped in Delta County. We have reported our finding and submitted pictures to the DNR."
2005 Gladwin County Cougar Sighting remembered.
Reported
Fri 3/21/2008 1:17 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: November 2005
Time:
dusk
County:
Gladwin
Location Description:
It occurred north of Cotey Estey Rd on Eastman Rd (fire trail). It is wooded with several beaver ponds in the area that was clear cut 20 some years ago. There are many ridges and low lying areas. This was the same year that the wild boars got lose in the Midland area.
Sighting Description:
"Me and my son (3 1/2 yrs at time) had just got done dropping my hunting trailer off and going for a walk around the woods. We hopped in my truck and proceeded down Eastman road heading north off of Cotey Estey. I turned down a two track which lead to an old abandoned school bus I wanted to show my son. After I turned and proceeded about 50 yds I seen a dark animal crossing the road from north to south. Immediately I stopped and watched. I knew it was a "Cat" by the way it was hunching when it walked, body and head close to the ground, tail straight out and down with a slight curl up at the end and the shoulders and hips pointed up. Like it was trying to become part of the ground sneaking across the two track. It had a steady pace, not walking and not "trotting" across the road. It made it's way into the dry ferns and under brush across the two track and out of sight. I realized that it was a "BIG" cat, but what really surprised me was that it was BLACK!! I did not see the face since it just kept straight on it's path, but when it passed thru the lights from my truck it was jet black, no dark gray about it. And when it reached the shadows it just melted away. To this day I wished I had gotten out of the truck and looked for tracks, but with my young son in the truck and me not being to keen on being in the woods after dark, not to mention what I had just seen, I chalked it up as a life experience no one else will every truly believe."
Genesee County- Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Thu 3/20/2008 7:40 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: March 18, 2008
Time:
6:00 pm
County:
Genesee
Location Description:
South west of Swartz Creek near Gaines Township north of Reid Rd. south of Hill Rd. east of Duffield Rd. west of Van Vleete Rd. South side of railroad tracks near Nichols Rd. break.
Sighting Description:

"I was walking my dogs shortly before dusk. They began aggressively pursuing a scent. They were leashed, and pulling hard. I stopped them, and looked to the south of the rail access road that I was near. I saw a cougar lounging near a large brush pile about 40 yards into the woods. We stared at each other for about a minute. I squeezed my eyelids shut a few times and refocused to be sure that I wasn't mistaken. My dogs were air scenting but never saw it. One of them pulled anxiously and broke my fix on the cougar. When I looked back up, it was gone. In 1996 near Niles, Michigan I saw a black panther by the railroad tracks north of U.S.12 west of U.S.31. Old sighting, but I thought I'd mention it."

This is the
6
th Cougar Sighting
from this area between Washtenaw and Oakland Counties in Michigan reported to our website
in so far in 2008.
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Washtenaw County- Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Sun 3/16/2008 8:23 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 03/12/2008
Time:
9:45 p.m.
County:
Washtenaw
Location Description:
Ann Arbor Road, about 1/2 mile east of Gotfredson Road, in Plymouth Township
Sighting Description:

"I had just turned eastbound onto Ann Arbor Road off of Gotfredson Road and about 1/2 mile down the road (before Lucas Nursery), a large animal cross the road close enough that my headlights just caught it. It stopped briefly and looked into my lights so I could get a fairly good look. It appeared to be around 3 feet tall with a shorter face (not canine-like, in other words), long tail, and what appeared to be very short hair tan in color. I feel that the only animal this could have been was a cougar."
Benzie County, cougar sighting remembered
Reported
Tue 3/11/2008 8:24 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/05
Time: 10:40 PM
County: Benzie county MI
Location Description: The cat was heading west crossing the road as we came around a cover near Deadstream Rd., Honor, MI 49640.
Sighting Description:
"The cat was heading west crossing the road as we came around a cover. The cat just slipped into the woods and was gone as soon as we realized what we had seen. I didn't know at the time there we Lions in MI so I was confused as to what I saw. I asked at the ranger's station the next day. I told them we saw a hug cat, but it was too big to be a bobcat. That's when they told us it was probably a cougar. Even though they said officially they have no proof that the cats are in the area. I told them that it had a long dark tipped tail; it could have only been a cougar. My girlfriend and I both saw it and we both think it was awesome."
Washtenaw County- Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Sat 3/15/2008 10:17 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3-11-08
Time:
5:40
County:
Washtenaw
Location Description:
"I94 west of m52 between east bound lane and Chrysler proving grounds fence it was stairing at traffic I got a great look at it."
Delta County, Michigan Cougar track photos
Reported
Wed 3/12/2008 2:37 PM to www.savethecougar.org
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http://www.savethecougar.org/cougartalk/viewtopic.php?t=109&highlight=
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http://www.savethecougar.org/Michigan-cougar-tracks-3-12-2008/
I-94 cougar sighting just east of Ann Arbor
Reported
Tue 3/11/2008 8:24 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/11/08
Time: 5:50 am
County: Washtenaw
Location Description: Heading East on I 94 in my car as I was driving to Ann Arbor.
Sighting Description:
"I was driving East on I 94 heading towards Ann Arbor on my way to work. At about 5:50 AM, a very large, tan cat which I believe to be a cougar ran in front of my car bounding Southwards and into the woods. It had a long tail, short ears and tan in color. I only saw it for a brief few seconds as the stride was long and fast. It had to have crossed the West bound traffic and the medium and then in front of my car. Absolutely beautiful !!!"
Ogemaw County- Cougar Sighting from 1998 remembered.
Reported
Mon 3/10/2008 3:25 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June, 1998
Time:
Afternoon
County:
Ogemaw
Location Description:
South Side of M-55 1000' east of Peterson Rd.
Sighting Description:
"I was riding with my girlfriend Eastbound on M-55 leaving West Branch. As you pass Peterson Rd. you go over a hill into a flat that is surrounded by a swampy area. On the South side (my right) I saw a huge cat standing at the tree line. It was facing away from me but had its head turned toward the road. I have told people about the sigting for years because I am absolutely certain it was a cougar. I have hunted and fished for years and I know the Michigan woods. This cat was definately the "Ghost" that the MI DNR denies exists."
Ottawa County- Cougar Sighting.
Reported
Mon 3/10/2008 2:10 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 03/09/2008
Time: 11.30am
County:
Ottawa
Location Description: on 16 th avenue and Fritz st. at the end of our street is a small swamp.
Sighting Description:
"Large tan cat w/long tail getting a drink, (at first I thought it was a small deer or dog) then it jumped onto a log to rest in the sun. I ran back home to get a camera and my husband, came back and it was gone, went down close to the location of the cat, to look for foot prints etc, couldn't get close enough, to wet and wasn't sure of the water."

Oakland County - Auburn Hills cougar sighting.
Reported 3/5/2008 10:02 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 03/04/2008
Time: 10:00 pm
County:
Oakland
Location Description:
In the wooded area of my backyard.
Sighting Description:
"I was looking out the backdoor because we were having a heavy snow and I saw 2 of them walking through my backyard. I first thought they were dogs but than they stood there and turned their heads toward me and they had the face of a feline but were the size of a large dog. After they stood there for a couple of seconds they just continued on their merry way. I live next to a busy road.....well not real busy at that time of night but they were walking towards the road. It is very woodsy and alot of ponds in the area, I see alot of deer, raccoons and possum but never something like that! They had long tails."

Seney Wildlife Area- young cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat 3/1/2008 5:21 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 02/23/08
Time: 2:00 p.m.
County: Schoolcraft
Location Description: Crossing M-28 about ten miles west of Seney, on the edge of the Seney Wildlife Area, and continuing north into open country
Sighting Description:
"The cat crossed in front of us and other oncoming cars at a gentle lope, and went up the three-foot snowbank on the north side of the road. It seemed small for a cougar, maybe two feet long in the body, but definitely far too big for a domestic cat. Coloring was brown to dark brown, and the tail was faintly ringed, with a dark tip. The tail was held down so its tip was close to the ground. After crossing the road, it continued north away from the road. We weren't sure what kind of cat it was because of its size and coloring, but since learning more online, the length of the tail seems to give it away as a cougar, with the coloring and size suggesting it was quite young. It didn't have any difficulty walking on top of the deep snow, which initially suggested bobcat or lynx, until I saw that they have short tails."

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Newaygo County- Cougar tracks.
Reported Thu 2/28/2008 2:30 AM to www.savethecougar.org

"Two pics of cougar tracks from north of White Cloud off of Evergreen. Pics were taken in Oct. 07
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Washtenaw County- large feline sighted.
Reported Wed 2/27/2008 12:40 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation:
2-21-08
Time:
11:50 PM
County:
Washtenaw
Location Description:
Edge of parking lot ajoining woods behind Washington Condominiums, Manchester, Michigan
Sighting Description:
"I arrived late at my families condo and had to park at the back of the lot which is surrounded by woods and minimally lighted. It had been snowing and as I walked toward the sidewalk of the building I saw fresh tracks in the snow. I had seen these tracks in that area before and my family had seen two cougars, one black and one tan/brown walking in that woods before. Interestingly, the tracks started straigt from the edge of the building and went toward the woods. They were large cat tracks; about 5 inches long. Puzzeling about the location I said something outloud at which point I heard a loud cracking sound and looked to see a tan cougar jumping down out of a tree by the building into the wooded ravine below. This was a very large cat! The body looked about 5'long and it had apparently landed on a dead branch trying to get away when it heard my voice. The body was enlongated as it jumped almost straight down. It was only about 30 feet from me so I saw it quite clearly. When I went in and told my family they noted that they had seen tracks on their back patio that week. The patio is only a few yards from the woods and birds, squirrels and deer feed at their birdfeeder there. "

MUCC Proposed Cougar Resolution
Reported Sun 2/24/2008 10:32 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Cougar Encounter Guidelines Education
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http://savethecougar.org/cougartalk/viewtopic.php?p=145#145



Dexter Michigan cougar sighting off I-94.
Reported
Sat 2/23/2008 9:03 AM PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 02/22/2008
Time: 11:30
County: Washtenaw
Location Description: Along W/B I-94 near Baker Rd
Sighting Description:
"I was driving home from work along I-94 near Baker Rd.and saw what I initially thought was a deer alongside the road. But it had the dark markings around the white of it's mouth. It also had a much rounder head and thicker body than a deer. I realized it was not a deer but a cougar! I thought I must be imagining it but I am certain it was a cougar."



Lenawee County- Large Black Feline Sighting
Reported Wed 2/20/2008 2:27 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Feb. 20, 2008
Time: 7:05 a.m.
County: Lenawee
Location Description: Rogers Highway near Laberdee Rd.
Sighting Description:
"I was driving south on Rogers Highway between Blissfield and Tecumseh when the black cougar ran across the road from the east to west in front of my car. I almost hit it. I knew immediately it was a member of the cat family, not a black dog, because of the way it ran, and it was definitely too large for a house cat. Very interesting sighting."

Berrien County, cougar tracks found and sent to DNR.
Reported
Wed 2/6/2008 2:58 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 02/04/2008
Time: 4:00pm
County: Berrien
Location Description: On M-51/5th St. north of downtown Niles. 1/2 miles north of Pucker St. Dowagiac Creek is behind our property
Sighting Description:
"Husband went out side and discovered tracks all around both houses on property. Tracks were all along fence line, chicken coop, work shop, up near our bird and squirrel feeders. We took about 25 pictures of tracks. DNR had us sent them 6 pictures and said would call if they wanted any more. We now have a security camera setup. We believe it might be back due to chickens. They are locked up at night so it can't get to them. Paw prints measured 4" long and 3-1/2" wide. Stride was about 5'."
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Genesee County- Large Feline Sighting.
Reported Wed 2/6/2008 2:05 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation:
within last year/twice
Time:
night time
County:
Genesee county
Location Description:
"Carter dr. just off calkins rd, the big cat was spotted two different times. A good friend/credible witness, informed me. that he had a Large wild cat stalk thru his yard and jump his gate, "easily". Mark did call 911 at that time, so it is recorded on Genesee county 911's log. Mark only called the first incident, due to the fact the 911 operator simply directed the sighting as though mark did not see what he was seeing at that time, while the big cat stalked it's way thru their yard at or in the am hours. Mark is credible, and has seen and recorded a six point buck walking down carter dr. In daylight hours, deer season or just prior 2007. I would not have even thought that was possible had I not seen the Buck on camcorder and the camcorder was out and on thier kitchen counter. In hopes that the big cat would appear one more time, to be caught on camcorder stalking thru flint township, Carter dr. just off calkins rd east of Linden rd.
We think the cougar or big cat is stalking the deer. That frequent the woods and wood lots in that area of Flint township in Genesee county."

Menominee County sighting from late eighties remembered- cougar observed
Reported
Thu 1/24/2008 6:18 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 1987 (approximately)
Time: 7:00 am
County: Menominee
Location Description: Gravel road in cedar swamp. East of US 41 between Daggett and Carney.
Sighting Description:
"About 20 years ago I was standing on the road in front of my parents' house--a gravel road about a half-mile long. It was summer and fairly early in the morning but full light. I saw a big cat cross the road about a third of a mile away. It walked straight across the road from the woods on one side to the woods on the other side--it only took a second. I remember thinking it was a panther because it had a long tail that almost touched the ground and swooped up at the end. I also thought it was black but it might have just looked black from far away. I told my dad who spent his whole life in the UP that I saw a panther walk across the road. He said he'd never seen one but there could be a few cougars around. Family was skeptical as I was only about eight years old at the time but I have always remembered it. It was a big cat with a long thick tail and it walked right across the road...I was the only one who saw it."




Macomb County- Large Feline Sighting.
Reported Wed 1/23/2008 9:39 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 01/22/2008
Time: 06:35 AM
County: Macomb
Location Description: Approximately 200 feet east of the intersection of Clinton River Road and Schoenherr Road. Although surrounded by subdivisions, the area is close to the Clinton River and Dodge Park.
Sighting Description:
"At about 6:35 in the morning, my son and I were driving west on Clinton River Road, approaching Schoenherr Road. Roughly one-eighth of a mile east of Schoenherr, I spotted an animal moving across the road from south to north. In that first moment, the animal appeared to be crossing the four lanes of Clinton River Road at a point very near the intersection. In fact, it appeared to be maintaining pace with a northbound car on Schoenherr Road. I estimate that both car and animal were traveling at about 30 MPH. I should mention that it was still dark outside, and I was only able to see the animal's sihlouette (thanks, in part, to the headlights of standing vehicles facing east at the Clinton River Road & Schoenherr intersection). I could make out the classic shape of a running, "big cat" with well-developed hind quarters and a long tail extended behind. In less than three seconds, it was out of sight. During that time, my own vehicle drew closer to the animal's crossing point, and I concluded that it had crossed Clinton River Road about 200 feet east of Schoenherr Road. There is a large, vacant parcel of land on the northest corner of the intersection, and the "big cat" apparently sought refuge in an availble stand of trees and brush near the back of the lot. From there, it would have been easy for it to reach a large wooded area behind soccer fields. My son, who had been looking out the passenger window, did not see the cat. In describing the animal to him, I mentioned that it appeared to be "at least" the size of a bobcat (holding out my hands to show a body length of about 3.5 feet), but he correctly pointed out that a bobcat doesn't have a long tail. I also observed that although it was clearly running, it didn't exhibit the frenzied, "all-out" movement of smaller cats. It moved very quickly, yet seemed more relaxed and under control.' I admit that a cougar sighting in Sterling Heights is unlikely, but I can think of no indigenous animal that would match the silhouetted shape I saw. Moreover, we live in an area that connects at various points to the Clinton River, its tributaries, and to Dodge Park. Consequently, it seems possible that wild animals could travel deeply into populated areas while still maintaining a high degree of seclusion."
Sighting from 1977 remembered- cougar identified in Cheboygan
Reported Mon 1/21/2008 4:30 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: November, 1977
Time: 5:00 PM
County: Cheboygan
Location Description: Stoney Creek Flooding Area, 1.5 miles northeast of intersection of M-68 and M-33
Sighting Description:
"My deer hunting partner and I were hunting in a swampy area on a little 150' x 30' dry area with birch trees. For about 45 minutes we could hear a deer stomping in the brush. About 4:45 PM a group of 6-7 grouse came running/flying between me and my partner. There was about 1.5 inches of snow on the ground. I was sitting with my back to two large birch trees. The grouse came from behind me and scurried within 10 feet of me as they went by. In about 15 minutes I could see a large animal following the same route. I was thinking it was a deer that had scented us and was crouching down as it moved by. I did not move as I assumed it would keep going and soon be 10-12' to my right where I could get a shot if it was a buck. It was moving in slow motion and out of the corner of my eye I could see it was large and low to the ground. Out of the side of my eye I looked without turning my head and I could not see any antlers. As the animal moved slowly forward I could see it clearly now without moving my head; I realized it was not a deer as its nose was short. Then it was 10' away with no brush in the way and a perfect white snow back ground. It was a mountain lion!! I would say it was over 4' long with a powerful wide body; color tan with some white around the mouth and chin; with a 3'+ long tail that turned up at the end; maybe 150 pounds. I have hunted deer and birds in Michigan for 45 years now and I am used to staying calm very close to wildlife. Somehow the cougar never saw or smelled me; it continued to follow the smell of those 6-7 grouse. I was ready to shoot if it turned on me. Suddenly, I hear a branch break behind the birch trees from the same direction the cougar had come from. I now was concerned that there was a second cougar behind me and the two birch trees. The cougar in front of me kept going on the bird scent. The animal that broke the branch was a fox following the same scent path. By now the cougar was out of sight in the brush. In about 20 minutes my hunting partner whistled and cover over to my stand. He had not seen the grouse, fox, or cougar. He thought I was crazy until I took him over to the distinct tracks in the snow. We measured the width of the track and it was 5" wide. It did not snow that night and we went back the next morning and followed the tracks for a few hundred yards. We re-measured the width of the track at 5". I thought this sighting might be of interest to you as it shows that cougars may have been in Michigan for decades. I have mentioned this event to DNR personnel through the years and they simply say it must have been a pet someone released. All I know is the cougar looked huge at 10-12 feet away in perfect lighting with a white background. It was not a blurred running sighting. The cougar was moving in extreme slow motion like you see a house cat stalk a robbin in your front yard. I could see the powerful muscles in its legs. From time to time I retell this story to fellow outdoors men. I have had two other hunters tell me they also have seen cougars in this area. I thus believe there are enough cougars that they are breeding in this area since my sighting 30 years ago."






Genesee County- Large Black Feline Sighting
Reported Wed 1/16/2008 10:19 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 1-16-2008
Time: 4:40 PM
County: Genesee
Location Description: Not a cougar, large black melanit cat South end of my home in the swampy wooded area beyond my property, between 30-40 yards away.
Sighting Description:
"I was in my family room which faces South when I was startled by my dog who jumped off the couch and barked deeply as if he was threatened. I looked up to see a very pretty red fox run between my yard and the neighboors heading south into the back 40. We watched intensely as the fox headed around an abandoned horse barn which probably houses much wildlife. As I went to go sit down I noticed the fox trotting quickly back around the horse barn as if something had startled it. It proceeded to head east into a much swampier and dense area of the woods. Once it was out of sight I sat back down and tried to get my dog to relax. He finally got back on the couch with me, but continued to stare in the direction of the action. Between thirty seconds to a minute later my dog barked loudly again startling me, I looked out the window to see a very large and long black cat taking the same path as the fox. As I sat there stunned and my dog freaking out I realized why the fox had turned around so abruptly. The cat I saw was no cougar, it was black for sure and obvious with a snow covered ground.It was about 4 feet long and was very low profile, if I were to guess a weight, maybe 70-80lbs. I now believe the stories I hear about the "Black Panther sitings" I have heard in MI. I later walked the area with a flashlight and a friend to check for tracks. We did find tracks from both animals along with drag marks from the belly of the animal. The paw prints from the cat seemed to be only a little larger than that of my dog who is a 1 year old Chocolate Lab mix 80-90lbs."
Large Black Feline Sighted-
Reported Sun 1/13/2008 10:47 PM
to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 01/13/07
Time: 2:30 PM
County: Calhoun
Location Description: farm field between 20 Mile Rd and 19 Mile Rd. between L Drive North and J Drive North
Sighting Description:
"My friend and I were walking my two dogs out in a farm field adjoining woods. We looked in the distance about 50 yards and saw what we believe was a very large black cat. It was as large as my 50 pound dog. It was definitely a feline and all black. I know that if we hadn't had my two dogs with us, we wouldn't have gone any closer to it. It then ran into the woods as we approached."




Barry County- Dowling Michigan Sightings

Reported Tue 1/8/2008 4:38 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/05/07
Time: 4:15 pm
County: Barry
Location Description: Dowling Michigan. Dowling Road, about 1/4 mile east of M37 Hwy in a corn field that had been cut down.
Sighting Description:
"My son who was 17 at the time, was walking home from the bus stop. He observed 2 very large cats running across a corn field that had been cut down. He described them as being about 5' long from nose to tail. Color was dark brown. He also noticed their tails were long and curled up to look like a "J". When I called Barry County Sherrif Dept, They did not take it serious. They claimed to have never heard of such animals around here. Then shortly after that, I hear about cougar sightings around Battle Creek Mi. This is just 15 miles south of where my son seen the 2 cougars. The sightings in Battle Creek were whitnesed by a Battle Creek police officer in his back yard, and he said it was appearing to be playing with it's 2 cubs."
Sighting from 2006 remembered- cougar observed
Reported Mon 1/7/2008 4:03 AM
to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/06
Time: evening
County: Monroe
Sighting Description:
"The back half of our ten acre property. The cougar was playing in the hay field, and wasn't afraid of us. We watched it for about 30 minutes and it walked off into a corn field. My daughter and myself seen the same cat walking along the creek up toward our house about a month after the first sighting."
Wayne County- 100+llb feline sighted.
Reported Sat 1/5/2008 2:40 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation:
12/24/07
Time: 11:45pm
County: Wayne
Location Description: Hines Drive (Hines Park)... Between Newburgh & Stark Roads..
Sighting Description:
"Heading east on Hines Drive saw a cougar on the right side of the road about 10 yards off of the road.. I would estimate 100-150 pounds.. Near a place formerly known as "Diamond #8" since at one time there was a baseball diamond there. I turned around as did the car in front of me and when we arrived back at the sight, the cougar was gone.. After that, I spent some time researching cougars and also went back the following day to photograph tracks in the snow. Based on what I saw, and what I have read, along with the characteristics of the tracks we saw in the snow, I'm convinced it was in fact a cougar."

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