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Cougar Tracks
(2008-03-13)
(wgvu) - TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - State wildlife biologists say a set
of tracks found in the Upper Peninsula probably came from a cougar.
A landowner discovered the tracks last weekend in Delta County.
They continued for about 260 yards along a logging road.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the size,
shape and spacing were similar to cougar tracks.
Furbearer specialist Steve Chadwick says this is the best
evidence of a cougar presence in Michigan since 2004, when cougar
hairs were found on a car that had struck an animal. That happened
about 10 miles from where the tracks were found.
Mountain lions have been moving eastward from the Rockies.
Chadwick says some probably have wandered into Michigan. But he
says it's still too early to conclude that the state has an
established, breeding population.
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