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DNR Can’t Confirm Cougar Sighting In Marquette County

Trekker is back and apparently he’s roaming around Marquette County.

Several reports were made recently of a cougar on Iron Ore Heritage Trail near Stoneville Road in Ishpeming.

Experts at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources say they can’t confirm the sighting.

They add that residents who believe they have seen the animal should contact the DNR right away.

Wildlife Specialist Kevin Swanson says the DNR has an online cougar observation report that people can fill out, and that they get dozens of such reports each week.

So, what should you do if you come face to face with a cougar in the wild?

Swanson says the best thing to do is stand tall, just like seeing a black bear—wave your arms around, clap and just look large.

He says the worst thing to do is to try and run away or play dead.

Since 2008, the DNR has confirmed 35 cougar sightings in Michigan and all of them have been in the Upper Peninsula.

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