This week the Michigan DNR confirmed the primary mountain lion sighting within the Decrease Peninsula for the reason that large cat went extinct from the state, across the flip of the century. On June 21, a resident of Haslett, Mich., snapped a photograph of the lion close to the Rose Lake State Wildlife Space, although the DNR has not launched the precise location of the place the image was taken.
For many years rumors of mountain lion sightings circulated the Decrease Peninsula, however till this week, none had been confirmed exterior the Higher Peninsula. The brand new picture, seen above, reveals the cougar trying to cross a highway, illuminated by the headlights of the photographer’s car.
Since 2008, the DNR has confirmed 36 cougar sightings within the U.P., in keeping with MLive.com, however officers preserve that there aren’t any breeding populations in Michigan. In keeping with the DNR, mountain lions went extinct from the state within the early 1900s, with the final one killed within the U.P. in 1906.
Previous DNA testing revealed that mountain lions now in Michigan migrated from Western states. It isn’t unusual for mountain lion populations to seem in new areas; in recent times, officers have confirmed sightings in Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri, amongst others.
With an rising variety of sightings within the U.P., it was solely a matter of time earlier than one was confirmed in Decrease Michigan. Although the massive cats could also be hanging round, whether or not they are going to keep in Decrease Michigan stays to be seen.