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Wisconsin trail cam cougar still moving east

A cougar captured on trail cameras in Douglas and Iron Counties in Wisconsin in recent weeks now has moved farther east in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Zoomed-in trail camera image of cougar
This detail from a trail camera image taken in northern Iron County on Aug. 30 shows a radio-collared cougar. Trail cam photos from Douglas County and Michigan's Upper Peninsula appear to show the same cougar. (Submitted photo)

A cougar captured on trail cameras in Douglas and Iron Counties in Wisconsin in recent weeks now has moved farther east in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed Tuesday that a radio collared and ear tagged cougar was photographed in Houghton County on Monday. They believe the same cat also was in Ontonogan County on Sept. 8.

"What is also interesting is that the Wisconsin DNR earlier verified two trail camera pictures of this cat as it passed through Wisconsin on its way to the UP," said Adam Bump, a wildlife biologist with the Michigan DNR's Cougar Team.

The Michigan DNR is trying to find out where the cougar came from. Only western states currently have cougars collared for research projects.

Related Topics: DOUGLAS COUNTY
John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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