MARQUETTE - Another cougar has been photographed by a trail camera in Marquette County.
This one was photographed in the northern portion of the county, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The photo was taken at 2 a.m. July 18 on private property. The landowner, who has asked to remain anonymous, met with DNR Wildlife Division staff this week to confirm the location where the photo was taken.
This photo of a cougar was taken by a trail camera in northern Marquette County on July 18. (Michigan Department of Natural Resources photo)
Another photo of a cougar was taken by a trail camera on June 1 in southern Marquette County.
The July 18 photo is the 17th time the DNR has been able to verify the presence of cougars in the Upper Peninsula since 2008.
"The growing body of evidence continues to indicate the presence of an unknown number of adult cougars in the Upper Peninsula," DNR wildlife biologist Adam Bump said in press release. To date, the DNR has confirmed eight separate sets of tracks, eight photos and one trail camera video from nine Upper Peninsula counties: Delta, Marquette, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, Chippewa, Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga.
"The increase in verified cougar sightings in recent years could be attributed to several factors, although the two most significant are probably the presence of more transient individual cougars moving east from established Western populations, and the growing number of trail cameras being used in the woods, making it easier to capture clear images of elusive cougars," Bump said.
Established cougar populations are found as close to Michigan as North and South Dakota, and transient cougars dispersing from these areas have been known to travel hundreds of miles in search of new territory.