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September 13, 2011

Video: Cougar caught on camera

ONTONAGON — Michigan wildlife officials have confirmed the presence of a cougar in the Upper Peninsula's Ontonagon County that could have trekked from the western U.S.

The Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday the animal's image was captured on a trail camera Thursday on private property. The video shows it has an ear tag and radio collar.

DNR officials say they visited the property Monday and verified the camera's location. They're tracking down where the cougar is from and contacting states with cougar populations.

The DNR says only western states have cougars collared for research.

Cougars were native to Michigan, but the state's last known wild cougar was killed near Newberry in 1906. Several sets of tracks have been verified and a photo was confirmed in recent years in the Upper Peninsula.

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