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Jackson County, Michigan - possible cougar tracks reported.
Reported
Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 4:54 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12-30-2009
Time: 4:00
County: Jackson
Location Description: We found what appears to be Cougar Paw prints about 2 feet from our front porch.
Sighting Description:
My wife was returning home from shopping and came in telling me to get my coat on and come see the strange prints in the snow in our yard. I went outside and saw what appeared to be some prints from a very big cat. I took photos of these prints next to my shoe to show the size. They are about 3-3.5" across.

Grand Traverse County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 12:47 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: December 22, 2009
Time: about 7:00 P.M.
County: Grand Traverse
Location Description: a dead end road where Smith and Carlisle Roads converge, not too far from Center Ice.
Sighting Description:
I was working with UPS at the time. The driver working with me saw this also....We were at the end of the dead end road by the area where Smith and Carlisle converge. It was about 7:00 P.M. give or take a little.We stopped and as I got out of the truck to deliver a package, I stopped. I saw two greenish tinted eyes in the dark just out of reach of the UPS truck's headlights. Thinking it was a dog, I walked slowly that way (which is where I needed to get to deliver the package). As I started, the animal emerged slowly from the darkness into the headlights and we could see it very clearly...approximately 25 feet away. It was black and was limping. It was too skinny to be a bear and it was not a dog. I got back in the vehicle and we observed it for a couple minutes before continuing on. It stood calmly still, just staring right at us. I would guess it was in the 100 lb. range, give or take 10 lbs. It definitely had the facial features of a big cat, not a dog. I'm a skeptic in general--like to see proof-but I'm not on cougars being in this area. This was defintely some sort of mountain lion/cougar. We saw it clearly for a long enough time as we debated what to do with the package (played it safe..). Nobody appeared to be at the residence we were at. I was fortunate it had walked into the headlights when it did or I could have walked into a dark area not knowing what was there. It was pretty amazing. It made no sounds whatsoever.

Eaton County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 1:40 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11-20-2009
Time: 8:00 am
County: Eaton
Location Description: Laying in my back yard in high grass area.

Tuscola County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 12:59 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12/20/09
Time: 2:30 pm
County: Tuscola
Location Description: Blackmore and Snover Rd
Sighting Description:
Me and a friend were driving back from the store. I was looking into the fields for deer and saw somthing brown walking the tree line in an open field. I said sweet a coyote, as we got closer, I noticed it was a cat... I then said stop the car, holy cow its a cougar, my buddy stoped and the cat just sat there looking back at the road, about 100 yrds away. I tried to take a pic with cell phone but too far away... We kept whistling at it to get it to move, and it finally jumped into the woods. It was atleast 80 pds, and about 4-5 feet long, tanish, with long tail, and white belly...I just couldnt believe what I saw in the thumb of michigan! Before this, I would laugh at people that said they saw them in Michigan.

Clare County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 1:13 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12/20/2009
Time: 1:30pm
County: Clare
Location Description: About 20 miles south of Houghton Lake just west of M-18 by Trout Lake.
Sighting Description:
Was out for the last few weeks of bow deer season and had been seeing lots of large catlike tracks. I'm no wildlife expert but I could tell they weren't a dog/coyote/wolf. About halfway through my walk to my regular hunting stand, I saw the light brown object in the tree a head of me -- at first I thought it was a deer but it was hard to tell. Then it caught sight of me, ran and when it crossed the road to my surprise it was a large cat. I've never seen a cougar before -- bobcats sure but this was much larger. Just set up 3 cameras around the area a few weeks prior to this meeting, hope a few have pictures of it.

Roscommon County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 7:21 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: December 18, 2009
Time: 12:50 am
County: Roscommon
Location Description: Mile Marker 180, I-127 N: Roscommon State Forest Area
Sighting Description:
I was driving north on I-127 N towards the intersection of I-75 N. Passing mile marker 180 I saw a cougar standing in the median, as if ready to cross. This mile marker falls in the Roscommon State Forest. This was a large cat I'd guess 120 lbs or so, long tail and rounded ears. It was staring at my approaching car. It was a cougar, no doubt about it.

Sanilac County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 12:11 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12 20 09
Time: 5:26
County: SANILAC
Location Description: WOODLOT NEAR CORN FIELD
Sighting Description:
WHILE STALKING DEER ON A HILLY TRAIL ,I SAW A LARGE COUGAR,RUN DOWN A LOG AND JUMP A TURKEY,AND THEN SLIPPED AWAY,WHEN WE CHECKED THE AREA WE FOUND NUMEROUS TRACKS IN THE SNOW .

Ottawa County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 9:59 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12/08/09
Time: 6:30am
County: Ottawa
Location Description: I live in the samll town of Zeeland in a residential neighborhood. I was taking my boys to school around 6:30am, when I pulled out of my driveway my headlights caught the eye of a cougar. It immediately turned and ran towards the back yard. It was obvious by the boys reactions, that they had seen it too. My oldest son had mentioned a few months back that he had seen large tracks out in the woods, but wasn't sure since cougars are not known to this area. I hesitate to contact the authorities, since it is almost unbelieveable.
Sighting Description:
It was much too large to be a house cat. It had pointed ears and a long tail and was very quick to move when my headlights caught it's eye. This area is known to have fox and coyotes, which we have also seen around but never expected to see a cougar. Completely amazing.

Kalkaska County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 2:37 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: May 1986
Time: 9:00 am
County: Kalkaska
Location Description: Highway M-72, about 8 miles east of Kalkaska. Between Sigma and Baker roads. T27N R6W Sec22
Sighting Description:
While working for the DNR wildlife divison enroute to a clearcut site off Sigma road near Kalkaska, this cougar leaped across M-72 in what seemed like 2 jumps, approximately 1/8 mile in front of the truck. It was unmistakable, especially the long tail and tawny color. I turned to my co-worker and said "Was that what I think it is?" (He said pretty much the same thing at the same time.) We pulled over and looked for it, but it disappeared into the woods. There were no tracks visible, since it was just a gravel shoulder, and tall grass near the road. When we later told other co-workers and friends they just laughed.

Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Dec 12, 2009 at 8:23 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Dec 8, 12
Time: 8:00 p.m.
County: Oakland
Location Description: 861 Lake George Rd Lake George and Dranher rd
Sighting Description:
We recently purchased a foreclosure that we started renovating. It has been vacant for several years and sits on 3 overgrown acres. We saw this huge cat in our yard last week and thought we were losing our minds. Tonight we pulled up to find it chasing a deer though the yard. It was dark but our lights hit it when we turned in the drive. I took pictures of the paw prints with a tape measure next to it. It also pooped in out out-building. It's tracks went through the snow all over, some were very far apart when it was running. I've really never seen a Cougar before but this very big cat looked black to me.

Missaukee County, Michigan - 2008 cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 12:50 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: May of 2008
Time: approx 4:00 pm
County: Missaukee
Location Description: 6 miles south east of Moorestown in Deadstream swamp.
Sighting Description:
Friends and I were driving out of area on 2-track when cougar leaped across trail 40 feet in front of us. The cat was almost gray in color and no mistaking the long cougar tail. The sandy trail is approx. 12 feet wide there and the cougar cleared the trail with prints only on each side of trail.

Ionia County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 8:36 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12/07/09
Time: 1:30 pm
County: Ionia
Location Description: off richmond rd. between whites bridge
Sighting Description:
It was about 5-6 ft. long and 3-4 ft. high I walked up on it muzzle loader hunting and I heard it make a noise and it took off running i watched it for about 1-2 minutes . i went back the next day and took pictures of it's paw print's and am gonna post them on whatever sight I can.

Chippewa County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 11:28 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/06/2009
Time: 8:00 pm
County: Chippewa
Location Description: West bound M-28 between Strongs,MI and Hulbert Lake,Mi
Sighting Description:
I'll start the description by saying I'm an avid outdoorsman,and I,ve always been a little skeptical about cougars in Michigan,until now.I was driving to Newberry that Friday evening to pick up a friend and go back to my place in Houghton Lake.It was a calm evening weatherwise and their wasn't any bad weather to impede my vision.I was driving north on 123 through the western edge of the Hiawatha National Forest and was seeing alot of wildlife off the side of the road (deer,a fox,an owl,and so on) there was very minimal traffic being that it's the middle of nowhere.I was in no hurry so I was averaging 40-45 M.P.H. I made my left turn onto M-28 and was headed west.I drove a few miles down 28 when I noticed a fresh deer carcasss on the south side of 28.There were no other vehicles behind me or coming east bound.I slowed down to see if it had any horns on it just for curiositys sake and as I was approaching it,mind you I was still about 75 yards away from it and closing,I saw what at first I thought was a bobcat coming out of the woods headed straight for the carcass.When I got closer I shined my lights directly on it,and it was looking right at me,with a perfect broadside view about ten or fifteen feet from the deer carcass.I am 1000% sure this was a COUGAR! My only regret is that I was alone and don't have anybody or camera evidence to support my claim.I saw the unmistakable attributes that a cougar has,and I am trying everything I can to let people know that cougars in Michigan are NO JOKE! I own 11 acres of forest in Houghton Lake and have seen just about every form of wildlife come through there,but this is the first time I've seen a cougar in the wild and I have lived in this state my whole 37 years,traveled extensively through it and hunted and tracked all over the place.The most ironic thing about it was when I got home and read the Sunday paper (free press) Eric Sharp had run an article about them with a night vision picture of one taken in the U.P. now a few weeks later the article in the Detroit news about them.I beleive that new light will be shed on this subject in the months and years to come,and the D.N.R. will have to face the fact that they are in Michigan and I think theirhere to stay.

Alpena County, Michigan - 2008 cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 6:46 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9-22-08
Time: 4pm
County: Alpena
Location Description: was in my trailor at beaver lake when my dog starterd to bark. I looked out the large doorwall window when I saw a large cougar probably 6-7 feet long ( thats with tail included) about 10 feet in front of the trailor. it looked up at me and the dog, let out a snarl and bolted off. I called the DNR and they asked if I had proof. I said there were tracks in the dirt. They said they would not send anyone to investigate. I am an avid outdoorsman and I know 100% that I saw a cougar in Michigan.

Ogemaw County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 6:57 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/7/09
Time: 6pm
County: Ogemaw
Location Description: Rose city rd 7 miles east of Rose City.
Sighting Description:
We were driving east on Rose City road and we saw what we first though was a deer cross Rose City rd south to north. We were about 100 yards away and I noticed the long tail which looked to be about 30-36" long.

Newaygo County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 12:30 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: August 12, 2009
Time: 11:52 pm
County: Newaygo
Location Description: Home Township section 22. Right in front of our cabin. The Cat was behind a large beech tree when I pulled in caught him in the headlights.
Sighting Description:
I pulled into the parking area of our cabin to turn around and park the car after a long day of fishing. The headlights caught the Cat behind a very large beech tree. The Cat then ran northwest across our clover feild behind the cabin and in the woods beyond. At first I did not realize what I was seeing, but after two bounds I can attest that it was a mountain lion(cougar). Our property borders thousands of acres of federal lands. There deer population is very high in our area and the cougar(s) will have plenty to eat.

Oakland County, Michigan - large black felid sighting.
Reported
Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 10:45 AM to www.savethecougar.org
County: Oakland
Location Description: Clearing behind businesses on SW corner of 10 mile/Novi roads
Sighting Description:
Black panther came into clearing and paused on a small knoll. I had about 30 seconds of viewing the animal, all broadside, from a distance of approximately 60-70 yards. It paused next to a small tree which I used for size reference. I have hunted for 30 years and ruled out all other wild/domestic possibilities. What truly surprised me was the time of day.

Alcona County, Michigan - Cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 9:54 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 2009 March
Time: 10:00 AM
County: Alcona
Location Description: Alcona County Curtis Twp. Limberlost Trail / Camp Ten Trail near Bissonette Rd.
Sighting Description:
This occured in the Limberlost subsivision SW of Glennie near the Consumers power towers near Alcona dam. A large cat, cougar, or "tawny panther" bounded down the road at a very graceful clip. What I saw was consistent with videos and photos seen over the years. At least 80lbs, long tail, round ears. The road was frozen so I could not get any tracks. Mention this to the "locals' and was accused of being drunk or was smoking something, which was absolutely not true.

Charlevoix County, Michigan - 1990 Cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 7:55 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 1990
Time: dusk- 7PM approx.
County: Charlevoix
Location Description: Our cottage is at 9 Mile Point. Going up my drive way, a cougar rossed our path coming from the road area toward the water (Little Traverse) through the vacant lot next to our cottage. It was in my headlights and was absoultely a big, tan, 100 pound cougar.

Lake County, Michigan - Cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 1:23 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Nov 6 2009
Time: mid to late afternoon
County: Lake
Location Description: About 2 miles south of main street of Irons, MI., 7 mile area.
Sighting Description:
Every year my friends and I go bow hunting in the same general area of Irons, MI since we've been in high school over 29 years ago. One of them saw a cougar near a tree stand on Nov 6. I trust this guy's opinion and have known him over 35 years. He told us it was unmistakable; large cat, round ears, tan hide with the white underneath its nose and it moved very stealth-like and very formidable through the trees. Of course it could have been something else but most house cats do not grow to 60 lbs+.

Ionia County, Michigan - Cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 3:41 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12/02/09
Time: Approximately 2:15pm
County: Ionia
Location Description: Approximately 250 feet from my deck in the woods. Location is within a 1/2 mile of Hastings Rd., and West Grand River Avenue (South Boston, Twp), this wooded property is up against Interstate 96. .
Sighting Description:
My ten year old son saw the cougar on top of a bent-over tree. Animal then quickly jumped down from above and headed into cover. After my son came in all excited. I went out to see if I could find any evidence (tracks, scat, etc.) I did locate fresh scat near the area where my son saw the cat. I have reason to believe it is Cougar scat (based on images that others have placed on the internet) He said it was light tan in color and the fact that it was up on a bent-over tree limb rules out a number of false positives (stray dog, deer etc.). My nephew and his wife sighted one (cougar) in the area (within 2 miles) approximately a month ago.

Charlevoix County, Michigan - 2005 Cougar sighting.
Reported
Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 12:35 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/1/05
Time: 3:00
County: Charlevoix
Location Description: in a corn feild on a country road in charlevoix county
Sighting Description:
I saw a large tan animal in a feild with a long tail it was to big to be a deer it I've seen cougars on tv it looks like a cougar. It was tan in color had short ears and a long tail.


Hillsdale County, Michigan - Cougar sighting.
Reported
Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 10:20 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/28/09
Time: 4:30pm
County: Hillsdale
Location Description: Cranberry Lake Rd. Heading towards 99
Sighting Description:
My nephew and I was driving down Cranberry LK Rd when I pointed out to him the huge tan cat that was passing in front of the truck. The cat was about 100lbs with a long tail. It ran and leaped vary fast through the open field.


Clare County, Michigan - Cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 9:56 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11-21-09
Time: 6:50 am
County: Clare
Location Description: n grant and stockwill
Sighting Description:
It was a foggy morning and I was going to work and I saw what I though was a deer, but when I look at it again I know what it was.


Jackson County, Michigan - Cougar sighting.
Reported
Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 11:25 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: October 15
Time: 1:15 A.M.
County: Jackson
Location Description: At the intersection of Lansing Ave and Blackstone
Sighting Description:
I was riding my bike home late night and I had just past some guy walking. No sooner than I past him I see a big animal of some sort runing towards the guy walking!! So I start pelading faster at the same time I was looking back and the big cat like animal ran up to him and hesitated and the guy jumped and yelled at it and it ran away. At the I was shocked because it looked like a female lion but I knew it could be. So I went home and looked up a few animals and I'm A 100% SURE THAT WHAT I SEEN WAS A COUGAR!!!! What makes it so crazy is this was about 3 or 4 blocks north of Downtown Jackson!!! So to wildlife so called experts who say theirs no cougars in Michigan you need to work a lot harder because I'm sure of what I seen!!!


Munroe County, Michigan - 2004 Cougar sighting.
Reported
Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 8:31 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 06/?/2004
Time: midday
County: monroe
Location Description: About 300 yards away from river raisin full size black cat 4' or better with 1 brown colored kitten headin eastbound. I didn't know other folks were seein cats.


Muskegon County, Michigan - 2002 Cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 8:43 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/02
Time: 2 am
County: Muskegon
Location Description: Sighted on a private dirt road off of White Lake Drive between Blue Lake Rd and Staple Rd. Heavily wooded area.
Sighting Description:
I pulled into my driveway at about 2:00 in the morning. As soon as i pulled in I saw a deer, which was in no way an unusual occurance, and stopped to watch it. It was approximately 10 yards in front of me. It froze in my headlights and then took off, as soon as it cleared the road, a cougar shot out from the woods chasing it. It was about 6 feet in length including a long tail. It cleared the road in 3 or 4 bounds. I immediately knew what it was, but of course nobody believed me. I reported it to the DNR (twice), but never got any sort of response of acknowledgement. An amazing experience that I'll always remember! It's good to see that such reports are taken more seriously these days.


Barry County, Michigan - Cougar sighting.
Reported
Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 2:04 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/15/09
Time: 4pm
County: Barry
Location Description: on East Brogan Rd. just like 1/2 mile from M-37
Sighting Description:
My husband was out hunting in the afternoon on our property opening day, He saw a huge buck so he watched it hoping it would come closer, but something spooked it and it took off, just like 10 min. later he watched a huge black cat come walking out of the swamp area. he never saw anything like it before. Our neighbors have told us that they have seen cougar in our woods and their woods, either walking around or they are laying in the trees. Last year while outside when it was dark, we walked by the barn and all we heard was a huge cat growling, needless to say, it was dark and we couldn't see nothing so we left to the house, saw the tracks next to the barn the next day. We have them here, and I don't care what others think, We have seen it.


Iosco County, Michigan - Cougar sighting.
Reported
Sat, Nov 14, 2009 at 7:27 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 13 2009
Time: 7:11 a.m.
County: Iosco
Location Description: Runway Road. A short road leading to a small neighborhood that is flanked by forest behind it. It intersects with US 23.
Sighting Description:
On the morning of June 13 2009, my husband and I decided to go out for breakfast. It was approximately 7:02 a.m when we left the house, this I know as fact because I looked deliberately at the clock questioning if the restaurant was even open yet. My husband assured me it was and we got in the car and drove toward our destination, - E. Tawas, MI. About 4.5 miles from our home the speed limit slows down to 45 miles per hour. We were not moving that fast. There was very little traffic at this time. As we passed Runway Road, I glanced to the east and there it was! Runway is a short road. At its end, there stood the cougar. It was tannish colored but dark tan. It was just standing there, beneath a tall tree, yet it was sort of pacing a bit, with it's front feet, but the back of the animal was more or less stationary. Almost indecisive. It appeared tall, taller than I thought cougars were and to me, it seemed slender. The one thing I made a point to notice was the tail. It was so long! It curved up at the tip. It held an open stance and I could see the tail between the space of the back legs. The tail was at least as thick as the bottom part of its legs. It almost looked like it had five legs! I was so taken by surprise I could barely speak! Finally, I whispered to by husband who was driving, "I just saw a cougar". He did not turn around , he should have, but continued on toward breakfast. Well, when you experience a sighting like this, people are skeptical. Finally, I was rewarded. In one of our local newspapers, the Oscoda Press, Wednesday Oct. 28 2009,(section B page 3) a man, living aproximately two miles north of where I saw the cougar reported his own sighting. On the night of October 9th, 10:30 p.m., he pulled into his driveway and a cougar leaped in front of his headlights. It had been raining, and the soil was soft and damp. The next morning he took pictures of the prints. This is real!!! It was a privilege and a honor to have witnessed this remarkable animal. IF you would like to see this article and a great photo of a cougar footprint, you may obtain a copy at this address The Oscoda Press 311 State Street PO Bx 663 Oscoda MI 48750 (989)739 2054


Charlevoix County, Michigan - Cougar sighting 2004.
Reported
Nov 10, 2009 at 11:22 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 2004
Time: about 7:30 pm
County: Charlevoix
Location Description: Springvale Rd., very dense swampy area.
Sighting Description:
My family and I were driving home and a cougar crossed the road in front of us just east of Walloon Lake on Springvale Rd. We all got a very good look at it and there is no question that it was a cougar...very large cat I'm guessing ~100 lbs, long rope-like tail.


Kalkaska County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Nov 9, 2009 at 11:00 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11-8-09
Time: 5:15
County: Kalkaska
Location Description: Meechum rd between 66 & north sharon
Sighting Description:
Was a dark cat 70 lbs. Was sitting in a short grass field about 150 yards from rd. Allowed me to get out of car and walk toward it for a bit. Then took two easy bounds, about 20 feet into tall grass and dissappeared. Way bigger than a bob cat and darker.


Allegan County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Nov 7, 2009 at 10:16 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11/7/09
Time: 9:40 pm.
County: Allegan
Location Description: Off of M89 near the Eagle Creek Golf Course
Sighting Description:
I was taking a friend home from the movies and turned left on to 109th Ave. and my friend said to watch out as she saw eyes and we thought it was a deer. We got closer to it and realized it wasn't a deer but it was dark brown like a deer but the eyes were different. The body was long and lengthy and it turned around and ran really fast back into the field. We both know it wasn't a deer for sure as we have seen plenty of deer over the years.It was too big to be a coyote or a fox and looked like a cougar for sure.


Mason County, Michigan - Hunter sights large dark felid.
Reported
Nov 7, 2009 at 2:24 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 11-1-2009
Time: 5:30-6:00pm
County: Mason
Location Description: Between Ludington and Manistee off 31.
Sighting Description:
Was sitting in a treestand scouting for upcoming gun season. My son noticed 4 deer standing around my throw down blind we had just set up that day out in an open area. I took the binoculors and watched them for about 2 or 3 minutes. As I was watching 3 of the deer were behind blind and one was 40 yards in front of blind. All the sudden in the high brush I see what looked like a long dark colored back of a shorthaired cat. It was almost black in color. It looked to be low crawling. I never seen the head or tail though. All the sudden the front deer took off into a corn field and 1 of the back deer went left while the other 2 went right. The deer ran into a recently taken down corn field at a 180 degree circle and the 1 deer met back with the other 2 and took off. Whatever the animal was, it's back was long. I have owned some very large domestic cats 35# ones and never this long of a back. I lived in Colorado mountains for a couple years and it looked like a mountain lions back but only alot darker in color almost seemed like a brindle boxer color.


Michigan Eastern Cougar track photos confirmed by Michigan DNR.
Reported
November 06, 2009 7:57 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Marquette County, 9/8/08

Click below for the report prepared by Brian Roell on behalf of the MDNR regarding the tracks found in Northern Marquette County in September 2008.

Click here to download a .pdf of the report: http://bit.ly/mqt-cougar



Michigan Eastern Cougar photo confirmed by Michigan DNR.
Reported
Wed, Nov 4, 2009 to www.savethecougar.org

This is what a Michigan Eastern Cougar (puma concolor) looks like.


This photo was taken in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan and was verified genuine by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. As it does not look like a house cat to me; I applaud the MDNR'S decision to investigate and verify this photo as it is a step toward their reversal of the status of this magnificent wild predator in Michigan.

First reported: http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/news /photos.aspx?id=372123



Schoolcraft County, Michigan - Gulliver Lake, cougars sighted many times.
Reported
Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 7:36 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 2008
County: Schoolcraft
Location Description: Gulliver, Michigan
Sighting Description:
I have a cottage on Gulliver Lake. Once in the fall of 2007, and again in midsummer, 2008 I spotted a cougar crossing the road on the south side of Gulliver Lake. Same location both times, crossing north to south. The cougar crossed casually, heading away from the shoreline. Was late morning on both occasions. I was driving when it crossed perhaps 100 yards in front of me, same distance away both times. I only caught the glimpse, but definitely a large cat(German Shepard size)with a long, heavy feline tail. Appeared black the first time, maybe because of the angle of the sun, tawny the second time. I'm happy to finally hear the DNR confirm sightings in this area.
http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/news/story.aspx?id=372123


Oakland / Livingston County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 1:06 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: October 30, 2009
Time: 8:57 p.m.
County: Oakland/ Livingston
Location Description: Milford High School between the football field and parking lot. (Under concession stand, too)
Sighting Description:
Came out of Milford High School after my daughters diving meet. She saw it first in the headlights. I got out of the car for a closer look, and moved my car several times to keep watching. It went under the concession stand, then ran a short distance, then walked toward the Equestrian Arenas. We are hunters, and I am positive about what we saw! (P.S. Couldn't report it that night- 911 says call DNR, DNR not open on weekends! Who do you report such a thing to?

Ingham County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun, Nov 1, 2009 at 8:46 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Sept. 2009
Time: 10:30 AM
County: Ingham
Location Description: A large empty lot on E.Grandriver Ave., perhaps two acres, with a tree line and woods at the back.
Sighting Description:
I pulled into an empty lot on E. Grandriver, with the intention of training my German Shepherd dogs in a new location. I noticed what I thought must be a deer, lying in the long grass next to the tree line. As I debated as to whether I should get my dogs out of the car, the animal got up and walked into the woods. I was flabergasted. My first though was that it was a female lion. Then I realized that it had to be a cougar. It was about the size of my biggest dog [110#]. I called 911. Two officers circled the wooded area but didn't see anything, and I am not sure they believed me. As the officers were talking I continued to stare at the spot I had seen the cougar. A young one, maybe 30# came out of the woods. I yelled and pointed for the officers to look. They never looked up from their conversation and it went back into the woods. I called the DNR and was told "there are no cougars in lower Michigan". Later I called the Lansing State Journal and spoke to John Schneider who writes a human interest column. He told me that a cougar had been sighted on Dobie Rd., which is just a few blocks from my sighting.

Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 11:14 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: October 28th 2009
Time: 11:00 pm
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: Texas Township in my backyard woods.
Sighting Description:
As I was letting my dog out to use the bathroom one night I opened the screen door and looked out into the woods in the backyard and I spotted a tanish colored animal running away. It was too large to be a racoon or a skunk or something like that but too short and fat to be a deer as I watched it walk away it moved as a large cat with a long curled tail and white colored paws so I knew it could be nothing else but a cougar.

Shiawassee County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 12:59 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10-29-09
Time: 12:30 p.m.
County: Shiawassee
Location Description: Off Garrison Rd. between State Rd. and Scribner Rd.
Sighting Description:
I turned on to Garrison Rd. off State Rd. at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2009. In the road in front of me I saw an animal walking. It stopped to look at me as my car approached. At first I thought the neighbor's German Shephard had gotten loose and traveled down to that end of the road, or wondered if perhaps it was a fox, although the coloring seemed off for a fox. However, as the animal turned I realized it was much more feline in looks with a long tail. Its coloring appeared brown-grey, darker near the spine and growing lighter towards the underbelly. I would have guessed it to be approximately 22-27 inches tall. I did not notice stripes or spots on the fur. The animal headed north into a cornfield on the north side of Garrison Rd.

Chippewa County, Michigan - cougar tracks suspected.
Reported
Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 10:15 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/21/09
Time: 12 pm.
County: Chippewa
Location Description: Seymour Bay Detour Village, Chippewa Co. Michigan
Sighting Description:
Tracks in hard beach sand on waters edge. Perfect example of Cougar tracks- shape, size, many pictures. Planning on purchasing a " trail cam" soon. Have saved the track (under clothes hamper).
(SaveTheCougar.Org has requested the imagery and will update with photos if they arrive.)

Berrien County, Michigan - cougar-like sounds heard.
Reported
Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 11:12 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/25/09
Time: 8:00pm
County: Berrien
Location Description: Near Harris Lake, North west Berrien County, a little south of I-196 and Hagar Shores Road.
Sighting Description:
Not so much a sighting as it was a wake up call. I had just put my horses up for the night, and went to let my dogs out for the last time of the day, just after dark when I heard a scream from a patch of woods nearby. The animal screamed 3-4 times while I listened. When I got inside, I started looking for animal calls on the internet and what I heard sounded exactly like a cougar mating call. I have yet to find tracks, but I look everytime I go trail riding. There have been several sightings by neighbors, but no one bothers to report it. One upstanding farmer nearby was asked by the RAP line operator if he was drunk when he tried to report.

Mecosta County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 9:32 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10-22-2009
Time: 05:55 AM
County: Mecosta
Location Description: 230th avenue approximately 1/2 mile North of 20 mile road and 1/2 mile West of US 131 expressway.
Sighting Description:
I had just pulled out of my driveway headed South on 230th avenue. I was traveling about 35 to 40 mph when the cat ran across the road going East into a large swamp. It was moving very fast but I did get a good look at it. If I would have left the house a second sooner, I would have hit the animal.

Van Buren County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun, Oct 19, 2009 at 12:44 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10-10-2009
Time: 8 :55
County: Van Buren
Location Description: It was in a hay field ,in South Haven Michigan...
Sighting Description:
Well I was walking out of the woods at a little befor 9 am , and I hadnt seen a deer all morning .. Well when I was walking through the yard up to the house I noticed something big and black across the hay field.. Caught my eye because I know the neighbors dont have a dog . So as i looked harder I noticed the long cat like tail..it then began to walk slowly across the field toward the woods..it was maybe 3 or four feet long and stood maybe 30 in... I am sure it was a cougar . I actually saw one last year in Allegan county to during bow season.

Warren, Michigan - no cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 8:42 PM to www.savethecougar.org

911 caller and police mistake a plush toy for a cougar and use a taser on the stuffed animal.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVT5VKQGIkw

Genesee County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 9:54 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Oct. 18 2009
Time: 10am
County: Genesee
Location Description: hayfield along side of pond
Sighting Description:
I was looking out of a window overlooking hayfield and pond and I seen what appeared to be an extremely large cat walking along a deer runway. I grabbed my 30x60 binoculars and got a clear view of a cougar. I have seen cougars on many wildlife shows and it looked exactly like I had seen on tv. It was tan in color and about 24 inches tall, with a long tail.

Schoolcraft County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 7:46 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/14/09
Time: 1:30 p.m.
County: Schoolcraft
Location Description: Sighting was about 200 Yards south of the CC Bridge on the Highwater Truck Trail About 4 miles South West of the Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Sighting Description:
We had gone up to our Hunting Camp nd were on our way home. The four of us had just come over the CC Bridge and there is a little right bend just south of the bridge. As we came into the straight away i observed the Cougar come from the wetlands on the east and cross the road. We were about 75-100 yards I estimate from where the cougar crossed. It looked as if it had leaped into the road took 2 steps and leaped off the roadway. As we slowly approached where it had crossed there appeared to be a trail it had left on.

Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 2:06 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: October 13, 2009
Time: 9:00PM
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: Shaver Road just north of Oakland Road in Portage, Michigan.
Sighting Description:
While I was driving a cougar crossed the road directly in front of me. As it crossed I took notice of the sleek way that it moved, how long and tall it was, and the long thick tail that it had. I knew right away that it must be a cougar because it was too large to be anything else, and it moved so gracefully. Even though it was dark I am positive that it was a cougar.

Mason County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 5:52 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10-13-09
Time: 11:00 am
County: Mason
Location Description: On Angling Rd between Jabavi and Victory Rd in mason Co.
Sighting Description:
I was driving on Angling Rd. between Jabavi and Victory rd. and about 20 yards in front of me a juvenile Cougar leaped across the road. It basically took about 3 leaps too cross the road. It took me a second to register what I saw, but, I know that it was a cougar. Having lived out West for sometime, I have seen them before. This was a young Cougar that stood about two- three feet tall and the tail was erect and almost half the length of it's body. I slowed down to see if I could see it closer, but it ran off into the woods. It was drizzling slightly and it was a bit dark because of the clouds, but it looked black in color. What a great experience!

Munroe County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 9:08 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: January 29 09
Time: 3:00 pm
County: Monroe
Location Description: large black cat between pickard rd. and erie rd.
Sighting Description:
The cat was very musculer and healthy. it was heading west towards Lewis Ave. NOT as big as the one in Grass Lake, Jackson County.

Mackinac County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 10/13/2009 7:18 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Oct. 5,2009
Time: 5:45am
County: Mackinac
Location Description: wooded both sides of the road
Sighting Description:
On Monday October 5,2009 we had just crossed over from Drummond Island on the 5:10 AM ferry. We were traveling west on M134 to pick up Interstate 75 back to Ohio. I had my brights on concerned with deer crossing. About 5 miles down the road from the ferry a large tan cat bounded across the road. My wife, excitedly ,did you see that? What in the world was that? Did you see his tail? My answer to all the above-it was a Cougar.

Van Buren County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 10/11/2009 1:44 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10-10-2009
Time: 8 :55
County: Van Buren
Location Description: It was in a hay field, in South Haven Michigan.
Sighting Description:
I was walking out of the woods a little before 9am and I hadn't seen a deer all morning .. Well when I was walking through the yard up to the house I noticed something big and black across the hay field.. Caught my eye because I know the neighbors don't have a dog. So as I looked harder, I noticed the long cat like tail.. it then began to walk slowly across the field toward the woods..it was maybe 3 or four feet long and stood maybe 30 in... I am sure it was a cougar.

Kalkaska County, Michigan - cougar sighting remembered.
Reported
Tue 10/6/2009 12:05 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/1999
Time: Aprox: 2:00 PM
County: Kalkaska
Location Description: Hart Rd - South Boardman, MI In the woods in an area covered in wild raspberry and blackberry plants mixed with hardwood saplings.
Sighting Description:
I was picking raspberries when I came up over a small hill and I saw an adult cougar run away from me at about 40 yards. The cougar then stood in a group of maple saplings and looked back at me for about 30 seconds at about 100 yards away and then slowly walked off into a thick wooded area. There is no doubt it was a cougar. It was an experience I will never forget.


Calhoun County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 10/6/2009 12:05 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/05/2009
Time: 12:45 AM
County: Calhoun
Location Description: Approximately 1 mile east of Firekeepers Casino on I-94.
Sighting Description:
We were driving west on I-94 at approximately 12:45 AM. We were about 1 miles east of Firekeepers Casino in Calhoun County when I spotted a medium sized blonde cougar. The cougar was waiting at the side of I-94 heading south.


Livingston County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 10/4/2009 5:17 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10-4-2009
Time: 3:00 AM
County: Livingston
Location Description: Mile Marker 135 West bound I-96 Howell
Sighting Description:
I was traveling west bound on I-96 at mile marker 135, to the right of me on the shoulder just off of the pavement was a cougar. I was highly aware of deer activity being the begining of bow season and had seen several deer on the shoulder in the 20 miles traveled prior to seeing the cougar. It stood facing me and very clearly was a cougar, not another animal, and turned sideways and walked approx. 15 feet giving me a full side view. It was approx. 24"-30" tall, brown on top and light on the underbelly, had the dark outlined upper lips, white whiskers, the tail was exceptionally thick and seemed disproportionatley long.


Marquette County, Michigan - large feline sighted.
Reported
Sat 10/3/2009 8:25 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10/03/09
Time: 7:30 PM
County: Marquette
Location Description: On my property on M-28 just inside of Chocolay Township across from Shotpoint.
Sighting Description:
I was sitting with my long bow in my ground blind waiting for a bear or deer to come into the bait. It was starting to get time to pack up, I saw what I thought was a deer coming in and was getting ready to set up the shot when it came into view. It was about 3/4 the size of a deer. It was not on the run, it was just walking through. It was definitely a cat, it was the color of a deer and I would guess it weighed approximately 75 lbs.


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sat 10/3/2009 4:57 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 10-3-09
Time: 1330
County: Oakland
Location Description: Going west on 96 towards Lansing in the left median was a deer that looked recently hit, the "cougar" came out from the center median of grassy treed area to check out the deer, this was between Milford and Brighton. Appeared to be going to eat the deer? On freeway driving but it was definatly a cougar.


Oakland County, Michigan - large felines sighted.
Reported
Tue 9/29/2009 8:58 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: September 25, 2009
Time: 9:15 AM
County: Oakland
Location Description: Two cougars were sighted on the east side of our property at the edge of the woods. The nearest cross roads are West Glass Road and Valley Ridge Road; this is in Groveland Township about .5 miles west of the Brandon Township line.
Sighting Description:
I was inside our home working from a desk in front of a large window that faces east. I looked at the woods and saw two HUGE cats run up the side hill of our yard at the edge of the woods into our back woods; traveling quickly in a north to south direction. The cats were too large and the tails were too long to be lynx or bobcats. The tail on each cat was about 24-36 inches long if not longer. They were thick and not tapered at all. The cats were a medium gray and one had some white on the right front paw and possibly the left - it was not as easy to be sure on the left. The bodies were about 32-36 inches and the height maybe 24-32 inches, it was hard to tell. The heads were fairly small compared to the bodies. I saw them at a distance of about 60-70 yards away. Someone at work asked if the cat had stood on it's hind legs, how tall do I think it would be and I said close to 6 feet tall. The two cats were running close together up a hill at a fairly fast pace with one a half a body ahead of the other. Their strides were long but you could tell they were not going as fast as they could have been.


Missaukee County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 9/29/2009 10:52 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9-27-09 Sunday
Time: 2:15 PM
County: Missaukee
Location Description: 2 miles north of Morsetown on state land along a two track.
Sighting Description:
Stopped in an open area surrounded by woods to walk to tree stand. Opened passenger door and looked down trial. First thought it was a doe. I quickly asked my fried to look past me approx 75 yds. It rose up on his front legs and stared. At lease 15 to 20 sec. When he turned to run it was his tail that confirmed that the animal was a cougar.


Roscommon County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 9/27/2009 3:11 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 09/27/2009
Time: aprox 1:30 am
County: Roscommon
Location Description: On Northbound I 75 aprox 1/4 mile south of Mile marker 229. Roscommon area.
Sighting Description:
Cougar was crossing the road heading east. As I was approaching it I slowed down considerably seeing there was a animal in the right lane. It stopped on the side of the road curled his tail upward as a cat would and turned it's head to look at my car as I was passing by. I could see the cougar clearly even though the night had some fog in the area, so I was driving under the speed limit.


Washtenaw County, Michigan -Ann Arbor, large black felid sighted within city limits.
Reported
Sat 9/26/2009 1:45 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Sept 25,2009
Time: 8:45 - 8:50am
County: Washtenaw
Location Description: Railroad tracks between Industrial and State Street inside the Ann Arbor city limits.
Sighting Description:
I was walking my dog along the tracks when she froze in front of me, then ran back to me. Her hackles were up and seemed to be scared. I turned to see what she had seen that had scared her. I saw the hind quarters and tail of a very large black cat, disappearing into the brush along the tracks. My female lab weighs 50 lbs and this cat had to be 2 - 3 times the size of my dog. There was no mistaking what the animal was, with it's black coat, strong prowerfull rear legs and long rounded tail. I asked a woman who lives in the area, if she had ever heard of a big cat living in the area. Her answer varified what I had saw when she said that I had seen the "panther". She said that people had been seeing one, in the area for the last 2 years. I wish that I had a camara with me when I saw it.


Schoolcraft County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 9/24/2009 11:43 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9-19-09
Time: 1:00 a.m.
County: Schoolcraft
Location Description: 3/4 mile south on South Seul Choix Road near Gulliver
Sighting Description:
It crossed the road in front of my truck at approximately 50 to 60 yards. Sleek cat with long tail that was dark for the last foot of tail length. Also, the cat's coloration was brown, slightly darker along his back, albeit as seen in my bright headlights.


Munroe County, Michigan - black felid sighted.
Reported
Tue 9/22/2009 2:26 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 09-22-09
Time: 10 am
County: Monroe
Location Description: wooded backyard
Sighting Description:
Looked out office window and spotted black cougar 100 yards behind house.


Tuscola County, Michigan - Many sightigs over 15 years, both tan and black cougars.
Reported
Fri 9/18/2009 8:30 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: August 1994, June 1997, Feb. 2007, May 2008,June 2009
County: Tuscola County
Location Description: We have been seeing them since 1994. We have seen a tan one alone, the black one alone and the two black ones together. We know there are a least three. Section 1, Vassar Township, Tuscola County Michigan. Waterman Road between Sheridan and Washburn Roads.
Sighting Description:
1994, tan one walking quietly in the woods. 1997, black one walking quietly in the woods. 2007, tan one ran across the driveway 75 yards from the house. 2008 black one walked from behind our garage and ran off. 2009, two black ones walking quietly down the lane 100 yards from our house.


Van Buren County, Michigan - large black felid sighted.
Reported
Thu 9/17/2009 1:09 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Sept 16, 2009
Time: 10:30 p
County: Van Buren
Location Description: Lawton. farm area
Sighting Description:
We were shinning for deer and saw something large and black. We turned the truck around to get a better viem and saw that it was large cat with a big tail. He ran off and we spotted him in the next field over and got a look at him with binoculars before he ran off again.


Roscommon County, Michigan - large cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed 9/16/2009 8:36 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/15/09
Time: 8:45 pm
County: Roscommon
Location Description: Old 27 between Bradford Drive & 104
Sighting Description:
Driving North on OLD 27 between Bradford Dr & CO road 104 on the west side of the road was a LARGE cougar or Mtn Lion eating road kill. It was larger than a German Shep. It was not a bobcat...I have seen them in my yard....This was a cougar, it looked at us and then crunched down on side of the road, we turned around to see if we could see it again but it was gone.


Tuscola County, Michigan - large black felids sighted.
Reported
Mon 9/14/2009 9:44 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9-14-09
Time: 1400
County: Tuscola
Location Description: 3171 Waterman Rd. 1 Mile from Sheridan
Sighting Description:
Was walking outside and looked sown the lane and saw two animals down the lane about 100-75 yds down the lane. They were black in color and both stood and stared at me for about 1.5 min. When I started to walk towards them to get a better look they turned and ran and another came out of the trees and ran across the lane into a field. This is about the third time I have seen them in the last ten years. The largest one weighed approximately 150-200 lbs.


Oakland County, Michigan - large black felid sighted.
Reported
Sun 9/13/2009 11:21 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: September 13, 2009
Time: 7:30pm
County: Oakland County
Location Description: Independence Township, Sashabaw Road
Sighting Description:
Large Black muscular cat walking up a hill coming out of a wooded area Had a smooth black coat looked like a black cougar.


Ionia County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 10:10 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 09-09-09
Time: 12:30 p.m.
County: Ionia
Location Description: Cougar was traveling north to south across Centerline Rd between Whitesbridge road and Marble road.
Sighting Description:
Larry was returning home in his vehicle when the cougar ran in front of him. There was a distance of about 25-30 yds between the vehicle and the cougar.The cat appeared to be about 7-8 feet in length with a tail of 3 1/2 feet or better. It was gray in color.


Marquette County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 9:20 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: September 09, 2009
Time: Evening
County: Marquette
Report:
"Dear Sir,
I just wanted to share that last evening, September 9, 2009, I was traveling west on US 41 from Marquette to L'Anse.  On the east side of Ishpeming (Marquette County), just west of Teal Lake, within the Ishpeming city limits, a large adult cougar crossed 4 lanes of heavy traffic on US 41 right in front of my vehicle.   In fact, I had to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting it. 
In 37 years I have never seen a mountain lion.  I am still in shock, and awe. 
Regards,
Violet M. Friisvall Ayres
Associate Judge
Keweenaw Bay Tribal Court"

Leelanau County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 1:29 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: September 08, 2009
Time: 5:15 p.m.
County: Leelanau
Location Description: E Camp Haven Rd, approximately one half mile ease of M-22 midway between the villages of Omena and Northport next to the former Timber Shores property.
Sighting Description:
We were driving back home heading north on M-22 and turned east onto Camp Haven Road, which is bordered by woods most of the way on either side. As we slowly headed east at about 25 mph, we saw a large animal approaching the road from the south, bounding in almost a slow motion fashion about 25 yards ahead. We continued and watched as it bounded onto the road, turning its head to look at us without stopping, and in two more very large, graceful cat-like leaps, it crossed Camp Haven road and entered the north side of the woods. Both of us are in complete agreement with what we saw. It was a very large cat, round head, small rounded ears, with short medium brown fur. The top of the back stood about 30 inches high off the ground and the legs were long and slender. The build was muscular, especially the hind quarters, and the tail was rounded (rope-like) and thin (not bushy with thick fur). The only unusual thing was that the tail appeared to have been cropped, and was shorter than normal, probably around seven or eight inches and remained swept down as the animal made its crossing.


Preque Isle County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 12:09 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 09/07/09
Time: 10:30pm
County: Presque Isle
Location Description: I saw a cougar walking along M68 just after the FOE Post, but before the Ocqueoc falls turn off.
Sighting Description:
It was moving along side the road, and then turned went down the embankment into the greenery. I slowed to a stop, and watched it cross the grass to the woods.


Oakland County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 11:09 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9-3-2009
Time: 2 am
County: Oakland
Location Description: Intersection of Kern and Greenshield near Bald mountain park
Sighting Description:
I was driving home from a friends house late that night. When i was about to turn from Kern to Greenshield the cougar ran in front of my car. It was probably thirty feet in front of me. It definitely wasnt a deer or any dog I have ever seen. It walked like a cat and had to be at least four and a half feet long and was a tan in color. I have no doubt in my mind it was a cougar.


Grand Traverse County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 10:06 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/2/2009
Time: around 7:00pm
County: Grand Traverse
Location Description: In a thick grassy area along the fence line in my back yard
Sighting Description:
Around 7pm I was at my kitchen sink that over looks my back yard when I noticed a large cat much bigger than a domestic cat or even a bob cat walk along my fence line it was very noticable as it passed by the trees then it headed into the thick grass and brush and for some distance I could still see the top of its head and ears over the tall grass. by the time I had gotten to my back yard to the fence to get a better look it had dissapeared into the thicker part of the brush. I assume that it has a dwelling somewhere close by as late in the evening I hear twigs snap and grass and leaves rustle around. The normal wildlife birds, rabbitts,turkeys, squirrels etc., haven't been around and our domestic pets have been quite anxious. So be that is a cougar or another breed of large wild cat somethings up.


Oakland County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 8:13 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8-31-2009
Time: 7:45 AM
County: oakland
Location Description: Elizabeth Lk. Rd. just south of M 59
Sighting Description:
I was traveling north on Elizabeth Lk. Rd. when a large tan cat like animal ran across the road. It was about 3 feet tall and very long. I speed up to try and get a closer look and it was gone in a flash into the woods.


Iosco County, Michigan - Cougars sighted.
Reported
Mon, Sep 7, 2009 at 9:05 PM to www.savethecougar.org
County: Iosco
Location Description: There have been several sightings within the last month of 2 kits and 2 adults. One being black. I myself have not yet seen them but several of my friends report the sightings in the same area. They are getting a little too close to residential areas. Makes one nervous.


Oceana County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon, Sep 7, 2009 at 7:04 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Sept. 7, 2009
Time: 2:00pm
County: Oceana County
Location Description: Fish Road between Shelby and Stoney Lake. Crossing the road.
Sighting Description:
Large reddish feline shape as big as a large dog crossed the road in front of our car, 50 yards, carrying a black animal in its mouth. It disappeared into some woods beside the road. We could not see its tail. It was too big for a bobcat and was definitely feline. It resembled a female lion.


Crawford County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon, Sep 7, 2009 at 8:14 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Sunday, September 6th
Time: About 3:30 a.m.
County: Crawford
Location Description: Just North of Grayling on the East side of I-75.
Sighting Description:
Driving with my boyfriend to Mackinaw, we had already seen a deer or two standing near the side of the highway. We were coming up on what seemed like another deer at first, then we noticed it's long tail. The back legs were curved, more cat-like, and it was much lower to the ground as it climbed up the slope towards the trees. Of course we had to have another car behind us right at that time so we were unable to stop the car to take a picture.


Emmett County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Fri 9/4/2009 9:16 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8-19-2009
Time: 9:15 pm
County: Emmet
Location Description: wooded wetland near the crooked river, maple river and burt lake watershed. area of alot of state land and a large deer herd.
Sighting Description:
(Approx 2 miles southeast of Brutus)On 8-19-2009 at 9:15 pm I had just turned off of Devils Elbow drive heading north on snider rd about 100 yrds when a very large cat 80+lbs solid tan in color, a long curved darker tail about half its body length and the diameter of a baseball bat crossed in front of me.The cougar was low to the ground like a cat stalks or like it was trying to stay under my headlights.I had to hit my brakes to keep from hitting it. I was approx 10ft from it. The cougar traveled west to east across snider rd.


Calhoun County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 9/3/2009 4:27 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9/3/09
Time: 0800 am
County: Calhoun
Location Description: U Dr north on the edge of a soybean field
Sighting Description:
I was driving slowly east on U Dr, I spotted a large black cat It look about the size of my 38lb dog. I have seen a cat like this before but it was in the summer of 2007 I had 2 sightings both in early am 6-7am within a 3mi radius. I'm not sure what im seeing I know its not a housecat


Oakland County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed 9/2/2009 9:45 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8-21-09
Time: 9 am
County: Oakland
Location Description: Clark Rd near Big Lake and Dixie Highway
Sighting Description:
I was in my car. It was about 15 feet away. Blond (orange on top and cream underneath) about 100 pounds. Cat face, cat walk. About 2 hours earlier I had seen a fawn in the same area. I got on line to confirm and it was for sure a cougar.


Branch County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon 8/31/2009 11:08 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12/2008
Time: 6:00 a.m.
County: Branch
Location Description: We live on the public access road of Lake Lavine in Branch Co. Michigan. It is a rural lake setting, gravel road. There are 10 homes on this road.
Sighting Description:
My husband and I were preparing to leave for work around 6:00 a.m. I stepped out on the back porch to go to the garage across the road when I saw a large animal coming down the middle of the road. I stopped on the porch to identify the animal and was puzzled about what it was. It was the size of a small deer and dark in color. It had pointed ears and a long curved tail and walked like a cat. I watched as it passed my house and it appeared to be tracking. I continued to watch it as it walked the full length of the road and then crossed through two houses and headed toward the lake. When my husband and I went out of our gated yard, we noticed tracks in the snow on our driveway. They were very large tracks. There were also deer tracks in the area. We were not able to get a picture of the tracks. When we checked paw prints on the internet we could identify the tracks as those of a cougar. Since our siting, there have been two other cougar sitings on our lake. One just weeks after our siting by one of our neighbors on the same road and one just a week ago (August 2009) at the North end of Lake Lavine. The DNR was called and did locate cougar tracks at the site this time.


St. Clair County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon 8/31/2009 9:00 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/22/09
Time: 6:05 am
County: St. Clair
Location Description: Boardman Rd. in Memphis
Sighting Description:
I was going to work early in the morning when a long, tan animal crossed in front of my truck. I thought it might be a deer but it was too low to the ground too fast and too long to be a deer. I almost hit it with my vehicle it was that close.


Ogemaw County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon 8/31/2009 9:00 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: August 29, 2009
Time: 10:15 p.m.
County: Ogemaw County
Location Description: I-75 heading south, just north of North Branch. I was just north of the sign that says North Branch next 2 exits. The cougar was in the field area between the northbound and southbound lanes. It was standing very close to the road watching the traffic as if it was waiting to cross.
Sighting Description:
The cougar was light brown, kind of reddish in color. At first I thought it was a deer, but it was too small. Then I saw the ears and knew it was a cougar. Three of us in the car saw it and knew without a doubt that it was a cougar. We called the DNR to report it.


Leelanau County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 8/30/2009 11:08 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08/30/2009
Time: 4 pm
County: Leelanau
Location Description: Foxview Drive south of Peterson Park, Northport Michigan
Sighting Description:
My husband and I were riding home (to Onominese Trail) with friends. We saw ahead of us a large, thin, long legged cat with a long tail. It was light reddish brown and looked like a greyhound with a cat's head. The animal swayed back and forth like it was unsure of what direction to go and then sprang across the road and down a hill.


Leelanau County, Michigan - Possible Cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 8/30/2009 10:40 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8-30-09
Time: 5:30 pm
County: Leelanau
Location Description: Just off of M22 near Lime Lake.
Sighting Description:
Pulled off and stopped on the side of a dirt road to turn around and a big cat walked across next to me, 20 feet from my car. At first glance, from the size, I thought it was a dog, but then I noticed the ears and muzzle, thick legs and feline body. I knew it was a big cat. I had my 80 llb.Weimaraner with me and this cat was as large or larger than my dog. From the size I thought it was a cougar, but as it passed, I noticed it had a shortened tail. Not the long one that a cougar should have and not the short tail of a bob-cat. This tail was probably 1/2 way to the ground, as if it had been docked. The coat was light brown and the ears did not have tuffs like a bob-cat. Awesome.


Manistee County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 8/30/2009 10:01 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/29/09
Time: 8p.m.
County: Manistee
Location Description: about 3 bends below 6 mile bridge on the little manistee river.
Sighting Description:
My son and i walked along the river on the bank to get ready for some evening fly fishing. we crossed the river and my son went down stream a little way and i was just standing in the river looking upstream waiting for the fish to start feeding. then i looked on the bank where we had just crossed and saw this animal sitting on its haunches starring at me. it was grayish brown in color and had wedge shaped kind of pointed ears. it just sat there for probably 30/40 seconds. i called to my son and he came up to take a picture and that is when the animal casually stood up, turned around and walked into the woods. and that is when we saw his long round tail. the tail made an "s"shape almost to the ground . we looked at each other and i said,cougar? i can't imagine what else it could possibly have been. we are thinking that maybe it was an immature cougar because of it's smaller size (between 30 and 40 pounds) all i know is that it was very exciting to see something like that in the wild.it made our day.


Jackson County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 8/30/2009 11:22 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: August 24, 2009
Time: 8:30 am
County: Jackson
Location Description: Railroad Tracks, north of Van Horn Rd
Sighting Description:
Was stopped at the stop sign at the railroad track, at Van Horn Rd, when I spotted something crouched off to the side of the tracks, about 200ft away. It was down on the front end, as if it were sniffing the ground, I could see a long tail, but couldn't make out the head. I thought it was a deer at first, til I saw the tail,the position it was in, was definitely more cat like, and not at all like a deer, though the color was the same. It stood up and trotted away from me, and headed into the weeds, heading east. Saw something very similar cross the road about 200ft in front of me two months before, on Murray rd. Again, I couldn't make out the head well enough to say it definitly was a cougar, but I work with dogs, all day long...it didn't move like a dog, and it wasn't a deer.


Benzie County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Sat 8/29/2009 2:17 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: AUG 27th 2009
Time: 1:00pm
County: Benzie
Location Description: on Deadstream rd about a mile west of Indian Hill rd before the Deadstream bridge
Sighting Description:
it crossed only about 50yards in front of us so i got a really good look at it! it was tanish-brown probably 100lbs or more? it kind of just "trotted" across the road we slowed down and looked for it but it kept goin following down a deer path! at first i thought it was just a deer but when i looked at its head to see if it was a buck i noticed it was some type of cat? it had pointed ears then i seen its long tail! I knew it was to big to be a bobcat! it was awesome looking!


Oceana County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Fri 8/28/2009 7:26 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8-22-2009
Time: 04:00 AM
County: Oceana
Location Description: Pines Point National Forest campground, SW of Hesperia
Sighting Description:
On 8-22-09 at about 4:00 am, we saw two cougars in our campsite at Pines Point national forest campground near Hesperia, MI. One was of typical coloration, the other had very light colored forelegs and was slightly smaller than the first. Prior to seeing them from about 35' away in a bright flashlight beam, we had been listening to them calling to each other as they approached through the woods. They made loud almost baby-crying type noises. Neither of us had heard anything quite like it, and its difficult to describe. Maybe a mating call? We saw the cats for about 30 seconds as they slowly moved out of our light and back to the woods, so we got a pretty good look, but alas, no photos. It was raining. My sister-in-law later got a digital photo of a paw print, not sure of the quality due to the rain, probably not good enough for evidentiary purposes, but I will try to get her to email it to you. The cats were long and low, very stealthy, and clearly had very long tails. They walked directly past a Ford F150 pickup, and were about as tall at the shoulder as the top of the front bumper of the truck. We have a large German Shepherd who was in the tent with us and was very alerted, but did not bark at all which is quite unusual for him. My husband is a police officer, and we are quite reliable witnesses. We actually did not realize that there was such controversy over cougars in lower Michigan, we might have been able to better document at least some tracks. We also spoke to another camper who hikes frequently in the area who said that he has had several sightings himself. Anyway, hope the info is helpful.


Leelanau County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 8/25/2009 9:04 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/25/09
Time: 6:45 pm
County: Leelenau
Location Description: Off of M-22, on Sugarloaf Mountain, between Glen Arbor and Leland.
Sighting Description:
I was hiking Sugarloaf in between rain showers with two friends. We were heading west down the mountain when I saw a mountain lion cross our path about 150-200 feet in front of us. He crossed through a clearing. When we got to the spot where I had seen him, we found tracks in the sand. The prints were approximately 3-1/2 inches across and the span between prints was about three to four feet, which confirmed the size of the animal I had described. We didn't have a camera (my fault!) and it was getting dark so we didn't get pictures of the paw prints, but I'm certain it was a mountain lion.


Washtenaw County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 8/23/2009 10:50 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: August 22, 2009
Time: 11:30am
County: Washtenaw
Location Description: 5 Mile and Sutton Rd
Sighting Description:
We were driving west on 5 Mile and noticed circling hawks and a group of large birds in a field. In the distance, we saw an animal moving through the field at a quick pace toward the birds. He looked like a large brown boxer or great dane, so we stopped to check it out. Once we stopped the jeep, the animal crouched in the grass and watched us. We stayed for about 5 minutes trying to get a good look at him, but he was about a hundred yards away. We then drove away and turned around. We saw he started to move again and then stopped when he saw us. We decided then he looked like and behaved like a big cat on the prowl.


Clinton County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed 8/19/2009 11:44 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08/07/09
Time: 4:30 pm
County: Clinton
Location Description: NEAR THE CORNER OF E TAFT RD AND S KREPPS RD. CROSSED THE ROAD IN FRONT OF US AND HEADED SOUTH.
Sighting Description:
CROSSED THE ROAD IN FRONT OF US AND HEADED SOUTHEAST. IT WAS HOPPING OVER THE ROWS OF BEANS, AND WAS REALLY FAST. IT WENT INTO THE WOODED AREA SOUTH OF TAFT ROAD. VERY LARGE, LONG BODY AND CAT HEAD.


Washtenaw County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed 8/19/2009 2:00 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/19/09
Time: 2AM
County: Washtenaw
Location Description: Willis road and Rosemont drive.
Sighting Description:
I was Outside standing by my car having a cigarette, lookind down willis road heading east I saw a large tan cat, i could only describe as a cougar. It stayed under a street light for about 15 seconds then ran into Wilderness park. I saw this once before at 3:15 am a week ago, but didnt bother reporting it thinking I was seeing things just after waking up.


Lenawee County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 8/18/2009 11:27 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8-18-09
Time: 6:40am
County: Lenawee
Location Description: Treeline along a field that is for sale on the left side (if leaving town) of Macon Hwy near the intersection of Macon Hwy and Clinton Macon Rd.
Sighting Description:
Jumped from the side of the road into the crotch of tree (about 4' off the ground) as my car approached so that it's tail was facing the road.


Presque Isle County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Fri 8/14/2009 4:00 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08/13/09
Time: 1:30 p.m.
County: Presque Isle
Location Description: crossing U.S. 23 near 40 mile pt. lighthouse
Sighting Description:
Going south on u.s. 23 about a mile north of the lighthouse turnoff, a large catlike animal crossed the highway in 3 long strides, I've seen Bobcats and believe me and my Partner, what we saw was a very confident large cougar. Long may it live!!!!!


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Fri 8/14/2009 2:30 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Aug. 7, 2009
Time: 4:50 a.m.
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: West on Centre St. Between, Kirtland and Algonquin Streets. Their is some clearing happening and behind is the Gourdneck State Game Area, which I bet is it's home. Lots of deer around Portage and their main diet is deer.
Sighting Description:
Portage, Kalamazoo County. I was headed west on Centre St. (just past Oakland Dr.) I saw what appeared to be a large cat type animal run across the road. It was dark, but the street is well lit. It was tanish in color, fast and I've never seen anything like it. An awesome sight to see if you ever get the chance, you almost can't believe your eyes.


Leelanau County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Fri 8/14/2009 8:29 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08-13-2009
Time: 10 a.m.
County: Leelanau
Location Description: On Mann Rd. between Old Orchard Rd. and Co. Rd. 614.
Sighting Description:
At about 10a.m.I was driving down Mann Rd. when I observed a very large animal cross the road in front of my truck. It emerged from a thicket and crossed to the other side of hte road, which was heavily wooded,following a deer path. It was brown and gray with the tail nearly all gray. The tail was exceptionally long. The tips of the ears were bent over a bit. I would guess the animal's weight to be around 90-100lbs. It appeared to be heavily muscled. I'm basing the weight on my dog's weight which is about 100 lbs.It's height was comparable to that of a German Shepherd.I've hunted for many years and have seen coyotes,fox,bobcats,lynx and bear.This was the first cougar I've seen.


Grand Traverse County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 8/13/2009 11:25 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08/06/2009
Time: 9:00pm
County: Grand Traverse
Location Description: US-31, just south of Lake Ann Rd near the church.
Sighting Description:
As my wife and I were driving toward Interlochen in very light traffic on US-31, a very large cat bounded across the road about 15 yards ahead of us. It darted out from the south side of the church, crossing the road from our right to left. My wife and I both put the cat at about 4 feet long in total, dark brown to charcoal in color, with a long, tubular, bushy tail. The head was roundish with an obviously feline profile, though the ears weren't easily distinguished, I assume they were folded back while running. The legs were thick with big paws and it's coat, overall, was not as sleek as you usually see on a cougar, but a little shaggier similar to kitten fur. It appeared to be moving at quite a pace, traversing our entire field of view in 3 even bounds, only touching the pavement once, and disappearing into the cherry orchard across the street from the church. We both got a complete, uninterrupted view of the animal and the only thing that made us hesitate even slightly aoubt identifying this as a cougar was the coloration. Now seeing that this darker color is a not uncommon observation in Northern Michigan, we are both 100% confident that this is a cougar.

Lake County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed 8/12/2009 10:21 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08-09-2009
Time: 12:30
County: Lake
Location Description: I was on Maple road about2 to 3 miles south of Idelwild heading N .wide sholder then thick woods on both sides of the road.
Sighting Description:
I have a house in Bitely. I was in my jeep, top off taking my wife to the food stand by the trout hatchery in Baldwin. Instead of taking 37 stright up north I headed east on B96 then north on maple taking my time, rain had finally stopped.About2 to 3 miles south of Idelwild the cat came out of the woods and ran across the road west to east. Animal was really fast had long tail I was so supprised it was over as soon as at happened cat was about the size of a german shepperd had dark color on the end of its long tail.

Allegan County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed 8/12/2009 11:33 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/09/2009
Time: 5:30 pm
County: Allegan
Location Description: Corner of 138th Avenue and 28th Street in Burnips Township
Sighting Description:
I was outside running while pushing my young son in a stroller and saw what I first thought was a dog slowly walking from a wooded area. I took out my mace just as a precaution, but as I turned the corner and got closer I saw that it wasn't a dog, but a cat - a very big cat. I abruptly stopped and watched, while the cougar kept slowly walking with its long tail sashaying back and forth until it made its way back into the woods. I was very close - on one side of the road while the cougar was on the opposite side. There is no mistaking what this was; I only wish I had a camera with me at the time!

Midland County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Sat 8/8/2009 1:37 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/1/09
Time: 7:30pm
County: Midland
Location Description: Lewis Rd
Sighting Description:
While sitting on the back porch a large cat crossed through our back field scarring the deer away. It was a slinky animal most definatley a cougar too large to be a bob cat. I also am aware that a large cat possibly the same one has also been recently sighted near the Barden Rd area.

Mason County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Sat 8/8/2009 1:37 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8/05/09 and 7/05/03
Time: 7 pm and 11 am
County: Mason
Location Description: One I seen in the feild of of anthony rd, one I seen sitting on lucek rd.
Sighting Description:
Well, I just was driving home and seen one grazing in the feild. He looked like he was stocking deer. HE was big, tan ,had real long tail. I was only a secong from home so I grabbed, some binocoulers and camera. WEnt back. He was too far away for picture, but we could see him in binoculars still. Watched him until he was out of sight. When I seen a cougar in 03, I was taking baby for a walk and was about a mile from home, turned around to head back, and he was just sitting there staring at me. I didn't know what to do so I stood there for about 5 mins, just staring. He was obviously a large tan cat, finally he got up and walked across the road, it was then I could really see his size and his really long tail just grazzing across the road!


Lake County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 8/6/2009 8:37 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08/01/2009
Time: 8:00am
County: Lake
Location Description: One mile just east of M37
Sighting Description:
My son and myself were coming back from Wolf Lake store about 1\2 mile down one mile on the north side walking through tall green weeds we saw a lite brown animal walking at frist we tought it was a fawn but then the tail came up and it was long lite brown with drak brown rings. when we stoped it must have laid down or ran off.


Berrien County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed 8/5/2009 12:40 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 8-5-09
Time: 7:15 am
County: Berrien
Location Description: US 31 Bypass southbound at mile marker 10.
Sighting Description:
Headed southbound to work, complete daylight clear weather. The cat was about 30 yards in front of me, nose to tail about 6 foot long tan in color did not appear to be alarmed by morning traffic. The cat just walking fast across the traffic lane jumped over some weeds at the shoulder of the road and disappeared into the bodering wooded area where numerous deer all year and an occasional coyote have been seen for the past year.


Oakland County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 8/4/2009 7:44 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7-31-2009
Time: 3:20am
County: Oakland
Location Description: I was driving west on m-15 near Seymour lake rd.
Sighting Description:
That's where I noticed a tan cougar on the shoulder of the road. It was crouching its head down into the grass. It was over 4 feet long-very big. The body looked sleek; it wasn't furry. The head looked like a cougar's head.


Jackson County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 8/4/2009 9:59 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 08-03-09
Time: 7:00 pm
County: Jackson
Description: While on walking trail through the old Twin knolls golf course on Wolf Lake Rd I was at the oop of the hill closest to Wolf Lake Rd, the Cougar was on the edge of the tall grass about 50 to 70 yards away, paused for a second and ran into the woods. I decided not to go further.


Clinton County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 7/28/2009 7:59 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/27/2009
Time: 6:05 AM
County: Clinton
Location Description: Two miles west of Old 27 on Pratt Rd. (About halfway between DeWitt and St. Johns, MI
Sighting Description:
It shot across the road in front of my truck. It was just starting to get light. I looked in the field and it had stopped. It was tan and long, maybe three feet long not including the tail and really fast.


Kalkaska County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 7/26/2009 6:24 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 25, 2009
Time: 8:30p.m.
County: Kalkaska
Location Description: at border of kalkaska and missauke counties north of Moorestown.
Sighting Description:
Two cougars (one dark, one light) crossed road apprx sixty yards in front of us. Both good size (100 lbs) moving from creek bed to swamp area. took pictures of foot prints with pad and claws visible in sand. Prints the size of front end of size eleven boot.


Otesego County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Fri 7/24/2009 9:21 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7-24-09
Time: 9:00 PM
County: Otsego
Location Description: Two-track parallel to Manistee River Rd. Half Mile North of Mancelona Rd.
Sighting Description:
Driving down the two-track, spotted something in the distance...at first i mistakened it for a deer due to the brownish color of the animal. Upon further examining the animal i saw it had a long tail with a darker tip on the end- unlike any other cat species in the area. With that observation i knew i just spotted a cougar.


Newaygo County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Fri 7/24/2009 12:09 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/17/2009
Time: 11 am
County: Newaygo
Location Description: Just South of 22 Mile road on Beech
Sighting Description:
We were driving South on Beech when a tan, large cat crossed the road from west to east. We watched it run down the edge of a field and it was moving at great speed. At first we thought it was a deer, but after closing the distance we are positive it was a cougar. It was probably 80-90 lbs. and traveling at least 25-30 miles an hour.


Newaygo County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 7/23/2009 10:38 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/17/09
Time: 7:00pm
County: Newaygo
Location Description: about a mile and a half past 80th, the cougar crossed the road heading west.
Sighting Description:
It leaped into the middle of the road, I had to hit my brakes otherwise I would have hit it with my vehicle, I was that close to hit. Then it leaped to the otherside of the road and started running towards Holton. The cougar was dark brown, and had two black rings around the tip of it's tail. It was a very large cat.

Barry County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed 7/22/2009 8:47 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/19/09 and 7/20/09
Time: 10:30 PM
County: Barry
Location Description: Front/side yard
Sighting Description:
Sighted by Fine Lake in Barry County, near the Calhoun County line. My neighbor and I were standing in her driveway talking, when her daughter noticed a large animal in the side yard. I turned to look and saw that it was a really big cat. It was dark colored, and when it heard us talking it started to walk towards us, then got spooked and ran into the woods. Neighbor sat out on her porch the next night hoping to get a better look at it, and about 11pm it wandered through her front yard, activating her motion light. There is no doubt as to what this animal was, a young cougar, about 80 pounds.

Calhoun County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 7/21/2009 4:39 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/21/2009
Time: 6:30 a.m.
County: Calhoun County, Michigan
Location Description: Out back of my workplace not far from the airport.
Sighting Description:
A co-worker and myself, was opening a bay door. As we brought the door down to put a stick in it my co-worker saw a glimpse of something, she pointed it out to me. On closer inspection we saw the head move, it almost completely blended into the sandy colored hill where it laid. If not for the white neck and chin we would not have seen it. We made some noise and it got up. Its tail was as long as its body. It did not appear to be afraid. We watched for several moments and it finally meandered slowly off into the woods behind the shop.

Charlevoix County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon 7/20/2009 3:05 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Thursday 07/16/2009
Time: 6:30 pm
County: Charlevoix
Location Description: M-66 about 3/4 mile south of the castle in Charlevoix, Michigan. Swamp on both sides of the road.
Sighting Description:
We were driving south on m-66 about 3/4 mile south of the Castle Farms in Charlevoix. I look and said "that is the biggest cat I ever saw". My husband and looked at each other and said "Did we see what I think we just saw?" the cat was about 250 ft ahead of us and it just walked across the road like a cat. It had legs about 18 inch long, a large bodylike a large lab, cat head and long tail. The color was a light tan. I know it was a cat. I called the DNR to report to sighting.

Iosco County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon 7/20/2009 12:25 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/18/2009
Time: 4:10 PM
County: Iosco
Location Description: US-23 at Turtle Road, aproximately 1 mile south of Alibaster
Sighting Description:
Cat cross US 23 rom the east to the west approximately 30 yards in front of my vehicle. It was trotting across traffic, from adjacent to Turtle Road, and entered the land owned by US Gypsum (a huge area of overgrown land.) The animal slowed down after crossing the highway. I made a U-turn and pulled into a gated trail opposite Turtle Rd and watched it for approximately a minute. The cat walked away from us (also witnessed by R.K., my passenger). I attempted to photograph it as it was walking away. It stopped for several seconds, ald looked back towards us aproximately 70 yards away. I wanted to rule out that it might have been a big dog by whistling. It imediately jumped from its spot on the trail into the brush to the south. We estimate it weighed 70 - 80 pounds, was much longer than a dog, had a face that resembled a mountain lion rather than that of a dog, and a long tail that was about 3/4 its body length.

Genesee County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon 7/20/2009 12:24 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/19/2009
Time: 11:30 pm
County: Genesee
Location Description: Rankin in the parking lot of the Mundy Township administrative offices.
Sighting Description:
I had my dog in the car, she was going bonkers, I looked over and on the other side of the parking lot a huge animal was walking across under the street lamps. At first I though it was a really large lab, but it was walking like a cat and had a long tail. It was a blond/light-ish color. I'm almost for certain it was a cougar.

Washtenaw County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Sat 7/18/2009 7:47 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 7/18/2009
Time: 7:30 am
County: Washtenaw
Description: I live in Webster Township/Whitmore Lake about 10 miles from Ann Arbor and Dexter and as I was running this morning at 7:30 AM on Scully Road I saw what must have been  a Mountain Lion cross the road in front of me. It was a very large cat, long tail, large feet, brown with darker points on it's tail and legs. It was running at a casual pace across the road following a deer trail. I went to look for tracks a little later but as our road was lime stoned earlier this week there was nothing visible. I have seen all sorts of wildlife in this area in the 9 years we have been here; but have never seen anything quite like that. I realise I am quite privileged to have seen it however brief a sighting  it was and wanted to share it with others. I googled "mountain Lion sightings in MI" and came across your address. I would love to know if anyone else has seen this animal as we are fairly densely populated in this area; I am  also a little concerned for its welfare.

Montcalm County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Sat 7/18/2009 9:09 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: unsure now belive may 2009
Time: 6pm
County: Montcalm
Description: we live on a deadend road only 5 houses on it my wife was driving home on stakes rd and the animal came across in front of her car when she told me about it I showed her pictures of lynx,bobcats,moutain lion,cougar,puma she said the cat she saw was a big cat like the last three shown her tried to report the sighting at this time to mi. dept of dnr they responded saying no cougars have been in mi since early 1900's.

Jackson County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 7/16/2009 10:15 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/16/2009
Time: 6:15am
County: Jackson
Location Description: On Mt Hope Rd. near Huttenlocker Rd.
Sighting Description:
I was on my way to work about 6:15am when I thought I saw young deer along side the road until it turned and looked directly my way! I knew then that it was a big beautiful cougar (exactly like the photos above).Then, it quickly, in two strides ran across the road into a marshy wooded area. I wish I would have had a camera to get a shot because these cougars are definately in the area!!! I saw one for sure!

Midland County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 7/2/2009 11:25 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Jan. 2009
County: Midland
Location Description: My husband and I were driving down Porter rd just north of kent rd by the Pine river bridge just off Pine river rd,
Sighting Description:
My husband and I were driving down Porter rd by the Pine river bridge just off Pine river rd, A large black cat with a tail longer then it jumped across the road and ran into the thicket on the other side. It was about 3 feet tall, slender built very pretty, definetly a very large cat approx 75 lbs like my Rottwhelier and ran very fast.

Lapeer County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed 7/1/2009 8:51 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07/01/09
Time: 4:00 p.m.
County: Lapeer
Location Description: Approximately 1 to 1 1/2 mile south of Dryden Road on Thornville Road
Sighting Description:
A large dark gray cat, too big to be a domestic household cat. The cat was walking briskly across Thornville Road from the east to the west at approximately 4:00 p.m. on July 1, 2009.

Ingham County, Michigan - large feline captured on trail camera.
First Reported
Wed 7/1/2009 12:23 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: JUNE 16 2009
Time: 1:29 AM
County: INGHAM
Location Description: Leroy, Michigan
Sighting Description:
"I have a picture of a "cat" from a trail cam my sister sent me from LeRoy, MI and was wondering if you had an email I could send it to - to see if it is a cougar or a bobcat. Thanks"
"Here is the photo taken from the trail cam up in LeRoy. We are not sure if it is a bobcat or a cougar"

SaveTheCougar.Org Response:

"Judging from the tufts of hair on the chin and no large, long tail visible; I would have to say that this looks like a very healthy bobcat to me.  I will post the photo and send you the link. We had another trailcam photo not too long ago that was another big bobcat that could have easily been mistaken for a cougar. See: http://www.savethecougar.org/cougartalk/viewtopic.php?t=430

Thank you very much for sharing your photo!

www.savethecougar.org "


Wayne County, Michigan - Cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 6/30/2009 9:45 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 19, 2009
Time: 2:30 pm.
County: Wayne
Location Description: Neighbor two doors down along the treeline
Sighting Description:
Large brownish-tan cougar appeared out of nowhere along the back of my neighbor's property. He came just out of the woods and walked along the treeline and then back into the woods, appearing for about 30 seconds. It was larger than my golden retriever. At the time, I was on the phone with a government official and sitting on my back porch. I was so startled and unable to believe my own eyes that I told the gov't. official to please wait a moment called my ten-year old son outside to look at it and he couldn't believe it either. I assume that it must've been someone's exotic pet until they found out it was eating them out of house and home and just let it go. Plenty of deer, rabbit, coon, squirrel, coyote, and fox around here. By the way, I don't believe in UFO's either but when I called the Romulus police they asked me how much I thought it weighed. How in the "h-e-double hockey sticks" would I know. It's not like I ran over to pick him up and cuddle him. They said that they would send animal control over but no-one ever showed up.

Calhoun County, Michigan - Multiple sighing including adolescent cougars.
Reported
Sun 6/28/2009 10:03 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 17,2009
Time: 7:30 am
County: Calhoun
Location Description: There are woods that surround our back yard, it's a rural area with lots of houses, but the woods continue back for miles.
Sighting Description:
The first time I was out in the back yard with my dogs and my german shepard began attacking the back fence, growling and barking. Before I could get back to her, she tucked her tail and began backing away from the fence. I couldn't see anything but by the time my dog reached me I heard a very aggressive growl that didn't sound like anything I had ever heard. Two days later around the same time in the morning the dogs and I were out and my sheppard went towards the fence again, this time I saw the head of a very large cat that was laying just the other side of my fence. It jumped and ran before the dog got out there. The last time it was seen was around the 24th, it was on the other side of my yard, still in the wooded area. My daughter saw two babys with the larger cat. We have since found several tracks, including what appears to be baby tracks, and marks in a few trees that must have been climbed. I did call DNR to report it, but they told me I was mistaken there were no cougars in my area. So I informed the neighbors and I am now keeping my kids and dogs closer to the house.

Otsego County, Michigan - Reported large black cat roadkill 'goat sized' near Gaylord Michigan.
Reported
Sun 6/28/2009 10:03 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: june 28th, 2009
Time: 12;07 PM`
County: Otsego
Location Description: Just north of sign post 277, S.B. I-75, directly across from rest area on N.B. I-75.
Sighting Description:
We were headed south on above road, noticed a large black cat, obviously struck by vehicle traffic. Cat was covering the centerline, both lanes of traffic had to swerve around it to avoid hitting it. Cat had blood pool from mouth area on roadway. Cat had a very long black tail. I had wife report it to 911 as a traffic hazard, wife described it to authorities via phone as its size was compared to a full sized goat.

Leelanau County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 6/28/2009 8:20 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 26, 2009
Time: sunset
County: Leelanau
Location Description: On the Sleeping Bear Dunes trail from the Climb to Lake Michigan
Sighting Description:
On the return hike with 3 of my friends during sunset, I saw a four-legged animal figure laying down in a path up one of the sand dunes about 60 yards from where I was walking. I thought it was a shrub, but as we kept walking, I saw the head whip in our direction. We walked above one of the other dunes to avoid it. We could still see it lying below. When we reached a point where we were facing it, then we observed a catlike figure with pointed ears lying down with its tail up, the tip of the tail flicking back and forth. We cautiously walked on.

Mackinac County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 6/25/2009 12:31 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/23/09
Time: 6:30 pm
County: Mackinac
Location Description: The was right in front of the quarry on M-134 7 miles east of Cedarville. The animal crossed the road right in front of the entire family. It paused in the middle of the road and ran up the hill on the side of the road. We mentioned the sighting to several people and alot of people in the cederville/ pickford area have been seeing it (unless there is more). The cat was about the size of a great dane with a big long tail. It was colored just like the photo above. At first glance you think its a deer until you see its long tale and cat head. Pretty exciting for the kids.


Newaygo County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 6/23/2009 5:45 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/23/09
Time: 6:00 a.m.
County: Newaygo
Location Description: on M82 between newaygo and fremont. just east of the amish grocery store
Sighting Description:
I was heading to work, when about 35 yards in front of me the cougar bounded across the road. Three bounds and it was from one side of the road to the other and then gone. It was dark brown, approx. two-two and a half feet tall with a tail about 3 foot long. It was moving, but I know what I saw!!


Macomb County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon 6/22/2009 12:08 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/19/09
Time: 4:45 pm
County: Macomb
Location Description: Washington twp. NW corner of 26 mile and mound about 200 yds east of stoney creek.
Sighting Description:
I was cutting the lawn and about 150 ft away I saw a yellowish gray cat about the size of a golden retreiver. It came out of the woods ran across the street and into a seperate wooded area. In all honesty it scared the hell out of me. I immediately knew it wasn't a pet due to the size and then way it ran. Only after hours of researching the internet about wild cats in MI I am assured it was in fact a cougar or some closely related cat.


Benzie County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 6/18/2009 11:20 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/16/09
Time: 11:20 AM
County: Benzie
Location Description: The cougar darted across US Highway 31, at the intersection of US 31 & Benzie Blvd across from Brookside Inn. It ran across the road in between Brookside Inn and the old gas station. It ran in front of a red pick-up truck. They slowed and and we slowed down. That's went we saw why they were stopping after turning onto Benzie Blvd.
Sighting Description:
It was very dark, like grayish black and sleek looking body. It had a very long bushy tail and pointy ears. It was bigger than an average dog. Ran very fast, almost leaping, and running for it's life! Lots of cars around. Probably scared. It clearly was an animal that you do not see everyday. It was like a, what was that, kind of a moment.


Berrien County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon 6/15/2009 8:20 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 06-05-2009
Time: 4 P.M.
County: Berrien County MI
Location Description: 1/4 mile east of M140 on Carmody Road on our farm about 200 Ft. off of the road along a row of pine trees boardering an open field that has some long grass along the edge of the field.
Sighting Description:
We live on a farm and I was on the riding lawn mower. I had turned toward the east facing an open field boardered with pine trees. All of a sudden I thought a hugh brown dog was coming out of the long grass when I realized it was a BIG BROWN CAT!! I was about 100 Ft. from it. It looked like it was about 7 Ft. long, nose to tail tip. It didn't seem spooked by the noise of the mower and I just stoped and watched it walk out of the long grass into the shorter grass for about 20 Ft. and then it walked back into the pine trees. I didn't see it again. My husband and I went out the next morning to see if we could see any tracks but all we found were some old deer prints. This cat was not skinny at all and was very sleek looking. I was shocked and then just fascinated to watch such a beautiful animal.

Livingston County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 6/14/2009 4:01 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 06/14/09
Time: 2:00 p.m.
County: Livingston
Location Description: Sighting occured on Tracilee Drive.
Sighting Description:
Cougar was outside of backyard fence approx. 20ft from house, behind our tool shed, while 5yr old son played in wade pool. Our backayrd is fenced and I require that my son only plays in the backyard due to our coyote sighting in the exact same spot a year ago. Wife was sitting next to son and spotted the cat about 20ft away (100% sure it was a cougar. My wife initially thought it was a Bobcat until we looked at pictures of the Cougar. She states it was blonde colored, with a 3 foot tail and was the size of a labrador dog.

Washtenaw County, Michigan - cougar sighted remembered.
Reported
Sun 6/14/2009 4:57 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5 years ago
Time: 2:30 am
County: Washtenaw
Location Description: Scio Church Rd, near the woods behind Pioneer High School
Sighting Description:
I was driving home, spotted something at the side of the road. I slowed down, not even 10 feet away from my car was a cougar. It was about 5 feet long, tan, and wasn't afraid of me driving next to it. I watched it for about 30 seconds and he went back into the woods. I just came across this site and figured I'd just mention my spotting in Ann Arbor of all places. I told my neighbor about it and he said he thought he saw something that same night but just didn't believe it. Beautiful animal, I figured he escaped from somewhere since he didn't seem afraid of me.

Benzie County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 6/11/2009 12:35 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 4, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM
County: Benzie
Location Description: On Esch Road between the lakeshore and M-22.
Sighting Description:
My wife and I had just started driving away from the beach when a very large (7-8') tan cat trotted across the road about 30-40 feet in front of our car. It loped across the road and into the woods on the south side of the road. We watched it for about a minute before it disappeared completely into the forest. It had to be a cougar. Very exciting.

Isabella County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 6/11/2009 11:43 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 06-07-09
Time: about 1-2 PM
County: Isabella
Location Description: Coldwater Township; I think I was on Beck Rd. I was driving around north of Coleman Rd examing the area where we used to live. There roads are narrow, dirt, with trees shading the path. There was swamp and forest for the most part on either side with an occassional field.
Sighting Description:
I saw what I believe to be a cougar from several 100 yards away originally. We'd already came upon deer and turkey. I was trying to figure out what it was. I was driving about 15 miles an hour and slowed even more. It was big, brown but not yellow/orange brown like a deer more of a gray brown. Its back wasn't as tall as a full grown deer but it was substantial in length and girth. There was no spindly legs going on there. Its movement was what made me think cougar. It was definitely cat like and in my mind too big to be a bobcat. Am I certain it was a cougar? Enough to satisfy myself, but for the scientifically minded, probably not. I haven't seen a bobcat before so it could be argued that that was what I saw, and I didn't get enough time or close enough to see him as well as I would have liked. It moved towards us and then exited into the woods on the left before we got within 200 yards.


Leelanau County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed 6/3/2009 7:19 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/31/2009
Time: 7:30 am
County: Leelanau
Location Description: Crossing Elnora Drive, near Cathead Point north of the town of Northport.
Sighting Description:
No question about the animal. Crossed from one side of the road to the other in daylight 20 feet in front of my car. Stop briefly to identify the car and then jumped quickly to the ditch on the side of the road and moved into the wooded area to the north of Elnora. Very surprising to me as I had not been aware of anyone seeing a cougar in this area.


Oakland County - Bloomfield Hills, Michigan - large black cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 6/2/2009 1:07 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 05/30/2009
Time: 7:45 PM
County: Oakland
Location Description: Wooded area behind my home; Subdivision North of Long Lake Road, between Woodward Avenue and Lahser Road, behind Bloomfield Hills Country Club; north to northwest of Bloomfield Hills Country Club.
Sighting Description:
Sitting in my back yard near pool. Saw large black cat about the size of a large German Shepherd walk across the grass on my back property line toward the large wooded area that abuts my property and several of my neighbors. As I walked toward the pool fence to get a better look, the cat noticed me and started to run slowly toward the woods. I even climbed onto the pool slide to watch the cat as it moved into the woods. It was definitely a cat of some sort: it moved, walked and ran like a cat; had muscular shoulders.

Oakland County, Michigan - cougar like sounds..
Reported
Tue 6/2/2009 1:27 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 6/2/09
Time: 1:20 am
County: Oakland
Location Description: In our subdivision, Avon and Adams
Sighting Description:
On three occasions over the last two weeks, always at night, I have heard the scream of a very large cat. I have not seen it, but I remember the scream from when I lived in Virginia and we had one living on our property. This time it was close up on my house, walking through my yard.

Wayne County, Michigan - large black cat sighted.
Reported
Sun 5/31/2009 12:43 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/30/09
Time: 18:00
County: Wayne
Location Description: In a residential backyard that has a lot of trees and shrubbery. It's only about 1/4 mile north of Hines Park.
Sighting Description:
At first, I thought it was a big black dog laying in my neighbors backyard. The yard is large, and it was at the opposite end of the yard from me, so I couldn't tell from my location until it stood up and looked at me. I realized it was a black panther. It had large white whiskers and stood about two feet high. It turned around and practically just walked over the neighbor's fence -- just ever-slightly leaping. It watched me from for a minute while in the shrubbery along the fence, and then I lost sight of it. I called the police, but I don't think they took me seriously. They said that they would notify the DNR, but I never saw anyone come by to check.

Isabella County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 5/28/2009 9:02 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5-20-09
Time: 10 am
County: Isabella
Location Description: farm land/boarding wooded area, Gilmore township, Fordyce Road and Battle Roads, a mile south of Coleman.
Sighting Description:
My neighbor, a professional woman and township official, actually witnessed the sighting. She thinks everyone will believe her crazy and did not contact the DNR. She was on the phone, in her home looking out her large picture windows to her back yard. The back yard is secluded with an overgrown grassy area boardered with large pine trees. She looked around while on the phone, thinking she was seeing a deer walk through her yard, when she realized, it was a cougar. She hung up the phone immediately, glanced for a camera, and not finding one, she just watched it stroll through her back yard, and then it crossed Fordyce Rd. to the East and entered open pasture farmland towards a wooded area. She observed the long tail, tan color and said it was "HUGE". She has been around hunters her whole life and has seen bobcat, coyote, deer, bear, etc, but never anything close to this before. She is absolutely positive, it was a mountain lion.(and we all believe her too)

Leelanau County, Michigan - cougar pair sighted.
Reported
Thu 5/28/2009 2:00 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/25/09
Time: 4:20 am
County: Leelanau
Location Description: 5 miles south of the town of Lake Leelanau on Route 641
Sighting Description:
Two cougars darted across the road in front of our car. I braked heavily and got a good but fleeting look at the pair. My passenger and I guessed that each one weighed 50 pounds or so, so they were probably juveniles. I reported the sighting to the DNR. Based upon the size and facial features, these were not bobcats.

Roscommon County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed 5/27/2009 12:03 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 05/25/2009
Time: 945
County: roscommon
Location Description: Wooded acres camp ground site 13
Sighting Description:
Was about 4 feet long, 2 1/2 feet high, 2-3 foot tail.

Emmet County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Fri 5/22/2009 10:09 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 05/21/2009
Time: 9:00PM
County: Emmet
Location Description: River Rd in Bear Creek Township
Sighting Description:
Driving home at 9:00 pm and cougar ran across rd from west to east chasing a deer. Cougar was probably a juvenile, approx 4.5 to 5 ft long total. Medium brown with darker brown tail. Approx 16 inches high and 40 lbs. I stopped my car, and cougar stopped and turned looked at me for 10-15 seconds while standing by the railroad tracks and then turned south, ran along the railroad tracks for 10 - 15 yds and them turned east and ran into the brush.


Macomb County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 5/21/2009 10:25 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/21/09
Time: 6:20 AM
County: Macomb
Location Description: In my back yard,26 and Mound, Stoney Creek area
Sighting Description:
My teenage boys in the early morning sighted a large cat with a huge tail running across the backyard. The cat was making strange raspy, screaming sounds and was larger than our dog, a Labradoodle.


Oscoda County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 5/21/2009 9:26 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: July 2007
Time: Midday
County: Oscoda
Location Description: Anderson Rd 1/2 mile south of South River Road 4 miles west of Mio
Sighting Description:
I was walking my mountain bike uphill on a sandy stretch of Anderson Road when I observed palm size cat prints with a 1 inch wide "tail drag" impression in the sand, between the prints, quartering across the road. The prints were fresh as it is a somewhat heavily traveled road by locals. Later that summer we observed another cat print at our cabin with scat nearby.

Cass County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 5/19/2009 10:55 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 05/06/2009
Time: 11:15 PM
County: CASS COUNTY
Location Description: JUST NORTH OF PINE ROAD, OFF OF M-62. ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE ROAD.
Sighting Description:
I WAS IN MY CAR AND IT WAS STANDING AT THE EDGE OF THE ROAD WHERE GRASS MEETS THE GRAVEL ABOUT 4 FEET FROM CAR. IT WAS VERY CLEAR IN FACE, POSTURE AND TAIL.

Kent / Ionia County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon 5/18/2009 10:32 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/17/09
Time: 9:15 PM
County: Kent/Ionia
Location Description: I was heading west on I-96. It was along the northern side of I-96 several miles west of the I-69 interchange but before the Lowell exit.
Sighting Description:
I saw a cougar on the side of the road last night. It was along I-96 several miles west of the I-69 interchange but before the Lowell exit. I was heading back home to Grand Rapids and I saw it on the northern side of the highway. It was a large cougar. I would guess 100+ pounds. It was trying to cross to the sounthern side of the highway but it was too busy to cross. I thought it might be a bobcat but after looking at pictures it was definitely a cougar.

Allegan County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon 5/11/2009 10:25 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5/7/09
Time: 7pm
County: Allegan
Location Description: West side of US-131, south of 100th Street exit but north of 142nd Ave. exit.
Sighting Description:
I was driving south on US-131 on May 7 in early evening (7pm) when I saw a light brown animal walking in an open area, just outside some woods. It might've been farm land. The animal was heading east, toward the highway. It was definitely NOT a deer, and it was NOT a dog. I had just gone to Binder Park Zoo on May 4 and specifically thought to myself that this animal was similar in size to the cheetah that we saw at the zoo a few days earlier. After Googling a few pictures of cougars, and finding this site, I am even more convinced that it was a cougar that I saw.

Jackson County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 5/5/2009 3:11 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 5-5-09
Time: 2:30 a.m.
County: Jackson
Location Description: Maple St. in Springport...between Jac Court and Main St.
Sighting Description:
My husband and I were driving through Springport about an eighth of a mile from the Main St./Maple St. intersection, and a cougar darted out in front of our car and was across the road before we knew it. The cat was crouched close to the ground while running, it looked quite muscular and had a very long tail. This was right in town and I couldn't believe what I was seeing - crazy stuff!

St. Joseph County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 5/3/2009 9:11 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/27/09
Time: 8:15PM
County: St. Joseph
Location Description: In a hay feild in front of our house.
Sighting Description:
I glanced out our front window and seen something very light colord in the hay feild. When I looked closer I realized it was a VERY large cat. I yelled for my husband and 19 yr. old daughter. They were able to see it too. It probably weighed around 100 pounds and was a very light color with a long tail. There were deer in the back of the field but it was not even acting interesed, it was sitting at first and then just walked away. I heard it cry about 4 years ago and 2 years ago found prints. Now we've finally seen it!

Emmett County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed 4/29/2009 6:03 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June, 2008
Time: 6:45 AM
County: Emmet County
Location Description: Passinger driving to work on US 131 approx five south of Petoskey. Cougar was sighted approx 100 years east of 131 as it was walking in field. It stopped and then leaped out of sight. The cougar was tan colored with long tail. The cougar was in clear view.

Ottawa County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 4/28/2009 11:21 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3-13-09
Time: 8:40 am
County: Ottawa
Location Description: I was heading North on 42nd street, just south of Grand Valley State University.
Sighting Description:
I was driving down the road and I saw what I thought looked like a mountain lion coming at me from the side. It was racing across a field. It was coming towards my face from the side of my car. It hit my car and broke my side mirror and did some other damage to the car. I pulled over. Another driver pulled up beside me to see if I was okay. She said, "What was that?" I said, "It looked like a lion. I don't think there are mountain lions in Michigan but it sure did look like one." The driver said she saw a mother and a baby trying to jump over my car. She said one of them hit my car and did a flip in the air and then landed and they both took off. I googled "Are there mountain lion's in Michigan" when I got home. Now I know what I saw was what is pictured here. You are calling it a cougar. I called 911 and told them I saw a mountain lion. As soon as the policeman arrived he told me I hit a deer. It was not a deer!!!!! Everyone thinks I am crazy. I know what I saw.


Ottawa County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 4/28/2009 9:14 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: March 19, 2009
Time: 11:00 a.m. ish
County: Ottawa
Location Description: While traveling North 42nd
Sighting Description:
As I traveled north, a couger ran from the field and attempted to cross the road. It lunged into the side of my car, tore the mirror off, scratched the door and window, a total of $989.00 worth of damage (insurance covered all) The cougar was not killed as it jumped back up and continued to run away.


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 4/28/2009 7:32 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/28/09
Time: 7:15 a.m.
County: Oakland
Location Description: 2 miles east of Oxford, Mi.
Sighting Description:
My wife was driving our children to school this morning when a cougar ran in front of the car, crossing Lakeville Road near Bar Road. Both she and my son saw the animal run north across the road, from the old Mount Grampian Ski Hill towards the Polly Ann Trail. Last September, a cougar was spotted at Drayner and Bar roads, 1 mile south of this location.


Emmett County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon 4/27/2009 8:19 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 04/25/09
Time: 12:00pm
County: Emmet
Location Description: Harbor Springs on Tamarac Trail
Sighting Description:
In our backyard in Harbor Springs, which is a wooded area on the edge of town, one came from off of Hughston Rd. Wallked around in the yard for 10 min or so and then lost sight of the cougar


Cass County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sat 4/25/2009 12:46 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/24/09
Time: 7:30pm
County: Cass
Location Description: Northern boundary of Lawless Park, 1 mile south of M60 and 2 miles west of M40.
Sighting Description:
I was fishing with a friend in Lime lake and at dusk saw a very large black cat sitting on a tree stump in the marshy area that connects Lime and Weatherby lakes. This is the northern boundary of Lawless Park. This is a geese nesting area and there are also a couple beaver colonies. We watched the cat for a few minutes before it went down the stump and disappeared. The stump was from a very old broken off tree - about 6 feet high, so the cat was clearly visible. When we noticed it, it was just sitting on its haunches looking around. We were about 150 feet away. When I checked this web sight to see if I was crazy, I found another reported sighting in Cass county in 2007 - that location is about 6 miles south of Lime lake


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Fri 4/24/2009 6:48 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: April 23 2009
Time: Approx 12:30 PM
County: Oakland
Location Description: On property Oak Hill Rd. 1/4 mile east of bird on south side of Oak Hill Rd
Sighting Description:
Beige Color Dark Face. (Black) Long black tail.


Wayne County, Michigan - Large black cat sighted.
Reported
Mon 4/20/2009 2:57 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4-20-09
Time: 1:30 am
County: Wayne
Location Description: I was driving south on Outer Drive through Rouge Park (from Plymouth Road) on the western edge of Detroit.
Sighting Description:
The cat was all black. It was just a shape at the side of the road, but as I drove toward it, it spun clockwise and ran into the fields and trees on the right (east) side of the road. It was at the very edge of my headlight's reach, which I had on 'bright' setting to help me see in the light rain. Some people will tell me I'm crazy, but I am a nature enthusiast and I recognized this animal's shape and running gait as feline. I know what a deer looks like and I know what a dog looks like; I've seen both in this park and this was neither. It was a big black cat. I would guess it was 7 feet long. I particularly noticed the muscular front shoulders as it bounded away.


Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sat 4/18/2009 11:28 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/18/2009
Time: 9 pm
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: Near my restaurant located between M-43 and M-89
Sighting Description:
I sighted the cougar twice on my property, which evidently has between 5-6 deer grazing on it. It came close to my building, right up to my back door and garbage.


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sat 4/18/2009 10:17 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4-18-09
Time: 4:00 pm
County: Oakland
Location Description: Walking alongside a Rouge River tributary in Southfield, Mi.
Sighting Description:
I caught a glimpse of the animal from the front leg back. It had brown fur, catlike movement, sleek body, extra long slender tail and weighed 70-80 pounds.


Calhoun County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sat 4/18/2009 10:17 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4/14/09
Time: 7:00 am
County: Calhoun
Location Description: The cougar was running across the lot of a Storage Unit property on M 89 (W. Michigan Ave.) and Augusta Dr. E where it forks in the road. Maybe about 5 miles outside of downtown Battle Creek.
Sighting Description:
I was driving when I saw it. It was coming from the northeast and running southwest to Augusta Dr.E where it stopped running right at the roads edge. After that is when I drove out of viewing range. He was full grown and light brown/tan in color. The lot it was running on was low growing grass, so nothing was obstructing my view. Though it was running it was not in a full run. I viewed cougar as I was driving. I saw it for many seconds and I tell you there is no doubt what I saw.


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 4/12/2009 10:32 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: April 12, 2009
Time: 9am
County: Oakland
Location Description: North Oakland County off Dixie Hwy north of Davisburg Road
Sighting Description:
Was walking my dog by a flood plane behind some houses in my area. I was stopped in the shade of some trees and the Cougar popped up to the top of a small berm approx 25 yards out. He was facing the sun, in clear view and watching the dog (orange and white)who was moving at the end of long rope. After a few minutes I moved and the Cat moved parrell to us allowing me to have clear side view of it and its long tail. It walked along the berm for about 115 yards and went down the slope away from our sight.


Ottawa County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sat 4/11/2009 7:24 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: April 11, 2009
Time: 7:00
County: Ottawa
Location Description: In the back of our apartment complex (river club apartments). In our wooded area
Sighting Description:
I was on the treadmill and looked outside to our field at our apartment complex (river club apartments) and saw what looked like a large cat (approx. 100 lbs), went out to our deck and knew for sure it was indeed a cougar! watched him go through the field (we live on the 2nd floor so pretty easy to see the whole field) and disappear in the wooded part of the field on a hill in the back of our complex. What an awesome experience...we have also seen wolves back here too.


Gladwin County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 4/9/2009 9:44 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 04-09-09
Time: 8:00pm
County: Gladwin
Location Description: edge of open field/yard. on our east fence line by our pond going into the brush and trees of our backyard.
Sighting Description:
Sitting in our backyard in Gladwin Co. and saw it walking across our backyard on our east fenceline, about 200 ft away. it was a beauty. it was a good size cat and didn't waste time going across the yard into the brush. have had many sightings in our area but haven't had any luck w/ pics. we were lucky to see it, probably will not get the chance again. it happened so fast did not get time to get the camera. but WOW.


Washtenaw County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon 4/6/2009 10:30 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 4-4-2009
Time: 11:25 am
County: Washtenaw
Location Description: i live near irish hills and the land is very hilly and wooded.the sighting was at a swamp in a wooded area where there are usually a lot of deer and wild ducks.
Sighting Description:
I noticed some movement across the swamp on the opposite bank walking up the hill. there were 2 tan cougars walking on the deer trails around the swamp. they continued up the hill and into the brush. they did not see me i had my brown carharts on and with the wind they did not smell me either. i did not get a picture of them but the following monday after the snow i did find a large hole near the swamp. the hole measured 14" wide and 10" high. also near the area was a lot of hair from a deer and one 3 point antler also was a skull from what looks like a small dog or fox. all this is within 30 feet of the spot i saw the cats. i moved here in 2001 and the first winter i saw a completely black cat about the same size as the tan cats. the tails were about the same length, about 16", as the torso and the torso was over a foot high. the DNR claims that the description i gave would be a house cat. if these were house cats i wouldn't let them in my house!


Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 4/5/2009 9:46 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: April 5, 2009
Time: 8:00am
County: Oakalnd
Location Description: light to medium vegetated field, probably former farm land
Sighting Description:
I was driving west on Parks road just urning onto Rush Road and looking for deer in the field which I had seen before. The cougar was running in northwest direction towards Letts Road.


Mason County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed 4/1/2009 11:07 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/26/09
Time: 5:45 AM
County: Mason
Location Description: Just north of the intersection of S. Scottville road and Meisenheimer Rd.
Sighting Description:
While traveling to work before daylight, I noticed eyes along side the road ahead in an area that deer frequently cross. I slowed down assuming a deer was near, but as I approached the area the cougar was standing in the ditch on the east side of Scottville road. As I was approaching/passing the animal it moved eastward out of the ditch and into the picked confield. The tail was 3-4 ft. long and of similar length as the body. The tail was slender and arched low with a dark patch near the end. It kept its body very low to the ground which caused its shoulder blades to be well defined. Seeing is believing.


Washtenaw County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 3/29/2009 11:35 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/26/09
Time: Approx. 6:45 am
County: Washtenaw
Location Description: Willis Road 1/4 mile west of Platt Road
Sighting Description:
At approximately 6:45 am on 3/26/09, I was driving eastbound on Willis Road. I saw a large tan/ gray animal run in front of my vehicle at a distance of about 100 feet. The animal ran across the road very quickly and moved with a cat-like motion. I got a pretty good look at it and saw the round head and long tail. The animal was about the size of a small deer and too large for a domestic cat and was quite different from a coyote or dog. I am confdent that the animal I sighted was a cougar.


Isabella County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 3/29/2009 4:30 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/26/09
Time: Approx. 6:45 am
County: Washtenaw
Location Description: Willis Road 1/4 mile west of Platt Road
Sighting Description:
At approximately 6:45 am on 3/26/09, I was driving eastbound on Willis Road. I saw a large tan/ gray animal run in front of my vehicle at a distance of about 100 feet. The animal ran across the road very quickly and moved with a cat-like motion. I got a pretty good look at it and saw the round head and long tail. The animal was about the size of a small deer and too large for a domestic cat and was quite different from a coyote or dog. I am confdent that the animal I sighted was a cougar.


Clare County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 3/26/2009 12:14 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/25/09
Time: 1pm
County: Clare
Location Description: In the field approx 50 yrds north of the east portion of Van Deusen rd
Sighting Description:
Cougar tracks were observed in the snow approx 50 yards north of the east section of Vandeusen rd.in the field running paralell to the road. The tracks consisted of a pair of cats walking from west to east. One track was a print 4 1/2 wide by 4 in long (measured)with a width of approx 9 in. and a pace of 42 in. The second track ran parallel with the first about 2 ft away to the south. The print was 3 1/2 wide by 3 in. long(measured)with a narrower width and a pace of 32 in. Photos were taken and are available if wanted. I had walked the same area 2 days prior and there were no tracks. 10 days prior I came across cougar tracks (single cat)on the south edge of Van Deusen rd. (previously reported}


Bay County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed 3/25/2009 12:37 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3-23-09
Time: 9:10 pm
County: Bay
Location Description: Flajloe Rd 1/2 mile North of Cody Esty Rd
Sighting Description:
I was on my way home when I saw eyes on the road, I slowed down too see what it was. It had moved about 10 feet of the road by a pine tree and layed down. It was at least twice the size of the biggest bobcat I have ever seen, I am almost positive it was a cougar, I had a very good look at it.


Clare County, Michigan - cougar evidence.
Reported
Fri 3/20/2009 9:04 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/15/09
Time: 10:00 am
County: Clare
Location Description: 3282 Van Deusen In front of garage
Sighting Description:
On Sun morn 3/15 I was looking for evidence of an alarm trip at the 3282 van deusen garage .I found no evidence of human prints but came across a set of large cat tracks. A large padded print without claw marks alternate in form rear foot stepping exactly in the front print. Print was approx 5 in long by 4.5 in wide . Track was approx 9 in wide with a pace of approx 42 in. Track was in about 1 in of day old snow proceeded from east to west parallel to the garage front about 5 feet away. It started in the snow on about the east 3282 property line and proceeded west down the road until the snow ran out. I thought it was rather unique in form not having seen it before and now that I have had time to research it the only possible maker is a cougar. The pace is too long for a lynx.


Alcona County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 3/12/2009 7:14 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 9-06
Time: evening
County: Alcona
Location Description: My back yard, open area surrounded by woods and marshland
Sighting Description:
I was cleaning the ash's out of my wood stove and felt like i was being watched ,so i turned and about 35-40 feet away there was a cougar all croutched down just over the edge of a small hill.The cat was looking right at me ,her ears were flat back against head and her body was kinda swaying back and forth with it's tail flipping up and down. I could see the actual muscles in the cats shoulder and and chest flexing with each sway of the body. I had the ash tray in 1 hand and a small shovel in the other.I hesitated a moment ,as i was not sure at first what i was seeing.Once I was sure what it was ,I took the shovel and banged on the bottom of the ash pan.At that time the cat whipped around and ran toward the back field and woods .it ran about 50 yards and then stopped and looked back at me before going into the wooded area at the back of my yard.That was in the fall of 06 ,and I had not seen any further signs of the cat until today march 12 -09 I noticed some tracks in the snow in my back yard ,upon closer examination ,the cat is back.The tracks go along the front of barn and show a spot where cat jumps about 7 feet onto what i suspect was a mouse.Mouse tracks are visible in snow along edge of grass.The cat tracks lead to the same spot that he had gone when i first saw it in 2006.He also killed my neighbors beaver that had set up house in his pond (in 06). I look forward to the chance of seeing it again but from a safer distance then last time.


Wayne County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon 3/9/2009 10:36 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/7/09
Time: Approx 3 pm
County: Wayne County
Location Description: On the outskirts of the Detroit Edison quarry inside the fenced area walking along the lower edge of foliage at the base of the burm alongside north bound Fort Street
Sighting Description:
As described above I noticed the Cougar walking along the taller foliage at the base of the burm inside the fenced area of the Detroit Edison quarry on Fort Street in Riverview. It seemed to be a smaller, female cat, I was watching this area to get sight a herd of deer I know inhabitats this area and wildlife in general. Just before seeing the cougar, about 30 yards before I saw a regular black & white household cat sitting on the burm higher up.


Wayne County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 3/8/2009 1:39 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: February 3. 2009
Time: 11:00am est
County: Wayne
Location Description: In between 4 lane road and expressway(275)some businesses and residual residential,some partial wooded areas and remnants of animal friendly fields.
Sighting Description:
Cat was initially loping along inside of wooded area, however dogs inside of adjacent fenced yard began to yelp and full fledged flight took her out of my sights. Looked to be probably 75 pounds or so, basing this on my knowledge of large dogs.


Midland County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sat 3/7/2009 9:42 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/7/09
Time: 9:20am
County: Midland
Location Description: We live 1700 ft off of 9 Mile Rd and I was walking back from getting thr Sat. paper. This animal ran across the driveway about 40 yds from me. It was running like a cat, long tail, bigger then a wolf. I am sure it was a Cougar. Brown color.

Alcona County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed 3/4/2009 12:37 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 07-16-2008
Time: 1:00 afternoon
County: Alcona
Location Description: We were driving home from Glennie Mi. on 65 through a heavly wooded area of Forest alongside of the road and we seen it run across the road. It was maybe 10 minutes before the bridge and dam. We have a cottage in Glennie and we were on our way back home to run some errands.
Sighting Description:
My daughter and I were on our way back to Fenton from Glennie Mi. were we have a cottage and she was driving and I looked up and saw it run across the Rd. And so did she, the first thing she said was did you see that. It had ran across the road in front of someone on a motorcycle. I looked to be quite dark in color. But it is very shaded in that area with all the pines and trees. But the thing that I realy noticed about it was as it ran its tail was strait up and very long. It all happened very fast because it ran very quickly. But its tail was very sleek and so was its body. It seemed almost like a dream or something. I Have never seen anything like that since I have coming up North since I was a kid and now I am a mother and a grandmother. We wish we could of seen it better.

Newaygo County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Mon 3/2/2009 8:31 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 3/1/2009
Time: 11:30 A.M.
County: Newaygo
Location Description: Corner of Baldwin and North River ( 92 St ). S. W. of intersection. Going south toward the river.
Sighting Description:
My son spotted it as I was preparring to turn north from west bound N. River. It was south west of us going south toward the river at a fast walk behind a newer barbwire fence. We stopped and watched it for 15 to 20 seconds as it disappeared into the brush.

Lenawee County, Michigan - large black feline sighted.
Reported
Sat 2/28/2009 8:42 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 2-28-09
Time: Between 2 and 3 pm
County: Lenawee
Location Description: Right on the edge of a field and a wooded area.
Sighting Description:
This big black cat was walking the woodline and stoped and rolled on its back being kind of playful. Then it hurd it slowme and my dog and got low in a pounce like position. After looking at us for about 30 sec. it stood up and slowly walked into the wooded area. I also was able to capture a photo and video of this animal on a cell phone.


Allegan County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 2/24/2009 10:07 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 02/24/2009
Time: 3:30pm
County: Allegan
Location Description: Near the State game area, off of 44th st.
Sighting Description:
I was sitting in my car waiting for my husband to finish using the 'restroom" and saw it walk out of the woods on the west side of 44th st., stop in the middle of the road and look at me. I looked at it trying to register I was seeing what I was seeing, and when I did I yelled to my husband to get in the car. The cougar and I looked at each other for about 10 seconds or so. It was VERY large, around 150 pounds or more, and its tail was very long, about 3 ft. or so.Reddish brown in color.We went home and got our camera and took some pictures of the footprints on the east side of the road. They were very clear in the snow.I will print and share when I can.

Kalamazoo County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 2/22/2009 10:24 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: June 2007
Time: 11:00 a.m
County: Kalamazoo
Location Description: On West U Ave. by 8th st. Cornfields on both sides of road.
Sighting Description:
I was driving on West U Ave in the afternoon. Suddenly, a huge cat leaped in front of my vehicle. It took only of couple of strides for this cat to cross the road. Even though he jumped in front of my vehicle, I didn't come close to hitting him. The cat was large and muscular, brownish in color. My vet is a block away. I stopped and told him. He said that there have been cougar sightings in Marcellus, about 20 miles away, and that they can often travel over 50 miles. This is a rural area, but enough homes surround these cornfields, that a child could easily be taken.

Genesse County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 2/22/2009 5:55 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 2-22-09
Time: 9:40 am
County: GENESSE
Location Description: WOODED AREA AROUND RAILROAD TRACK, ALMOST 2 MILES FROM SMALL TOWN
Sighting Description:
MOTHER COUGAR WITH BABY LOOKING THROUGH BRUSH PILES MADE FOR RABBITS. THEY WALKED ALONG A TRAIL IN OUR WOODS. TRACKS LEFT BY MOTHER MEASURE 4 1/2 INCHES. THE BABIES MEASURE ABOUT 2 1/2 TO 3 INCHES. THE MOTHER WAS VERY DARK IN COLOR ALMOST BLACK. I DID NOT GET A GOOD LOOK AT THE BABY, BUT IT SEEMED TO BE LIGHTER IN COLOR.

Van Buren County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Tue 2/17/2009 12:21 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 02/14/2009
Time: 3:00 or 4:00 pm
County: Van Buren
Location Description: field across the road from our house
Sighting Description:
I saw a large, black animal (at first I thought it was a big, black lab) walking in the field and then it came out onto the path that leads to the woods across the road. It sat down and I realized it was too big to be a dog and the dog was not loose. I came out of the house and out into the yard to get a closer look and when I did, it looked back at me and I could see the face clearly before it bounded away up the path. The tail was long and pole-like and the movements were definitely that of a large cat. I am a hunter and have a very keen eye so I am positive that what I saw was a cougar.

Ingham County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 2:20 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 02/04/2009
Time: 07:15 am
County: Ingham
Location Description: Roaming near the front of a company called John D. Green on South Cedar Street between Holt, MI and Mason, MI
Sighting Description:
As I was driving past this area on my way to work, I saw what I thought was a dog at first glance. But as I got closer, I realize it was much larger than that and the body make-up was what really caught my attention. The paws and the tail gave it away to me as to what it was. It was light enough outside to clearly see what it was. My wife called the Michigan DNR to report it.

Grand Traverse County, Michigan - black cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 1/29/2009 6:42 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: January 24, 2008
Time: 4 am.
County: Grand Traverse
Location Description: I saw a black cougar cross the road on S. Betsie river rd.
Sighting Description:
I was on my paper route , I came around a sharp curve and continued on a straight stretch of S. Betsie river rd. towards Bush rd. there are several deer trails in the snow crossing this stretch of rd. I looked up ahead of me about 100 yards and noticed something slowly sleeking across the rd. from south to north, as I approached I noticed it was a black figure , the closer i got I saw the cat with a very long tail it jumped off the road onto the snow bank and continued on a deer trail into the woods as I came to a stop at that point it was already gone deep into the woods , I did not see it again . I'm a lifelong hunter and outdoor enthusiast , I have never seen a cat in the wild , but I know what they look like and I know without a doubt it was a cougar/panther he acted as if he was hunting , there are several deer in the area , I see them every morning , I believe this cat was hot on their trail!


Montmorency County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Wed 1/28/2009 8:04 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 1/28/09
Time: 6:55 A.M.
County: Montmorency
Location Description: Approximately 1 mile from Co.Rd. 451 on Co.Rd. 459
Sighting Description:
Crossed the road in front of me and it leaped over the snow bank into the woods, it was a darker colored cougar that was long, low to the ground, and it's long tail curled up at the end. I am 100% positive of what I seen as I almost hit the cougar with my truck.

Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sun 1/11/2009 3:23 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 1-10-08
Time: 11:00pm
County: Oakland County
Location Description: By Bald Mountain off of Orion and Stoney Creek roads.
Sighting Description:
I was driving home that night from work in the snow storm. I came up to a stop sign and as i was slowing down I looked to the right into a yard and saw a big cat kinda stalking through the snow around the fence.

Wayne County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 1/8/2009 11:31 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: Oct 14, 2008
Time: 5:30 pm
County: Wayne (Rt 12)
Location Description: US 23 north just before the Ypsilanti exit...Rt 12 at the woodline along the freeway
Sighting Description:
My husband and I were driving to Ann Arbor at around 5:00-5:30. The sun was setting. We usually count how many hawks we see between Sylvania and Ann Arbor and watch for deer along the fields. I was driving and just happen to notice something coming out of the woods. It was a quick look, but what was seared in my mind was the shape of the animal, the way it walked, its size, its very long tail and cat-like gait. As I looked in disbelief (driving 78 mph zooming by) I immediately said to my husband that it looked like a mountain lion...on the side of the road. It was a very large cat, huge brown head, brown all over, gait like a cat, very, very long tail for its body and just too cat-like to be a coyote! It was a cat...not a domestic cat. It was too big to be a domestic cat! I knew for sure it was not a dog, not a coyote, not a dog at all. We were going to fast to stop on the side of the road and back up...and we were in a hurry to get to Ann Arbor for a concert. It stayed on my mind for the longest time and it occurred to my husband to "Google" cats in Michigan and we found all kinds of information! Since then, we have been asking around and searching for other sightings, etc.

Wexford County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Sat 1/3/2009 8:57 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 1/2/09
Time: 3:30pm
County: wexford
Location Description: Just turned off of 115 heading towards Kelava.
Sighting Description:
My husband was driving and I am always watching for deer. Cat was on hillside about 30 ft from the road. At first I thought it was a deer because of the coloring but I looked closely at the face and saw the roundish ears, rounder head and flatter face with white. It was a cougar!

Oakland County, Michigan - cougar sighted.
Reported
Thu 1/1/2009 11:57 AM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 12/29/2008
Time: 9:00 AM
County: Oakland
Location Description: Beacon Hill golf course, just off Cary & Commerce Rd.
Sighting Description:
I was looking out my kitchen window onto the golf course when I spotted the black cougar. It was sitting near the edge of my neighbors pond and stalking the swimming ducks. At first glance, I thought it was our black lab about to take a dive in the water - but when I stepped out the sliding door to call her away from the pond, I quickly realized this was no dog. It was the size of a large dog, but it had a feline face, ears, and long lengthy tail. The way its tail moved also told me it was definetley from the feline familiy, not k9. It stayed there for a minute or 2, pacing back and forth near the edge of the water, eyeing the ducks and then it seemed to give up and retreated into the woodsy area on the other side of Cary Rd.


 

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