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|Posted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:44 pm Post subject: 2/8/2011 Eaton County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
|Eaton County, Michigan - cougar sighting.
Reported Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 7:48 PM to www.savethecougar.org
Date of Observation: 2/8/2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location Description: At the edge of the woods in the back yard
I was looking out the kitchen window and at the edge of the yard where the woods start. I saw a large dark colored cat run into the woods. A few minutes after the cat went into the wood the neighbor's horses all ran back to the barn. Later in the afternoon my nephew, 125 pound dog and I went out to see if we could identify the tracks. The tracks were in a straight line. The foot prints were quite large and they went all the way to the ground, through 15 inches of snow. The snow had blown into some of them and it was hard to see the bottom of them. Th e few we could see clearly looked like cat prints. There were no belly marks between the foot prints. These tracks ran parallel to the deer prints we saw. We saw a few areas where the snow had been disturbed against fallen logs, like something had been sleeping there. My dog and I walk through these woods to the creek that runs through our property. Several times my dog has sniffed the air and ran back to the house leaving me standing there, no amount of coaxing could get the dog to come back into the woods. We have also heard scrams that I could not identify. When the dog heard the screams he stood very still and did not bark. Today when I looked out the big tracks crossed my foot prints from yesterday. There was cat spray on the snow in several places. We did not see scat or hair.