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Since the 1970s, privately run groups have formed in nearly every state to compile and investigate records of cougar sightings. Many of these groups are convinced that breeding populations of cougars exist throughout the region. Some believe that a conspiracy to hide information or secretly reintroduce cougars is actively underway by state and federal governments. Some endeavor to promote the recovery of cougars in eastern North America. Large numbers of cougar sightings have been reliably reported throughout the Midwest.
The cougar has the largest range of any wild land animal in the Americas. Its range spans 110 degrees of latitude, from northern Yukon in Canada to the southern Andes. Its wide distribution stems from its adaptability to virtually every habitat type: it is found in all forest types, as well as in lowland and mountainous deserts. The cougar prefers regions with dense underbrush, but can live with little vegetation in open areas. Its preferred habitats include precipitous canyons, escarpments, rim rocks, and dense brush.
The cougar was extirpated across much of its eastern North American range (with the exception of Florida) in the two centuries after European colonization, and faced grave threats in the remainder of its territory. Currently, it ranges across most western American states, the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, and the Canadian territory of Yukon. There have been widely debated reports of possible recolonization of eastern North America
originally posted by: TNMockingbird
a reply to: skunkape23
I don't think it would be all that odd for it to be a Florida panther.?
The last time we went to Panama City, we went a different way through some real "back woods".
I think it is possible for them to migrate right along the coast fairly undetected.
If someone in AL. MS., or LA. reported a sighting, people would just think they were crazy old timers. LOL!
The sighting and footage are rare as Michigan doesn't have an established cougar population, DNR officials say. As of Thursday there have been 28 confirmed cougar sightings in the Upper Peninsula since 2008...
The 60-second clip posted to YouTube Thursday shows the cougar repeatedly returning to the site to eat a deer. The video was provided by hunters from Remus who discovered the deer kill site. The hunters set up a trail cam which captured the footage on Dec. 10, 2014 and Dec. 11, 2014.
The state doesn't have an established cougar population, but the animal does travel through the Upper Peninsula while searching for a place to set up its territory. Most are juvenile male cougars traveling from the Dakotas, Munson Badini said.