Re(4): Delayed ReplyRe(1): Cougars from South Dakota IP: 126.96.36.199 Posted on February 16, 2015 at 08:58:09 PM by weather01089
“The Michigan Wildlife Conservancy inadvertently gave us a great education. For example, their insistence that two orange house cats videotaped at the edge of a field near the Indiana-Michigan state line (the Stokes video) were cougars educated us in how to distinguish cougars from house cats.”
Skeptics like you insisted they were house cats until proven wrong. Someone hired a science group who placed orange cones where the original photos had been taken to determine how large these animals were. They were about 30 inches high shoulders... the size of a cougar. Once again you are on the wrong side of this argument.
“Pat Rusz and Dennis Fijalkowski focused most of their attention on the Lower Peninsula”
They did surveys in both Upper and Lower peninsulas and made findings in both. You are wrong again.
“I don't believe any cougars have been confirmed on the LP, but more recently, they have been on the Upper Peninsula.”
MI DNR sent a team to the UP but won’t do the same in the LP because they are afraid it will cause them problems; that’s where most of Michigan’s population resides. Apparently you are not up to date on either the Michigan cougar issue, or New England.
“These cats are male dispersers coming in from North and South Dakota. According to a news item I've saved, there were two confirmations last fall”.
You have no idea what you are talking about. Officially 20+ have been confirmed but actually the number is much higher.....Some 28 or 29 have actually been identified in the UP including one that was shot. . You are apparently completely uninformed about puma concor in MI. More importantly, you intentionally understated the facts to deceive readers about what is taking place in the Wolverine state. Michigan has a population of cougars not a few wandering dispersers who drifted in from the Mid-West. Readers should closely scrutinize your postings as unreliable and speculative.