The state Department of Natural Resources is reporting 26 verified cougar sightings in the eastern portion of the Upper Peninsula since 2008.

There have been two new confirmed sightings in recent months.  A photo taken with a camera phone in Chippewa County's Raber Township in the later part of October on private property has been authenticated.  The location where the photo was take is about 30 miles south-southeast of Sault Ste. Marie.

A second photo, taken in Mackinac County's Garfield Township was snapped by a trail camera on public land in early November.

Michigan DNR believes that young cougars are separating from established populations in states like the Dakotas looking for new territory.

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