Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cougar Town

We are receiving reports of a possible mountain lion/cougar/puma (Puma concolor) sighting on North Campus. From the DPS Security Bulletin:
SUBJECT: U-M DPS Security Bulletin - Suspicious animal sighted on North Campus

TO: all University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students, faculty and staff:

Today (8:30am) DPS received a report of a sighting on North Campus of a suspicious animal, described as a possible cougar, near Hubbard Road between Green Road and Stone Drive. Police officers and housing security personnel searched the area but did not find a suspicious animal.

Please take extra precautions if you are in this area, especially with young children and bicyclists. If you observe a suspicious animal, immediately contact University Police at 911 or (734) 763-1131.

Yikes. Michigan DNR maintains that cougars were expatriated form Michigan in 1906, though they do admit cougar DNA and hair have been found in the state in the last 10 years. Nevertheless there is a devout movement documenting the presence of these cats in Michigan.

Hat tip: E. Bloom


  1. Greg blog. Please correct your spelling of presents to be presence.

  2. Yikes. Thanks. Sometimes mistakes are made when I try to beat the Com to the punch.

  3. She was out scoping potential boy toys...

    Bah dah dump....

    Thank thank you...please don't forget to tip your waitstaff.

  4. An update: I live a few blocks from the sighting, and there have been orange choppers buzzing the area in search patterns (low, slow flying) all day. These are not the UMH copters, nor other hospital choppers. So someone seems shook up enough to dispatch some people to keep a lookout...