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Not surprisingly, since September 2009, The Cougar Network, with assistance of Minnesota DNR wildlife staff, has documented a dozen confirmations of dispersing wild mountain lions.
Although it is not known definitively, it has been hypothesized that the origin of the much larger eastern coyote in the northeastern states was through Canada (Ontario and Quebec) where this species hybridized with wolves and then migrated into upstate New York and New England.
It is possible the cougar could use a similar dispersal route to the northeastern United States and the Champlin/CT cougar has demonstrated that potential.
Given the possibility of future detections in Michigan or elsewhere, those samples, along with any others that might eventually be obtained, hold the promise of revealing still more fascinating information concerning the identities and movements of mountain lions that have visited the northeastern Midwest, while their presence draws substantial interest from a host of human spectators.
Contemplating the possibility that mountain lions might one day recolonize certain forested regions in the Upper Midwest has become an intriguing pastime for a growing number of Midwesterners; nonetheless, to date, no females have been detected in either Michigan or Wisconsin.
The Upper Midwest region is perhaps the most favorable corridor for cougars to attempt repopulating the east.
It has a relatively low human population, significant forest cover in northern areas, and high prey populations, including deer, beaver, wild turkeys, and in the northern areas, moose (cougars have taken moose calves).
For example, during 2011, seven trail camera records of cougars occurred between July 25 and Nov.
12, and likely as not, all seven records resulted from just two lions.
has exhibited a substantial amount of cougar activity since 2008 when records of dispersing young male mountain lions, primarily from the Black Hills region of southwestern South Dakota, began to increase.
The northern and eastern parts of Ontario have been excluded from the map since there are no registered confirmations of mountain lion presence there.
It is especially interesting that WDNR (with an assist from Michigan DNR) has been able to identify most, if not all, of the lions they currently hold records for.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating