“I know the difference between a bobcat and a cougar,” Weed told The News at the time. “There’s a big difference between a 50-pound bobcat and this cougar, which must have weighed 150-160 pounds. It had paws the size of dinner plates.”
In 2013, a Genoa Township man said he saw a predator kill a deer about four miles outside Howell, but had no evidence the animal was a cougar. A DNR official said the department wouldn’t investigate since there wasn’t evidence such as photographs or tracks.
The odds of encountering a cougar in the wild remain very low, the department said. But if residents should encounter one, the DNR recommends they never run and do not crouch. Rather, face the animal and do not act submissive.
“If attacked, fight back with whatever is available,” according to a release. “DO NOT play dead.”
Cougars were native to Michigan but were driven out of the state more than a 100 years ago. Since 2008, there have been 36 cougar sightings or tracks in Michigan — all in the Upper Peninsula, according to the DNR, which said it has not confirmed any breeding population in the state. Agreement, he said.
He said the county also has not ruled out the possibility of giving the union’s members a retention stipend.
A union official Thursday welcomed the bonus for the county’s workers.
“I want to thank the commission for passing the resolution giving the stipend to most of the unions,” Richard Johnson, staff representative of AFSCME Council 25, the coalition of unions representing the county’s workers, told commissioners at their meeting Thursday. “Unfortunately, I share disappointment that some people have been left out, particularly Local 3317.”