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“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.”

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