we do , i have had two different encounters with them . one in 1999 , one in 2002 . a coworker of mine saw one on his farm earlier this year . there have been other reports from various people in our area , the d.n.r. does not write them down , even after several livestock kills have been reported .
we also have black wolves in the lower penusala , several sightings and a few videos , but still listed as unconfirmed by our d.n.r. . ( ice crossings from the u.p. is suspected .
in the d.n.r. listed cougarss as an protected animal in the hunting guide back in 2001 . in 2002 it was listed as an endangered species here in michigan .
our local d.n.r. " unofficially " states that they are probbably someones pets that just got too big , so they turned them loose . it's a sad thing that people try to raise thes bueatiful wild creatures as pets , but to turn a semi domestacated one back into the wilds is just plain crule . the animal is left to fend for itself without the proper natural knowledge that it aquires from it's parent. thats where these animal rescue groups come into play . they have the skills needed to diagnose which of these animals will be capable of reintroduction into the wilds , and which ones will end up being cared for during there life span .
why does the d.n.r. not confirm the presence of these animals ? man's fear . poachers would go looking for them , people would stop camping , hikeing , ect,ect . the economy here in the north thrives on tourists .
these animals will retreat from any encounters with man , unless hungry .but let loose as a pet , you can bet one of these days an unfortunate incident may happen , all because of someones stupidity in the treatment of a wild creature as a pet .
where you from (general area ) ? is your hubby a sportsman ? there are several other fourms that can be viewed with our free membership , including the product testers board . you just missed out on our free two years paid subscription of feild and stream magasine . we sent out over 3000 paid sucriptions in a little over a months time .
yes , my spelling sucks , but i can sure fish and hunt and always welcome otheres to go with me if they would like . if your hubby ever needs a partner he's always welcome here !
Nature is better with butter .