It has been long rumored and now finally confirmed by the Department of Natural Resources that yes, there was a cougar spotted in Clinton County. According to the Michigan DNR, the cougar was spotted in Bath Township on June 21st. The exact location is not being released, however, officials say that the cougar was spotted near the Rose Lake State Wildlife Area.

Now that it is official, the DNR wants residents to know "that the odds of encountering a cougar in the wild are very small, and attacks on humans are extremely rare." That being said, officials also posted these tips in case you do encounter a cougar:

  • Face the animal and do not act submissive. Stand tall, wave your arms and talk in a loud voice.
  • Never run from a cougar or other large carnivore. If children are present, pick them up so they cannot run.
  • Do not crouch and get on all fours.
  • If attacked, fight back with whatever is available. DO NOT play dead.
  • Report the encounter to local authorities and the DNR as soon as possible.

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