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Cougars may prowl Michigan


SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE, Mich. -- Chief ranger Larry Johnson was driving to a movie with his wife in June when he saw something he never expected to see here near the shores of Lake Michigan -- a mountain lion.

The cougar was crossing Highway 22, gliding smoothly and confidently as if on roller blades. It disappeared into a patch of red pine trees, not far from a house and a mailbox.

"I knew immediately what it was," said Johnson, a National Park Service ranger who has worked at seven parks over 21 years. "Still, you ask yourself: 'Could it really be what I think it is?' "   more...


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