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      Cougar killed in Upper Michigan

      Cougar captured on trail cam in Luce County on December 8, 2013

      The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is investigating the illegal killing of a cougar in Schoolcraft County.

      According to the DNR, a tip was received that a cougar had been illegally killed at a hunting camp in the northeast section of the county.

      The DNR reports that evidence was recovered and two suspects from Bay County, Michigan have been identified and apprehended. The DNR expects to turn the case over to the Schoolcraft County Prosecuting Attorney with warrant requests and charges.

      Officials believe that the cougar shown in a Luce County trail cam is likely the one that was killed.

      The penalty for killing a cougar illegally in Michigan is up to 90 days in jail and fines and restitution of up to $2,500.

      If you spot any illegal hunting acts, the DNR asks that you contact the Report All Poaching hotline at (800) 292-7800, or report the information online here.