Unconfirmed sightings have been reported for years, but now it's official: there is at least one cougar in the Lower Peninsula.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the cougar was spotted in Clinton County's Bath Township, just outside of Lansing.
According to reports:
"The state says it has confirmed the presence of a cougar in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the cougar was photographed near the Rose Lake State Wildlife Area in Bath Township by a 21-year old Haslett man in the early hours of June 21.
The man spotted the cougar in his headlights as it attempted to cross a road. He took a photograph as the cougar turned back from the road into an area of thick vegetation.
Where it came from isn't known, but the DNR says it's the first time the large cat species has been verified in lower Michigan."