Gotcha: Trailcam footage of cougar ends years of mystery

Jim Moodie, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:23 AM ET

SUDBURY, Ont. — After years of reported sightings and speculation — not to mention a longstanding reward from the local paper for photographic proof — an image of a cougar has finally been captured on Lake Huron’s Manitoulin Island.

In early July, Michigan resident Chris Wenz set up seven trail cameras at his property south of Gore Bay expecting to encounter the usual menagerie of deer, bears, foxes and raccoons when he reviewed the footage.

But one brief clip showed something a bit more unusual: a large, tawny beast with a rope-like appendage, tipped in black, slinking away into the forest.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Wenz said Tuesday, speaking from his home in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. “The tail was too long to be a bobcat or lynx, and too skinny-looking to be the tail of a wolf or coyote.”

The Ford Motor Company engineer and avid deer hunter consulted with his Manitoulin neighbour Georges Prevost. “He said for sure that’s a cougar,” Wenz said.


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