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Posted on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 5:34 p.m.

North Campus cougar: Searching the woods for the rogue animal

By Nathan Bomey

University of Michigan Public Safety officials said they're searching for traces of a cougar reportedly spotted by local residents today on North Campus.

It was not immediately clear whether the cougar was related to the Dexter Bear.

In this video,'s Nathan Bomey searches for the North Campus cougar.

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Bosco Boscowitz

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 10:30 p.m.

Intentional vs. unintentional camp, that is the question.


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 8:18 p.m.

Couldn't catch the cougar on film, but I did get a good a pic of the Eberwhite Woods Panther, which I sent to Nathan. Maybe he'll print it.


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 8:16 p.m.

@edjasbord: Maybe the cougar was rouge...

Elaine F. Owsley

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 6:55 p.m.

I don't think cougars are related to bears, but chow dogs are thought to be, because they are the only other animals with black or blue tongues and the same number of teeth. Other dogs have fewer.

Don B. Arfkahk

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 4:30 p.m.

Best piece from Nathan... ever. Have him do more investigative journalism like this, please.


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 2:56 p.m.

"It was not immediately clear whether the cougar was related to the Dexter Bear." They're second cousins obviously.


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 2:33 p.m.

This was fun to watch, but "Rogue" is not the right word, and really is anti-ecological, or at least speaks of ecological ignorance. The cougar is native to very piece of the mainland US (excluding perhaps norther Alaska). The reporter may have gone rogue, which was fun, but the cougar has not. I really urge you all to change the title.


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 3:54 p.m.

One of the definitions of rogue is "vagabond". This cougar--if it even exists--fits that description as cougars have not inhabited these parts for a century.

John of Saline

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 2:17 p.m.

Here, kitty kitty kitty......


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 2:11 p.m.

Ok...someone has to do it.Why weren't there any cougars around when I was 17 ?


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 1:39 p.m.

"It was not immediately clear whether the cougar was related to the Dexter Bear." By birth or interspecies marriage?


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 1:11 p.m.

There will be NO preying on campus...not even if you're a cougar! LOL


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 1:05 p.m.

I take that this is all meant to be fun...considering cougars are primarily nocturnal creatures. I lived in the mountains for several years--real cougar country. Never saw a cougar. Only the evidence they had been there--bloodied bones of elk as an example. Otherwise, if you go out again, go at night and take some night vision goggles you might get the cougar on camera. Good luck.

Joe Hood

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 12:50 a.m.

Rogue? With a run away deer population, we're going to see a lot more cougars and bears, nothing rogue about that, they are coming back.

rusty shackelford

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 12:29 a.m.

This type of video should be mandatory for every article from now on.

Don B

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 12:26 a.m.

This looks like a SNL takeoff on Wild Kingdom. "And now, here's Nathan...."


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : midnight

I thought Nathan was a business editor/ director now I see -- is this story about business? The cougar business perhaps? Beating the drums at

Kai Petainen

Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 11:49 p.m.

it's nice to have some light-hearted news for a change....

Kai Petainen

Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 11:49 p.m.

HA! this is a fun article/video... HA... cool stuff.


Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 11:06 p.m.

I think I'll go cougar hunting tonight. Check out TGI Fridays first...


Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 10:22 p.m.

"In this video,'s Nathan Bomey searches for the North Campus cougar." What a PC statement. Just admit it's a staff reduction, and a meal for the cougar... :-)

UM owns

Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 9:48 p.m.

Fast forward to 3:17 to see Nathan attacked by the cougar!

Joe Hood

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 12:51 a.m.

I think that was a Neon, not a Cougar.


Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 9:44 p.m.

Nathan, Thanks for that investigative reporting! Be careful!! Lol, that was fun!