Detection and Classification of Cougars in Michigan Using Low Copy DNA Sources

  title={Detection and Classification of Cougars in Michigan Using Low Copy DNA Sources},
  author={Bradley J. Swanson and Patrick J. Rusz},
Abstract Sporadic reports of cougars (Puma concolor) have occurred in Michigan since its official classification as extirpated in the 1930s. We collected 297 scats from 12 areas in Michigan with heavy sighting reports of cougars. Ten scats produced DNA profiles consistent with cougars. One scat was identified as having a North American origin; the other nine scats produced no useable sequences. One pre-Columbian sample, from a Native American burial site; also matched the current North American… 

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