Last night, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that they have confirmed two more cougar sightings.

The two cougar sightings are the fourth and fifth confirmed sightings of 2019.

Both sightings were captured by trail cameras in the Upper Peninsula and were about 14 miles apart.

One cougar was spotted in northern Delta County on September 18. The other was seen in southern Marquette County on October 6.

The sightings are becoming more common. This marks the third consecutive month in which the Michigan DNR has made a cougar sighting announcement.

On Sept. 22, landowners near Saint Jacques in Delta County captured the image of a cougar on a trail camera. In August, the DNR confirmed a sighting from July 7 northwest of Ironwood.

There have now been a total of 43 cougar sightings confirmed by the Michigan DNR since 2008. Five of the 43 have occurred in 2019.

The Michigan DNR says it is likely that the cougars come from a population which is generally found in South Dakota, Wyoming and northwest Nebraska.