A Michigan hunter recently captured a mysterious image on one of his game cameras that looked suspiciously like a mountain lion, but when he asked the state Department of Natural Resources to review the image, they said “nope, bobcat.” Others aren’t so sure…

From this story on
Avid bowhunter Jeff Bruxvoort sat in his tree stand last weekend and scanned through photos from his new trail camera, set up to give a preview of the big bucks he could expect to see while hunting this season. What he found was something he never expected to see. “There were about a hundred photos on there but mostly of squirrels and things like that,” Bruxvoort said.

“Then I saw that one and I was like ‘Whoa!'” What he saw was a fuzzy image of a long, sleek-looking cat — but it couldn’t be, could it? “To me, it looked like a mountain lion but I just couldn’t get it through my head,” Bruxvoort said. “I went home that night and downloaded it onto my computer.”

According to the story, when Bruxvoort sent the photo in to the DNR, they quickly replied that what he had captured on the photo was a bobcat, which Bruxvoort has a hard time believing.

From the story: “I emailed them back and said ‘If that’s a bobcat, then there’s a problem with the DNR…”I’ll hand that picture to someone and say ‘Tell me what it is’ and everyone says it’s a mountain lion,” Bruxvoort said. “There’s a lot of sightings in the Lower Peninsula but the DNR hasn’t confirmed them. They claim there are no mountain lions down here.”

Thoughts? What kind of kitty do you think it is?