ESCANABA - An 88-year-old Daggett woman spotted a cougar roaming in her backyard last Wednesday morning (March 3).
"I can't explain how I felt when I saw it," said Harriet Koller, whose home is located on Highway 358 in Daggett. "I called my son (Bob Kuntze) and he came over right away."
Koller described the mountain lion as a big, long animal with a tail as long as its body. "A big fluffy tail which doesn't touch the ground," she said.
Kuntze contacted the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Footprints from the cougar led all the way to Koller's deck.
"I showed the (DNR) officer the footprints, which were hard to decipher because of the melting snow," said Kuntze.
After seeing the large animal, Koller was afraid to go outside. She was also concerned about her next-door neighbors, who have three small children.
"I have a beautiful back yard, nicely landscaped with trees," Koller said. "The animal was laying on the edge of the grass about 50 feet from my house."
The big cat, which has yet to be captured, walked away after a couple hours. Koller has since stopped leaving out table scraps for the neighbor's pet.
"I had thrown some carrots out in the backyard (the night before the cougar sighting)," she said. "I'm not sure who ate them, but I did see large footprints alongside the deck."