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Curiosity Killed the Yooper

There’s a long running story in my family about a black panther that was spotted several times behind my grandparent’s old house in Haslett. I never got to see it, but the story went that this lone prowler was dark as night and stalked the many acres of woods around the Lansing area. Other families supposedly confirmed the sightings, but as far as I know nothing was ever officially done about it.

The State News is running a story today about a recent upswing in cougar encounters in both lower and upper Michigan (say Yah to da U.P. eh?). It certainly is surreal to have an old family legend partially confirmed.

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