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Authorities: Dead cougar likely dumped along Michigan road

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Authorities say the frozen carcass of a male cougar that was found along a road in Michigan's Upper Peninsula likely was dumped at the site.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the cougar was found in Dickinson County's Breitung Township, about four miles north of Iron Mountain.

MLive.com reports the carcass may have been thrown from the back of a vehicle before a woman walking her dog discovered it Monday morning. 

The cause of the cougar's death wasn't immediately known.

DNR First Lt. Pete Wright says the carcass likely was dumped within a day or two of when it was found.

Officials are seeking information from the public in the case.

There have been a number of reports of cougar sightings in Michigan over the past few years.

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