State of MI and IN "official" stand is there are no cougars in either state. Never saw a cat in IN yet, but too many rumors and even a trail cam pic from down south leads me to believe they are here. Just cause you aint seeing them dont mean they aint there. They ARE called the ghosts of the forest for a REASON!
In Michigan: (Dah Yooper)
I personally saw one with my own eyes east of Rapid River, MI in '97 and was stalked by a wounded cat in '00. (East of Rapid River)
How do i know i was stalked, one might ask?
Deer camp '00, i was living in my tent for 2 weeks. After 2 days of snow it finally let up in the early evening. The next morning I went out wandering to see what i could see. I cut a cat track in the snow. Started following it. Noticed cat was dragging one paw. Thought to myself, "hmmm wounded cat 300 yards from camp, this cant bode well!" continued to track with finger on the trigger of the 06. Came to a rise and thought, "Damn this looks familiar!" Saw where cat had laid down and where the tail had swished back and forth in the snow...looked over the rise and down on my camp!!
The night before i had stood out by the fire drinking beer and sipping whiskey whilst cooking a steak over an open fire. (i have a film of my beer next to the steak on the grill...it was so cold the beer was freezing in my hand so i had to put it on the grill to keep it "cold") That damn cat had laid not 20 yards behind and above me watching me cook!!
That night I broke a long standing rule in deer camp...instead of unloading the guns BEFORE starting the drinking I loaded every gun to the max and made sure there was one in the chamber. The 1911 on my hip, in condition 1 and easy to hand!
Scared the HELL outta me!! Black bears, wolves and cougars deep in the cedar swamps....not the place to be screwing around!!