|The acronym "Yooper" refers to people who live in Michigan's upper peninsula (U.P.). The usual
phrase given to folks living north of the
Mackinac Bridge back in the 70's was "U.P.'ers".
It was during this time that cartoonist Dan Rosandich stopped in at the
Daily Mining Gazette in Houghton, Michigan with some
cartoons. At the time, the editor was Bob Skuggen.
Those who knew Bob back in the day, can attest to the fact
he was a big proponent and advocate of The Keweenaw Peninsula and tourism in general.
Skuggen liked Dan's cartoons but said
they should focus on life
in the U.P. and after a while,a new
set of U.P. related cartoons were given to Bob for consideration.Although he really liked what he saw, they needed
a title and asked Rosandich to come up with a good name for
the cartoons. After bouncing around a few names & titles with some friends, Dan came up with the perfect term and this is
when "Yooper" was born. The cartoon panel Yooper Bloopers was introduced in an article with one of the first cartoons and soon
afterwards the term "yooper" was being used to promote
all things which were U.P.-related. Browse Yooper-Michigan.com and visit all of the incredible information and links that are
available to help educate people about the fantastic part of the
world which alot of people call Yooperland . . . and home! Thanks and enjoy ey?!
| Verified Proof That Cougars Are Roaming Michigan's Upper Peninsula!
Debbie Munson Badini of Michigan's DNR, issued a press release on or around November 11, 2009 to
validate that they investigated the area in and around the property where this cougar was photographed
via a "trail cam" or "game cam". There were two separate sets of cougar tracks in and around the area
where this big cat was obviously on the prowl. The exact location was not pinpointed but is in the eastern
u.p. in the Gulliver / Detour area. What was once thought to be myth, or urban legend here in northern
Michigan's u.p. has finally come full circle with the use of neat tech gadgets like trail cams.
In the future, there is no doubt more and more of these kinds of photos will be captured and if you have
the extra money to invest, these kinds of cams are great for identifying "prowlers" who may be roaming
your property! A hunter once mentioned being out on a back road on the reservation in Baraga county
with his dog when he heard tree branches snapping high up in and old fir tree. Much to his surprise, he
got a good glimpse of what he described as a full grown cougar as it jumped down to the ground and ran
off in the opposite direction. He described it's fur as very dark colored and even dirty or muddy looking -
probably from climbing through brush and thick tree limbs looking for prey.
Other sightings along with proof of tracks in Delta and up in Houghton county have been examined, much
to the denial of many. However, the sparsely populated u.p. is an ideal habitat because of the desolation
and remoteness of it's place in the upper great lakes region. Think of it this way . . the black bear which
proliferate throughout the upper peninsula are iconic. However, if you set out to photograph one or even
see one, your odds are not as good as seeing the white tail deer which also proliferate our region.
That being said, how easy would it be for you to actually photograph one of the big cats we have here who
obviously are so low in numbers? You're urged to keep your digital camcorders or cameras handy and of
course, strap those cameras to any and all trees around your home, camp, bait pile and other backroads
where you've seen big cat tracks or even glimpsed one but need proof!
News release as of: June 21, 2010 from Debbie Munson Badini (as above), this latest photograph is new
verified / updated proof of another cougar sighting that was taken by another "game cam" down in the
southern Upper Peninsula of Michigan in Menominee County. It's great to see people within the DNR are
finally agreeing that these animals roam different parts of the U.P. as so many others have been seen,
yet photographic proof just doesn't exist. By comparing these two different animals, you'll notice a feature
that's distinctive with both of this mountain lions...the length of the tail tapers off to a darker black or a
brown color. It's something to keep in mind should you encounter a similar creature that happens to cross
your path or even gets caught on one of your trail cameras!
Lake Of The Clouds Fishing Video - U.P. Fishing at it's finest!
Harley Davidson Hub - Highly Recommended For All Upper Peninsula Bikers
Check Gas Prices Across Upper Michigan By Simply Entering Your Zip Code!
| Send your humorous article or story about life in the Upper Peninsula and it will be considered
for inclusion on a special "Stories" page. One page or two pages etc. Send as an MSWord file or
in a text file format or in a basic email template. Chosen material gets the writer a mention and
link to their preferred web page. Deer hunting or sauna stories, camping or fishing story?
Australia Invites Upper Peninsula Residents To Plan A Visit!
| Bookmark this page and come back each day to visit and a new cartoon is
available for your enjoyment. Email your friends about Yooper-Michigan.com!
|| View this collection of classic Yooper
Bloopers cartoons by Dan Rosandich
which were syndicated to virtually
every newspaper in the U.P. and it was
once each week in such papers as The
Marquette Mining Journal, Houghton's
Mining Gazette, The Daily Globe of
Ironwood, and a majority of the week-
ly papers throughout Upper Michigan.
Rosandich invites comments and any
questions you might have and all of the
cartoons are available for licensing if
you have a product or concept.