12 thoughts on “Cougar in Northern Illinois!

  1. Not sure where . . . and haven’t heard anything since nor do I have a date that it was sighted. But I’ll keep trying to get more info!

  2. I live in Kingston off of Glidden and 72. A few yrs ago there was a cougar right in our neighborhood. Several neighbors saw it. I have small children and was very concerned. I call DNR and spoke to an officer, and we even had a meeting. I felt I was thought of as a bored or crazy housewife.” Well, another neighbor and his wife saw it. He said he didn’t believe it until he “saw it with his own eyes!” I think everyone should know about this.

  3. Laura – I think there are more Eastern Cougars (Puma concolor couguar) out there. I can understand the safety concern too but with an overabundance of deer and small mammals for them to hunt I wouldn’t worry to much. Although, this is definitely something to keep an eye on if they are establishing any sort of populations or if these are just faraway strays.

  4. Beth – wow . . . that is interesting. We got the photo from a politician/conservationist from around N. Illinois who received it from someone he knew (also in N. IL).

  5. FINALLY they have got a picture of this cat !!! now people can stop telling me Im seeing things and Im crazy!!!!

  6. I know these cats are around northern Illinois, I have seen them with my own eyes. But this picture has been floating all over the Internet, 2 weeks ago someone posted this pick on Facebook and said it was taken off the bike trail by the prison in Dixon!

  7. Shawn – you are most correct! I don’t know where the photo originated but it is still interesting that there are big cats around.

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