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Cougar in Northern Illinois!

This picture is from a trail camera near Stillman Valley, less than 10 miles southwest of Rockford, Illinois.

It’s a cougar!

We will be trying to find more information on cougar sightings in the area.


  1. olivier olivier
    December 29, 2010    

    do you mean a puma or a mountain lion ? 🙂

  2. Amy Amy
    December 31, 2010    

    OMG! Really interested to hear more about this!

  3. Dennis Dennis
    January 10, 2011    

    does anyone no exactly where he was seen in Stillman?

  4. The Birdfreak Team The Birdfreak Team
    January 12, 2011    

    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!

  5. laura kline laura kline
    March 21, 2011    

    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.

  6. The Birdfreak Team The Birdfreak Team
    March 22, 2011    

    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.

  7. Beth Beth
    December 11, 2011    

    Where did you get this photo? It is the same photo from 2009 that was taken in Michigan. See bottom of page:

  8. The Birdfreak Team The Birdfreak Team
    December 12, 2011    

    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).

  9. Melody Melody
    February 1, 2012    

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

  10. Shawn Shawn
    August 10, 2012    

    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!

  11. The Birdfreak Team The Birdfreak Team
    August 21, 2012    

    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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