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December 28, 2010

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.

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  1. olivier says:

    do you mean a puma or a mountain lion ? :-)

    Posted on: December 29, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

  2. Amy says:

    OMG! Really interested to hear more about this!

    Posted on: December 31, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

  3. Dennis says:

    does anyone no exactly where he was seen in Stillman?

    Posted on: January 10, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

  4. The Birdfreak Team says:

    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!

    Posted on: January 12, 2011 @ 11:48 am

  5. laura kline says:

    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.

    Posted on: March 21, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

  6. The Birdfreak Team says:

    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.

    Posted on: March 22, 2011 @ 7:45 am

  7. Beth says:

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

    Posted on: December 11, 2011 @ 10:01 am

  8. The Birdfreak Team says:

    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).

    Posted on: December 12, 2011 @ 9:08 am

  9. Melody says:

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

    Posted on: February 1, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

  10. Shawn says:

    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!

    Posted on: August 10, 2012 @ 7:47 am

  11. The Birdfreak Team says:

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

    Posted on: August 21, 2012 @ 8:06 am


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