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cougar sighting in illinois

JUST WANTED TO SHARE WITH ALL OF YOU THAT COUGARS DO IN FACT EXIST IN ILLINOIS. AROUND THE 1ST PART OF AUGUST 2008, MY FRIEND BOUGHT SOME PRIME HUNTING GROUND IN WHITESIDE COUNTY. SHORTLY AFTER MAKING A TRAIL GOING DOWN TO ONE OF HIS SPRINGS, HE NOTICED A FRESH MARKING ON A TREE LIKE A BUCK RUB MADE FROM A MONSTER BUCK ON STEROIDS. AFTER SHOWING ME THE TREE RUB, WE BOTH DECIDED THAT IT WAS WAY TOO EARLY IN THE YEAR FOR A BUCK RUB AND SUSPECTED IT TO BE A CAT. MAYBE A BOBCAT ON STEROIDS. JUST A WEEK LATER AROUND 7PM, I NOTICED WHAT LOOKED TO BE A DEER SOWLY COMMING OUT OF THE CORN FIELD. AS IT INCHED IT'S WAY OUT OF THE CORN AND INTO A CLEARING, I COULD SEE IT WAS A HUGE COUGAR... I SHOUTED AS QUITE AS YOU CAN POSSIBLY SHOUT TO MY FRIEND CAT!...CAT!......CAT!......., AND HE CAME RUNNING UP A HILL AND SAW MOST OF THE CAT EXCEPT THE HEAD WALKING SLOWLY INTO HIS WOODS. I HAVE A CELL CAM THAT TAKES PICTURES BUT WAS UNFORTUNATELY ON THE PHONE TRYING TO PURCHASE NEIGHBORING LAND THAT JOINS MY FRIENDS HUNTING OASIS, WHICH I NOW OWN. AFTER THE SIGHTING, I CONTACTED IDNR IN SPRINGFIELD AND TALKED WITH THEIR LEADING MAN FOR COUGAR SIGHTINGS. IDNR SAID THAT THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL SIGHTINGS OF COUGARS THROUGHOUT THE STATE, BUT THERE HAS YET TO BE ANYTHING DOCUMENTED TO PROVE IT. REALLY??? YEAH RIGHT!!! I SENT HIM PICS OF THE TREE MARKING AND OF A FRESH PAW PRINT BUT HE SAID HE WOULD NEED TO SEE A PIC OF THE COUGAR BEFORE INVESTIGATING FURTHER. AT FIRST I WAS ALL GUNG HO ON GETTING THAT FIRST DOCUMENTED PICTURE WITH A TRAIL CAM OR GET IN A TREE STAND WITH MY CAMERA. I THOUGHT HERE IS MY CHANCE TO GET MY NAME IN LIGHTS. BUT AFTER HEARING SEVERAL STORIES OF PREVIOUS COUGAR INCIDENTS WHY BOTHER. COULD THERE BE A COVER UP GOING ON? AFTER ALL, I HAVE HEARD OF TRAIL CAM PICS BEING POSTED AT A LOCAL WAL-MART, PEOPLE SHOOTING THEM, AND A CAR THAT HIT ONE DOWN IN THE SHAWNEE NAT. FOREST AREA WHICH MADE NEWS, AND ALL SORTS OF SIGHTINGS THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE STATE. YET, THERE IS NO DOCUMENTED EVIDENCE? Hmmmmmm... OK!!!! DID ANYONE HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT THE STATE RELEASING COUGARS AND BEARS AROUND 15 YEARS AGO??? HOPE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE IN ILLINOIS WHO HAS ANY INFORMATION ON THIS TOPIC. THANKS BGH!

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Location: utah
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cougar sighting in illinois

been hunting lions for 20 years i have never seen a lion do that befor looks more like a a bear but there is probably a few lions in your country

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cougar sighting in illinois

another place that is not supposed to have cougars is upstate new york and I'm not talking about buffalo I mean way up state in the Adirondack s, there have been a lot of unconfirmed sightings, the state claims that there isn't any because they haven't found any sign, but if there's only a small number of lions in 6millean acres of mountains there probably not going to find anything.

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Re cougar sighting in illinois

I'm not a cougar expert but seems odd that a cougar would scrape a tree like that. Like the other posts probably a bear or something. Has your friend seen any other sign? Tracks or dropings?

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