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Cougar spotted in IL

Tue, 30 Oct 2012 09:04:36 CDT
By: AP

A trail camera set up to keep track of the movements of deer instead captured a clear image of a cougar roaming central Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources confirms the photo snapped in Morgan County is indeed a cougar. The picture clearly shows the big cat walking past a camera set up along a trail through a wooded area. It's only the fourth confirmed sighting of a cougar since the cats were driven from Illinois in the 1870s. Mark Cobb of Sherman hunts on property north of Jacksonville and captured the cougar on his motion-sensitive camera. Biologist Bob Bluett of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says it's impossible to say if the cougar is still around.

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