Mountain lion in Pulaski County confirmed by Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Illinois Outdoors at
RulesIllinois Outdoors at

Weather Forecast
04:35:22 PM
Big Game
Web Logs
Contact Us

Prairie State Outdoors Categories
Top Story :: Opinion :: Illinois Outdoor News :: Fishing News :: Hunting News :: Birding News :: Nature Stories :: Miscellaneous News :: Fishing :: Big Fish Fridays :: Big Fish Stories :: State Fishing Reports :: Other Fishing Reports :: Fishing Tips, Tactics & Tales :: Where to Fish :: Fishing Calendar :: Hunting :: Hunting Reports :: Hunting Tips, Tactics & Tales :: Where to Hunt :: Tales from the Timber :: Turkey Tales :: Hunting Calendar :: Big Game Stories :: Nature and Birding :: Birding Bits :: Nature Newsbits :: Critter Corner :: Birding Calendar :: Stargazing :: In the Wild :: Miscellaneous Reports

Two more cougar sightings confirmed in southernmost Illinois
June 28 2017 at 07:17 PM
The State Journal-Register
Two more cougar sightings have been confirmed in Pulaski and Alexander counties, bringing the total to four confirmed sightings in Illinois in the past two months.
No one can say for sure if the sightings are of the same cat or more than one.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Tim Krumwiede verified the authenticity of the most recent trail camera photos, which were taken june 18 in Pulaski County and june 26 in Alexander County. Both counties border the Mississippi River in southern Illinois.

Krumwiede met with both landowners, looked at the photos on the cameras’ memory cards and in pulaski County verified the site where the photo was taken.

“I’d bet everything I own on their authenticity,” he said. “They were two good photos — no-doubters.”

The four sightings this fall more than double the previous three verified cougar sightings in Illinois since the 1870s.

Cougars, also known as mountain lions, panthers, catamounts, painters and pumas, once ranged across most of the lower 48 states, but were driven out of Illinois more than a century ago.
“We pulled all four cards and went back to the camper Friday night (to review them) and that one popped up,” he said. “We were looking at (the picture) in our camper and I said, ‘Surely, I’m not seeing things, but sure looks like it’s a mountain lion.” Stories have circulated in the area about cougars.

“The neighbor said he’s seen a black panther in our creek bottom,” he said. “I kind of blew it off because I thought it was just another story.”

Krumwiede said the cougar image was taken near an entrance road where the landowner was having trouble with vandalism. the photo was taken just off Mudline road.
“He may have found a home from many, many years ago,” Krumwiede said.

The images all were captured at night, long after hunters should be out of the woods, but Krumwiede said DNR wants to hear from hunters who think they’ve seen cougars.

Attacks by cougars are rare. About 25 people have been killed by cougars in the United States over the past century, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Missouri has more experience with cougars, having documented 35 sightings since 1994. An article, “Living with Large Carnivores,” is available on the Missouri agency’s website.

According to the article, anyone who encounters a cougar is advised to maintain eye contact, raise arms to look bigger and back away slowly. Pick up dogs and children so they are not tempted to run.

Cougars that roam long distances are likely to be young males looking for mates.

Chris Young can be reached at (217) 788-1528.

Your CommentsComments :: Terms :: Report a problem
Hunted JEPC this weekend, by creek and have pics of paw print. Brought them home and compared to K9 vs cougar. Look like cougar, also I dont know many dogs with prints bigger than my fist
Posted by ctadams on 11/17 at 08:31 PM
Labs have big feet as well a Danes. Is there any claw marks. Cats dont have their claws out. Cat tracks are round while canine are more diamond shaped. Draw an X between toes 1&2 then 3&4. If the X hits the pad its cat. Type in cougar tracks in google search.
Posted by Wildsurvivor on 11/18 at 06:25 PM
Fact of the matter is Pike County has a cougar problem. I moved here two years ago from Minnesota and have personally had five sightings myself from the dodging outside of sight in a creek bed in Barry or crossing the road in El Dara. I have also seen trail cam pictures of my fiancé and a friend of his helping a guide by setting up stands and as the trail cam in the area went off you can see two faces and yellow eyes mostly hidden in the brush not ten feet behind them.
I don’t particularly think they’re a menace to the area; but I do think we need to acknowledge that there is a small population of them in the area.
Posted by Schmitty1990 on 11/20 at 09:15 AM
I just saw a trail cam photo of a cougar just outside of Lewistown here in Fulton Co. Not a doubt about the picture or the person providing the picture.
Posted by E Nigma on 11/21 at 12:56 PM
Cougar sighting, how can I add a picture?
Posted by Itsme on 12/28 at 07:56 PM
Comment Area Pool Rules
Read our Terms of Service.
You must be a member. :: Register here :: Log In
Keep it clean.
Stay on topic.
Be civil, honest and accurate.
Alert us to a problem
Log In

Register as a new member

Next entry: Fall lake surveys look good despite drought worries

Previous entry: Drought helps Missouri’s bobwhite quail

Log Out

RSS & Atom Feeds
AddThis Feed Button


RSSFishing News
RSSHunting News
RSSBirding News

Prairie State Outdoors
PSO on Facebook
Promote Your Page Too
News Archives
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30
April 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
Complete Archives
Category Archives
Copyright © 2007-2014 GateHouse Media, Inc.
Some Rights ReservedOriginal content available for non-commercial use
under a Creative Commons license, except where noted. Creative Commons