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Wild Cougar Shot and Killed in Morrison, Illinois (Whiteside County)

An Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Officer (CPO) on Nov. 20, 2013 responded to a call in Morrison, Illinois in Whiteside County from a farm owner that a large cat had been seen running toward the farm owner’s home and outbuildings coming from a corn field [...] When the IDNR Conservation Police Officer arrived, he found what looked to be cougar weighing over 100 pounds and around five and a half to six feet long. After consulting with the property owners and IDNR law enforcement & wildlife personnel, and at the owner's request, the decision was made to euthanize the cougar [...] Whiteside County Map ... The State of Illinois has confirmed three cougars within in Illinois between 2002 and 2008. One was killed by a train in Randolph County in 2002, one was killed by a hunter in Mercer County in 2004, and a third was shot and killed by Chicago police in the 3400 block of North Hoyne Avenue on the north side of Chicago in April, 2008 [...] Couga