More cougar sightings in southwest Illinois
Rod Kloeckner of the Belleville News-Democrat reports that people continue to report cougar sightings in the Belleville area.
The latest reports center around a large black cat in Alton and several more sightings in the Kaskaskia River valley bottoms north of Okawville.
Since February, when a story about (Russell) Shubert and his wife possibly spotting a cougar near their home on Riverbluff Road appeared in the News-Democrat, he has been keeping a log of big-cat sightings in his area.
It’s up to 20, with Larry Bening and Jim Stein being his latest entries. Earlier this month, both reported seeing two small cougar cubs in farm fields.
Bening was near Plumb Creek, about three miles northeast of Okawville, checking his fields early in the morning when the cubs ran across the road about 100 yards in front of his truck.
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Prints from the alleged black cat near Alton were determined to be those of a dog by biologists.