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Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Cougar report from Illinois City

December 30, 2009 at 02:57 PM

While there’s no dead cat to prove the latest cougar sighting in the area, there are pictures of what are said to be big cat tracks.

This one comes from Illinois City, located near the Mississippi River roughly between Muscatine, Iowa and the Quad Cities.

Larry Dahl and son Greg took these pictures, which have been circulating via e-mail. The tracks are reportedly from a big cat that Larry Dahl saw crossing into a field near his house west of Illinois City. Dahl’s report is one of several in the area.

Here’s is Dahl’s report, apparently.

“Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. I was just pulling out of my drive with my truck and saw a huge cat crossing the road These pictures were taken a few minutes after the game warden was here. My son Greg and I measured the bound the cat took it was 14 and 6 feet The road was about 20 feet because it totally cleared the road
I only saw it for a short time and tried to chase it with my truck but it turned and went north west of my house back into the timber.”

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