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Brush up on cougar facts and figures

October 29, 2012 at 07:40 PM

The State Journal-Register

Previous confirmed sightings in Illinois

Chicago - 2008
Mercer County - 2004
Randolph County - 2000

Identification

According to the website Living with Wildlife in Illinois, domestic dogs and bobcats are most likely to be misidentified as a mountain lion in Illinois.

Bobcats weigh 10-40 pounds. On average, adult female cougars weigh 80 – 110 pounds, while males range from 130 – 160 pounds, according to The Cougar Network.

Both are secretive and elusive, and most sightings are fleeting.

Mountain lions once were found throughout the United States.

Conversion of prairies to agriculture, logging of forests, elimination of prey species like white-tailed deer and predator-reduction programs led to their extirpation from Illinois by the 1870s.

Mountain lions

*”Mountain lion,” “cougar,” “puma,” “catamount” and “panther” all are names for the same animal: Puma concolor
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*(Before the Morgan County sighting) here have only been three confirmed sightings of mountain lions in Illinois since the late 1800s.

*Missouri has had 33 confirmed reports since 1994.

Attacks on people

Cougars seldom attack people, although according to Cougarnet, attacks have increased over the past 20 years as people have moved into Cougar habitat.

There were four incidents in the United States and Canada with cougars that resulted in injuries to people to 2011 and four so far in 2012 according to http://www.cougarinfo.org.

In the 100 years between 1890 and 1990, eight deaths were reported due to cougar attacks. There were eight fatalities in the decade between 1990 - 2000. Four deaths were reported from 2001 – 2010.

According to The Cougar Network, adults that encounter a cougar should stand their ground, throw sticks and rocks and act aggressively. Do not turn and run.

An extensive field guide containing natural history information and keys to identification can be found in The Cougar Network Puma Field Guide at: http://www.cougarnet.org/Assets/pumafieldguide.pdf.

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