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Cougar confirmed in southern Indiana

May 17, 2010 at 11:56 AM

BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (AP) - Those who live near the southern Indiana spot where a mountain lion has been confirmed say there’s been talk for years about sightings of the animals.

Bloomfield hunter’s supply store owner Tom Colvin says he doesn’t believe many of those stories, but is certain the big cats are in the area’s woods.

The state Department of Natural Resources confirmed at a cougar in rural Greene County through a May 1 photograph by a motion-sensitive camera. A mountain lion was confirmed last year in neighboring Clay County after no documented animals in state since the 1860s.

Greene County is located about 30-40 miles from the Illinois border.

Greene County resident Dick Wood says he saw what looked to be a mountain lion trot across the street at the night this month.

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Would like to report that I saw a cougar holding something it caught half way facing down in a road ditch aprox 4 miles from shelbyville Il. south on 128.  He was on the East side of the road and I was North bound, as I approched him his front half of his body turned square to me - I had a crystal clear view of him, but the time I stoped the truck he ran off.  I dont care if any one believes me or not. I just wanted to report it in case another sighting in this area happens. This one was not bright yellow, but a dirty or gray yellow in color.  I would guess aprox 140 to 160 lbs.  I saw it June 18th aprox 8pm.

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I was traveling South on 51 today and I seen a cougar run across 51 just North of Macon, IL around 6:20pm.  It was very clear and sunny out and I’m positive it was a cougar.  I too wanted to report this case to inform people in the area.  I would say the description is the same as above.  Thanks!

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