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.