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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 attacks SoDak ice angler

March 04, 2008 at 01:07 PM

The cougar craze just got crazier.

A South Dakota ice fishermen said he was attacked by a mountain lion last Saturday while fishing on Sheridan Lake, according to the Rapid City Journal. The attack happened in the Black Hills region of South Dakota.

Ryan Hughes, 33, said the cougar weighed 80 to 90 pounds and attacked him as he stood on the shoreline. Hughes suffered lacerations to his right forearm, punctures to his right hand and scratches on his face.

South dakota State Game, Fish & Parks Department officials consider the report credible, even though trained hounds couldn’t find the cat or its scent.

“The victim, Ryan Hughes, is believable. I don’t think he’s lying to us,” state Game, Fish & Parks Department spokesman Mike Kintigh told the Rapid City Journal. “I can’t explain why we’re not finding any physical evidence, or why our dogs weren’t finding scent in that area.”

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If Hughes’ story pans out, it will be the first documented incident with a wild mountain lion attacking a human in South Dakota. Reports are there were only 120 attacks in Canada and the U.S.

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A new twist on fox hunting

March 04, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Now I know where the term “sly as a fox” comes from.

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