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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

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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Missouri mountain lion?

December 27, 2007 at 02:39 PM

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This photo is reportedly of a cougar killed in Steeleville, Mo. According to the e-mail that accompanied this picture, the hunter is 6-feet tall and weighs about 220 pounds. As the story goes, he was in a deer stand and saw the big cat pass him downwind. Then the cat passed him upwind. When the cat passed even closer, the hunter decided it was time to shoot. He figured the cat was hunting him.

Whether there’s any truth to this or not remains to be seen. Who knows, this might be a South Dakota cat picture. But it’s definitely a big cat.

UPDATE: There’s no truth to the e-mail. Apparently the picture has been circulating for nearly four years. Click here to see Snopes’ report on the issue. The Boone and Crockett Club also has an entry on its Trophy Watch section. Click here to see the original thread that started all this. The cat was shot in Washington. It weighed 190 pounds and the hunter was 5-10. So nothing in the e-mail I received was accurate.

This all reminds me of a bear under a combine that was found in a cornfield in FILL IN A TOWN NEAR YOU HERE.


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