Cougar found on northern Illinois farm

2013-11-21T16:00:00Z 2013-11-21T16:05:54Z Cougar found on northern Illinois farmThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 21, 2013 4:00 pm  • 

MORRISON — State wildlife biologists are investigating after a cougar was found roaming near a northern Illinois farm.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says Thursday that they euthanized the animal found Wednesday near Morrison in rural Whiteside County. The cougar was between 5 and 6 feet long and weighed about 100 pounds. Wildlife biologists plan an animal autopsy, or necropsy.

Farmers called conservation police after seeing the cougar exit a cornfield. Police found the animal in concrete tunnel under a corn crib.

Experts say there were three confirmed cougars in Illinois between 2002 and 2008. Trail cameras in recent years have shown a cougar in Jo Daviess, Morgan, Pike and Calhoun counties.

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