Mountain lion

Cougar confusion in Illinois

(Photo courtesy of Illinois State Police)If you have been following social media or reading the news reports and accompanying comments since mid-October, one would think that Illinois is just crawling with cougars. The current cougar saga began in Illinois when two things occurred. First, IDNR officials announced on October 17 that a  mountain lion (Puma concolor – cougar) was struck…

Cougar makes rare successful crossing of L.A.-area freeway

The mountain lion like this one was spotted in the eastern Los Angeles County community of Azusa, near the San Gabriel Mountains wilderness.THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The National Park Service says researchers have documented a rare case of a cougar from the Santa Monica Mountains successfully crossing U.S. Highway 101 to an area less hemmed in by Southern California sprawl….

South Dakota teen kills mountain lion that attacked animals

Each year, Washington state reportedly allows 250 cougars to be hunted and killed in 50 designated zones.CUSTER, S.D. — A South Dakota teenager has killed a mountain lion that attacked several animals on his family’s property in the southwest part of the state. The Rapid City Journal reports the mountain lion killed a goat, duck, cat and chicken on the…