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Trail camera snaps cougar in Illinois

JACKSONVILLE – A trail camera set up to keep track of the movements of deer instead captured a clear image of a cougar roaming central Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources confirmed Monday that the photo snapped in Morgan County is indeed a cougar. The picture clearly shows the big cat walking past a camera set up along a trail through a wooded area.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that it’s only the fourth confirmed sighting of a cougar since the cats were driven from Illinois in the 1870s.

Mark Cobb of Sherman hunts on property north of Jacksonville and captured the cougar on his motion-sensitive camera.

Biologist Bob Bluett of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says it’s impossible to say if the cougar is still around.

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