(Photo courtesy Valerie Abbott)
Illinois has three confirmed cougar kills in recent years:
15th JulyÂ 2000:Â Male cougar killed by a train in Randolph County.
4th December 2004:Â Male cougar found by a bow hunter in New Boston (Mercer County).
14th March 2008:Â Male cougar shot and killed in Roscoe Village neighborhood ofÂ Chicago (Cook County).
Links to various articles pertaining to big cats in Illinois.