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