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8:49 a.m. on November 6, 2013 (EST)
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My youngest son and I were camping in the woods near my house a few nights ago, when my wife texted me this picture. It was taken the night before by a farmer's critter cam just 4 miles from my house (about 3 miles from where I was sitting).


Now, for you Westerners that might not be a big deal, but this is Illinois--where they are regionally extinct. This is only the 8th confirmed sighting since 1855!

So, while I am thrilled with their potential return, I'm still a bit miffed at my wife for sending me that picture as I'm sitting by a fire late at night. :P

8:50 a.m. on November 6, 2013 (EST)
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Oh, ignore the time stamp at the top of the picture. That's the computer's clock from the screen shot.  The pic was shot at night.

9:05 a.m. on November 6, 2013 (EST)
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Amazing Goose!...where was the photo taken exactly?

10:28 a.m. on November 6, 2013 (EST)
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Yup, here in Indiana we also don't have any of those things but people keep seeing them.

Last year I think our DNR finally admitted they exist in Indiana.

The big cats have lots of places to hide between the corn!

11:00 a.m. on November 6, 2013 (EST)
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Great picture. We have em in the neighborhood too. Lots of people do but don't realize it.

12:17 p.m. on November 6, 2013 (EST)
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Nice kitty!!Meow-w-w I have seen their tracks near my place here in Utah outside of Zion NP

1:04 p.m. on November 6, 2013 (EST)
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Joseph, it was taken a couple of miles southwest of Carlinville, IL. In Macoupin County.

2:00 p.m. on November 6, 2013 (EST)
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Oh, holy hell. 

Can't say I'd have taken too well to receiving that photo while I was out in the woods, either, Goose!

That's one muscular-looking animal. Here's hoping they stick to the critter cams and shy away from campsites!

10:15 p.m. on November 6, 2013 (EST)
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It looks in pretty good shape.


2:29 p.m. on November 7, 2013 (EST)
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hello, kitty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


10:16 p.m. on November 9, 2013 (EST)
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Looks like it's eating something.

5:57 p.m. on November 13, 2013 (EST)
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very nice

2:47 p.m. on November 14, 2013 (EST)
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That is a healthy cat!!  Critter/game cams get some cool stuff.  Thanks for sharing.

9:46 p.m. on November 18, 2013 (EST)
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he looks well fed. hopefully he's not dining on campers...we have them in the cuyamaca mountain state park. they dine on hikers!

6:52 p.m. on December 7, 2013 (EST)
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I knew those critters were out here in the Midwest (S.W. Lower Michigan). I thought I saw one years ago, but it was so far away I wasn't able to be certain, but the way it moved and the size caused me to believe it was a cougar.

I've also heard from a lady who claims she had one in her backyard, but no proof.

There have been many other sightings in these parts over the past few years, all which are poo-pooed by the DNR folks.

Thanks for the post, Goose.

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