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The part where the DNR officer says "no tag in the ear". I havent said any thing because I haven't verified a claim by a guy who's mothers farm borders ours that he witnessed a truck hitting a cougar in side the city limits of a city 25 miles north of us. The cat was not killed instantly and had to be shot by police. He was second in line from the accident so he stopped. He was amazed by the size of the animal and noticed a red tag in its ear.He isnt a guy to lie or exaggerate and has no reason to lie.

 

The local DNR officer shows up and takes possession of the animal and tells the witnessed not to tell what they saw here as not to alarm the public. The local police told the man who hit the cat that they would report it as a deer accident. The DNR officer in Iowa spilled the beans about the tags. Im telling you all right now I still claim the DNR is releasing cougars to help control the deer population and is covering it up. Mark my words. Ive made a careful study of incidents since I saw one. The costs to insurance companies from deer accidents is in the thousands.

 

Or I could be wrong.

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An interesting theory, Swede.  If it is true, there would be an uproar, since just by reading through the comments posted on this article, people have the impression that mountain lions lurk in the shadows waiting to pounce on a person or drag off a kid.

It is strange that the DNR would try to hide that a big cat was found in the area.  I can just see stupid people going on a witch hunt wanting to wipe out any mountain lions in the area.  They were here long before we were.

 

I did a little research.  In the US and Canada, there have been 10 people killed by mountain lions since 1890. 

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Over the last couple of years people from my area have reported DNR vehicles parked along the road with tracking antennas stuck out of their windows.Doros husband Blair has seen them and his boy Jerry saw on parked in their lane to their house. Since it was a small road he stopped and asked what he was tracking and he wouldn't say. I'm sure they were not tracking deer or turkeys. Plus two years ago I found a list in the Illinois DNR web site that was for reintroducing endangered  species back into Illinois. On that list I found Grey Wolf. bob cat and cougar. Now when I go back to find it it says "this page has been removed"

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If you need any more proof of what I posted reread the article Fat Guy put up. Yesterday I read the comments from the DNR officer about a "tag in the ear" it isnt there in the article today. Instead at the top of the article you will see>

 

Story Updated: Dec 15, 2009 at 10:11 PM CST    :hmm:  Im a tellin you theres some thing going on. Ill bet you a shiny goecashing coin the DNR called them to remove the officers comments.  :yes:

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More news. I just talked to member Sonny and he printed out the original article and has proof that information has been edited out. Also Fat Guy has pointed out that the cat mysteriously changed from a female to a male over night.  :hmm:

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Hey Horus  :wave:  Is your TP still up? Im thinking Christmas winter camping.

 

More cat news. Our local cougar was spotted this morning by Jenifer Schisler (Blairs nephews wife) crossing Rt. 116 this morning approx. three miles west of here.

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More interesting news on this story.  I was reading through the local newpapers here at my mom's, about 10-12 miles from where the mountain was killed.  An interesting article that has an interview with the DNR officer that examined the cat, telling that it was a female and the reasons why a female would be in the area as compared to the males that have been found. 

 

Obviously, how a DNR officer that is listed as a "fur bearing animal specialist" could some how examine this animal and incorrectly determine the sex of the animal is pretty suspect. 

 

The on-line article has been changed, removing any mention that the animal was first said to be a female.

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I called the TV station and talked to the reporter who posted the story and down played the story change. He said it was just an editing change and the original story in the newspaper still had the information in it.My point remains the same. Why did the dnr officer state that it must be a wild cougar because it doesnt have a tag in its ear. Whats up with the tags?

 

More news> We found a web site run by a guy in a near by town called prairiestate.com. The same article was posted in his site. I added my two cents>

 

http://www.prairiestateoutdoors.com/index.php?/pso/article/cougar_killed_90_miles_west_of_illinois/P50/

 

The last post in the article is mine. I tried to email the guy but the email came back so Ill try another email.

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Heres the post I sent to the web editor. Apparently they dont have a web editor any more so Ill resend it to the web owner.>

 

I posted a comment in "cougar killed 60 miles". I live in London Mills ILL. and my wife and I have seen a cougar around here along with several others. I have a picture of a track taken by Bridget Gray south east of London Mills.Will you look at the article? I sent this article to the Zepher in Galesburg and although they always print my letters to the editor they didnt print this one.

 

What you may not know is a cougar was hit by the prison in Galesburg a few weeks ago. According to a witness the police had to finish it off and it had a tag in its ear according to the witness. The game warden took the animal and advised the witnesses to keep it quiet for fear of panic.The police wrote it as a deer kill for insurance.

 

My problem is the accounts from the Iowa about the cougar over there being wild because of a lack of a tag in the ear. What does that mean? I think they have indeed released cougars and are covering it up.

 

Eric Swanson  

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