Mountain lions have been sighted again in Illinois. Here’s what you need to know:
Mountain lions were eliminated from Illinois before the 1870s due to habitat loss and overharvesting. However, there have been a few sightings confirmed in Illinois over the past decades, with two reported last month alone. The sightings have prompted questions about safety, what to do if you see a mountain lion, and what the animals might be doing back here.
We were joined by a wildlife biologist to talk us through these questions and more.
Senior Wildlife Biologist, Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Mountain lion captured in Springfield settling in at new home https://t.co/tCnaxkx8bt— NPRIllinois (@nprillinois) November 14, 2022
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