What a bunch of dumb morons. Of course, lets kill the animal, because there is not much open space left for them to go. God forbid one might wonder into our stupid stinking cities, where we destroyed all wild places just for human greed. They could have darted the cougar and relased him/her into the wild. They could have trapped it as well. That cougar would NOT have injured anyone. Hey PETA (and others like them), where are you on this one if you really care about animals!!
|I almost bet it was a "pet" at one point and time, and some idiot got tired of feeding it, etc and just let it go!!!
|Since the cougar was well fed, it's most likely someone's escaped pet..
Why are we blaming a private owner for this?? Until the real FACTS are in, we can not say for sure. I doubt it was a pet, because they are not allowed in the state of Illinoise as a pet.(Stupid ban law) Just because it was well fed means it was a pet? There is plenty of food for a cougar in the wild. Deer are plenty and very easy prey for cougars. Wild cougars exist in the state of Michigan, not far from Illinoise really. There has been a WILD cougar spotted in southern Wisonsin and Northern Illinoise. You can read more about cougars here http://www.easterncougarnet.org/breakingnews.html
Wild cougars are very elusive, even where they are plenty and well populated in the wild. That is why they are also known as the Ghost cat.Had this been a pet, especially one well socialized, it would not have been a threat to anyone and would have not acted the way it did. Wild cougars are NO threat to people as well, unless of course, you chase them and corner them
So, before the facts are in, lets not blame a private owner. Lets blame humans for destroying the homes of these great cats!!