After years of reports of everything from lions to tigers to bears roaming the Indiana countryside, the DNR now investigates such sightings that are deemed semi-credible.
In this case, biologists with the DNR set up trail cameras in the area where footprints of a large cat were found by a conservations officer who was investigating claims by local residents.
To everyone’s surprise, the cameras were only in place a day when they captured multiple images of the large cat on May 1 around 2:30 a.m.
Considering that southern Illinois has a confirmed wild (but still sparse) population of mountain lions, our bet is that the cat is a former Illini.
Mark our words: wild bears in Hoosier National Forest aren’t out of the question within 10 to 15 years. Perhaps that will help reduce some of the litter in our more popular campgrounds- or reduce the population of camping pigs.
Photos: Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Link to DNR media release