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Cougar fatally struck along I-88 in far west suburbs: state police

WBBM Radio Chicago 10/17/2022 Wbbm Newsradio Staff Report
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A mountain lion was found dead along Interstate 88 over the weekend after it was fatally struck by a vehicle, Illinois State Police said.

State troopers on Sunday evening responded to a report of a car hitting a deer on I-88 in the far western suburbs, but they found a different species on the roadway. It was a cougar, an animal that occasionally is seen in Illinois, even though there are no known populations here.

The people in the car were not hurt, and state workers removed the cougar from the scene.

It’s not known where the animal may have come from. A purported picture of the deceased animal was posted online.

No further information was immediately available.

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