JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — Cougars, wolves, and bears have all been spotted in Illinois over the past few years. It is important for people to understand why we are hearing about these mammals in the news more often.
University of Illinois Extension will be offering the program Large Predators in Illinois. This seminar will focus on the behaviors of cougars, wolves, and black bears and why they may be visiting us again. This informational program will be on August 14 from 6 to 730 pm at the Morgan County Extension office, 104 North Westgate in Jacksonville.
There are many reasons, scientific and unknown, as to why we are starting to see the occasional lone large predator in Illinois. Part of the seminar will talk about local habitats and how much of Illinois can sustain complete populations of these large mammals. In addition, information will be given on the animals themselves and the behaviors that may be playing a part in their attempts to return.
If you are interested in attending this seminar, you can register on line at http://go.illinois.edu/cougar or call 217-243-7424. Registration cost is $5 person, and registration deadline is August 13.
–University of Illinois Extension