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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says a large cougar was found and killed on a rural farm in Whiteside County.

On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, an IDNR Conservation Police Officer was called to the farm near Morrison, Ill. to investigate the report of a large cat on the owner's property.

When the officer arrived, he found what looked to be cougar weighing over 100 pounds and around five and a half to six feet long.

After consulting with the property owners and IDNR law enforcement & wildlife personnel, and at the owner's request, the decision was made to euthanize the animal.

Officials say wildlife biologists will examine the remains of the cougar in an effort to learn more about the it's recent history and origin.

According to the IDNR, cougars, also known as mountain lions, were eradicated from Illinois before 1870 and are not protected by the Illinois Wildlife Code.

For more information on cougars, check the Living with Wildlife in Illinois website at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife/