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Local Woman Says "Cougars Shouldn't Be Killed"

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Monika Knapp has been living in Morrison, IL for 30-years now. She says the most uncommon animal she's ever seen on her property was a cougar. But she soon realized that it was becoming more common to see throughout the years. 

She's seen one come into her backyard multiple times at night, and even during the day. The cougar never attacked her or her horses which are kept fenced in so she never had an issue. 

"It's very loud, very eerie, but I didn't feel threatened by it, I wasn't afraid of it," she says.

A two-year old male cougar was spotted not too far from her home at a nearby farm. The owners called The IDNR to investigate, and an officer shot and killed him.

"I just feel very saddened that they killed this poor animal and that they are not relocating them."

IDNR Captain Robert Frazier says even if with the okay to save the animal it would have been tough to do with no tranquilizers, or a place to relocate it. Along with safety concerns for people and livestock.

Regardless, Knapp says it should have been given a chance. 

"That must have been a baby, maybe from the cat I had in my timber but it does break my heart that it didn't have a chance to live." 

Conservation officers say cougars are typically rare around the Quad Cities area, but lately they are starting to see more of them. The one found on Wednesday was sent for an animal autopsy to determine where it came from.