Ever since Chicago police chased a cougar through the city's neighborhood several years ago, residents in the metro area have been on a mountain-lion vigil.
It was in 2008 when we learned that a young male cat killed near a grade school might have come from as far away as South Dakota in search of territory, food, and mates. In recent months, sightings of other jumbo cats in Winnetka and Schaumburg have kept some on edge.
And now Kyle Stephens, a Springfield-area outdoorsman, notified me that just west of his location, another cougar was recorded on a motion-activated, trail camera.
Here's a link to a full report in the State Journal Register about the trail camera photo captured by Mark Cobb's equipment located north of Jacksonville. Check it out at http://tinyurl.com/b3fmy9g
Deadly attack by bees:
A hiker was attacked by a swarm of bees and fell about 150 feet to his death off Camelback Mountain in Phoenix on this week, according to fire officials. Two other men hiking with the victim were airlifted from the mountain after each suffered more than 300 bee stings, Phoenix fire Capt. Scott McDonald said.
The Arizona Republic has a more detailed report about the rescue mission available at http://tinyurl.com/dxcb5hj.
Wrongful death ruling:
Citing a Wyoming law that protects landowners who allow outdoor recreation on their land, a federal judge ruled Tuesday against a woman who filed a wrongful-death suit that blamed federal researchers after her husband was killed by a grizzly bear that had been tranquilized and released near the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park in June 2010.
Despite the colder temperatures and roaring winds, some anglers have been braving the elements on the Fox Chain. One duo found schooling walleyes on Channel Lake in 10-foot depths. The only way they could stay positioned was to use three anchors.
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