Dept. of Natural Resources employees have discussed adding cougars to the list of protected species in Illinois.
But in a phone interview with WUIS, IDNR spokesman Tim Schweizer said currently "it’s up to the landowner” to decide whether a potentially threatening animal should be put down.
That's what transpired Wednesday near Morrison, Ill., when a woman and her husband reportedly spotted the large male cougar hiding under their corn crib and asked Conservation Police to dispatch the cat.
Illinois environmental officials say it will be at least a year until the start of hydraulic fracturing in the state. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1aG4YUf ) new state regulations for the practice are nearly complete.
That's according to Marc Miller, the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. But Miller says it will take months before permits are issued. That's because the state still needs to hold public hearings and collect comments.