IDNR: Mountain lion struck, killed along Illinois highway

IDNR: Mountain lion struck, killed along Illinois highway

SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP)-— State wildlife officials said a mountain lion that was struck and killed last weekend along a northern Illinois highway will be analyzed by biologists seeking to uncover the rare animal’s origins.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) said the mountain lion died Sunday after being hit by a vehicle along Interstate 88 in DeKalb County. State police recovered the mountain lion’s carcass, which will undergo a necropsy and DNA analysis at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

IDNR said that will shed light the animal’s place of origin. The state agency noted it may be the same mountain lion recently recorded by a trail camera in northwestern Illinois’ Whiteside County.

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