I live in Bellevue, just outside Peoria. Last weekend my adult daughter and I saw a big cat running across the road about 7am. It was the color of a mountain lion, light brown, long tail. I have seen big cats (Jaguars) in the wild in southern Mexico and Belize, so it wasn’t my first sighting. It was running and leaped across into the woods. This is right near Kickapoo Creek, lots of deer, etc. anyone else see any near Peoria.
A guy at work says there is a Youtube video of some being released in central IL for deer population control but I haven’t seen it.