A 14-year-old deer hunter said he was attacked by a mountain lion Sunday evening, just a minute’s walk from his family’s Pike County home.
His father, a Baptist minister, said his son was fortunate.
“If God had not protected that boy, it would have been over,” said Gary Dice, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Pittsfield.
Important note: There have only been three confirmed sightings of mountain lions in Illinois since the late 1800s.
Regardless of the fact that the father said something incredibly silly (because why did God let the boy be attacked in the first place?), this story needs better confirmation before we say there are dangerous big cats in Illinois.
Update October 11: HA! I suspected as much – Young deer hunter admits story about mountain lion attack untrue