Fake post about mountain lion killing in southern IL circulating online

Published: Jan. 14, 2015 at 9:29 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2015 at 9:53 PM CST
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(KFVS) - A social media post stating that United States Fish and Wildlife Service agents killed a mountain lion in Union County, Illinois is a fake, according to an official with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

IDNR Conservation Officer Steve Vasicek says his office has received hundreds of calls about the social media post and confirms that it's a fake.

The social media post appears to be a news article from an unknown media entity titled “USFW Agents Kill Mountain Lion in Union County.”

Much of the post was cleverly written to appeal to southern Illinoisans citing Boyd Road in Anna, Illinois. However, there are several inconsistencies in the story.

USFW is an incorrect acronym for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (


Also, there are very few cases when the USFWS would be called to respond to a mountain lion sighting in Union County, Ill.

Typically IDNR would handle mountain lion sightings in Union County.

The officer uniforms were not from Illinois or the USFWS. In fact, they belong to


reported that FWKY officers found a mountain lion in December of 2014 near Paris, Kentucky.

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