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Cougar expert to speak at MCCD presentation

CRYSTAL LAKE – The McHenry County Conservation District’s “Cougars in Our Midst?” will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake.

The presentation will feature a national expert on carnivore ecology, James Halfpenny from Montana.

Halfpenny will discuss cougars and sort fact from fiction regarding them. He is an author, scientist and educator whose work has taken him to all seven continents and Greenland. His specialties include environmental ecology, animal tracking and other carnivores, such as lynx, wolverines and wolves. For information about Halfpenny, visit

Space is limited. Registration is required by Nov. 28. The program for those 14 and older is free for county residents and $6 for nonresidents.

Registration will be accepted online at, by phone at 815-479-5779, mail or walk-in at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake.


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