Cougar Spotted In North Chicago

There are 20 comments on the Mar 29, 2008, NBC 5 Chicago story titled Cougar Spotted In North Chicago. In it, NBC 5 Chicago reports that:

Police in suburban North Chicago fanned out late Friday night on the lookout for a cougar.

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nancy miller

Morgan Hill, CA

#1 Mar 29, 2008
Your weatherman was wrong when he said there had not been cougars sited in Illinois! A cougar was seen several times near Lynnwood a year or so ago and I have seen one on three different occasions in fields behind my home. I live south of Dyer, Indiana. I saw one just two weeks ago, but after learning they have a hunting range of sixty miles I have been unconcerned.

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Since: Oct 07

Lincoln Park

#2 Mar 29, 2008
hehe as long as its not my mom. Lol jk xD
janessaplusjoejo nas

Hayward, CA

#3 Mar 29, 2008
who cares bout cougars
sharon

Chicago, IL

#4 Mar 29, 2008
i went to school at siu and i personally saw one - absolutely no mistake about it- in giant city state park-but it was so common it wasn't a big deal- where do these people get their facts from?
Hugh Jass

United States

#5 Mar 29, 2008
who cares about CA ?????????
Sarah

Modesto, CA

#6 Mar 29, 2008
The likeihood of actually seeing a cougar or a mountain lion is extremely rare and they certainly don't want to see you either.They are very elusive animals. I live in California now where they are more populated and still,the sightings are rare. It is nothing to be concerned with. However, if you do come in close contact, never take your eyes off of it, don't run, back away slowly but never take them out of your sight, if they begin to pursue and get too close, stand up tall with your arms raised over your head and make yourself look big, yell and scream and make a lot of noise, if they do attack ( which is very, very rare) FIGHT BACK! Use anything you can get your hands on, a stick, rock, anything and fight back! It could also have been a bobcat which are harmless to humans. Look for a tail, bobcats don't have one, seen many in rural Missouri, look meanacing but are harmless.
Mary

Saint Charles, IL

#7 Mar 30, 2008
From a Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) 2.06.08 Press Release:

"While the IDNR does investigate several alleged cougar sightings each year, most if not all turn out to be a case of mistaken identity. The animals most often mistaken for cougars are coyotes, bobcats, or large domestic dogs or cats.

Actual cougar sightings in Illinois are few and far between. The last cougar found in Illinois was in December of 2004 in Mercer County. It was found already dead, apparently shot with an arrow. Another cougar was found dead after it was hit by a train in Randolph County in July of 2000. Prior to 2000, the last verified record of a cougar in Illinois was from Alexander County in 1862."
STEVE

Anchorage, AK

#8 Mar 30, 2008
HERE KITY KITY KITY
lawrence

Evanston, IL

#9 Mar 30, 2008
leave it alone!
Steve

Columbia, IL

#10 Mar 30, 2008
A cougar was hit and killed by a train in Randolph co. about ten years ago. the picture hangs in the Randolph co. sheriffs dept. It was found next to Riley lake road on the R R tracks behind the town of Ellis Grove.
xbobbyx1x

United States

#11 Mar 30, 2008
Wild animals are being forced out of anyplace to habitate. If they find it, it should be tranquilized and put ??? It must have a mate, the animal authorities I hope can place it.
xbobbyx1x

United States

#12 Mar 30, 2008
LP Trixie wrote:
hehe as long as its not my mom. Lol jk xD
pretty silly
Dave

Chicago Heights, IL

#13 Mar 31, 2008
They're not being forced out of anywhere, Bobbyx1x. There's no evidence breeding populations have existed here for over a century. Normally, I'm skeptical of sightings of the sort, but this one already seems to be more credible. If this is legitimate, this is a stray animal who wandered into the area, not one whose habitat is being encroached.
mulligan

Addison, IL

#14 Mar 31, 2008
Why are there "sharpshooters"? Doesn't animal control have other options available like sedation and transport? This seems so cruel to just shoot to kill. The word is out; keep a close eye on your animals and kids.
keke

United States

#15 Mar 31, 2008
i hope they find the cougar and people keep your kids inside the house so they will be safe and coleman they were gonna belive that you saw cougar
keke

United States

#16 Mar 31, 2008
that is right.
keke

United States

#17 Mar 31, 2008
i don't
keke

United States

#18 Mar 31, 2008
that weather man was wrong
kim

AOL

#19 Apr 1, 2008
I don't doubt cougars will make their way here. They are known to be mating as far east as Nebraska now, and since man has been removing habitats of all wild animals, they have been displaced with not many options.
We had some in our yard when living in California due to the fires, but now living in front of a forest preserve, I thought coyotes were my biggest threat to my 4 dogs. This is scary.
Palos Park, Il
sterling turner

United States

#20 Apr 1, 2008
this stuff is creepy kids be careful if it ant important stay in da house like im doin now

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