Updated 4/14: Cougar killed in Chicago

Apr 14, 2008 Read more: The Deerfield Review 11
Police shot and killed a cougar on the North Side of Chicago Monday night. The cougar may be the same animal spotted in Wilmette Sunday morning and North Chicago earlier in the month. Read more
Semper Fi

AOL

#1 Apr 14, 2008
Oh man! Why did they need to go and shoot it? The thing was beautiful!
cougar

Winnetka, IL

#2 Apr 14, 2008
why would they shoot it?? thats so mean they could have tranquilized it and brought it to a zoo. it did not deserve to die
Realists

Aurora, IL

#3 Apr 14, 2008
I am guessing they forgot to pack the cougar tranquilizers. Come on!!!! If the police would have waited for tranqulizers and the cougar escaped and killed someone, the city would have been in big trouble. It is sad, but they did the right thing. They protected the people and they protected themselves from any crazy lawsuit that would have come out of letting that cougar escape.
Semper Fi

AOL

#4 Apr 14, 2008
cougar wrote:
why would they shoot it?? thats so mean they could have tranquilized it and brought it to a zoo. it did not deserve to die
My thoughts exactly!
Act of Cruelty

Lombard, IL

#5 Apr 14, 2008
I feel the Chicago police handled the situation horribly. They had reports of a cougar roaming the Chicago area since this morning. Authorities should have had a plan in place when the cougar was found. Animal control should have been right there. Shooting that animal was uncalled for and absolutely wrong to do. The police went trigger happy firing shots three different times and unloading 6 bullets at a time. That animal should not have been killed. It did not have a history of hurting anyone.
Well What would you do

Chicago, IL

#6 Apr 14, 2008
Being A Chicagoan I feel that they had to put the animal down. I know that area well. THere is a elementary school less than a Block away. It is reported that this cougar was jumping six foot fences like nothing entering backyards. I thank god no little child was harmed. I do feel bad for the poor Kitty but Chicago and cougars just dont mix. Sorry
Rey

Englewood, CO

#8 Apr 15, 2008
What a joke. I looked at this from all perspectives. And even though it's understood that the cops were frantic and crapping their uniforms, I don't agree with killing a displaced animal. The excuse of not having a tranquilizer gun, no pun, is a 'cop out'
Kitty Lover

Oneonta, NY

#9 Apr 15, 2008
I don't think they were at all justified in killing the cat. Its mean, cruel and totally uncalled for. The people who support the idiots who killed this cougar should be kicked in the behind and the cops who shot the cat should be put in a vary small pit with some VARY BIG cats naked and defenseless and see how the cats treat them in return.
Unbelievable

Chicago, IL

#10 Apr 16, 2008
Come on people...think. For those who know the Roscoe Village area, its heavily populated with families and small children. Thankfully, no one was attacked. The last time the cougar was spotted (if it was the same one) was in Gurnee, IL, about 45 mi. outside of the city before it showed up in Chicago.

< http://www.nbc5.com/news/15741384/detail.html... ;

What sort of preparation time did that provide for the CPD? How could they have anticipated a cougar showing up in Roscoe Village!?

We're not talking about the systematic destruction of natural habitat or of the cougar itself. We're talking about a 150 lb. predatory animal out of its natural habitat removed from its usual food sources.

Some may call this "kitty" defenseless, I wonder if they would say the same if themselves, or their children, fell victim to it.

BTW--Traquilizer guns are not standard issue for Chicago police.
Carol chicago

North Chicago, IL

#11 Apr 16, 2008
There was no need to walk towards that cougar and force him to feel trapped. They should have waited for a shooter with a tranquilizer gun. And the cops that did the shooting were horrible shots. The animal was not put down humanely. A tranquilizer gun should have been on the ready - there's got to be a better way than several bullets. Sad ending for a young, healthy cougar with no history of harming a human.
Todd

Glen Ellyn, IL

#12 Apr 16, 2008
Right!! What a joke! They corner it in a alley & they wonder why the cat came at them. Again what a joke!!
Semper Fi wrote:
Oh man! Why did they need to go and shoot it? The thing was beautiful!

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