Slaying of cougar justified, experts say

Slaying of cougar justified, experts say

There are 535 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 15, 2008, titled Slaying of cougar justified, experts say. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

One day after a cougar was shot and killed by police on Chicago's North Side, wildlife experts and city officials said that the decision to use lethal force on the animal was justified.

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Skokie, IL

#1 Apr 15, 2008
Whether you believe the cougar could have been tranquilized or not, I think the entire city is sad and unfortunate that things ended this way.

I think some sort of public wake for the cougar, maybe in Daley plaza, would be appropriate after its incredibly long journey.
Melissa Niksic

Chicago, IL

#2 Apr 15, 2008
I love these quotes from the mayor...he is so full of crap!

The bottom line is, the first Chicago cougar sightings occured at 9 a.m. Monday morning. The cougar wasn't found and killed until about 6 p.m. Why, somewhere within that nine-hour window, couldn't someone from the city's Animal Control unit or even a local zoo be called in to tranquilize the cougar? The shooting was senseless. That poor cougar was murdered.

United States

#3 Apr 15, 2008
Justified my **** this is a joke...not handled well at all...what little respect i had for the cpd is gone...way too many careless shots were fired...the cpd in this situation was more of a threat to the public than the confused and cornered disgusted

Wheaton, IL

#4 Apr 15, 2008
What about the danger to residents from having dozens of cops conducting a shootout in the neighborhood at 5:30 PM?

United States

#5 Apr 15, 2008
Last fall in Redlands, CA a cougar was in a tree on the playground of an elementary school. They rounded up the kids, who were screaming out the windows: "Don't shoot the cougar! Don't shoot it!" A guy came in with a dart gun and successfully tranquilized the cat, and it was taken off for relocation or to be maintained in a zoo. Somehow THEY managed to take care of a wild animal AND a bunch of children on the spot without gunplay. Sad sad sad.
Broccoli EAT ME

Dixon, IL

#6 Apr 15, 2008
WHAT THE HECK IS DALEY SMOKING? Seriously... you run our city? Can you complete a coherent sentence?

Oh, go make up some more useless laws no on cares about, would you? Leave the adult matters to the rest of us. Jeez.

Olympic Committee- Please take note that you are considering letting this complete tool manage your Olympics... Ugh!
chicago resident

Maywood, IL

#7 Apr 15, 2008
People complaining about a Cougar shot in Roscoe Village??! There are so many kids in that neighborhood that any wild animal is dangers. The officer should be commended.
D Chicago

Chicago, IL

#8 Apr 15, 2008
What's the debate?
RIP cougar

Mountville, PA

#9 Apr 15, 2008
No mention of a plan to handle this humanely if it happens again[which it will]?I believe that animal was some fool's "pet" and the autopsy will probably show it was not wild.God knows how many more idiots are secretly harboring illegal exotic animals and it WILL happen again.It's good nobody was injured or killed but for if an animal control officer is not available with a tranqulizer gun next time it happens Daley and CPD are to blame.And to those who criticize non-Chicago residents for posting on this topic how do know we don't work there?

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Apr 15, 2008
Rumor has it that an undisclosed source, a high ranking Chicago Police Official stated it was "an experiment gone awry". Evidently several cougars were deployed in an attempt to prevent the spread of crime from "The South Side" to the north. The killing was an attempted "cover-up".

United States

#11 Apr 15, 2008
The cougar is a wild animal, even if it was a pet. Should CPD have stood around saying, "Here kitty kitty, Does big kitty want milk?," while the cougar clomps onto an arm? Animal activists need to choose their fight, and this isn't the right one.

Since: Mar 08

Montgomery, AL

#12 Apr 15, 2008
But it wasn't a cougar! It was a bobcat!

No. Wait. It was a large dog or coyote.

No wait! It was anything but a cougar. Every time anyone in the general public says they see a cougar the wildlife people and state official declare it's not. They can't go changing their stories this late in the game.

United States

#13 Apr 15, 2008
Why is this even being talked about. Any person who has lived in a rural setting will tell you that a wild animal who feels trapped will attack. If he ate little joey or sue, or for you real animal lovers, fido your dog, you really would want him dead. They did the right thing, period. Anyone who see's it different is nuts.
Great reporting Trib

New York, NY

#14 Apr 15, 2008
Can you please interview more than two "experts"? What do the people from Chicago Animal Control have to say?

San Pablo, CA

#15 Apr 15, 2008
First of all, gangbangers pose more danger to our children than do cougars. So I do believe if this is justified, any known gangmember, if spotted, should be shot at least 18 times by law enforcement on the spot. they have killed more people than any cougar have and are a threat to the safety of our community.

Secondly, the person who shot the animal 18 times posed a risk of firing a weapon in a heavily populated area.

United States

#16 Apr 15, 2008

Evanston, IL

#17 Apr 15, 2008
I would like to see the pictures that show the animal was threatening. It had been HIDING under porches and running AWAY from the police all day. Where was Animal Control? This is an outrage. The animal should have been tranquilized not killed.

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Apr 15, 2008
I wonder just how you become an expert. Read books? Politics? Or do you live with animals for 20 years like Jane Fossey with the gorillas? These idiots will say anything to take the heat off the trigger happy Chicago Police. Based on the things I've read over the years, I'm an expert on that!

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Apr 15, 2008 if they had not shot and killed the cougar, and instead let the cougar keep running around....and then the cougar attacks a child....what would we be saying then? Why didn't they kill the cougar when they had a is a no win situation....Is it sad that this had to happen, yes. How about we find who decided to let this animal loose...

Oak Lawn, IL

#20 Apr 15, 2008
Mayor Richard Daley also added his support for the police response..

"First of all, it happened at 5:30 in the afternoon [in] the Roscoe Village community. It was seen running between buildings. The cougar charged a police officer," he said in remarks at an unrelated event.

Daley noted that a principal at an elementary school where a day-care program was still active alerted the police of the animal's presence in a school parking lot.

"Now, I just want to tell you, if the cougar attacked a child, they'd sue the city because the police officer didn't do their job. So everybody second guesses, you know. So let the cougar run around and attack children. Everybody would be filing lawsuits, and yelling at the police and all the local officials.… Too bad that we didn't have an animal care and control personnel.[They] were en route to the scene. But again you have to make individual decisions. I didn't see a neighbor run out and grab it and say,'Oh I love you' and bring it in the house. This is unbelievable. I mean, I just, I just.…'Don't worry about it.' "

But he still doesn't know who hired Angelo Torres.

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