WHEATON, Ill., Sept. 16 (UPI) — Police in two Chicago suburbs are on the lookout for a cougar after receiving reports of big cat sightings from residents, authorities say.
Lance Clarke told the DuPage County Forest Preserve District he saw what appeared to be a mountain lion in a wooded area on Naperville’s far northwest side, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.
“It was definitely feline, sleek and muscular,” Clarke says. “It was a tawny brown color with darker ears. The size was far larger than a house cat.”
On Tuesday, Wheaton police fielded their second report in 11 days of a possible cougar sighting. The location was barely 10 miles from where Clarke spotted his big cat Monday.
A wildlife expert has been called in to examine what may be a cougar paw print found at the Wheaton location.
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