Big Cat, Believed to be Cougar, Seen in Chicago Suburbs

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.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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One Response to “Big Cat, Believed to be Cougar, Seen in Chicago Suburbs”
  1. Theresa Jager says:

    I saw a dead animal on the side on the road when I was driving to work on the Elgin-
    OHare on Tuesday Morning Oct 12th. I thought it was a dog a t first, but went I saw the tail, it was long and ropey and had a black ring close to the end. The animal was a light beigy-gold color. Did anyone else notice this?


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