Fourth Possible Cougar Sighting in North Shore | NBC Chicago

Fourth Possible Cougar Sighting in North Shore

Family said they saw large cat near a Winnetka road on Labor Day



    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012)

    Winnetka Police warned residents Wednesday of another possible cougar sighting in the North Shore area.

    An animal thought to be a cougar was spotted around 8:30 p.m. Monday on the 1300 block of Willow Road near Winnetka's public works facility, police said.

    Police Chief Joe Pellus said the family who saw the large animal shined their lights on it and noted it didn't resemble a fox or coyote. Pellus said police have contacted the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and are consulting a wildlife expert to determine the type of the animal.

    The sighting follows numerous other recent unconfirmed reports, according to police, including April 15 and July 26 sightings in the Glencoe area.

    Officials said there are no sustained populations of cougars in Illinois. The animals typically avoid populated areas and are likely transient and looking for food. Deer are their main prey.

    The animals are deterred by dogs, bright lights, flashing white light as well as music. Residents are advised to call 911 immediately to report any additional sightings.