Possible Cougar Sighting in Northfield
A large cat-like animal was spotted on South Happ Road last Wednesday.
A Northfield resident reported a possible cougar sighting on South Happ Road in the morning hours of Sept. 12, according to a Northfield police report.
Highland Park recently also received a report of seeing a large, tan, feline-type animal similar in stature to a cougar in the 100 block of South Lincoln Avenue.
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In the Highland Park incident, police conducted a follow-up inspection of the area but did not confirm the identification of the animal. Similar cougar-like sightings have also been reported in the Village of Glencoe and Village of Winnetka on April 15, July 26, August 25 and September 3, but remain unconfirmed at this time.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) advises that there are no sustained populations of cougars in Illinois; however, young cougars have been known to pass through the Midwest from their original region in the Black Hills of South Dakota. These animals generally avoid populated areas and may be seeking deer as their primary food source.
Deterrents to these animals include bright, flashing white lights, and loud noise. Residents are encouraged to exercise awareness while outdoors and use caution if an animal fitting the description is observed. Small children and pets should always be supervised when outdoors. Residents are asked to report any sightings of suspicious animals to the Northfield Police Department. In case of an emergency, please dial 911.