Mountain lion shot by police in upscale Chicago neighborhood

Taking a firm stance on the whole cat people vs. dog people debate, Police in the Chicago neighborhood of Roscoe Village took down a 150-pound cougar that wandered into the neighborhood. Responding to calls from residents (I’d love to get my hands on the 911 operators’ responses to the first couple), police initially set out to capture the cat, but had difficulty doing so since, as reported by the Chicago Tribune, “police officers do not typically carry tranquilizer guns.”

“It was turning on the officers,” [Chicago Police Captain] Ryan said. “There was no way to take it into custody.”

We may never know whether it was an escaped exotic pet or a wild cat from (as speculated by reporters) Black Hills, ND, 1,000 miles away, possibly (as speculated by me) to get away from all the damn tourists at Mt. Rushmore.

Funny aside: I first saw mention of this article on nationalgeographic.com which, as a respectable publication can’t just grab photos off of someone else’s website the way other, less on-the-level blogs have been known to do. So their story had a photo of a mountain lion in what I quickly deduced was not, in fact, a trendy Chicago neighborhood:

So I set out to research the story further. A quick Google search gave almost half a million responses — I was shocked that the story could be this big, yet hadn’t come to my attention in the five days since it happened. Turns out, only a small percentage of the results for the search terms chicago cougar actually have anything to do with cats. Errr, hunting big game. Errr, this story.

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3 Responses to “Mountain lion shot by police in upscale Chicago neighborhood”

  1. Cougars are not hugely uncommon in Central Virginia, such that a sighting doesn’t elicit the ZOMG!!!11!! response as seeing one in suburban Chicago. One was spotted not 5 miles from our house a few years ago. Apparently there are two lines in the region; one which is relatively common as far as large felines go, and one (the Eastern variety) that is greatly endangered. It is so endangered, that if you shoot one like the officers did above, you get in big trouble. The other kind…. not so much trouble. However, it’s greatly unfortunate that you cannot readily distinguish the two varieties by sight; you have to examine the skull shape.

  2. A quick Google search gave almost half a million responses ….only a small percentage of the results for the search terms chicago cougar actually have anything to do with cats.

    You need to keep “Safe Search” on.
    Think of the children!

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