GLENCOE (CBS) – Another cougar has been seen in the Chicago region, this time in the North Shore community of Glencoe.
Firefighter Jim Almdale says he was doing his nightly checks in a wooded area near Glencoe Beach last week when he saw a cougar walk onto the road.
“The cougar walked around, past the front of my vehicle, just as I was getting in my car,” he tells CBS 2’s Marissa Bailey.
He did not snap a picture or take any video, saying the encounter happened too quickly.
It’s easy to see why cougars might like this particular suburb.
“There is a lot of vegetation, a lot of places to hide, especially on the bluffs. There is a lot of deer,” Almdale says.
“It’s not out outside the realm of possibility,” Glencoe Police Chief Mike Volling says.
He called the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to get some answers. Volling says he hopes motion-sensitive cameras set up by his department will yield results.
“We’re trying to get photographs. That’s what the DNR has requested,” Volling says.
Volling wants anyone who thinks they see a cougar to call police immediately.
Nearby Northfield police confirm to CBS 2 they also had an alleged cougar sighting in their neighborhood back on June 8.