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Roscoe Police Department
Wednesday November 1st, 2017 :: 04:12 p.m. CDT


Unconfirmed Sighting of Large Cat

Today at approximately 1130am police responded to the 5100 block of Rockton Rd. to investigate a reported sighting of a large black panther. The area was checked but no animal was found, nor were any additional witnesses located. According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, panthers have not had a population in Illinois in over 100 years, however occasionally cougars, which are tan or brown in color, have been documented to wander into the area. Large cats are protected in Illinois from any action, unless the animal poses an immediate threat to humans or livestock.

Roscoe Police Department
10595 Main St.
Roscoe, IL 61073

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 815-623-7338

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