Unconfirmed sighting of large cat in Roscoe

Published: Nov. 1, 2017 at 4:28 PM CDT
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ROSCOE, Ill. (WIFR) Roscoe police are investigating a possible panther sighting in the stateline.

Police say around 11:30 Wednesday morning they were called to investigate a panther in the 5100 block of Rockton Road. They say the area was checked and no animal or additional witnesses were located.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says there has not been a population of panthers in Illinois in more than 100 years. They say occasionally cougars have been seen in the area.

Officials say large cats are protected in Illinois unless the animal is a threat to humans or livestock.