Chicago-Area Black Panther Sighting

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 12th, 2009

Wheaton, Illinois police received a report on 9/11/09 of a 60-pound-plus black cat sighting at a park a week ago, the department said in a statement.

The sighting occurred at about dusk Sept. 4 when a woman who was running with her dog in Northside Park near the bridge area saw a large, black cat that was larger than her 60-pound dog. Her dog approached the cat, which fled into a nearby wooded area.

Deputy Chief Tom Meloni said the woman “grew up out west” and knows what a cougar looks like.

He said she had not planned to report the sighting, but did so after talking to friends.

Police have not received any other reports corroborating this sighting or reports of other sightings. They advised anyone who spots a cougar or similar wild feline to call 911.

Northside Park is largely surrounded by homes but also connects to the nearby Lincoln Marsh.


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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

3 Responses to “Chicago-Area Black Panther Sighting”

  1. cryptidsrus responds:

    Insteresting sighting. Hopefully more will be reported in the area.

  2. stancourtney responds:

    Although a cougar sighting so close to Chicago may seem unlikely I have a good friend who had a sasquatch sighting 45 miles from the Chicago Loop a year ago. It is not all corn and soil beans in Illinois.

  3. Ogre responds:

    Wednesday September 23, 2009
    We live behind Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton. There is a creek that runs through our neighborhood that is very wooded.

    Tonight three family members at a neighbor spotted a similar animal in their yard and reported to the police. I was skeptical and headed down to the creek. Much to my surprise I spotted a large black animal walking about 30 yards away. It had the walk of a cat, definately not a domestic animal.

    There is no question that something is out there.

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