Cougar Shot and Killed in Chicago

The animal was shot about 5:30 p.m. in the alley behind the 3400 block of North Hamilton Avenue, according to a Belmont District officer.

The officer confirmed an officer fatally shot the large cat.

“It’s [cougar] dead,” the officer said.

NBC5’s Alex Perez reported that the police cornered the animal against a fence, and then the animal tried to attack them. Police said the cougar was 5 feet tall and weighed approximately 150 pounds.

“It doesn’t look like it’s a very thin cat,” said Mark Rosenthal of Cook County Animal Care and Control. “It looks like it’s got good flesh on it — it was eating well.”

One resident, Jim Reynolds, helped police locate the animal, Perez reported.

“I was amazed,” Reynolds said. “I was like, ‘Is this happening?'”

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