mountain lion false alarm

Chicago Animal Care and Control vans were on the scene at 99th Street and Western Avenue on May 27 as personnel followed up on a media report claiming a mountain lion had been seen in the area. Officials later said there was no verifiable report of such an animal in the community, and the media company that broadcast the report later posted an update saying the footage of the mountain lion that was seen on local residents’ Ring security application was actually from Idaho and California. (Review photo)

A media report of a mountain lion being reported near 99th Street and Western Avenue was later recanted, and Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) officials on the scene said no such animal had been seen in the area.

A Chicago TV news station reported on the afternoon of May 27 that a local resident had seen footage of the mountain lion on a Ring video-security system. The reporter said that forest preserve officials confirmed it was a mountain lion; when The Beverly Review contacted Forest Preserve of Cook County (FPCC) officials, a spokesperson said that the news company had sent them a photo that the FPCC confirmed was a mountain lion, but officials could not confirm the location of where the photo was taken.

CACC officials responded to the scene, and that evening, they and 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea said there were no verifiable reports of the animal being in the area; CACC officials did survey the area, though, as a precaution.

The TV station published another story that evening saying people in Beverly and surrounding neighborhoods said they received alerts from Ring that included photos of a mountain lion; the TV station later learned that the photos came from surveillance video in Idaho and California.