A cougar may be roaming the Janesville area.
Police Sergeant Aaron Ellis says a resident reported seeing a cougar Sunday night about 8:00 p.m. behind his residence. The resident was able to get a poor quality photo from about 300 feet.
Ellis adds the Illinois Conservation Police notified Rock County area law enforcement Thursday about a black bear that was seen in several northern Illinois communities. Later the same day, Clinton Police received a report of a bear in the Carvers Rock Park area.
Ellis says the public should avoid these animals if they see them and notify the DNR about any encounters.