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North Shore Cougars: Yeah, We Know It’s Funny

Whenever we write about possible cougar sightings along the North Shore, you make jokes. And we think you're funny. Here are some of our favorites.

We get it. As alarming as the idea is of a real, feline cougar roaming the North Shore, it’s also impossible not to make jokes about the human version when you read our headlines. (“” or “.”)

We’re not going to fight it. We think it’s funny, too. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite comments so far for you to peruse in one place. And we hope the humor continues.

(Full disclosure: As a 30-something woman married to a man seven months my junior who will never, ever, ever let me forget that, and who has friends happily married to men three, six, nine years younger than them, I’m on your side, ladies. But, hey, it’s still really funny.)

Here's what readers have been saying:

with some advice on possible cougar encounters: “When confronted with a cougar, you want to wave your arms and scare them off. You don’t want to run because that chase instinct will kick in. And if you find yourself being attacked, definitely fight back. But sometimes, just accepting their phone number will make them go away quietly. DO NOT CALL THE COUGAR!”

On Facebook, Marcia Sutter wrote: “When I mentioned this to people at work they asked if it was a cat cougar or the other infamous sort of cougar.”

: “I thought N Shore "Cougars" prey on Personal Trainers and Tennis Instructors:)”

Many readers named the most likely North Shore bars for cougar sightings, including Cecily Casey who wrote on Highland Park’s Facebook page: “I think I saw a few at The Vibe!”

Commenter if the article was on the wrong site. “Maybe this story was meant for the Onion?”

melanie Lewis September 10, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Why is it there though? What is it doing everyday? Awaiting food? Raw meat handouts? IDK, the Northshore is sort of a zoo. I saw a highland park man hand feeding a deer, and walking side by side. It like a paradise or something for wildlife. :)
Himsay September 10, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Like they say, big cats are dangerous...
Harry Gio September 10, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Someone needs to find that Cougar and shoot it BEFORE IT GOES AFTER ONE OF OUR CHILDREN WHILE PLAYING IN THE PARK !!!!!!!!!! There are a bunch of people out of work that own firearms, and if the village would offer a 10,000 REWARD, that dangerous animal would be shot and brought in... Animal lovers need to step asside when this type of threat is among our children.
Meshephelous September 10, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Harry, just because there's a Cougar on the loose does not mean that we have a pedophile running free. Welcome to the 21st century. Get out of here with your stone age morals.
pete September 10, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Haha, nice. You need to learn a little bit about cougar behavior. A local dog is more likely to attach a child than a cougar. The last time a cougar roamed the suburbs for 2 weeks no kids or pets were attacked. The bullets that went into a resident's house was the most dangerous situation. I own firearms, but putting your 10k bounty on is too ridiculous. I'll let you work out how many dogs get shot and how many errant bullets there are. Yes, your kids will be safer with any gun owner on the street shooting away. At least say something about a permitted indivudual. Anyway, if the latest sightings prove fruitful you hire some wildlife biologists or trackers permitted to tranq and remove the cat. Your ignorance is comical, but also the unfortunate status of many, and (don't get upset others please) a general stigma of the area.
forest barbieri September 10, 2012 at 06:44 PM
While I still find the title halarious particularly here on the N Shore, it is VERY unlikely that the Cougar (4 footed) is a danger to much other than him or herself in a dense human enviornment. Our teenagers lately are much more dangerous than a Cougar. What exactly would a $10,000 reward do? and guns.....really? You are joking right? Animal lovers are not standing in the way, common sense is!

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