Hecker, Illinois Residents Spot Possible Mountain Lion
310 miles south of Rockford, in Monroe County, some residents of a small town think they've got a predator on their hands.
Well, on Saturday Nov. 9, 5 On Your Side's own social discovery manager Jeanie Smith caught what looked like a big cat on video.
"Oh my God, there's a mountain lion in Hecker!" Smith proclaimed in the video.
Shortly after the sighting, a crowd gathered in the parking lot of Hecker's Wine and Dine restaurant.
"We walked over to the edge of the gravel and once we got over there, we could see over the little horizon there, and there was a pretty big cat," Tribout recalled.
5 On Your Side reached out to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for confirmation of the sighting. We are awaiting their reply. Illinois is known to have a limited mountain lion population.
What do you think?
On the other side of the river, Missouri Department of Conservation officers were busy dissuading people about their supposed lion sighting: