In 1985, the Willimantic Chronicle carried a story, and picture, of a large cat in a tree in Goodwin Forest. A large tail can be seen on the cat. Using reference objects, the cat without the tail can clearly be established to be greater then 3 ft. This eliminates a house cat, and a bobcat for size. Bobcats do not have long tails. This cat had the tail wrapped around the tree. In that article, it quotes Robert Craig, Zoologist for DEEP as saying that he had not viewed this picture, but “He has viewed other photos that clearly show cougars”. He further states that the CT woods could provide good habitat for cougars. A Clark University study clearly shows the habitat is available in adjacent Massachusetts. Interestingly, right where the sightings come from over the years. COV has made a request of DEEP to provide any or all of these photos and documents related to this. In the past, they have proven very unresponsive to requests via the Freedom of Information Act. We await their response.
Response to the Freedom of Information act request: (initially denied with no comment)
Please be advised that any records relating that far back would have been destroyed under the State Records Retention Schedules, and authorized by the State Librarian. Thank you.
There have been numerous reports consistent with a mountain lion in the region encompassing Ledyard, N. Stonington, Stonington, Old Mystic,and Groton along route 184. See the recent article in the New London Day by Stacey Catalfamo “Are There Mountain Lions in North Stonington?”
We at Cougars of the Valley have placed and monitor trail cameras on private property in Stonington, Old Mystic, and Ledyard attempting to capture definitive video evidence of a mountain lion in the area. We have yet to capture one on video, but our efforts continue and will soon expand.
We welcome and encourage your participation, and appreciate the numerous land owners who have allowed us access to place trail cameras to support our research.
You can help us! If you are a sportsman who uses a trail camera during the season, keep it up year round on game trails. If you capture pics/video of a wild cat, forward to us for identification. The more trail cams in the field the better.
There has not been a definitive video/photo of a wild mountain lion in CT. A couple of pnotos were obtained in fairfield county prior to the mountain lion being struck by a car in Milford, CT 6/2011 and DEEP associates those photos with that single ML.
Make sure your trail camera is positioned to capture enough backgroung features to allow for proving the location of the photo. i.e. Avoid placing angled down towards an open grassy field that would not allow for location confirmation.
email any photos or questions to Bo Ottman email@example.com
I saw a Mountain Lion run up into the woods right at the end of Ricky Top Rd at Sherman Ave. just caught the end of it and thought I was a large dog I know in the area. Light brown with a Lon tail. Too large to be BobCat, not a deer didn’t jump and defiantly not coyote
It stopped about 15 feet in the woods and stood still looking back. I drove past slow but couldn’t get a better look because traffic was catching up to me. Best guess is it was about 120 lbs.
Friday evening May 5th around 6:25pm. Ran across the road heading south. One of my daughters saw it with me, I showed her pictures of different large cats, lynx, bob cat, and cougar. She identified it as a cougar. I agreed with her. It was quick, and bounded like a typical cat.
Last night at appx 2AM I was outside with my dogs on leashes. I heard a distinct roar in the woods. It sounded very loud and close. I have listened to every “normal” animal sound for CT and nothing even comes close. I live in a very heavily wooded area of Fairfield with an empty marshy lot next door that has become a breeding ground for various wild animals.
There was a mountain lion on the wall in the backyard of 49 Carroll Avenue on Thursday coming from the direction of NFA. The Norwich Police were called by us and we reported it. It seemed to “lurk” like any cat then paused as if something was there , and then ran North towards Carroll Heights as if it was chasing something like another animal. It was definitely a mountain lion as I confirmed what it looked like on the internet. Deadly, not by experience…but a beautiful beast as well.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 5:15 PM a mountain lion came out of the woods across the street from my house, which is at the base of West Rock Ridge State Park. It walked onto the road as I pulled down my driveway, into the street. The woods it came out of has a small stream and is water company property. Our street is very quiet.
It was about 2ft tall, light tan color, long tail. It trotted down the street and then went into the brush in my neighbors yard. I did not get a picture.
Mountain lion spotted on Colson street, towards Ratley rd in West Suffield on 7/3/17 around 5:30 pm- and also on 7/2/17 in the same area around the same time. Cat was large, tan/brown, muscular, long tail.
I live in Ashford. There have been numerous sightings which have not been posted on this site. Many of the sightings have happened on route 74 near Camp Connri, with large cats seen crossing the highway. Though I have not seen one yet, I can report a huge drop off in deer problems on my property. We used to have deer eating my landscaping all the time. I have not seen a deer in my yard for two years. While this is not a legitimate sighting, I know the cats are here, and have spoken to a lot of folks in the quiet corner who have seen them.
Monday, july 17 at 9:30 am I encountered an animal walking along side our parking lot on the edge of the Greenway as I was heading into work. I came around from behind the cars and up through the space between two of them, facing me, less than 50 feet away. About the size of a large dog, beauful smooth golden to buff colored fur and chiseled face with the distinctive nose and eyes of the classic Mountain Lion face, but after we spent some time curiously checking each other out, I decided I was carrying my laptop and a workout bag and my lunch box and my purse, my cell phone (camera) was burried in one of my bags, so I decided I probly aught to just badge in finally and let the cat go about its business. It was spectacular! Now I am temporarily obsessed with finding out more about them. It was so beautiful. Neither of us was afraid of the other, simply respectful and curious. Truly a once in a lifetime moment! Thank goodness for the Greenway!
While outdoors assessing our garden, my father heard the sound of a buck snorting, this was around 130 in the afternoon. Being a strange time of day to hear such a noise we ventured in the direction it seemed to be originating from. Our path led us down our driveway towards Rt 7. as we came closer to the end of the driveway a small doe ran through woods from the direction of our neighbors across rt 7. Curious to see if we could catch a glimpse of the buck we continued down the driveway as it continued to snort quite loudly. Upon reaching a point in the driveway where the neighbors front door & yard were visible, we sighted a large cat 3-4ft in length with a tail of similar length. It was Dark tan/brown & blackish near its spine. It slinked along slowly but was gone in moments due its great stride as I fumbled to catch a photo with my cell phone. We are accustomed to bobcats here & have seen many they are a regular predator of our chickens in the winter. What we saw was No bobcat.
I saw my first mountain lion this morning at around 8.30 while looking out of the bathroom window. The animal was walking along a gravel path in our back garden that backs onto Kettletown State Park. I only saw it for maybe 5 or 6 seconds but the body was about 3 ft long, brown/gray, with a thick, long tail. I saw a bobcat about two years ago and this animal was bigger, had a long tail and didn’t have tufted years. No chance of a photo (I was cleaning my teeth!) and no paw prints on the path.
So it was summer 1998. I was walking on Warren turnpike rd in Falls Village. This is the road Housatonic Valley Regional High School is on. It was around 5:30-6 AM. Suddenly a large cat walks out into the road about 20 feet in front of me. It was a mountain lion. We stared at one another for a few minutes and then it continued on it’s way. I stood there amazed and worried wether to continue past where it entered the woods. Soon I did and nothing to worry about.
Fast forward to around 2002. After picking up a co worker in Falls Village, on our drive to Lakevill for work we were headed toward Hotchkiss school on rt112 from Lime Rock. Heading down the last hill before the school just after Race Track rd. There was a large mountain lion we had to stop for as it was crossing the road. We noticed there was a well worn path there as well. Not sure if it was a deer path or what.
At the time of these two sightings I was unaware that they supposedly weren’t in our state. I didn’t hear that until 5 years later or so and I thought that was rediculous when I heard it. And by the way I’ve been outdoorsy and a hunter and very into animals my whole life. I know exactly what I saw. No mistaking.
just looked out my back window and saw tan colored cat that stood about 3-4 ft tall and had long swooping tail….it squatted..peed, scratched with back legs and big rear end wadled off into heavy brush…yep, that was no bob cat, ive seen a few in my 59 years in ct. my wife saw a similar animal at cat hollow park a few years back. room is running out for them and they are truly wandering around back yards.
Around 7pm on 6/23, my wife spotted a cougar outside of our bedroom window. She knew immediately that this was not a bobcat. I ran over and we watched as it walked (about 6 feet below us) in between our neighbor’s and our property line. It was brown, long whiskers, long tail. We have seen all sorts of wildlife in our yard since moving here 2 years ago. 2 bobcats, several foxes, 1 coyote. This year the rabbit population in our yard is booming, maybe tat is brought him over. I ran outside and took some pics as he was sitting under a tree staring at the street. After about 4 pics, it noticed me and turned its head in my direction. It crouched, I stood still about 5o yards away. I shouted and, poof, it was gone. I have several pics… wish i could attach.
Last night around 7:30pm, I looked out of my window and saw a mountain lion on our property in Brookfield, CT. It was a tan color, approximately 100 lbs. and it had a long tail. We’ve seen bobcats before, but this was, without question, not a bobcat. My husband went outside to take a picture of it and to confirm that it was a mountain lion. He yelled really loudly and then it ran away.
On Tuesday 6/20/17 about 3 PM I was reading on my second floor deck. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a large dog, (my initial impression), emerge from the woods onto the back lawn. I got up to get a better look. I immediately saw the animal wasn’t any type of dog. It was a very big cat. It continued slowly across the lawn. It was only about 35 feet from the deck and I was clearly able to identify it. Simply way to big to be a bobcat or lynx and the body shape and coloring was wrong. At that point I shouted my surprise and the cat stopped and turned toward me. Now I also could clearly see the face. I watched the cat for a good 30 sec as it continued slowly across the lawn and disappeared back into the woods. The cat was about the height of a large German Shepard but longer with a long sturdy tail. It weighed 70-80 lbs.. The body was dark tan with a lighter face, especially the muzzle. The tail had a very distinctive black tip. I live in a highly wooded area in Wolcott. I have lived a number of years in California and have seen mountain lions there a number of times. This was a smaller mountain lion; my guess a female.
August 2013. It was a little after 8, the sun had set but there was still a fair amount of light out. I heard my neighbor’s dog barked a couple times (@ 500 feet of woods and stream between the houses.) Didn’t think anything of it and maybe 30 seonds later, I steped out on the back porch to take a phone call when I noticed a tan colored animal walking across the back yard. First thought it was my neighbors dog, but the walked looked different, and face looked flat. I turned on the flood light and saw what I’m fairly certain was a moutain lion. Not a bobcat as it had a long skiny tail. Then it ran into the woods.
We live in the Huntington part of Shelton. The cat walked the edge of the woods in our backyard this morning. Large, brown, long tail. Not enough time to get a picture. Looked just like the pics I’m seeing of Eastern Mountain Lion.
November 12th, 2011 – 19:35
On 11/5/2011 I was driving on Rt 169 North bound in Canterbury at aprox noon time. A mountain Lion ran out in front of my suv (50 ft) just before the Brooklyn town line and leaped over a stone wall with ease. I immediatley pulled over as i couldn’t believe what I had just seen. I got out and stood on the wall to see where it had gone as I really wanted to get a picture of this increadible creature but I couldn’t see any movement and I didn’t want to get to far away from my vehicle. It’s legs were huge as were its paws. I’ve seen many animals, both in the wild and in parks and there is NO mistaking this for anything other than a large mountain lion. Its fur had a yellowish / orange tint to it and to see it run was like something out of a animal kindom show !
On June 12, 2017, at approximately 5:30 PM, while traveling via automobile north on Route 109/ Chestnut Land Road, I observed what I believe to be a mountain lion cross Route 109/Chestnut Land Road where the surface water Great Brook crosses 109, north of St. Francis Xavier Church and south of Chatfield Road in New Milford, CT. The mountain lion entered the road from the westerly abutting woods and trotted at a relatively steady pace to the middle of the road paused for a second and appeared to look at myself and the south bound motorist (both of us stopped) then continued to trot across the road and disappeared into the easterly abutting woods. The weather was sunny and hot approximately 90 degrees. The mountain lion appeared to be slender but healthy approximately 60-70 lbs (larger than my adult border collie), with a tan coat, and long tail. Unfortunately, I was unable to capture a picture. Submitted by Amy Leonard
We live on the edge of the Conkaponset state forest and often experience a lot of wildlife in our yard, including occasional foxes, some deer, and apparently now;Mountain Lion. Around 5:00pm on March 7th, 2017, we spotted a mountain lion in our backyard, through the kitchen window. We then saw it scatter off to our neighbors yard after roaming for a minute. A few minutes later a deer shows up in the yard, who I assume was running from the mountain lion. I know of other people who have claimed to have seen them in the conkaponset in recent years and believe what I saw to be a female mountain lion of around 80-90 lbs. Submitted by Corinne Magee
This evening around 530 our dog was going crazy looking out the back window. At first we didn’t see anything but the we noticed a very large brown animal slinking around the woods near the mountain behind our house. we live very close to rt 372 where there is traffic and tons of stores but live by Rattlesnake mountain/Pinnacle rock. I assumed it was a bobcat, until I Googled images. This was no bobcat, as it had a tail that nearly touched the ground.