22Jun/114

Colin McEnroe Show: Are Wild Mountain Lions Back In Connecticut?

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Most people want to believe there's a breeding population of mountain lions spreading through parts of Connecticut and into New York's Hudson Valley.

People root for this to be the case. We want to believe that where we live is not completely tame - that there's a whiff of wildness and mystery to boring old Connecticut. And what could be wilder and more mysterious than mountain lions?

If you're a Connecticut mountain lion believer, you're not alone. I've been poking around, off and on, for more than a decade, and it's pretty easy to find people who think they've seen a cougar in Winsted or Litchfield.

In the past two weeks, mountain lion fever reached a new high. People saw a mountain lion in Greenwich. Then a motorist hit and killed one in Milford. Escaped pets? A native population? a Hybrid of the two?

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  1. So, has anyone gotten an update from the DEP on the autopsy results. Shouldn’t those have been in weeks ago?

  2. I had a young mt lion walk briskly across taconik parkway this morning in front of me. Thought Fox, then bobcat, then as I got close it was no doubt a young mt lion. Short yellow hair and long tail and the face was skinny and flat almost like a cheetah. Seemed to be a young one. Very cool. I have farm in Ghent so regulary see fox, coyotes and have seen a few bobcats so it was clear what I saw.

  3. I was northbound near Bulls Head Road, just before the Carvel golf course.

  4. Bo, you are so right I would like to have you on my radio show, m-friday 3-6;00

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