Having personally seen tracks of what I believe to be a Mountain Lion at both my home in Barkhamsted and my parents home in Simsbury, I believe Bo. I own a large German Sheppard and the tracks I’ve seen in the snow are much larger than my dog’s prints. Apparently I am not the only one who believes Bo. In an earlier article written by Bridget Ruthman there are 72 comments, the majority of which claim Mountain Lion sightings within the state. Several other websites are devoted to the subject and have numerous credible claims of sightings. Two of the sites; NorthEast Cougar and New England Mountain Lion Bulletin Board allow users to report Mountain Lion sightings.
Ottman believes that the Connecticut DEP is reluctant to admit that Mountain Lions exist in the State due to the cost associated with protecting an endangered species and the amount of land and other measures that would be required. The DEP denies this claim and says that there simply have not been any confirmed sightings.
With the increase of wildlife populations in recent years including Bear, Bobcat, Coyotes and others, it is conceivable that Mountain Lions are among them. Attached to the bottom of this post is a PDF file with descriptions, drawings and other Mountain Lion information. Please report any sightings to Bo Ottmann and keep your camera handy, you never know when your path may cross that of Connecticut’s most elusive resident.