Last year I reported on an email hoax titled, “Here Kitty, Kitty” which purportedly showed a mountain lion looking through a glass door in Simsbury. That email was in fact a hoax.
Last week I met with Bo Ottmann, the founder of a local organization called Cougars of the Valley. Bo is convinced that Mountain Lions are established and do exist in Connecticut and he is out to prove it. Bo is soliciting the public and offering a $50.00 reward to anyone who photographs a mountain lion with an identifiable Connecticut landscape.
In an article titled “Connecticut Cougars: State Biologist Insist there Aren’t Any Despite Many Reported Sighting” published by the Hartford Courant last January, staff writer Steve Grant explores the possibility. A more recent article titled, “Mountain Lions in Connecticut” written by Brigitte Ruthman and published in the Republican American also explores the possibility that Mountain Lions do exist in Connecticut. Both articles include interviews from Connecticut State Biologist Paul Rego, who adamantly denies the possibility of Mountain Lions in Connecticut and Bo Ottmann who insist that they do inhabit Connecticut.