I am a FedEx driver for Berlin, Ct. On Thursday, February 20, 2014 just after 1:15 PM I had just delivered a package and was getting back into my truck on the lower end of High Rd (where it intersects with the Chamberlain Hwy) when I spotted a very large cat which I believe was a mountain lion. It was about 200 feet away in the backyard of (address deleted for privacy). I watched this tan/light brown cat with a long tail (weighing maybe 150 lbs) walk about 50 ft and then stand up on its hind legs to reach up and grab/investigate a large bird feeder.
It finally dawned on me to use my smartphone to get a picture. My pic is not very good (sort of looks like a deer) as it was so far away and starting to move back behind some trees/brush. I know this was not a bobcat as I also spotted one of those while in Harwinton, Ct about 5 years ago. I immediately called the Berlin Police to report the sighting...and they told me to just stay away from it and it won't hurt me...I actually laughed at them and said I wasn't about to get any closer I just wanted them to be aware of the potential danger to kids or pets in the area. I wish I knew about this sight earlier as I probably would have gotten a lot closer to get a better pic.
Note from COV: We rec'd this sighting report on 2/24/2014 and visted the address with the permission of the home owner. Unfortunately the snow melt with the warmer weekend weather degraded any tracks. The home owner reports on two occasions in the past 4 years cougars were reportedly seen crossing his property.
The Fedex driver, Mr. Tom Whiffen spoke with us at length, we consider him a high quality reporter, and his description is consistent with a cougar. Unfortunately, even with enhancements to his photo it is indeterminate as to the animal in the photo. We commend Tom for reaching out to us, and sharing his photo. It is very rare we get any pnotos with sightings as they are typically very brief, and usually from moving vehicles.
We encourage anyone in the area of this sighting who may have had a similar sighting to post to our sightings report link. This area is in the vicinity of the Ragged Mountain Park, an area of previous cougar sighting reports.
Dr. John Pettini