I was stopped at a traffic light @ 8:10 am June 1 2016 in South Windsor Ct.. at the intersection of Ellington Rd. and Pleasant valley Rd I witnessed a Mountain Lion walk across the street in front of me . I was in complete amazement at the beauty of this animal. Upon arriving back at work I contacted So. Windsor animal control who confirmed my sighting by saying numerous police officers have also seen this amazing animal. Submitted by Peter Thompson
Hi, I’m not sure if this is still active but I wanted to report a sighting that took place this evening, May 31, 2016, 6:30pm ish. I was driving home, and seen it cross right in front of my vehicle along the intersection of Meetinghouse lane and Town farm road in Ledyard, CT. I couldn’t believe what I saw, it was beautiful, HUGE, solid tanish color, tall, lean and had long tail that curled. Absolutely was not a bobcat, I have seen many of them around and this was no bobcat. This was located right where my home is. My children play outside so this does concern me. It did seem more scared then anything and just took off into the woods but you just never know. I think this was an incredible sighting, I have never seen anything like this before and wish I had enough time to take a picture!! Just thought I would share this with you and let you know that it did take place here in Ledyard. Submitted by Jessica Yeung
Sighted a mountain lion on Watertown Road in Middlebury CT. Ran out of wooded front yard area and into road, then crossed over and into the next wooded area. Near 515 Watertown Road. Submitted by John Sieller
I was driving slowly down a country road as my work day began, around 9:15 am. Looking ahead of the car I saw an animal cross the road (Echo Lake Rd, Watertown CT) from the right to left. At first glance I said to myself, “Wow, there’s a Bobcat.” It didn’t take more then a second before I realized it wasn’t a Bobcat, of which I have seen many. The animal was long and slender and seemed from my distance to be grayish in color with a long tail. It moved swiftly across the road in a very cat-like manner and disappeared in heavy shrubbery after reaching the other side. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to snap a photo. Even without it I believe I saw a young Mountain Lion. Submitted by: Shane Chasse
One afternoon on a spring day in 2001 I can remember it as clear as the day was. I did sales on the road and was almost at my customers house. I took a fork to the right off rte. 254 in Northfield/Litchfield. It wasn’t a long road and at the end was a dirt road with a stone wall running along the opposite side. As I approached the dirt road (Maybe 10 ft. away) preparing to take a right to get to my destination when I turned my head I spotted the Mountain lion jumping over the stone wall and into the woods. It was clearly a large cat, golden in color with a long tail that curled upwards. I saw everything but his face before he slipped away. In outside sales I was always on the road and have been fortunate to see a few wild animals including several Bears and a Bobcat but this Mountain loin was certainly the one I was most shocked and Impressed by. Submitted by James DeLuco
On Saturday night, March 5, 2016, at about 11:30 p.m., I was driving on Pocono Road, a windy road in the woods on my way home, when I spotted what I assumed was a bobcat crossing the road directly in front of me. I’d never seen a bobcat, but knew from others that they wandered our neighborhood. My high beams were on, and I got a good look at this large, beautiful sandy colored cat that looked right back at me – very sleek with rounded ears, a beautiful cat face and a long cat tail. I watched this feline meander up a hill until it disappeared into the darkness. When I told a friend about it a week or so later, she asked if it had specific bobcat features, i.e., the “Silvester” look, ears, color, tail, etc., and I kept giving the wrong answers, I guess, because she then showed me a photo on her iPad and asked if that was what I saw, and I instantly recognized it and said “YEAH, THATS IT,” to which she replied, “that’s a mountain lion.” What I saw that night was a beautiful mountain lion, I don’t believe full grown – its back was probably hip height to my 5’6″ frame; it had a beautiful cat face with those high cheekbones, rounded ears, short-haired sandy color fur, and a long cat tail. I now wish I’d known how rare it is to see one of these, and wish I’d had the sense to pull out my phone and videotape it – it was there long enough for me to not only photograph it but even videotape it, but I was so caught up in the moment that I didn’t even think to do either! People say that we don’t have mountain lions in Connecticut, and I understand that the DEEP will not acknowledge the existence of mountain lions in our state without photographic evidence. But I can assure you that what I saw at 11:30 that Saturday night was 1,000% mountain lion. Submitted by Maggie Moller
At 7:30 a.m. on 2/18/16, I spotted what appeared to be a Mountain Lion my backyard in Storrs Mansfield, just beyond the fenced in area where I have 4 toy size dogs. The animal went inside the red dog house outside of the fenced in area and then came out of it and stood on the rock, glaring at me before she decided to gallivant away.
Our backyard is a very wooded area with Coopers Hawks living up in the trees. Nearby water is across the street, pond like areas. Animal appeared to be a light tan color with a long tail with a black slanted angled tip. Submitted by Julie Dumond
Tonight about 9:30 pm as I was driving on the stretch of Route 61 thru Morris that links Litchfield to Bethlehem a giant black cat sauntered in front of my car. I immediately thought it must be a lost black Labrador retriever but it absolutely, 100 percent was feline and it was enormous, nobody’s kitty cat, 4-6 feet long. It looked like a panther. There is no question in my mind. Submitted by Marcia Mennin
On January 19th at 8:30 at night I was driving on I 91 north. I was headed towards Glastonbury when I was about to get on the route 3 interchange to go over the Connecticut River right as I got on to the exit ramp a mountain lion ran in front of my truck I missed it by about 15 feet, not that I was aiming for it. The mountain lion or cat as we will call it was at least 80 maybe 100 pounds it was sandy and color and had a long tail of I would say at least 2 feet long maybe 18 inches. The cat was as big as my Rottweiler just longer it ran very fast but I was able to get a clear view of it. Submitted by: Marcus keilch
Bright and early in the morning around 6am, and I was over looking my chickens when I looked down towards my lake & I saw this big black mass moving. At first I thought it was a black bear but it started moving as a cat would. It took its time gazing around and walking towards the water. I couldnt get a picture since it was early dawn but there’s a black mountain lion strolling Monroe right now – Id keep pets under watch!
I was walking my dog going into the state park looking for spots for hunting season as we were walking up this small hill were there is a long pipeline clearing I happened to look up the trail and saw somthin dark in the tree line my dog was getting real nervous and whimpering I watched this for about 80 sec then all I saw was long tail poke out of the tree line and trot off into the thicket ive been hunting, camping and hiking my whole life ive never seen anything like this in person only on tv or in magazines about mountain lions this patch of woods has a small stream with fish pheasents and tons of rabbits and deer there could very well be a lion in that area or passing through if you are interested in this area to hike I recommend it, located in hamden off downs rd
On 10/18/15,Sunday morning at 11am. My kids spotted what they thought was a coyote in the backyard laying down. I looked at it and saw a big cat with a long thick tail walking towards the tree line on my property. My property abutts up to a nature preserve . It wasn’t a Bobcat because the tail wasto long and body was too big. Lots of deer and Turkeys pass thru my property and it was laying down just off the path back to the preserve. I took a shot at it with a BB and it was the least bit phased by the shot! I’ll be ready for it next go round!
I was driving on Perimeter Rd toward Rt 75. I saw a mountain lion crossing the rd about 60 ft in front of me around 4:40pm. Unfortunatley, I was so focused on it trying to get a good look at it knowing it wouldn’t last long. I was unable to grab my phone and take a picture. This was one of the most breathtaking sights I have ever seen. I once had the opportunity to see a bear cross the road once in Simsbury but this feline was amazing.
Saturday (two days ago) one of our chickens was killed by something (we assumed a hawk) all that was left as evidence was feathers, a lot of feathers, not a trace of blood, nothing, just lots of feathers.. It was the middle of the day, broad daylight and on our front lawn, feet from the front door. Not what we have ever experienced in the past when losing a chicken to a predator.
Earlier today 10/05/2015 Monday about 2;30 this afternoon, my husband was working in our wooded (partially heavily wooded) yard and dropped a heavy piece of metal – immediately “something” ran quickly from the spot where he had dropped the item, toward the edge of the yard (abutting the neighbor’s property). This was about four feet from where my husband was standing and when he looked to see what it was he saw the large cat, long tail, the eyes, etc and said “that’s a damned cougar”. The spot where the mountain lion had been laying is about fifteen – twenty feet from our children’s playscape. My husband is not the type to spot “Bigfoot” or whatever, is afraid of nothing (including this cat, he thinks it’s cool). He knows absolutely 100% what he saw, and it is a mountain lion. Rte 169 Woodstock near Fairfield Drive.
The cat was tawny with whitish “cheeks” with black accents. It weighed around 125 – 150 pounds and was about the size of a German Shepherd dog. The animal pulled it’s ears back and stared at my husband, absent of any appearance of fear. Husband slowly backed away and got into his van that was parked nearby. This was right at the edge of our driveway.
A friend and I were walking through the Arboretum at Connecticut College in New London today at approximately 3:30 pm and were shocked speechless to see a large black animal up ahead on a trail that we could only describe as a large, sleek, black (panther? puma? mountain lion?) cat. I know it sounds crazy. It was definitely not a fisher cat. It stayed very still for a moment and then sauntered off slowly. It moved very gracefully, low to the ground as if it were about to pounce on something. It was large, all black and it had a cat-like face. Scared the daylights out of us! I am wondering if I should call the college and report it. It was in a wooded area to the left side of the large pond.
I saw a big cat, consistent in stature and color with a cougar, on the mowed side of the Merritt Parkway northbound, somewhere between exits 37 and 38. This happened last night, 9/29/15 at around 2am. It had been a wet night but was not raining at the time. There were also many deer out last night.
I was the only car on the road. It was aware that I was approaching and was trotting in a feline manner away from the road, towards the treeline, as if to escape detection. It picked up its pace the closer I got to it, I only saw it for about 4 seconds. It may have been interested in something close to where the asphalt started. I never saw it on the road, it was off to the side. I don’t believe it had crossed, I feel I would have seen it do so.
I at first thought it was a medium- large dog until I saw that its musculature and walk were definitely feline. Too small to be a fox and the wrong shape/ no bushy tail.
September 9, 2015 about 7:30-7:45 pm. Driving on Rt 6 aprx 1 mile past Taft school heading west toward Woodbury 1-2 tenths past a farm on the right rounding a slight bend in the road. Saw two small four legged grey/tan animals in my lane ahead but could not instantly identify them as cats, dogs, etc. Definitely not opposums, raccoons etc. I quickly slowed from 40mph to 30-20-10 because they were not drifting to the edge or acting like they were aware or cautious of my oncoming car in the least. I came so close (still trying to identify them) that I had to maneuver my car to the point of my left tire was probably on or over the yellow line by this time at now 5mph. I looked pearched in my seat through my passenger side windshield and was able to very clearly make out what animals they were. Mountain lion cubs with thier attention on something in the road to small for me to see. One cub was dead center in my lane, the other three feet closer to the edge. I was so close to them now I could see thier shape point blank, nothing but muscle from head to toe or baby fat lol. They were thick bodied and rather round with a somewhat round head. Could they have been bobcats, not mountain lions??? I don’t know wildlife well enough to specify but clearly they were baby “big cats” of some kind. It all happened so fast I was in no position to get cel pictures. By the time my passenger side door was facing them I saw them both act like twin little boys playing when suddenly they energetically perked up and awkwardly bounced into the brush probably to catch up with the mother maybe a few yards away. Scary to think of potentially dangerous animals like them so close to our back yards. I did not see any spots or markings at all on thier fur, they appeared to be consistent in color, greyish tan.
Sunday, August 30, my niece’s husband was heading home from a relative’s house in Bethlehem. It was about seven pm. He was on rte 61 near the boat dealer. In an adjacent field, he spotted a large cat with round face and a long tail. When he got home, he looked up mountain lions…just to be sure. He is now sure?.
I saw a mountain tonight in southington ct on the corner of pennywise lane and sunny slope lane. Approx 945pm it waslwaning a neoghbors yard and i out my high beems on and watched it. It looked at me and licked its chops and proceeded into the wetlands. Based on the parking fence its back was taller by a few inches. 24 inches tall was a dark tan color about 50 lbs. Med dog size. Dark color around mouth. However i did not see the tail due to the brush as it slipped into tge woods. Tgerd is approx 18 acres of land there. My family ysed to own it. Submitted by Marilyn LoRusso
09/06/15 I live on the Bristol, Southington and Wolcott corner right by Lake Compounce. I let my dogs out at 12:15 am for a quick bathroom walk before bed. I have invisible fence, so dogs get to run loose. I have almost 2 acres fences in. As soon as dogs went out they started barking like crazy. I walked over to the side of garage overlooking back valley to wood line. I have motion controlled lights so I walked to turn them on. There was a mt lion just outside my yard walking squared off with 2 of my dogs barking like crazy. I walked straight at cat, which just walked through neighbor’s yard cross small brook, then turned parallel and just walked. I was on one side of brook and it was 25 yards just walking back toward woods. My dogs were behind me running up fence line. Cat never ran, just walked up hill and into the mountain laurel. I’m an active outdoorsman, hunter and know all the normal animals in CT. And that was a good sized mt lion. Submitted by James Blaschke
Sunday September 6, 2015 at about 10:00 am, three of us saw a german-shepherd-size mountain lion casually walk through our back yard. He/she looked exactly like the one shown on this website. We thought it was a bobcat, but were told that the long tail indicates that it was probably a mountain lion.
We have only 1 1/2 acres on a corner lot with neighbors on each side, woods nearby. The mountain lion walked along the back property line, disappearing into the brush between our house and our neighbors.
Though he was a gorgeous animal, I wouldn’t like to see him again in the neighborhood; I worry about my small dog and young grandchildren playing in the yard.