I was traveling home around midnight on November 25, 2012. I was on Rt. 66 in East Hampton near Champion Hill Rd. I did not see the face, but there was no mistaking the body. The tail was long and curled up at the end. The body was tan colored and it stood around 2-3 feet off of the ground. It walked slowly from the edge of the road into the brush. I turned around and when I went back, it was gone. Posted by JB
I work on Research Parkway in Meriden. I was leaving our building on Deerfield Lane around 6:30 pm. I was getting dark outside. As I pulled up to the stop sign I saw a large cat crossing the road in front of me about 50 yards away. I rolled fight through the stop sign with my headlights on and stopped about 15 feet away from the Mountain Lion crossing the road. He turned his head and looked directly at me and continued across the road. As soon as he entered the woods a rabbit scurried out and ran right into the side of my car, bounced off got back up and ran into the woods on the opposite side of me. I was not the first to see this big cat and i was not the last either.
Several years ago, my wife and I were traveling west down Rt 2, and we saw what was almost certainly a dead mountain lion on the side of the highway, between exit 10 and exit 12 (Glastonbury/Marlborough area). We got off the exit, and came back around again to get another look, but were unable to stop due to traffic. I would guess that it was in the 100 lb. range (comparing it with my dog), but it was the long, thick tail that was most identifiable. The next day it was gone from the highway. My wife and I were both convinced that it was a mountain lion – the tail was like nothing you’d see on any other animal in this area.
Also, a few months ago I was chatting with a woman who was passing through Colchester on Rt. 2, and she said “you’re going to think I’m crazy, but I KNOW I saw a mountain lion on Rt. 2 in Colchester!” I assured her that I didn’t think she was crazy…
In 2008, my daughter (who has an obsessive knowledge of wildlife in the area) saw a single very large, tan cat-like animal with a long tail at the edge of the Bugbee woods near Bugbee school in West Hartford. This was during the school day. She was about ten at the time. She said that it was much larger than the bobcats we have seen in our area and did not have the characteristic tufted ears that the bobcats have. She was sure that it was a mountain lion. We have many deer in our area, along with coyotes and bobcats, traveling through a greenway that traverses Fox Chase Lane. A tributary of troutbrook stream runs through the area. The area is second growth forest.
The weds. before Labor Day we were awakened by an uncanny screaming in the yard outside our home. It was between 4 and 5 AM and continued in bursts of 3 or 4 screams in succession followed by a pause of several minutes. This continued for about 30 mins. After we told friends about it they suggested it was a fishercat, so we went online to hear the different screams of the likely candidates. We even looked into foxes; since we know that there’s one that lives on the property. Assunimg that the reordings on like are accurate, what we found was unmistakable, mountain lion. If you’ve heard this sound you’ll know it’s like no other that you’ve ever heard. We live in Sandy Hook (Newtown) on property adjacent to 300 acres of private fish and game club land and across route 34 from the Paugussett State Park.
About two years ago, I was looking out my bedroom window which overlooks woods, fields, and wetlands. There, walking along haybales which my neighbor had set out to prevent run-off into the wetlands as he worked in his field, was a mountain lion which sauntered casually along the length of the bales. I had plenty of time to study him in broad daylight. His tail was as thick as my arm. Definitely not a bobcat. I called RI DEM to report what I had seen, but they did not believe me. Later, my neighbor’s co-worker at the Westerly Hospital reported that she had seen one within that same month at night on route 184 in North Stonington, CT. It crossed the road, stopping traffic, and the drivers spoke to each other saying, “Did we just see what we think we saw?” I know what I saw.
I spotted (what I firmly believe was) a mountain lion crossing the street while driving in Glastonbury on November 8, 2012. It was about 8:30 in the morning and was just west of the intersection of Neipsic Road and Brook Street. The cat was probably between 85 and 125 pounds. I called the DEEP the next day but never heard back from them.
Quit mid-day mountain lion sighting in chepachet RI. a mountain lion causally walked out of the woods skirting the edge of a field approaching my house, walked within 10′ of the house and back deck, through the yard crossed the driveway and the out the side yard into another pasture. It stopped and glanced at my mother in her car in the driveway and then causally continued never changing its original direction. it was the size of a golden retriever tan in color with black markings on the tail which was as long as his body
Hi I have 50 acres wooded with a river we were trimming trees by the river and a mountain lion crossed the road about 20 feet from us. I am a wildlife rehabber in somers. definitely not a bobcat. long tail.
He paused and looked at us then continued on his way casually
I spotted the mountain lion at around 6:00 PM on Wednesday, October 17th.
We were traveling north on Buckland Road, with the Cumon Inn to our right and the Shoppes at Evergreen Walk to our left. The animal crossed the road in front of us traveling west, leaving the field north of the Cumon Inn, and heading for the field north of the Shoppes. It was a tan, cat looking animal, and after researching online, we determined that it was a mountain lion (as we suspected upon seeing the animal run). I estimate that it was around 30 lbs, based on it’s height. It’s relative size indicated that it is not fully grown.
In terms of it’s activity and aggression level at the time of the sighting… the animal was not chasing anything, and appeared to just be roaming. I believe that if it had encountered a human or large animal at the time, it would have run away in defense. I do not believe it was actively hunting at the time of the sighting, and no humans were in danger.
We have seen coyotes, foxes and deer in the area before, and this was nothing like that. This animal was very cat-like in the way it ran and in the shape of it’s body.
Please feel free to contact me with any follow up questions. There was someone else in the car with me who can also attest to what was seen, and might be able to provide additional insights.
Thanks a lot.
Yesterday, Saturday October 6, 2012 we were driving on South Street in Roxbury, CT,when my brother and I saw what appeared to be a big black cat with a long tail. It was on the shoulder of the road when it jumped into the woods and it was gone. Today, my brother was looking at articles about mountain lions in CT and saw that they do live around here. My mom is scared now because she always goes walking around that road and they could potentially be dangerous.
I saw a mountain lion cross in front of my car yesterday in Torrington, CT around 6:00pm… I initially saw it from a distance away as I was driving down the road and it was casually walking across the road. When I got closer it got spooked, turned around, went back across the road, but when it get back to the side it came from it turned around again and bolted back across the road and jumped over the railing. This occurred at a location where a stream goes under a bridge. It was about the size of a full grown german shepherd.
Woke up Saturday morning to my dog growling at my second story bedroom window. Not unusual as there are often deer in the pasture behind the house. Looked out and saw what I thought was a coyote at first trotting across left to right just on the far side of my pond. About 100 feet from back of house. Put my glasses on and immediately realized what it was. Big cat with stubby tail. I’m on Old Farms road newr Farms Village and Hop Brook. By the time I go my camera phone fired up he had moved out of sight. I’m from Texas so I am no stranger to bobcats. Had no idea we had them up here.
9/28/2012 This morning I was driving west on Route 1 in Waterford where the large power lines from Millstone pass overhead. At about 11:15 AM, a large,stocky feline crossed the road about 75 feet in front of my car. The cat’s body was about 3 feet long, standing about 3 feet high at the shoulder, with a tail at least half as long as his body. Definitely not a bobcat. Coloring was a solid greyish brown. I did not notice any ear or face markings. It’s general appearance was heavy or stocky, not spindly limbed. I have seen bobcats and this cat was at least twice their size.
Driving home this evening at 5:00 I was traveling up Creamery Hill Road from Rt. 189 and saw a large cat cross the road ahead of me. It was light brown/fawn in color, approximately 3-3 1/2 feet tall, long and slender and nibble on its feet as she ran across the road. She was crossing between two fields surrounded by trees and wetlands and went into the woods. She crossed, heading in the direction of the pond and woods behind my house, so when I arrived home, and for ha-ha’s, I stood by the window off the back of our house to see if by chance she would reappear. Within 7-8 minutes of watching, there she was again. She sauntered, in no particular hurry, out of the woods, across the opening next to the pond in my back yard, and reentered the woods on the other side. I have never seen a cat that large. I honestly thought, when she ran across the road, and as I watched her cross the opening in my back yard, that I was looking at a female lion – only a bit slimmer/longer. It was wonderful. I thought she had a short tail, but she may have been holding it down; I can’t be certain.
On 9/24/2012 , about 9:15 AM, I was walking on the Rail to Trails in Manchester. I was about 1/4 mile from the parking area when I saw a mountain lion walk onto the trail about 100 yd. in front of me. He sat there a few seconds and then ran down the trail 50 or so yds and cut off. As I walked another 50 or so yds he cut back on the trail and ran further down. He then did it a third and final time. I would estimate he was about 25 to 35 lbs., long tail with a up curl. I would say it was the most exciting thing I have ever seen in the woods.
We see Bob Cats regularly in our back yard- we live on Whipstick and our six acres is the northern border of Millstone farm. The other day I found some scat which was definitely not from a deer and too large to be from a small animal. I have several good pictures of the cat walking on our neighbors property. We sometimes see them chasing rabbits in our back yard, right next to our swing set where our two year old and one year old play. I am wondering wether I should/ can trap these animals. I am concerned because we see them on a consistent basis.
On Sunday afternoon, September 23, mountain lion was seen crossing this road, heading in the direction of Dry Bridge Road. Identified by friend of mine, on scooter. Another sighting of mountain lion on my property at Dry Bridge Road last Thanksgiving.
While driving on Rte 44 in Avon yesterday Sept 21st at around noon I saw an injured mountain Lion lying on it’s side on the side of the road with several people surrounding it. Was this reported? I couldn’t believe my eyes. Kathy
I believe I saw a mountain lion at about 5:00 pm tonight, September 13. It crossed in front of me on Copper Hill Road in East Granby. Large cat with a long tail.