11May/1338

Cougar sighted in Colchester

Two sightings of a cougar in town today... First sighting was in the morning at the Lake Hayward 4 corners area of Colchester by Fedus Rd. A second sighting was made in the afternoon by a resident on West Road in her backyard of a Mother with a cub walking through the back yard. Submitted by: Kathleen Higgins

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  1. I live right there and saw one today.

  2. 5am this morning in East Haddam one crossed in front of me on Haywardville Road.

    • Just saw mountain lion heading east on mt pernasis road in the little valley right before old mount pernasis road, just east of hood’s property at 7:05 pm on 8/16/16.

      I was about 150′ away on motorcycle and he/she stared right at me as it slowly crossed mt pernasis. It was heading in a southernly direction.
      3 1/2 feet to just under 4 feet long.

      Grew up here all my life and ben chassed by bobcats and fisher cats (hate those devish things).
      By no means is this a mis-identifacation and I thought the old colechester cat lady lost a cougar !!!!
      God Bless her….RIP in peacd cat lady….your lions were awesome !

  3. I sighted a big cat in our neighborhood on Tuesday, 12/31/14 in Litchfield, CT/ the eastern side near Torrington border. It seemed comfortable as it walked through a the back yards of a small townhouse community, actually lay on a patio and looked in a cellar window! If one considers the size of the bricks in the patio, the cat would be @ 3 feet body length without tail. The tail was light in color on the underside. This sighting was in the afternoon around 2:30 PM. Unfortunately, the snow had melted which would have provided definitive proof for verification.
    Although this community abuts a state route, we do have protected land around us.

    • We were driving on I-84 Westbound 10 miles short of Danbury, we think. I saw what appeared to be a very large cat, then I thought it was a cheetah due to the spots, and then I finally realized it was a cougar. After looking up pictures to compare on the phone, it was an adolescent cougar. Dirty, small spots, and sniffing around the median between the lanes of traffic. I couldn’t believe it. But there it is.

      This was January 11, 2014, around 9 am.

      • Colchester sure seems to be home to at least ONE.

      • Description sounds like a bobcat.

      • This one also sounds more like a bobcat. I was in the area with my dogs overnight. We found 2 bobcats and maybe a dozen coyotes. I’ll think I’ll wait for a big increase in reports again to bother looking again as clearly most of these reports aren’t reliable. Doubt the next cougar to stray into New England will be in CT but one never knows. Having encountered many dozens of mountain lions in the past 16 years they are the hardest of the middle predators to spot. Without dogs you’ll miss them 99.9% of the time.

    • You are describing a bobcat.

  4. My neighbor, a minister, told me he saw one along the power lines at the end of Hebron Road, right around where Gilead meets Hebron. He described it, and I have to say, it sure sounds like a ML. Same ole, same ole…..around 80 lbs, tail almost as long as the body, black tip. Popped out of the woods, into the power line clearing…….stared at him…..and bolted back into the woods. Hes NOT a cougar buff, so he has no reason to bull………interesting.

  5. Since many people thing there is something going on with the DEP about ML……..how about they contact a local tv channel, instead of DEP….they seem much more open to this…..

  6. Not sure if my submission went though. Saw one today 11:30 am on Wall St in Colchester crossing the road. 6/22/14. Large, adult, tan, no distinct markings. Which reminds me I saw one crossing Rt 2 in Norwich/Bozrah several months ago.

    • I called Troop K who reported it to the DEP and I asked if they were known in the area, and she told me it was the first time she had ever heard of it.

      • DEP told me it was a bobcat or a dog. DEF not either! This was 80-100 lbs, and nothing like bobcat. All tan, tail was not as long though, so maybe I am wrong, I wish I had time to get a picture. Head shape was not like bobcat.

      • THE FIRST TIME SHE HERD OF IT!!!! THEY ARE REALLY TRYING HARD NOW TO DEBUNK ALL SIGHTINGS .LETS ALL JUST AGREE THEY ARE HERE AND FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH LAND WE SHOULD PUT ASIDE FOR THEM. NOW ISNT THIS THE REAL REASON THEY DONT WANT EVERY ONE TO KNOW THEY ARE HERE…THINK ABOUT IT…

  7. I think there would be at least one good picture by now, with all the claimed sightings. It seems for as many sightings, there is that many excuses why there is not a picture taken.

    • They said that in Michigan, all the sightings, no pics. Well now, that sure backfired didn’t it? Anyone claiming that knows little about cougars. Most elusive on the planet. And you forget, one got hit on the road in CT.. Read what was found when the DNA report was investigated….

      • I read that report about the DNA and how the animal traveled for over 1000 miles. That’s fine. It sure seems like that article is slanted to make it sound like having these animals in our neck of the woods is an impossibility and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Look how many of us have seen these things and we all live within 5-7 towns of each other.

        • The DNA report clearly states “closest match”, and “insufficient samples of other cats” in it. The article is slanted for sure, Im surprised it hasn’t fallen over.

  8. So my wife saw one this morning run across the front yard with a very long tail. She said it was huge. She saw it with our Housekeeper. I own a farm up in Lebanon, Bozrah line and it is over 100 acres. I am out of the country on business but this is the third sighting of this thing. My neighbor is going over there to set up a trail cam tomorrow. How could anyone deny that these cats aren’t alive and well and living all around us. How many do you think there really are?
    We all live within a few miles of each other. Hot spots are Bozrah, Colchester, Lebanon, 4 corners, East Haddam, and Norwich.

    • How many is hard to say. They are very elusive. Likely not a large population. But in Michigan, they had similar circumstances as we have here, sightings etc. None even hit on the road. One group got sick of the state saying they were all nuts and deployed a battalion of cams out. They finally got lucky and lo and behold, a fantastic picture. Since then, (2009), they have confirmed over 2 dozen animals in that area. So just because there are only occasional credible sightings, that is meaningless. We are dealing with the most elusive animal on the planet.

    • YOU ARE RIGHT .I DONT KNOW HOW THEY CAN NOT BELEIVE THE GHOST LIKE CREATURE IS HAUNTING THEIR TOWN EVEN WHEN THEY SEE THEM WITH THEIR LITTLE ONES,HOW CAN THIS BE ……WE CANT BELEIVE OUR OWN EYES ANYMORE.

    • CANT WAIT TO SEE THE PICS SOON..

    • First time I saw! Around 4:30,, Sunday 7/17/16 in forest ! Beautiful, majestic!! I would not kill!! Boarding state forest in East Hampton ct!! I was Always wondering why they have never seen a cougar or mountain lion! Or bear! Fox! Now their 1st sitting ! I this weekend!!!! Looked a large lab but head was more shaped of a cat! Just prances by! Hi 25 / 30 feet away!!! It was so cool! But people be aware of! They know just let him or her be!!! After 10 years an never seen ! I feel they need their space! But people hike in the state forest,. They will move away faster than you! But mild winter we had! No one ever got attacked!! I wish I had a camera!!!?! Same path at later evening! That’s what my friend said!!!!!!why kill them! a pleasure to see!!

  9. Cromwell.. last week of july 2015, crossed the road directly infront of me on Evergreen rd 100 feet west of the 91 overpass heading south

    • First time I saw! Around 4:30,, Sunday 7/17/16 in forest ! Beautiful, majestic!! I would not kill!! Boarding state forest in East Hampton ct!! I was Always wondering why they have never seen a cougar or mountain lion! Or bear! Fox! Now their 1st sitting ! I this weekend!!!! Looked a large lab but head was more shaped of a cat! Just prances by! Hi 25 / 30 feet away!!! It was so cool! But people be aware of! They know just let him or her be!!! After 10 years an never seen ! I feel they need their space! But people hike in the state forest,. They will move away faster than you! But mild winter we had! No one ever got attacked!! I wish I had a camera!!!?! Same path at later evening! That’s what my friend said!!!!!!why kill them! a pleasure to see!!

  10. this is great news ,because now we know they are breeding …….

  11. I have a vidoe of a bob cat in my backyard!

  12. 7/28/2016 mountain lion spotting in Bethlehem CT. In yard walked up to house at 11am. Route 61 near Kasson Road.

  13. Dennis Duddley III
    August 16th, 2016 – 19:27
    Just saw mountain lion heading east on mt pernasis road in the little valley right before old mount pernasis road, just east of hood’s property at 7:05 pm on 8/16/16.
    I was about 150′ away on motorcycle and he/she stared right at me as it slowly crossed mt pernasis. It was heading in a southernly direction.
    3 1/2 feet to just under 4 feet long.
    Grew up here all my life and ben chassed by bobcats and fisher cats (hate those devish things).
    By no means is this a mis-identifacation and I thought the old colechester cat lady lost a cougar !!!!
    God Bless her….

    • I’m fairly sure I saw them when I lived off Hope Valley Rd in Amston back in 2008. Then I saw one again yesterday which is what prompted me to Google them today. I saw it on Old Colchester Rd by the airline crossing. Was about 3.5′ long and black in color. Head like a giant housecat, it didn’t have the boxy fluffy head of a bobcat. The ones I saw in ’08 were predominantly a tan brownish color.

  14. I just saw one!! My gosh. East Haddam, on Mt. Parnassus Rd. Right there, walking slowly into low brush. Not far from Captn. Comer rock memorial.
    4:45pm siting.

  15. Saw a cougar / mountain lion the other day when walking the dogs on Bashon Hill rd. in Bozrah. Since then something large has been stalking and killing my animals. Whatever it is won’t outrun my 35 caliber for much longer.DEP claims there are none around the area so let’s keep it that way.