On June 11th my boyfriend and I went for a hike up to Mount Tom State Park in Litchfield, CT. We saw the tower and on our way back down the trail we heard a loud moaning noise. We turned to our left and it looks like we startled them both. A mountain lion/cougar was chasing a deer. The deer got away, but the lion/cougar was so startled he jumped up on a tree and hanging by his enormous claws, turned and looked at us. He was just about 50 feet away. He was huge. Everyone says “Did you get a picture?” I have never been so scared in my life. A camera was thee last thing on my mind. The lion/cougar jumped down and was out of my sight, in the brush. I was terrified! I called the DEP and left a vm but have not heard back. It seems as tho they keep fighting the fact that they are here. We looked online and this cat looked nothing like a bobcat. The DEP should let people at least know there have been possible sightings! There is a camp with young children at the entrance of the park. And I’m sure we aren’t the only ones who will be hiking there this summer!