1/26/13 I had just picked up my friend tonight from Bradley international. It was bout 3am when we saw it. As we were riding rt 401 heading back towards i91 to go back to Vermont I noticed a fairly large animal off the road in front of the tree line to the right. I slowed the car down just a tiny bit thinking that it was just a deer until we both realized it was a giant cat! A mountain lion! We were both so shocked and i would have stopped the car and backed up if it wasnt for the fact that we were on a highway. We have both lived in Vermont for many years and have seen everything from Bears to Moose it's ironic to know that the first time either of us have seen a mountain lion was in CT of all places wow! The cat looked a tad bit malnourished, also it was really cold out tonight only a little above the single digits. Posted by Jevon
Part Two of Posting
I just remembered there was still a little bit of snow on the ground where it was rummaging so there may be some tracks. Again, our sighting took place on the on ramp to 91 north coming off of bradley int. rt 401. As I'm looking at the map currently I do see that there is a pond near there "olds and whipple". The sighting happened right as we hit the on ramp. I've seen bobcats before and This WAS NOT a bobcat. it was not spotted at all and it was BIG. At first i thought it was a deer but it was too thick to be a deer and too light, than i immediately thought fox but it was waaay too big and then when we came right up on it my friend and i were both in complete shock. We were looking at a mountain lion?!?!?! This was far bigger than a bobcat with less fur and zero spots. It was tan with the classic low cut tight fur. IT was roughly around 3ft tall with a long body. It had it's face towards us and it WAS a mountain lion I say it looked a bit malnourished because it looked as though it weighed in the 135+ weight class. I pictured a mountain lion in person to be as beefy as what we see on television 200 pounds or so. I really wish i would have just stopped and taken a picture. I honestly had no idea that this was such a big deal until i came home and googled it.