On August 16, 2012, at around 7pm, I walked out my backdoor on Milecreek Rd. Old Lyme, Ct. and right there, less than 8ft. away was a very healthy lion and we actually made eye contact. We both turned tail. Knowing their behavior having lived in the Pacific NW, I turned back to be sure it was not catching me from the rear and I saw the definate long tail going into the brush. We do have many regular deer groups and border a preserve and the Black Hall River. Called 911, Supposedly, they called DEP...never a word from them!