Read a story yesterday in the Advocate regarding your efforts.
I work in Farmington at the UCONN Health Center and last year while driving into the campus on a Saturday afternoon reporting for an evening shift at approximately 1400 hours, I saw a lion crossing a roadway on the hospital site at a fast lope. Beautiful golden brown and cream coloring, knee to thigh (my legs) height and approximately 20 - 25 yards away crossing in front of my car an a sunny day.
The facial proflie was unmistakably as a lion or cougar would be, not a bobcat in size or appearance,
The tail of the cat I saw was also a 6 - 8 inch nub as it was not lengthy and I guessed it was a damaged tail.
As an addendum to this report, I work with a man who can verify his own separate sighting of a lion/cougar in his own back yard in Farmington but at a different time but again sometime from last year.