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  1. there have been sightings in fairfield, too.

  2. Within the past 18 month, I was driving north on West Chippens Hill Road in Burlington, not very far from the Bristol town line.
    An animal the size of a large dog, dark tan with a very distinctive black tip at the end of the tail, quickly crossed the road not far in front of me. It was a very quick encounter, but noteworthy in that it was such a large animal that did not behave like a dog or coyote.
    When I arrived at the relative’s house that I was visiting, and told them of what I saw, they informed me that mountain lions had been seen in the area.
    I didn’t quite believe it, but my own later research into what mountain lions actually look like convinced me that I had indeed seen a moderate sized mountain lion!

  3. I was driving northbound on I96 on July 7, 2011 when a large cat leapt across the highway and into the wooded median…north of New London. It had a rounded feline head, ears back, a powerful torso and it was a grayish brown color (no spots that I could see). I did not note length of tail which DEP claimed was essential to knowing whether it was a mountain lion or a bobcat. Am pretty sure no other motorists were near enough to have seen this…it took me aback! Definitely not a deer and I have seem a few coyotes in my own neighborhood this summer, so I am well aware of their look.

  4. The one in Greenwich last year was at Brunswick Middle School. Some faculty were out in the fields and they saw a “mysterious cat like creature,” I know this because I was doing a summer camp down the street and so the camp counselors wouldn’t let us go outside, fearing that the mountain lion would come up to a bunch of kids and intentionally attack them. King ST, Greenwich, Connecticut. I believe the sighting was on June 9th, or maybe it was the 10th… 2011.

    • Hi Laura E., I am a reporter and I would like to speak with you about that June incident. Could you contact me at 625-4434?

      Thanks

  5. I heard a story of a sighting in Sherman, CT.

  6. I was driving home on a rainy night in New Fairfield when a mountain lion almost ran across the road in front of me. At first I thought it was a dog but then I realized quickly that it was a huge cat. I called the police sept who gave me DEEP’s number but they told me that I must have seen a bob cat because mountain lions were very big. I got off the phone and looked up pictures and I’m as sure as sure can be that it was a mountain lion!!!

  7. I live in a small coastal community with a large swamp/creek preserve in my neighborhood. Lots of different wild animals you wouldn’t initially expect to see right along the coast. Early in the morning, I often see Great Blue Heron and Bald Eagles Hunting for prey. Herons hunt differently then most large birds, by staying upright and motionless, feeling for vibrations in the ground by way of their feet, and finding their prey. I say this because one morning, I looked out my window and saw an heron in its motionless trance, and a mountain lion slowly trying to sneak up on the heron. IT WAS AMAZING!!
    The mountain lion was big. Real big. We have already seen bobcats in the area, and this was much bigger. All the characteristics of a mountain lion were there, and I watched as it lurched toward the bird once it was spotted (A couple of flaps of its wings and the heron was long gone). Big, large muscular hind legs and a stiff tail.
    I called the towns animal control division later that day and they basically told me not to crank call them after having a couple of pops. That was the case until a week or so later when it was reported that one had been hit on the Merritt in Milford, and then animal control called me to ask a few questions concerning what I had reported.

  8. Being a retired CT. State Trooper with over 20 years on the job here is what I know about CT’s Mountain Lions. While working at Troop B in Canaan I was assigned the patrol that covered a section of Route 8, Riverton and New Hartford. I investigated a call of a reported Mountain Lion sighting in Riverton just out side of Winsted on Old Route 8. I saw fresh Mountain Lion prints in a muddy area. I was later told by DEP Officials that they were aware of the Mountain Lines and that in fact they have imported some from out west to help curb the deer population. My second encounter I was an ear witness. I was jogging down Woodtick road in my former home town of Wolcott. There is a tree farm along my route and it was pretty heavily forested. When i heard the unmistakable growl of a Mountain Lion. Needless to say I stopped jogging as to not trigger the predator / pray response. I then walked slowly backwards in the direction I had just come from. Several years earlier a coworker was doing a security check at Ski Sundown about 1 am in the fall. He told me that night he got out of his car to check and make sure the doors were locked. As he exited his cruiser he looked at the front porch of the building and saw a Mountain Lion on the porch. He told me he thought to himself that the building was secure and well protected.

    I also saw a MOOSE on the Police Training Academy grounds when I was there for an inservice training session. When I reported it I was told I was full of it. Two weeks later the LT. at Troop A in Southbury had to shoot a MOOSE as it was wondering on I-84 and would not leave the highway.

    My professional opinion is there are many things in the woods of CT. that you would not think should be there.

    • A friend of mine told me the DEP had brought in 3 pairs to New england to manage the deer population. I didn’t believe it when I first heard it but I’ve heard the same thing from a lot of different people. I think it’s denied so not to alarm the general public.

    • Very interesting that I looked up this site to say I saw a healthy mid sized mountain lion in Wolcott last weekend around dawn only to see my family friend and great man mentioning my town and a sitting (hearing)here too.

  9. This is a message to the DEC: Those of us who have seen mountain lions in NY (I saw a dead kitten or adolescent on the shoulder of I-81 near Whitney Point, NY-disproportionately long tail and very round cat-like face with raccoon like markings) do not care if there is a reproducing population of mountain lions in NY nor am I saying that there is one. We do not know and most of us do not care to explore that issue. Nor do most of us know or care to explore if the animal we saw was an Eastern cougar or another type. But, we do not want to be discounted because most of us have not been accused of lying or seeing mirages in the past. Many of us have Phd’s and/or MDs and are not used to being accused of lying or being patronized by being told we probably saw a bob cat, lynx or the Big Red Dog Clifford! I don’t believe that the DEC is releasing cats, nor do I buy into a conspiracy theory. But, I do think that the DEC officials are short sighted and typical of a governmental agency with people too long in their position and too comfortable repeating their mantra. I also think that the DEC is losing credibility. DEC, you have egg on your face from the CT situation because you spent years telling the public they were delusional. Then, without so much of a mea culpa (or, My Bad), they say “oh sure there was one but only one”. They denied cougar sightings in NY until they decided there was too much evidence from too many sources and decided to use the CT mountain lion to do away with all the speculation (although the ct cougar’s DNA was NOT an exact match to the Lake George data-just similar subspecies). It is unclear how it showed up dead in the road but it is being used to shut people up-cause they are attributing all sighting to that one cougar which they conveniently showed has died somehow on the road. What is more believable: A) there may be few lone mountain lions in NY or B) that dozens of people (many with PhD’s, MD’s) who have never seen a mirage and never hallucinated and who hold down important positions all of a sudden are plagued with some mysterious need to shout out “Mountain lion”? I’d put my money on the idea that, as the west is not like a zoo that en-cages all animals, it is probable that a few lone mountain lions have migrated to the east and are occasionally seen. See DEC, that wasn’t so hard was it? This is a call for your organization to stop being so patronizing and start listening to the public. Some of us have as much science in our background as you do so put away your patronizing tone and find a way to be more thoughtful to the people who are only interested in learning more about the things they see and experience. Good day.

  10. My neighbor told me last night that he let his dog out at night and he kept barking. He looked to see why the dog was barking because he is not a barker and saw a large animal that was definitely at type of huge cat that had the coat the color of golden lab and had a huge long tall. It was sitting at the end of my driveway just sitting there looking at him and the dog. About 50 feet away from him. The animal couldn’t care less he said.

  11. Pretty sure i spotted a Mountain Lion on this early morning around 6 am on Jefferson St in New London, this cat jumped over 6 foot high fence near the road next to a Cemetery, and then ran across the road and jumped and cleared another 6 foot fence with enough jumping space to have at least cleared 8 ft, it seemed to have a light brownish coat on it and it was pretty damn big, it freaked out this morning on my way to work.

  12. I do a lot of hiking in the central ct area…sometimes at nite during the colder months. I was near lake compounce and spoke with an employee there who said a mountain Lion was spotted near by and there were pics of it at Lincoln College. Does anyone think these cats would attack a hiker at night? I still think the real danger lies sitting on your couch though so im still hiking there.

    • Yes I think it is a possibility, in reality it not a good idea to hike alone where lions have been spotted, esp. in either early morning or evening hours when the lions tend to be most active so i’ve read, however if you’re like me and really must go out and prefer to hike alone, I’d suggest strong headlamp, sharp hiking pole/stick, heavy duty pepper spray, a knife, cell phone and loud whistle. Let someone know where you’re going. I also now carry lighters, as in maybe a torch fire will frighten it off. Of the various accounts of attacks I’ve read on people either they didnt know they were being stalked or by the time they realized it and attack was immenent there was no time to do anything because obviously you will likely be frightened out of your wits, even if you are 6ft. tall and 180 lbs. I just don’t understand how such a public safety issue is being ignored. I’d rather have them captured and put to sleep then roaming about. Hiking has definitely become alot less enjoyable for me, constantly turning around, afraid to sit down for lunch or sit to enjoy the views and God Forbid I’m not back to the car and it’s getting dark. Just today i was hiking in Ridgefield and I turn around to look at this bird and some guy with a dog is right behind me and I neither heard nor felt a presence and am usually pretty good at feeling someone behind me even if quiet. My enjoyment of life has vastly fallen since my own siting, and I don’t think this problem will go away so I hope some hunters read these sites and decide to take matters into their own hands. And if these lions were tagged and monitored we’d at least know if everyone is seeing the same 6 or the woods/mountains are crawling with them since the descriptions I read really seem to vary in color and size.

      • Tina, you are horrible! YOU are what is wrong in the world – how dare you suggest becuase YOU like hiking, that we kill these animals who have as much right to be in the woods as you…maybe even more of a right than you! You’re a very disturbing person.

        • How many hikers, particularly children, should die before you budge from your hardline no-compromise environmentalism? Out west, mountain lions are killing people.

          • There is a balance issue here. I think most would agree that a program of killing to suit recreation is poorly thought out.

      • Wow your paper thin argument shows what an ignorant person you really are! Your apparent lack of understanding for the world in which you live is very obvious. my advice to you is never ever comment on somthing you know absolutly nothing about. Mabey you should be tagged and monitored at least we would know to stay away from your sorry pathetic ass!!!

      • I would sugest that you get a conceiled carry permit and a large caliber handgun. It is up to you to protect yourself in woods. Anything can happen. If you were to eliminate one of these preditors,dont tell anyone, the carcas will be cleaned up by coyotes. People who want these beasts dont have livestock. I for one am in favor of total elimination. Its just a matter of time before some kid becomes lunch for their precious puddytats. If you want to see a lion in Ct go see one stuffed in a museum.

      • Chris and Bill, Thank-you for your civil responses (at least I assume the 1st. one was not another nasty comment directed AT me) tho whatever if it was.
        I’ve not seen any mountain lions of late but saw a deer skeleton at Steep Rock in Washington right on the main trail by the river a couple of weeks ago, the front legs were missing? The skeleton was totally cleaned off and looked like it been there a while. I believe SR does not allow hunting so I can only speculate what in God’s name happened, tho it didn’t make sense in terms of a ML killing a deer right there on the tr. and eating it there so out in the open? SR is rather heavily used, I’d not imagine that be ideal ML territory other than lots of deer.
        I dunno it be illegal to kill one that were attacking a person, am pretty sure that that the State would not expect one to just let oneself be torn to pieces w/o defending yourself. I’ve never read of a hiker actually killing one, just warding off the attack if they are lucky, most hikers are not equipped for such an encounter and esp. in CT doubt the average person gives a ML encounter while out in the woods much thought unless they’ve seen one personally. I just love the advice to “throw rocks at the ML” to scare it off, I think it just make it MORE aggressive, oh and you’re not sposed to squat down or bend over so not sure how one pick up those rocks unless you’re carrying them in your hands/arms while walking.

        • I have an idea… let’s just kill off EVERY preditory animal for all you hikers and farmers! If we eliminate them all then you can enjoy your little hiking adventures and farmers won’t have to worry about them only doing what comes naturally. If it’s not a moutain lion, it will be the bears, or the coyote’s, or wolves, or even your own dog!!!! We have murderers, rapist’s, child molester’s…. and you’re worried about an animal that did not ask that man invade his territory! YOU are entering HIS territory and you should respect that. I am not a tree hugger… so don’t even go there with me. I hunt, but I also have a healthy respect for wildlife. We should just completely wipe out species because people like you are afraid and have no understanding or education about nature?! And maybe you should be keeping better tabs on your children if you’re so worried about something eating them! It’s because of people like you that so many species have become endangered or extinct! You make me sick! I think they are fine right where they are, maybe they’ll help control the human population and weed out assholes like you! They’re not out specifically hunting humans. I’m sure he’s not sitting there in a tree thinking, ‘I hope that Tina comes out hiking today, she looks mighty tasty.’ If you’re that scared….. MOVE!!! OR stay home!

          • Well I don’t need to kill off EVERY PREDATOR in the state. Just the ones that harass my livestock and family. AND I WILL. I’m not going anywhere. This isn’t their territory, it is ours. There are arias in this country where you do not go out hiking without a gun, a big one. Oh ,, and if they extirpated, that would just be fine with me and my wife and kids…….

      • the documentary I saw about the eastern Canadian island had a survivor interviewing other survivors and I understand there have been a lot of atacks there. You have to appear threatoning for the lion must first decide what the risk of being injured is. An injured lion cant hunt. One guy was hit from behind while riding his bicycle on the road. An other motorist beat the lion with a jack handle when he came upon the attack. If you are attacked and you were to kill a lion you would just be lucky. I guess they cant arrest you for killing something that is not there. There was recently a case where a man was fined $10000 for killing a grizly because he should have been able to get his kids in the house and therefor didnt have to shoot the bear. You do have the rite to dispatch an animal that is harrassing your livestock. You had better be able to prove it.

    • absolutly I saw a documentory about multiple attack on some island in Canada. Mostly on foot but at least one on a bicycle

  13. A very large Mountain Lion crossed in front of our vehicle on the Chamberlain Highway in Berlin at about 5:30 PM on Monday, February 20th. The animal crossed from the tree farm area over into a yard on the other side of the road. This was definitely a Mountain Lion and not a Bobcat….Approx 80-100 pounds. Tried to submit a sighting report through the website, but was unable…

  14. Has anybody had any other recent sightings in the Millerton, NY – Salisbury, CT area, either on the S. Taconic Trail or AT? See my account in the petition 2/11/12 re: incident at South Brace on 2/9/12 approx 4:15pm.
    Am very interested in more details on Steve P. account in that area on his post 2/21/12 in the petition.
    It would be helpful if people were very explicit with details on the place/time/nature of encounter for my own safety and other hikers and outdoorspeople. Like I wonder if the one in his account might be the same one I saw or there are TWO of them up there. The lion that I saw was going up another peak, I don’t think it was aware I was looking at it and I’ve not read of any face to face encounters by hikers in CT/NY and those are the ones I worry about most esp. if it’s at close range. Am also not sure what to do if I were going down to my car at the end of the day and I encountered one going up as I’d not want to pass it. I just hope one never comes near me again, this was not a positive experience at all. I prefer my wildlife viewing on TV.

    • “I prefer my wildlife viewing on TV.”

      ^ Then stay inside Tina! WE prefer wildlife like YOU to stay inside where you can’t do harm to our natural wildlife. Tina…get a life!

  15. Unionville CT here, I just witnessed mountian lion jump out at my dog. I was just frozen there as my dog bolted back to the front door of the house.

  16. Oh finally a cool web site approximately 11 months ago my 12 year old son and I were driving home
    When entering colchester approaching rt 11 a mountain lion strutted casually across the highway .
    I slowed down and she looked at us as if to say what the hell,are you looking at. It was so cool .

  17. I think it will take a mauling for the DEEP to admit these ML’s are passing through, or even setting up housekeeping. I will carry my camera with me when I walk, and really notice tracks and scat, especially in some of the more remote areas I walk in. I don’t always use trails, so I might find something. Anyway, I pray we get undisputed proof, and soon, to avoid any attacks. I just told my horse neighbor the other day about my sightings. She has been leaving her little ponies out in their paddock because she doesn’t have space ready yet. She is making due now with the space she has to make sure the ponies don’t end up as an appetizer.

    • Yup, your friend needs to take care of the ponies. While cougars are pretty shy, I’d not put it past a hungry one to maul a horse. I grew up in MA, and my mom’s friend saw a cougar in Woronoco waaaaay back in early 1980′s. My cousin’s son saw one up near Lewis NY, not far from his home, maybe 10 years ago. He said from head to tail it was over 6 feet long. The thing about wandering in woods where large animals are: be aware of your surroundings. If you encounter a large predator, such as a cougar (or bear or even a coyote pack), don’t ever run. Stand up tall and look straight at the cat. People forget that it’s not just pumas and bears we need to look out for, but also deer, moose and elk. I’d never get between a doe and a young fawn. When I see a doe and she’s not giving up her ground, I back off-no question; she’s probably got a fawn or two nearby. I now live in NC, and where I work, someone got beat up BAD by a doe who’d just given birth. Rumor has it the woman stomped at the doe….bad choice. So, be smart: always be aware of your surroundings, whether in the East, or when you’re hiking out West. I always check what’s around and above me. Place kids in the center of a hiking-line, especially in an area where you know you’ve got cougars.

  18. Mountain lions are definitely in CT, especially Northeastern CT. A buddy of mine who is a hunter was in the woods on private property in Canterbury when he saw a stocking truck. When he approached the truck, he saw the two DEP officers in the process of releasing two full grown mountain lions into the woods, who told him that ,”you didnt see anything.” He also saw tracking tags on the lions. I have also had a personal siting in Brooklyn Ct 2 years ago in which i was riding on a trial along the Quinnebaug River on a quad in mid summer. I came around a corner and a 7 foot long Mountain lion stood in the middle of the trail about 30 feet from me and darted into the woods. I have another buddy in Woodstock who owns about 80 acres of land who sees a mountain lion on a regular basis. These animals are here for sure.

    • Your friend needs to talk to media. If we can prove this policy, we need to bust these guys.

    • WHAT? so you’re friend did not ask what was going on? was this recent? I must say I find it a bit hard to believe either that the government is releasing them (esp. on private property) OR even more that they’d try to conceal it. I think it’s possible the lions roamed here from elsewhere and some have been released pets but if the DEP are aware of and capturing them/tracking them they ought to let the public know, what if a boy/girl scout troup was out there camping? or even a single hunter out at night with 2 lions roaming about.

      • Yes it is hard to believe. The state would go after anyone who shot one, but what about the tracking device? That is incriminating. Does the state claim immunity for any damage done by these beasts. I can see why they would want tto hide their deeds. This is not the first time I have heard of this. Somewhere on this board , someone claiming to be a retired State Trooper claimed he was told by DEP that they were importing them. A goat farmer I know in Union told me that a state trooper advised him that the state released one in that town and there a lot of sightings there. One of our large animal vets also claimed to have been told this. My cousin, a nonbeliever told me one of his coworkers has a picture of a partial deer 11 feet up in the crotch of a tree. I havnt seen it yet. I wish this guy got a picture of them releasing it and how do they do that? Just open the cage and it runs away or do they take special precautions? If this is true, they need to be exposed.

        • I live in the Hudson Valley, NY about 35 miles from the Ct. border; Pennsylvania and New Jersey are about the same distance to the east. As an avid hiker, I have spent a lot of time hiking in all 4 states, as well as the Berkshires in Mass. There have been many credible cougar sightings from all of these areas. Additionally, each state seems to have a significant number of claims that the respective environmental authorities are reintroducing cougars. Yet almost all of these suggestions lack specificity. More often they come from a “friend of a friend, a neighbor whose cousin knows a ranger, etc.” In my outdoor experiences the bulk of the state personel I’ve encountered have been friendly, intelligent, and helpful. If they’re engaged in some secret cougar conspiracy I’m not seeing it. To suggest otherwise based mostly on rumor and inuendo seems unfair.

          • I think what’s happening in the Northeast is that there are pumas that have travelled from the Plains areas, possibly upper Midwest, or E. Canada. Also, a few are probably pets let loose (you’d need DNA tests to confirm it, though). Some claim that the cougars never went totally extinct in the East (other than FL); Fish and Wildlfe says the E. Cougar is extinct. Probably so, but as someone pointed out, a puma’s a puma. (I doubt F&W are letting them loose; if anyone is at all, it’s probably the same folk who turn coyotes and raccoons loose in areas for hunting purposes. Even then, it’s doubtful that many people would let cougars loose.)

  19. About a year ago now, me and 3 friends were golfing at CT National Golf Course in Putnam CT. We were teeing off the 7th hole when a big brown cat came running across the fairway into the woods. We know it wasnt a deer because deer dont have long brown tails. It must have been chasing a rabbit or something that we couldnt see because it was hauling butt. By far the biggest cat i have ever seen. I dont understand why people dont believe these amazing animals are out there, trust me THEY ARE!

    • Not surprising that you claim to have seen one on a golf course. If you google mountain lions on golf courses, you will see that there are many sightings on courses as the deer love the grass, and the lions love the deer! I myself saw one WITH CUBS approximately 10 years ago just standing on the side of the road on Rt. 22 in Wingdale, NY. This was a pretty populated area, with SURPRISE = a golf course nearby! There may not be many, but they are here….

  20. Mountain Lion seen crossing Rt 198 (1/4 mile south of Pumpkin Hill Road) traveling toward Natchaug River. Siting on June 14th @ 5:15 PM.

  21. JUST DONE HEARING THE SCREAMS OF A MOUNTAIN LYON.DIDN’T KNOW FOR SURE ,WENT TO YOU TUBE AND THAT WAS THE SOUND..SAW IT WALK PAST MY FRONT YARD DOWN THE STREET SCREAMMING.. POLICE SAID BIG CAT IN HEAT. JUST LET THEM PASS. 45 MINS OF CAT NOISE ON 7-23-12 IN SOUTHINGTON,CT..NO DOUBT WHAT IT WAS. THERE HERE!!!

  22. I saw a mountain lion yesterday crossing route 7 on the border between Kent and Cornwall bridge.

  23. 3 nights ago my husband pointed to something and kept repeating what’s that what’s that. Walking through our driveway, then across the street and into the woods, was the biggest cat I have ever seen!!! We were told it was a bobcat but it was MUCH bigger and had a long tail and no tufts of fur on the side of its face. After searching on the Internet we came across several pictures of young mountain lions and that is without a doubt what we saw!! So cool to have seen one!! Esp with my husband because everyone thinks we are nuts!! In New Milford CT

  24. there have been numerous sighting in the Pachaug area of Griswold, CT as well.

  25. Hey need a legend for interactive map and i really appreciate this website as an avid nature enthusiast i always felt safe around fairfield county but now i think on trail runs i wont wear ear buds

  26. About two weeks ago I was sitting on my front porch in Terryville talking to a neighbor when I noticed a wild cat in a field a few houses up. It looked as though it was going to cross the road. I said to my neighbor look at that, I think its a bobcat. The animal and I looked at each other for a few seconds before it ran back into the field. I was only able to see the front of the cat. It was a solid tan color.

    I spoke with a friend at work who also lives up the road from me & he mentioned the authorities were called because two large cats were fighting in his neighbors yard and stalking his dog who was in an outside kennel. This happened just two nights ago.

    Upon doing further research I recognized that the cat I saw two weeks ago resembled a mountain lion much more than a bobcat. I am 90%sure what I was was in fact a mountain lion.

    • Hello all I just wanted to say I am totally amazed at some of the previous statements. I have a holiday home in New Brunswick Canada and was coming home from Fredricton about 11pm with my mother in the car and had the privilege to see a mountain lion cross in front of us while it was heading to the St John river for a drink! It was the most beautiful creature I have ever seen in the wild. Dangerous yes but so are mama bears-timber prattlers and the list goes on. Do we just kill everything so man can walk in the woods no! We must respect nature I believe carrying pepper spray or walking stick a proper protection. I would be more concerned with beasts with 2 legs than the elusive mountain lion they do not call them ghosts for no reason. Thanks for reading and safe adventures!

      • It seems to be a lot of people seeing ghosts lately. Its only a matter of time before they are hunting one down claiming it must be sick and making excuses. The victim will ether be disfigured for life found wedged into the crotch of a tree.

      • uhm…..pepper spray is for human animals and bears….IF a ML attacks you, you wont see it until its got your head or neck in its mouth. If you see one, you probably wont get attacked.

  27. Howdy! This article couldn’t be written any better! Going through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this. I’ll send this information to him.
    Pretty sure he’s going to have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  28. I was walking my dog this morning in Andover, CT and he got really startled. He stopped for a minute to look around and then I heard some shuffling sounds, almost like a little bit of a “shhhh” noise. I always use a headlamp in the morning, so I shined it up my dark, unlit road. There was a large tan animal with a tail that curled upward at the bottom. The dog spotted it and we both heard a “hisssssssss.” My dog dragged me back inside, my heart racing! Upon first glance, I thought it was a very large cat. I got in my car to see if I could spot it, but there was nothing apparent.

  29. We have spent alot of time in and around Barkhamsted Reservoir since 1969 and haven’t seen any cougars ,bobcats yes . In the 1970 – 1990′s we put out cat-nip sent posts with no luck, have you tried this ? Most of our time there is during day light hours so don’t expect to see them all though the MDC patrolmen claim to have seen them . I would love to hear your comments . Don

  30. I saw a mountain lion on route 112 in Lakeville at 11:30 in the morning on a summer Sunday. I spotted his movement up ahead as I was driving, assumed it was a deer, and slowed to a crawl. This giant cat stepped out into the road in front of my car. He was no more than 25 feet in front of me, and he STOOD there. I don’t know how I could have had a better look. There was even time for an oncoming car to see what was going on and stop as well. Then the cat leaped across the road and was gone. I had heard of other reported sightings, and every time state officials said it was a bobcat. So, as I sat looking at this cat I kept saying to myself “Look at his tail. Look at his tail.” And I am telling you, the tail came down to the ground and then curled back up. This was no bobcat.

  31. We are thinking there was one in Gales Ferry last night..

  32. I was just shown a photo of a cougar carrying a deer kill in the night taken from a hunters deer camera. This person claims it was taken in Eastford, CT. I am trying to track down the one who posted it on Facebook to find out the legitimacy. I will pass on any info if I feel it is worth checking into.

    • Greg, the video is one from 3 years ago taken in Texas..It is NOT here in CT. I got duped by it myself and also got it on FB

  33. Sighting 02/12/13:

    I live in Suffield Connecticut and I saw a large black cat on my way to work today. I was driving down Sheldon Road and happened to look out into the field across from the new high school and there it was walking out of the woods. I was convinced it was a large black panther, but what do I know the state of Connecticut says there are no large cats in the state..

    • I have seen a mountain lion in Tolland. It came out onto the road on rt 74 just before the butcher, crossed the road and walked down toward a pond on the opposite side. No mistaking what it was, and it was striking to see. An old timer here told me its known to walk along the the tracks In willington.

  34. Sherman, ct. 1:00am
    Eerie wild animal calls. Searched the Internet and found sound clips of exactly what we heard. A femal mountain lion.

  35. I have been aware of the mountain lion issue in CT for some time now. I have had several very brief sightings over the years. Jumping over the road, very edge of a heavily wooded area at dusk, situations that would lead to 40% certainty at best. However I had a definitive viewing of a mountain lion struck and killed by a vehicle in Southbury. This occurred last fall near the intersection of main street and Roxbury road. The carcass looked as if it were placed on the grass off to the side and several people were stopped, an older couple was standing over it, obviously awe struck, taking pictures. The carcass was at least 5 feet long, laying on it’s side if not longer. It had a reddish brown coat with a full length tail and a sleek face with yellow eyes and black accents around it’s mouth and ears. It must have passed on not too long before I spotted it as it’s eyes were open and clear. It could not have been any other animal then a mountain lion, absolute zero probability. Unfortunately I did not have my phone on hand, I expected a news article but never heard anything else about it. I am currently never without my phone and hopefully will get an opportunity to photograph a living example at some point.

  36. I am not sure if what I just saw was a mountain lion, but I was just taking my large dog out (a male weimeraner) around 3:30am in Niantic when something resembling a cat, but rivaling my dog’s size came charging out of of my neighbour’s yard at us. My dog will normally stand his ground against almost anything, but with the distance gap between us and whatever this very large feline was he nearly pulled me over running for the door. We got inside and it ran straight for the tree line.

  37. oxford a few days ago – this was even on the patch. debate on what it was. looks like a mountain lion to me:

    http://oxford-ct.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/large-wild-cat-spotted-in-oxford-not-a-mountain-lion-deep-says

  38. At 5:45 on a bike ride across from St. Catherine’s Church on Route 20 headed south, a mountain lion, I believe, was struck by a white Volkswagon Jetta 4 door. Just like all your pictures at first I thought it was a fox, then it moved. The face was definitely “CAT”. Big furry tail. That is why I thought it was a fox. It was not a lynx nor a bobcat!

  39. Near Bash-bish falls, NY-MA border:
    early August, 3am, new moon- woken by foxes barking (normal) but then a banshee-like screaming. thought: strange sound for a fox. Next night: same procedure. Next day, late afternoon, driving on a remote road between two cornfields (the corn is very high after all the heat and rain) and THEN I saw it. A catamount, puma concolor, cougar or mountain lion. NOT a bobcat. It saw my car and backed back into the cornfield, and disappeared. WOW. They are here.

  40. I saw a young mountain lion (Dark Tan with black spots. On Gunntown Road on the Oxford/Naugatuck border at 12:30 October 19, 2013.

  41. Someone get a photo!

  42. We just spotted one sauntering across the street just off the park ave exit on Merritt (47)

  43. I live 5 minutes away from Brunswick School. I have a den of mountain lions so close to my house you can almost see it. And yes, they are 7 foot long creatures with razor sharp claws and cat like bodies. In the past 5 years, I have seen more wildlife than ever in the thick woods behind my house. I have seen wolves, coyotes, black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, fox, and the occasional moose. I was wondering if it was legal to kill coyotes, because I have kids who play in the woods and I don’t want them to get attacked. My son knows a ton about the Brunswick School incident. People thing these animals come to fairfield county occasionally. But you really need to be careful because they’re coming back.

  44. I just had my first mountain lion sighting. It happened in Woodbury just 15 minutes ago. We were at a stop sign, as we made our turn I saw a tan cat, slightly larger than a bobcat, with a long tail walk behind a tree across the street. By the time we stopped and back the car up it was gone.

  45. After 3 yrs of telling my fiance shes crazy, yesterday no more than 40′ away in my back yard I could see him clear as day. Im in North Haven.

  46. In West Hartford this morning we saw a bobcat and mountain lion near the brook behind our house.

  47. I am a risk manager for insurance companies. I inspect residential and commercial properties. That includes vacant wooded lots. Once while in Simsbury behind the CT State Trooper shooting range back in the early 1990′s, I was traversing the wooded lot just under the Talcott Mountain cliffs (just off rt 189). I encountered three boys who were about to climb the cliff. I thought I would join them later as a lark and try too. They took off up the incline. I hung back to look around the wooded lot. Then all of a sudden coming down the incline west toward the range was a full grown mountain lion. It was unmistakable as I am familiar with animals and this was not a coyote, dog, bobcat, or big domestic cat. I had recently (then 1990′s) seen one at the West Hartford Science Center and two at the Springfield MA zoo (Forest Park).

    It walked right in front of me by 10-15 feet paying me no mind whatsoever as if it were tame or domesticated. Not trusting that assumption I froze for about 30 minutes listening for his sounds rustling through the underbrush. There was none, he was silent, indicating that he stopped, turned around, and was crouching in the brush checking me out. I waited him out and when I felt he wasn’t about to pounce I continued uphill backwards as you should never turn your back to a large feline nor run as that will trigger his instincts to pounce. I should have raised my arms to make myself look bigger but I thought that would be insane at the moment as he was only two bodies-length away from me!

    So I continued up the cliff behind the boys. They said they did not see the cougar. When we got to the top the State Park Warden (DEP) was waiting for us to write us all citations for trespassing on the cliffs. I mentioned the cougar to him and he laughed saying “There are no cougars in CT”. Yeah right!

    Later I was doing an inspection on the other side of the mountain at the 4H Club Farm in Bloomfield. I mention my encounter to the director. She looks at me nonplussed and says yeah we see him all the time. He is constantly trying to get at our chickens and other small animals. ALL THE TIME? What’s going on here?

    Then I hear later that West Hartford Police Dept is chasing one through people’s back yards near the base of the same mountain. Now I hear there are several spotted around CT. One on Wilbur Cross, one in East Hampton spotted by a DEEP employee, and one recently spotted in Durham. This would mean the cat crossed the Haddam Bridge in the middle of the night? Too cold and currents too heavy to swim across.

    So a retired CSP trooper above says that DEEP IMPORTED these critters here to help cull the deer population? I belief him as I saw a mutilated deer carcass behind Mt. Higby in the Middlefield/Middletown area not far from Rt 66. It appeared to have been predated by a large cat not coyotes. DEEP is denying this now. I see deer in Newington all the time. I also see coyotes the size of wolves (they are Coywolves). Never have a seen a Cougar in Newington yet. I saw a Black Bear in Riverton once. But none in Newington yet.

    • Continuing… I decided to do some heavy backgrounding on this and discovered that a man in Palmer MA had a full grown pet cougar that escaped from his farm in the 1980′s and he has not seen him since. So if the CT DEEP is secretly finding him a mate to help control the deer population, the public needs to be warned. In California they attack hikers and bikers a lot. One woman is still supposedly missing feared predated by a cougar. The coyotes in CT do attack people and small pets so cougars will probably join them like they do out west. Thank goodness they don’t hibernate like beers and wake up hungry. They hunt small game all winter long. Deers know how to fight back. Rabbits, squirrels, mice, chipmunks, woodchucks, not so much.

      • Contrary to what you are trying to say, cougar attacks are very very rare, even out west where they are common. Percentage wise they are no higher than bear or other animal attacks, including dogs;. DEEP rumors have floated around for quite some years, not really sure what to believe there.

    • BTW no one needs to be worried about being mauled by a Cougar. Just as long as you respect their privacy and the game population remains high as it is right now in 2014 you have nothing to worry about. In the coming spring just be careful not to startle them and their cubs. You always make noise while hiking to let the bears and other large predators know you are there. Cougars will not try and take down a human that is looking at them and appears bigger than them. So raise your arms to look bigger. But don’t try and scare them as just watch your own cat if you try that. The best weapon is a large stick to hold them at bay if they do decide to pounce. They will go for the neck first to suffocate you. They will use their back paws to gut you. But trust me they will not be doing this as there is too much easier game to eat. I just got lucky mine was full…

      With bears just fall down and curl up in the fetal position as they do not eat carrion (apparent dead stuff). Don’t try and look bigger or even move. Freeze until they are gone. Train your dog to heel and shut up as the bear wont like him yapping and trying to attack him/her. And don’t act like the moron in Farmington Reservoir that shot at a bear with a 9mm pistol. A small caliber gun like that will only piss them off if you manage to hit them. Same goes for a Cougar. Don’t shoot at them. It wont work unless you have a hunting rifle. And then that may be illegal too.

      • Very good advice here for anyone encountering a cougar. A guy on an ATV shot at a bear with a 9mm also a few years ago, and it charged. Fortunately the ATV was faster.

      • Shouldn’t be able to charge you for shooting an extinct animal !!

      • Chris..bears DO eat carrion…..and lying down is the WORSE thing yo do if u meet up with a bear in connecticut, since that strategy is for grizzlys, not blacks…and it’s NOT the correct strategy in all grizzly cases either.

  48. I saw a mountain lion/cougar crossing route 5 in South Windsor this morning approximately 7:30am. Light tan.

  49. Just some information for you. I work in Chester, CT. A co-worker of mine who travels from Bozrah, CT told me that while she traveled to work through Moodus/East Haddam this morning on Route 149 a Mountain Lion jumped from the rocks on one side of the road and crossed to the river. It also turned around and hissed at her as she drove by. I believe this was around the Creek Row area again where one was sighted a couple a years ago. She said its tail appeared to be not as long as it is supposed to be but may have been injured and healed. She said it was definitely not a Bobcat.

    • My emt instructor worked as a medic in Chester, Ct. She has seen mountain while riding on calls through that area.

  50. This is very interesting because the cougar network has listed a class 1 confirmation in Connecticut when one was hit by a car in Milford. One thing people have to understand is that to present this as a cougar that traveled into Connecticut, that is making it’s home there. DNA testing will confirm that the cat did not have the same DNA of an eastern cougar. DNA shows genetic markings just like finding out the DNA of a family member of a human, the same thing can be done for animals. The cougars are endangered and animals will trek long distances for food or their own habitat. All of the possibilities of a pet escaping or a lion traveling long distances are true, but now that they are here they should be studied and protected.

  51. I’m from Columbia County, NY – just NW of CT – and I can tell you there have been numerous sightings here. The interesting thing about this is I am beginning to think they may never have left the northeast – as I have been reading some old newspapers on microfilm from Columbia County – and there are a fair number of articles reporting on cougar sightings throughout the 1940-50s on the NY/MA border area… a couple even describing people seeing huge black cats. And interestingly enough, I know someone from the same area who once told me a huge black cat jumped in front of their car – crossing the road in one leap sometime in the late 90s!! And I totally believe them… all this is some fascinating stuff, indeed…

    • A large majority of today’s native, wild, free-roaming big cats are offspring of 18th century cougars-mountain lions who prowled our eastern woodlands and forests, a century ago. If interested in factual data on past documented reports, contact Eastern Puma Research Network at epuma@frontier.com

  52. Observed a large dark Bobcat cross Paradise Ave in Hamden today at @2:45pm, in a heavily wooded area.

  53. My mother, brother and myself saw a mountain lion crossing in front of us traveling northbound on Route 32 in the Eagleville part of Mansfield, just before crossing into South Willington around 11 a.m. on 6/24/14.

  54. I know a hunters ambulance met who has seen a mountain on more than one occasion in Fairfield county

  55. I saw a Mountain lion in the field by my horse barn in June of 2014. The barn is located in South Kingstown RI. I contacted DEM immediately. They came out and looked around and tried to discredit my account by saying it was probably a bobcat. I wish I had gotten a picture of this beautiful animal with a tail as long as it’s body (obviously NOT a bobcat). A few weeks later a friend fly fishing saw one in Exeter RI and yesterday one was spotted again in South Kingstown.

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