At approximately 5:20pm on Wednesday February 28 I spotted a Large Mountain Lion (the size of a very large dog with a long tail) crossing State Highway 617 across from the abandoned James Romanella & Sons building. Submitted by Michael Anzalone
In late October/early November I was driving to work northbound on rt 11 around 7:15am. I was at the colchester Salem line and the two cars in front of me started to slow down (they were about 1/10 of a mile in front of me). As they slowed down I did too and at that time I saw a large cat with a long tail (the tail was about 4ft long) come out from the tree line on the right side of the road. When it crossed the road I was within 25 yards of it. As it was crossing it didn’t seem terribly startled as it looked as though it was more or less jogging rather than sprinting. Once getting to the other side of the road it went just into the tree line and sat down and watched the cars pass. As I passed it you could clearly see it’s face and see it’s size which was much larger and fuller than a bobcat or lynx. Submitted by Jonathan Merritt
Transferring onto Lantern Hill RD from 184 in old Mystic Monday evening 01/16/17 and saw what appeared to be a large cat (size of Medium/large dog) with a long tail crossing the road and entering into the woods adjacent to a small stream. It appeared to be a mountain lion. Submitted by Ryan Meyers
Today, me and my fiance decided to take our 18 month old daughter to Dart Hill park in Vernon. After about 20 minutes of playing and having a ton of fun, I noticed what I thought was a stray dog over near the parking lot. I watched it because I didn’t see a person with the dog… but then it looked at me and I realized.. it was NOT a dog. I thought maybe it was a bobcat because they live in the area but it didn’t have the ears or coloring of a bobcat. I immediately called for my fiance to pick up our daughter and not put her down, even though she cried because the fun had stopped. We watched it as it walked past the bridge to enter the park and went into the woods.we waited a couple of more minutes and then immediately made our way to the car, keeping a look out in every direction. ..just in case it wasn’t alone. Everyone keeps asking why I didn’t take a picture, but I was so worried about our safety, especially our extremely small child, that taking a picture didn’t even cross my mind. When we got home I called the local police to I’m form them of what I saw and they had animal control call me. Animal control said it was more likely a bobcat… but I know what I saw, and that was NOT a bobcat! Lloked exactly like the picture of a mountain lion I google afterm getting home. I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared before! Submitted by Mary Ryea
While working outside on a property off Elm street in Stonington, I saw a large brown cat with a long tail walking up a rock formation around 3pm yesterday. It was the size of a big dog but clearly a cat. Scared the crap out me and couldn’t believe what I saw until I did some research and found out that they are rarely seen but do live here…unbelievable.submitted by: James Taylor
This sighting was just over the border from the town of Kent, CT, about 200 feet into NY. I’m an experienced outdoorsman very familiar with animals in the area. What my wife and I clearly saw last week was not a native animal. As it crossed the road fifty feet in front of our car I said “that’s the biggest bobcat I’ve ever seen” and it would have been at two or three times the size of a bobcat. But when it stopped about thirty feet off the road and we pulled up even with it it had the one thing no bobcat has, a long tail. Although it was clearly a cat like critter, much like a bobcat it was certainly not one. Nor did it look much like any picture I’ve ever seen of a mountain lion because it’s fur was multicolored. Searching the Internet for something that matched was unsuccessful – until I keyed in young cougar. The pictures that came up could have been photographs of what we saw. I’m a sceptic and have always doubted neighbors reports about mountain lion sightings wondering why no one has taken a picture or a video. I know why I didn’t. I was just so amazed I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. Submitted by John Fila 11/23/2016
A second set of DNA tests is being conducted on the material from Massachusetts. Massachusetts Wildlife, and the Federal fish and Wildlife were contacted, and
agreed on the agency that will do these tests. It is hoped that these tests will show the area of origin of the Mountain Lion. Since it has North American DNA, a “released pet” can be pretty much ruled out.
As was posted previously, material was collected at the scene of a horse that was injured in Late June, in Petersham, Massachusetts. It was sent for DNA testing, and both fur and blood have tested positive for Puma Concolor (Mountain Lion), North American. This pretty much eliminates it being a “released pet” as has been the standard label thrown at confirmations. Testing indicated it was a male, North American Origin. The actual cause of the injuries to the horse are inconclusive. The owner is to be commended for recognizing the material that came from the animal, then submitting it for testing. We are also now getting reports from the area close to this location of other animals attacked. One was also dismissed as a “bear”.
On Wednesday, Oct 19th, my daughter’s dogs were going nuts, trying to get out of the house. It was a little after 6:00am on Bethel Rd, in Griswold, down the Preston end of the road. We put them out on their runs, thinking it may have been a fox or something like that, and they ran around in circles, barking, growling, digging the dirt, continuing to carry on. We did not see anything, but she was on her way out, so she beeped the horn as she drove up the driveway. As she turned to go up the road, a mountain lion crossed the street in front of her car and ran down Dutka Lane, headed towards Pachaug Pond. It was the size of a large dog, golden brown with a long tail.
Came across a lone mountain lion as I was walking down a trail (hill) on Huckleberry Hill Trails in Avon, CT. It came out of some brush on my left…stopped and peed on a small wooden slat bridge and stayed still for a few moments. I noticed something to my right up the hill from me and there were about 4 or 5 deer who were watching me…They ran off after I moved and the lion went into the brush in the general direction of the deer. It never noticed me and I didn’t get another glimpse of it….Deer took off and hopefully away from him…He was obviously stalking them…I turned and went back the way I came. It was approx. 4:30 pm in a very wooded area with trails frequented by people/their dogs and mountain bikers. It was about 50 or so feet from me and was very large…I have a 75lb rottweiler and it was at least as big if not bigger…it was a dark brown…probably 90+ lbs…long body…There are various pockets of water a long the trail but because I didn’t continue on the same path not sure if there was any where he had come from….He definitely was following the deer…I have walked those trails for 12 years and never seen a lion out there… Submitted by: Victora DiCenso
Walking my dog at about 3:30 pm, south towards Lynn Demming Park in new Milford, CT. I saw movement in the wooded area on the eastern eastern side of the road. I looked and saw a large feline, well over 100 lbs. running eastward back into the woods. I did not get a clear look as it was running through/around trees. I didn’t see it’s face or recall the tail, but did notice it was very big, had a smooth, tan coat, and am 99% sure it was a feline. It may have had some white fur near its rear paws. The encounter lasted less than 10 seconds and I didn’t have time to get a picture. Submitted by Paul Sinclaire
I’m almost certain I saw a cougar at around 1140 yesterday morning. I think I was in Franklin, coming up 207 eastbound just before the intersection with 32. I saw from a distance at first what I thought was a larger dog. I remember thinking what is a big dog like that doing alone in the middle of nowhere. I thought it was maybe a lab or something. Then it got up and crossed the street I was driving up. I was still a ways off but it was no dog. It moved like a cat, had less of a snout than a dog but it’s tail really was cat like. Linger than a dog’s and moving like a cats. It disappeared into some brush on the left side of the road. By the time I drove by seconds later I didn’t see anything. There may have been water down there, not sure. I drive the back roads a lot and have seen all the usual wildlife you expect to see in CT. This was definitely something different, pretty sure a cougar. Hope this was helpful or interesting. Submitted by Craig Reid
The “mountain lion” picture circulating all over social media from Marlborough is NOT a mountain lion. Its a bobcat.
The original version showing more of the back end clearly showed the short tail. The cat also has
the diagnostic white spots on the back of the ears, stripes on the legs, and the “jowls” hair of
a bobcat. Please stop sharing this claiming its a mountain lion.
On Monday, 9/19/16, at approximately 10:15pm, this writer went outside on back deck of yard to let my dog out. I heard an odd unusual high pitch noise almost instantly and noticed the silhouette in the distance in the dark of a very large animal with a long tail near our garden beds. The animal then proceeded to give a loud cat growl at us and ran off into the nearby field/woods. Submitted by: Jennifer Wydra
I was at my friend’s home (9/17/2016) which is on the Torrington/Litchfield line on New Litchfield Street. I was looking out the window in her bathroom which looks out over the river and woods, when I spotted a large “cat” walking down the rocks of the river. The water is very low right now. My friend’s home is very secluded. The cat had a long tail, was tannish in color, and was probably about 80 to 100 pounds. I watched it saunter like a cat down the river. It was definitely not a Bobcat. The head, color, and tail were just like a mountain lion. It was beautiful to watch unobserved. I enjoyed the moment and did not run for my camera. Submitted by: Laurie Burbank
My wife and I were on our back porch the other day, early morning (Tuesday)having coffee. We live in a very wooded area of New Canaan. There is a game trail that borders our property. We often see deer, occasional turkey’s etc on the back property. We live adjacent to New Canaan Land Trust as well. We had thought that we has seen one last year, (same game trail) around the time one was spotted on/near the Merritt Parkway, but it was weird, and we ended up thinking maybe eyes were playing tricks etc.
This “animal” was a cat. I grew up with cats. About the size of a yellow lab (we have a yellow lab), but seemingly longer, with a really long tail. I thought it might be a lynx or a bobcat, but it had the long tail. I could see the triangular nature of the ears, somewhat of a flattened face, no doglike snout, as there are coyotes’ in the area. It was silent through the woods, and “loped” along quickly, with purpose. It was about a 12 second experience. It was seriously, a very large cat. Submitted by Ted jenkins
I entered route 395 South on August 17, 2016 at about 0400 from exit 98 and I noticed an animal resembling a large cat trotting North in the median in the area of the West Thompson Road overpass. The Cat was about 2-3 feet tall and about 3-4 feet long, minus the tail. It had a long tail that curled up, long legs and a lean body. It was bigger, taller and longer, than my late yellow lab that weighed 70 pounds. It was light brown/tan in color and it was not at all affected by my truck or the head lights, it just kept trotting along the side of the turnpike in the median heading North. Submitted by Mathew Robert
Some time in 2013 I was looking toward the mountains early in the morning from my window in Bloomfield, enjoying the scenery. This was about 5:30 AM. I suddenly heard what I thought was a woman screaming coming from the direction of the mountains. I listened intently trying to figure out where the screams were coming from, thinking that I needed to call the police. After the second or third scream I realized that the voice wasn’t human. My first thought was, “What the heck?!”. Having watched a Bigfoot TV show with my sons the night before I’m embarrassed to say that the thought did enter my mind. After some Youtube research I realized that the vocalizations were unmistakably cougar vocalizations. I have run into people over the years who have told me of sightings of the big cats so this made sense to me. Submitted by Gary Jones
While hiking with my family on August 7, around 5:30pm, I noticed a large, sandy colored animal (no spots) about 30-50 yards in the woods off the trail. We were maybe 1/8 of a mile from the parking area. It stopped walking and looked over at us several times. I thought I noticed a little white fur at the tips of its ears, but not positive about that. The cat seemed interested in us for about 10 seconds, then looked away, squatted as if to poop, then walked casually away after looking over once more, and then in the opposite direction. I was telling my boys it was a bobcat, since I did not think it could be a mountain lion in CT, but as it walked away, I noticed it had a very long tail. I would estimate it’s height at it’s head to be about up to my waist. Submitted by :SMA
At 1500 on Wednesday, August 9, an overcast sky after an hour of steady rain, I was sitting in my family room when i saw a large animal, 3 times the size of a bobcat we had seen a week earlier. Long tail, 70-80 pounds, light brown color. I went to my porch to shoo it away, it took a defensive crouch and I immediately went back into my house. It casually walked over the stone wall and headed back into the woods. The woods behind our house range south to north for miles. We live about a half mile from Lake Lillinonah. Submitted by Maryann Favale
On 8/5/16 I observed a large mountain lion at the intersection of Sharon valley road and mudge pond road. The large cat was sitting in a field observing white tail deer feeding. I was no more than 500 yards from the cat. I did not have my cell phone to photograph it. There was no doubt as to what I observed as I not only have hunted them for several years in several western states, I have a full mount lion in my home. The use of binoculars verified the sighting. I proceeded to notify the residants near the sighting. Submitted by: Greg Sketas
I was driving down South Lake Road in Litchfield, CT heading toward Morris in the White Memorial Foundation wildlife preserve around 10:40pm 8/3/2016 when I encountered a large cougar in middle of the road. I had to swerve around it and it just paused its path toward the woods while I drove by. This is a residential road, however, it backs to woodlands and the beginning of the wildlife preserve. I saw that there have been similar reports in this exact area so I have no doubt that I saw the same cat or a relative of the cat(s) that other people have seen here. It was very cool and I only wish that I had stopped to observe it longer or take a picture. Submitted by: Margi