Too bad most of us are driving and they are fast.
Do you also take sightings from Rhode Island on the Conn. line? I am trying to get a picture of one right now with a game camera. THat is how I came to find your site. Chepachet is on the CT line. I have what could be Cougar droppings here and some of the deer here have claw marks in them.
Let’s see the proof, we constantly are asking the public to help the cougar.
rumor has it, a second cougar was hit by a truck and killed, somewhere along the RI/Conn line, since the one killed, last summer, on the other side of Conn. I was shown a photograph of the dead lion being held up in front of a truck, but wondered if it just a picture of the original lion killed. Does anyone know? I live in Western Coventry, RI, and I hope it’s not the one I spotted last winter.
You really should expand your map to include sightings from the entire east coast as they are said to be extinct in the eastern US.
I agree! The BLue Ridge Mountains have a healthy population of cougars. I grew up in the upstate of SC on the NC line. Everyone knows they are out in the woods. Every so often one gets hit by a car, or a sighting is reported on the news.
I have lived in CT for my entire life and have been walking and hunting the woods here in Windham and New London counties for more than 35 years and have never seen any sign of a moutain lion let alone a lion itself. I have been using game cameras since 1999 and have never gotten a picture of anything even resembling a lion. In my opinion I believe most of these supposed sightings are not moutain lions at all. I find it amazing that no one has ever gotten a picture of one with all these sightings going on. One run over cat does not mean a population exists.
I do believe there is a small population. Even if 10% of all these sightings were correct, that would show a population. Look at the different regions that are listed,some within days of each other. I personally know people who live in “confirmed”mountain lion habitat,(Colorado,California,The Dakotas) and although some of these people have seen them the majority of my friends have not. I HAVE seen a mountain lion/cougar in Ct. I never thought it could be a possibility and i didnt think anyone would believe me until i saw this site and realized i wasnt alone. I am an outdoorsman with many hours in the field and thats not where i saw this cat. It was in my neighborhood!
Thank you Robert! Finally some voice of reason.
CML, Please excuse my ignorance, but are you, cov research, and Bo all interconnected? I’ve been assuming that you are, but some of your recent posts seem somewhat skeptical about the presence of mountain luons in Ct. Thank you.
Steve d, I dont know who cov research or bo are. I am curious observer of the posts. I find it totally fascinating that one person can see one thing one way and another can see something totally different. I think I have been very consistently skeptical to mountain lions being here in Connecticut as a population. I grew up hearing these tales and here we are many years later and still not one photo, not one piece of evidence other then one dead mountain lion on the side of the road. Yet some people are still seeing them everywhere. It just totally fascinates me.
I know what I saw so close to me and my dog. Next time I will ask the lion to wait until I get my camera out. Cheese and click….
Sorry Robert, I know the difference, and me and many others have seen them up in Western MA, going back 40 years. They are here, watch over the next couple of years. One was hit in Belchertown MA this summer, but after someone called the state, it all just vaporized. Tracks have been found in several spots, as well as killed deer caches, one up in a tree! Those two counties are the least likely place to find them in the state anyway. Stay tuned.
you ever walk around pomfret?
I am pleased to see someone taking this seriously, as it should be. I saw a mountain lion myself some years ago, with my father. He pointed out how it was different, and bigger than a bobcat during our encounter. We often saw bobcats in the area near our cabin in the Berkshires, but clearly this wasnt a bobcat. The locals were upset, trying to get someone to shoot it, because it was attacking sheep and livestock at the time. The hilltown people up here know the difference. I asked a group in one town recently and virtually ALL of them had seen one, with a hunter having one stalk the same deer he was hunting. He yielded to the cat! We have had family units seen this year, with a horse attacked in the area where the family was. Its not easy to get pictures, they dont hang around long when they see you. But that being said, its likely just a matter of time. Keep it up CT!
I was just walking my dogs. We live in Navy housing in Groton, CT. So it’s 10:15 pm and I was walking my dogs when I shined my flashlight into the woods behind some houses. I saw a deer’s eyes reflected and thought ” cool”. I walked maybe 40 yards and shined my light into another section of woods and saw more eyes reflected. But these were not deer’s eyes. I got closer and saw the ears and heard the low growl. My dogs were barking like crazy. And it started to love toward us. I freaked out turn and ran. It jumped out of the trees and landed like 15 ft from us. Then it turned and went after the deer. OMG that was crazy!
My cousin has a picture of a mountain lion he captured on his game camera and I have pictures of tracks next to my barn all of which were taken in CT. Just because you have never seen one in person or a picture doesn’t mean they aren’t around.
Can you post those photos? If you have proof, well share it please.
I saw a mountain lion on my property in Warwick,RI last April. It was crouching down and stretched out ready to pounce at a deer. The deer reared up at it. It just turned looked at me and slowly sauntered off into the woods. I was shaking as i called the police. I could tell from the tone of the dispatcher that she didn’t believe me. They gave me DEM# to call. The DEM officer came and took down the report. He checked out the scene and until he saw the hoof prints in the dirt where the deer reared up, I’m not sure he believed me. It was frustrating. I haven’t told many people for that reason. A couple months later my husband and I were having coffee on the deck and saw one walk through the yard, looked at us then and enter the woods at the same spot. I was so happy to have someone else see it I almost cried. We called DEM again and they came to have another look around. The officer said unfortunately the well worn path in the woods(large deer population) has a covering of pine needles, leaves etc. making it nearly impossible to obtain a track. We recently put a trail cam out there. I’d love to get a pic. and send it to the DEM officer.
I live in warwick too. I hope you get a picture of it.
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