July 2011: I’ve never seen such a big cat outside a circus or zoo! I was eating breakfast in my kitchen early one morning (about 7 or 7:30 a.m.). My kitchen windows overlook a big, open field at the top of Tamarack Lane. I looked out and saw a large animal trotting along the edge of the field. It was approaching my house from the north. From a distance, I thought it was the neighbor’s Golden Retriever. It was about the same color as the neighbor’s dog, which almost always stays close to the neighbor’s house down the hill to my east. As it came closer, I saw that the animal was not a dog. It was a big cat — big cat head, teeth, ears, paws, and tail. It passed quickly behind my house, maybe fifty feet outside my kitchen window. It disappeared into the woods on the south side of the property. I reported the sighting to Wildlife and Fisheries, who politely suggested that I had seen a coyote!
Jan ’12; 2 or 3 years ago, I believe it was fall time, early evening, I saw a mountain loin cross rt 4 between Torrington and Goshen. I live in Goshen and was on my way home from Torrington going up the rt 4 hill, when from the left side of the road a mountain lion came out from a lightly wooded area. It stopped at the edge of the road and appeared to look both ways to see if anything was coming, then crossed the road in front of me, 200′ +/-. I thought I was watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. It was in the area of Klugg Hill road and about a mile or so down the hill, east, of the Action Wildlife Foundation Facility. Although suprised at seeing it, it was absolutly a mountain lion and nothing else. Tan, small round head with small ears, long thick tail and a black spot at the end. I would say it was about the same size as my femail German Shepherd +/- . Anyone who knows the area would know a lot of woods and farm land around there and plenty of deer.
Saw a mountain lion in my backyard on Monday….at Woodridge Lake in Goshen.
Submitted by BM
CT CROSSED RD IN GOSHEN, CT