My husband this morning called me from Bennetts Bridge Road in Sandy Hook, CT – not far from our home – he was driving towards route 34 and there was a mountain lion on Bennetts Bridge walking across the street. Long tail about the size length wise of a 8 year old long tail the works. It was a young mountain lion not old and certainly not a bob cat. He was a little freaked out about it – I ended up calling animal control and they said they didn’t go out for mountain lion calls. In any event I am sure that what he reported was a mountain lion – he said it definitely wasn’t a coyote or a dog. Submitted by:Denise Buzy-Pucheu
Wife and I were driving home from some last minute shopping before Hurricane Irene on Saturday Aug 27th around 10:00AM when she spotted something off to the side of a driveway on 100 Acers rd. I stopped and backed up and it was still there. We both saw it from about 75 yards, in the open, for 20 to 25 seconds just walking along. It turned and looked at us (definitely feline face) then walked away into the woods. Medium size lab would be my size estimate, very long tail, tan to red-ish color fur.
Don’t know of anything else that it could have been but a mt. lion. although I think the size was a little smaller that what I have seen online of 150 lbs average.
Driving northwards on Old Mill Road in Newtown/Sandy Hook, a cougar crossed the road in front of me and headed down the embankment towards Warner Pond. I was a few 100 ft away, but am positive it was a cougar.
Rumors in my barn in Newtown that a Mt. Lion brought down and killed a horse not too far from Newtown. They swear it was on the local news Sunday or Monday. 7/20/2011
Below is the email chain relating to my May 3, 2011 sighting…
From: DEP Webmaster
Cc: “Hinsch, Elaine”
Sent: Tue, May 3, 2011 12:30:59 PM
Subject: RE: spotted cougar in Newtown
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Sent: Tue, May 3, 2011 8:31:40 AM
Subject: spotted cougar in Newtown
We just spotted what I think was possibly a cougar in our back yard.
We live in Newtown near the Upper Upper Paugussett State Forest.
My wife happened to look out the window and saw this very large feline standing about 20 ft from the house.
I looked out and saw it too. As it turns out, our domestic cat was outside, and it appears they were staring each other down. That is why I think this feline was standing motionless. This animal was at least twice as big as a large male domestic cat. I tried to get a look at the tail, but since the animal was facing the house, I could not get a good look at it’s hind end. However, I am sure that I saw the tail touching the ground while the animal was standing tall.
By the time I got my camera, the animal had made its way into the wetlands/woods. Our domestic cat was facing the direction the animal had gone to. Her tail was fully fluffed up and bushy as happens when she feels threatened.
I just read up on the eastern mountain lion/cougar/puma controversy. I understand that most experts say that sightings are actually bobcats not cougars. I can say with some confidence the animal did not have a short 6″ long tail. It was much longer.
July 19, 2009. Northern Newtown. I was driving north on Currituck Rd towards the intersection of Tower Rd and CT Rt 25 (near Brookfield). The stream, Pond Brook, goes under the road there. The giant Algonquin gas pipe line is 2 houses away. A mountain lion ran across the road. It was larger than any bobcat I have seen (Redding) and it was not spotted. The fur was so short and the tail was like a house cat’s tail. I went on the internet and looked at many pictures of bobcats and it was a larger cat. I saw the one sadly killed in Milford last night and that was the muscular sleek body I saw! What a shame. I wonder if the DEP will/can compare the DNA with the scat from Greenwich. I remember back in July 2009 reading about sightings in New Milford and New Fairfield during the same period. Well, now we know I wasn’t making it up.
Could someone please write an article for a CT news agency that documents that PEOPLE should not worry about these noble creatures hurting people in CT.
Thank you, RT