We live in the Huntington part of Shelton. The cat walked the edge of the woods in our backyard this morning. Large, brown, long tail. Not enough time to get a picture. Looked just like the pics I’m seeing of Eastern Mountain Lion.
I was in Shelton CT near water company land and I saw a large Mountain Lion (Fall 2012). I pulled over to take a cell call and shut off my SUV; however, my lights stayed on and shined on the road just ahead of a sharp curve. It was quiet with no one else around. As I finished up my call before talking off again, I saw a tan animal walk out of the woods and onto the road about 30′ ahead. I thought it was a deer at first since the tan color was similar, but then it stared back at my lights and I saw the cat like eyes reflect back at me. It then took an immediate 180 degree turn (deer don’t turn like that) and walked back in the same direction it came from. It was then that I saw the shape of its head, the long tail, and noticed how thick it was (about 100 lbs). I started the truck but it was gone by the time I could make the turn.
I went back several time since but never saw it again or any signs that it was still in the area…until today (Winter 2013). I clearly saw fresh tracks in the deep snow just after Blizard Nemo. The snow was 40″ so it looked like the cat had difficulty getting around. There were deer tracks in the area too but they were clearly different. The cat tracks were close together and the deep snow was pushed aside where the cats lower body draged though the deep snow. I go there weekly and hope to see it again in the near future. Submitted by: Sean Hart
My daughter was driving south bound on route 8 in Shelton, near exit 12 at around 10 pm last night She believes a mountain lion ran across the highway in front of her car. I asked her if it could have been a deer or perhaps a bobcat. I also asked her if it was greater than 4 feet in length and if it had a long tail or not. Here is what she replied. “This thing was huge! I thought it was a deer at first but it wasn’t as tall as a deer, and had a long tail and a cat face.” I believe what she saw was indeed a cougar. I do not believe the Eastern lion is “extinct” but rather has made quite a strong comeback, perhaps even breeding with western lions that we now know are capable of migrating into our state. Looking forward to my own sighting. They are majestic creatures.
My kids and I were setting up a Lemonade stand on our street in Shelton. (We live near a reservoir on the Trumbull line) My son fell and cut his hand so we were headed back to the house at the end of a cul-de-sac for a band-aid. I was looking down while walking, my 5 year old son stopped and said, “MOM! LOOK!” …30 yards away, between us and our front door was a very large, sleek, cat. It had pointy ears and a tail so long it would’ve dragged it’s black tip on the ground had it not curled up at the end. It was the size of a medium dog. At the time I said 40lbs to the officer but I have no idea what things weigh.
We all froze. The cat was staring at us and I broke eye contact so I didn’t appear threatening. He then started to slowly walk away from us, staying in my front yard. We started walking backward slowly. I was close enough now to the 2 other children to say, ok, let’s head to the neighbors asap. I would’ve had to cross his path to get to my house. The child knew his front door was unlocked so we made a break for it, screaming like little girls. From a window we watched as the cat curled up and lay down under a tree in my front yard for a few minutes before taking off into the woods again. We were too far away at that point for a picture. 5 of us saw it in all.
I’m so sorry I didn’t get a picture, I was so worried about getting the kids out of there. The town says I must be mistaken and saw a bobcat or coyote. I know what I saw and it was no bobcat or coyote. I’ve lived here for 10 years and have seen plenty coyote and 1 bobcat. I have never seen anything like this animal before unless there was a glass wall between us. Big cat + long tail = mountain lion