In mid-August of 2011, I was walking to my mailbox, across the street from my house, when I saw a good sized cougar cross the street about 25-50 yards away from me. And one week later, I saw another cougar cross my street in the same exact spot, but in the other direction. Submitted by Dylan
Between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m., Sunday, May 5, 2013, my husband and I spotted two large cats in the Mountain Farms neighborhood in West Simsbury.
We were talking a walk around our front yard, when movement from the cul-de-sac’s common area caught my eye. I looked up to see two large objects running from the street to Ethel Walker woods that butt up against the neighbor’s yards.
The first figure slipped off into the brush before I could note anything other than movement, but I pointed to the second one, and my husband and I got a good look at it before it also disappeared into the woods.
The figure was backlit, so we couldn’t make out any color or markings. I immediately looked at the head, thinking it was a coyote. Realizing the head shape wasn’t canine, but feline shaped, I checked body size, thinking it was the neighbor’s cat. The animal was much too large to be a housecat. My husband and I estimate it to be about three and a half feet long- NOT INCLUDING THE TAIL.
The tail is what stopped us. The tail was at least a foot and a half long, and it was held in a very distinct angle. The first six inches or so were held up and away from the rear of the animal at a 45 degree angle, then the rest of the tail sloped down from that point. There was no white visible on any part of the tail, which, even though the animal was backlit, would still have been able to be seen given how close we were to them (we were about 100 yards off).
The last impressions we were left with before the animal was gone from our view was that it had very thick legs and paws, and it didn’t run like a dog.
We’ve had bobcats walk down our driveway in broad daylight. A couple hours after spotting the mystery cat, I watched a bobcat stalk its way across Tulmeadow during church. We know what bobcats look like, and this creature (I use the singular, and not plural, because we didn’t see anything from the first animal other than motion) did not look like any of the ones we’re used to seeing around here.
leaving work at 1502 Hopmeadow St at 7 pm last night I caught a cat in my headlights starting to cross rt 10/202. legs big and strong looking. all i could think of was a tiger or lion. it looked like and moved like a lion i would see on national geographic channel. it was no bobcat or fisher and not a coyote or dog. it was big and quick. it turned on a dime when my headlights came upon it and moved with its legs stretched out long. moved back towards where it came from which must of been open field area/woods. Submitted by: Cathy Petrunti
I was driving West on Route 309 when a mountain lion crossed the road about 25 yards in front of my car. It was about 10:15am on the morning of Saturday, June 23rd.
It bounded across the road quickly, in only two or three long strides. It was definitely not a bobcat or dog. And once I got home, I checked online to see if the color and size of a mountain lion matched what I had seen, and it was an exact match.
At 6:15 this morning April 26th I saw a large Bob Cat or Mountain Lion go through our yard and head for the woods behind our house. We live on Country Club Dr. in West Simsbury, CT . I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and it was too late to grab my camera.
This morning my husband woke up at 5:00am because of a really odd sound. He thought it may have been one of our kids having a nightmare. Well once I woke up and we stood outside I realized it was a mountain lion. I googled the sounds that they make and am 100% positive. At first I thought it sounded like a gruff, hoarse scream…but it had the cats growl to it in the beginning. Once we went outside with a flashlight it stopped. My older son was awakened by it also. My neighbors have witnessed seeing a mountain lion twice. Once in my yard and once across the street. So this is further proof. We live in Simsbury near Simsbury Farms. We have reported our sightings and “hearings” to the animal control department.
In Late June of year 2000, I witnessed a large mountain lion crossing Simsbury road at the intersection of Barn Door Hills (this is just west of the Simsbury/Granby line) It was early morning and the cat was trotting along til it saw me. Clearly startled it took off and jumped up the steep incline on the south side of Simsbury rd. It almost looked like it was using its long tail to steer it’s leap up the knoll.
Back in 1984 my husband and I were driving late at night very slowly down the dirt road portion of Town forest road in Simsbury. An animal appeared right in front of our car and froze. We stopped to avoid hitting it. It stood still looking at us for a few seconds and then turned its head and slowly walked away. As it walked away we could see from the way it’s shoulders moved that it was a cat. It was about 150 lbs and tawny brown. It had a thin long (2 1/2 – 3 foot) long tail. It was as tall at the shoulders as an extremely large dog. Neither of us will ever forget that night and we are both certain that what we saw was a Mt Lion.
I was almost certain I saw a mountain lion cross Nod Road in the spring. I went on line to look at pictures of different animals and felt sure it was a mountain lion. Last night my daughter arrived home very concerned. She saw 2 animals cross over Hazen Drive in Avon into Hazen Park. She described the animals and we looked at pictures on line. Sure enough she was certain they were mountain lions.
I may have seen a mountain lion crossing Route 309 in West Simsbury near the Old Farms intersection at 8:45pm tonight. Caught it in my motorcycle headlight. Thought it was odd to see a very big dog cross the road at night all alone with no owner. Was tawny colored, short haired and had a skinny drooping tail -maybe two feet – not really that long. Looked like Marmaduke the cartoon dog. Very big. Moved quickly across the street – sort of on his toes with his head up.
About two years ago, I pulled out of my street onto West Mountain Road, West Simsbury, CT about 7:15 a.m. Right in front of me, a large animal leaped from the right side of the road to the center and then leaped again to the other side of the road disappearing into the woods. I sat there for about a minute thinking, was that a mountain lion. It wasn’t a dog, bobcat or certainly not a large cat. This animal was magnificent in the way it crossed the road in two leaps. I got to work and looked up what mountain lions look like and that’s exactly what I saw.
In 2002 in October at 5pm i was driving south on 189. I went to take a right on mountain rd. As i was turning i saw a lion on a cliff. he had a large cat head and the body of a blood hound, with a long tail he was about 50 yards away. I stopped and watched him standing at the edge of the cliff. He just walked slowly down into the the brush. I know a when Mountain lion when i see one. One hundred sure of what i saw
In the evening of November 2007 Lisa noticed a large feline cat running across Farms Village into Fox Den Road from Stratton Brook Forest. The Cat was brownish grayish color and longer than 5 feet long with his tail.
The Farmington River Watershed Association is holding an indoor country fair fundraiser February 21 from 3-7 p.m. at the Old Well Tavern in Simsbury
Check out the Web site for details – www.frwa.org
Feel free to promote the event – use share links below or email, or print this flyer and hand it out, post the flyer on your facebook page or in your office, anything at all!
The event will feature a great country artist – Nicole Frechette and her 5 piece band; beer donated by the Farmington River Brewery (proceeds of beer sales going to FRWA); and the Old Well Tavern is donating 1/2 of its hot dog, hamburger and french-fries-in-a-cup sales to FRWA. Come out and join 200 of your fellow river lovers for a boot-stomping great time! Let’s bring some southern sunshine into a late winter afternoon. Tickets are $15 per person. Please call the FRWA office (860-658-4442) to reserve tickets – as space is limited.
We are anticipating a huge crowd and are thrilled that – because of all of your kind efforts – we will have nearly 20 booths throughout our indoor country fair marketplace.
If you have any questions at all – or any suggestions – please do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks again for helping to make this event a real on-of-a-kind fundraiser – I can’t wait to see you all there!
We got a report of a cougar crossing Simsbury Mnt into the field by Princess road.
8:45am – Jan. 15, 2010
The cougar slowly meandered through the tall grasses and thickets, before falling out sight, into the direction of Penwood Park….
noticed long tail several times,
massive hind legs,
long tannish body color,
“what a beautiful animal” said the women.