Last year I heard Bill Betty speak at the Darien Nature Center. I haven’t thought about pumas much since I no longer have a gimpy 3-legged dog to let out at night. A couple days ago, about 4:30 pm I saw a mountain lion sprinting up the street in front of my house. Houses here are on 2 acre lots, hilly and heavily wooded with lots of underbrush, mainly burning bushes. There is a brook at the bottom of my street that runs all year. We have a good amount of crusty snow on the ground so certainly the road was easier to travel than the woods. We also have a group of 7 deer that travel our yard almost every day. My brain thought I was seeing a large greyhound but I knew that wasn’t correct. The animal stopped at the top of my neighbors driveway, turned and looked back towards me then continued down their drive and out of sight. I have to wonder if it could hear our umbrella cockatoo squawking- it is ear-piercing and can definitely be heard at the street. The puma was tawny colored, lean looking. I have no idea how to estimate the weight, the tail was very long, and wow it was fast! Unfortunately I only have a picture in my mind, one I will definitely treasure. Submitted by: Jenny Orr
We see Bob Cats regularly in our back yard- we live on Whipstick and our six acres is the northern border of Millstone farm. The other day I found some scat which was definitely not from a deer and too large to be from a small animal. I have several good pictures of the cat walking on our neighbors property. We sometimes see them chasing rabbits in our back yard, right next to our swing set where our two year old and one year old play. I am wondering wether I should/ can trap these animals. I am concerned because we see them on a consistent basis.
I am an uneducated observer, but thought the sighting to be special enough to report. Today, aug 25, 2012 at 5pm, i saw a smallish wild cat run across Sharp Hill Road in Wilton. It had short but ample ears and a short tail. It’s legs were certainly longer than a house cat, and the body longer and fuller. The medium colored coat looked like it had multi colored tonality to it. My guess of weight based upon assorted cats, dogs, and children i have interacted with is about 25 – 30lbs.
About one month ago, driving on Hurlbutt Street in Wilton I saw a young cougar crossing the road as it leapt into the woods. After comparing what I saw and numerous photos on the web, I confirmed what I saw. This was not a bob cat as it’s tail was not “bobbed”. It was not a coyote as it was most definitely Feline. It was not a large domestic short hair as it was much too large and much too long, even stretched out leaping. It’s fur was very close to the body, tan in color, no stripes, no tufts. Of course Wilton Animal Control gave me the party line, but I know what I saw and it was a young cougar!
Three of us witnessed a large cat (size of a Labrador retriever) with long thick tail, grayish tan in color walking along the bank of a swampy pond last night. Location is near Redding, Topstone Park. The same or similar cat has also been seen in the same area two other times in the past three years by other adults who are confident that it was too large for a bobcat & had a ropey tail. Recommend folks also contact: EasternCougar@fws.gov with their sightings.
OK. Here’s one hard to believe. But true…
Yesterday (July 28, 2010) around 3 PM, my 18 yr old son and I were driving on Wolfpit Road in Wilton, nearly to the New Canaan border, when an animal ran out of the woods right in front of my car. Loping across the street – from the left (passenger side of the car) to the woods on my left. I was driving – and if I didn’t slam on my brakes, I’d have likely hit it. It was very, very close. And though it was moving quickly, I got a good look at it from above, as did my son.
The animal had all the appearances of being a feline cub. Not a mature animal. Paws too big for the body, body a more compact than adult felines. It’s coat was very short hair, but clearly dense, colored a spectacular golden brown, with a hint of a reddish cast. Tawny. The side of the face had some black stripe-like markings, possibly with some white mixed in. We did not get a good look at the tale.
But the most striking thing about this animal was how sturdy it was. Clearly densely muscled. Very densely muscled. From chest to rump, I’d estimate between 26″ and 32″ long. Height at the shoulder – a bit harder to guess as we saw it from above – but I’d say about 16″ to 20″. But it was stocky. I’ve got a good size house cat that weights about 15 lbs. So if my cat is 15 lbs, I’d have to estimate this to be 55 lbs if it was an ounce. My son’s guess was 60+ lbs.
Mountain lion cub?
Hard to say. We didn’t get a good look at the tail. You’d think we’d have clearly seen a big long tail. So that originally had me thinking bobcat or lynx. But every picture I can find of either of those, adult or juvenile, have some form of spotting, however subtle. We got a real good look at the very broad back and flanks of this animal, and there were no spots. None. Likewise in every picture of bobcat or lynx that I can find, their hair is not short and dense, but instead more like a medium haired cat. This animal’s fur was very dense, and short. And finally, you’d have to have seen how stocky this animal was. Not fat. Stocky.Built like a long furry brick on legs.
Mountain lion cub? You be the judge. But from all the pictures I’ve been able to find on-line, it looks like a dead ringer to me.
And I’m very happy to stand behind this story. I know what I saw.