Cougars of the Valley on FarmingtonValley.Net

Last year I reported on an email hoax titled, “Here Kitty, Kitty” which purportedly showed a mountain lion looking through a glass door in Simsbury. That email was in fact a hoax.

Last week I met with Bo Ottmann, the founder of a local organization called Cougars of the Valley. Bo is convinced that Mountain Lions are established and do exist in Connecticut and he is out to prove it. Bo is soliciting the public and offering a $50.00 reward to anyone who photographs a mountain lion with an identifiable Connecticut landscape.

In an article titled “Connecticut Cougars: State Biologist Insist there Aren’t Any Despite Many Reported Sighting” published by the Hartford Courant last January, staff writer Steve Grant explores the possibility. A more recent article titled, “Mountain Lions in Connecticut” written by Brigitte Ruthman and published in the Republican American also explores the possibility that Mountain Lions do exist in Connecticut. Both articles include interviews from Connecticut State Biologist Paul Rego, who adamantly denies the possibility of Mountain Lions in Connecticut and Bo Ottmann who insist that they do inhabit Connecticut.



  1. Rosemarie Symula

    I believe I saw a mountain lion/cougar on Fuller Road in Albany, NY. The cat was headed toward the area called Six Mile waterworks. It was dark and the traffic light had just turned to green so I couldn’t stop and really get a detailed look but the color and shape looked like ones I have seen pictures of on line.

  2. Matthew Saunders

    I have had two encounters with cougars in the Valley. When I was in high school, I was driving over the bridge from Bloomfield into East Granby over the Farmington River when my buddy and I clearly saw a mountain lion on the side of the road running near the tree line. We were in disbelief and thought that it was an escaped pet or something because back then in 2003 nobody thought cougars were living here. Then in 2008, when I was working in Bloomfield, I had yet another encounter with a mountain lion. I was on a road off of Cottage Grove that was a short cut along some train tracks. The cougar walked right in front of my car and stood and looked at me. While I looked for my phone to take a picture, it jumped over the tracks and went off into the woods. I called the DEP and they said it must have been a Coyote. I was born at night but not last night… I know that they have a population brewing and If I was going to locate them, I would look somewhere in between the Metocomet Hills from the Hueblein Tower in Simsbury all the way to Newgate Prison in East Granby. They are there…

  3. Andria Fitzgerald

    I saw an adult cougar in the woods in Griswald, Ct. I was on my way to my sons house and 2 big deer crossed the road and the cougar was right behind them. I was shocked! I got to my sons house and looked it up on the computer. It definitely was a cougar! It was a month before the cougar was killed in Milford.

  4. Jill Relahan

    I live in West Woodstock, Ct. I have seen the local mountain lion two times. 2 years ago on County Rd. in Woodstock. He was walking along the side of the road.
    As I approached him (by car) he turned around and the turned sideways to walk across the road to the other side. I got a perfect look at him. How beautiful, with that long tail curling up.
    I saw it again two weeks ago in a field on Bungay Hill Road. He was walking through the field approaching the wooded area beyond the field.

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  6. Irving Raphael

    On July 21 2017 at 6:30PM in Granby Ct. I saw a large black cat running through my back yard into the woods. It was about four feet long and about two feet high. The back end was a foot wide with a long swooping tail .


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