Friends of Connecticut Mountain Lion organization, also known as “Cougars of the Valley”, devoted to research and education of children and adults on the value of mountain lions return to North East of United States.

Cougars of the Valley was founded by Bo Ottmann in 2007.

(860) 324-3174

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  1. chance holland

    i just witnessed a cougar iun connecticut i was in norwich ct in the industrial park coming down the hill it starred at me for a while and walked into the woods by the yantic river i got out the car to get a picture but it had wondered in the woods to far

    • Pete Mauerman

      Hi Chance,
      I’m a reporter for The Mercurial in Danbury, CT. I was hoping I could get a few quotes from you via email for an article I’m writing on Mr. Ottman and his organization. Please let me know if you’re interested.

      Best Regards,

      Pete Mauerman


  2. Marcia Shoham

    In July 2011 while we were on vacation, my neighbor witnessed a mountain lion strolling through our yard. He along with his two sons saw it. Then last week my son also witnessed seeing a mountain lion again strolling through our yard and was playing at the same neighbors house.
    We are off of HopBrook Road near Simsbury Farms.
    I can’t believe I would have said to myself…I can handle bears but now I have to watch out for mountain lions?


    • Pete Mauerman

      Hi Marcie,
      I’m a reporter for The Mercurial in Danbury, CT. I was hoping I could get a few quotes from you via email for an article I’m writing on Mr. Ottman and his organization. Please let me know if you’re interested.

      Best Regards,

      Pete Mauerman


  3. JoAnne

    Has anyone heard about a mountain lion that was hit by a car in Simsbury today (9/19/11) near Nod Road/Bridge/Biggest Tree in CT? A friend said his cousin saw it, and people had stopped to take pictures of it.

  4. Robert W. Lebel

    I was traveling south on route 2 at the Lebanon Bozrah line on thursday Jan. 19th when I caught a glimpse at what appeared to be a large cat. It was trotting like a cat but was the size of a german shepard. Unfortunetly the the road conditions required alot of my attention and so I did not get as good a look at the animal as i would have liked to.

  5. Kate

    This summer there have been several sightings in Ashford. No one has gotten any pictures of the mountain lion but I did get a pic of paw print. When I called DEP they really did not want to hear about it. They ended up telling me that mountain lions do not live in this part of the country. To many responsible people in my area have seen this huge cat for it not to be true! Why is DEP denying this stuff!!!

    Also DEP said it must have been mistaken for a bobcat, fox or coyote. This big cat had a long tail rounded ears and weighed about 80 lbs. Bobcats have short tale and pointed ears. Has anyone else out there in Ashford seen this big cat?? I guess we need to carry a camera at all times!!

    • Bob

      Hello Kate,

      Out here in the west where we have breeding populations of mountain lions, the general statistic on lion sightings is that in about 80% of the sightings, no lion is involved. Accordingly, authorities are hesitant to spend resources to follow up in areas where there are no known cougar populations. However, second to a photo, is finding tracks, scrapes, scratches, or a cached deer. These are excellent signs.

      I hope that Connecticut will welcome these magnificent cats. However, since female pumas (another of many names for mountain lions) are somewhat philopatric, it may take a while for breeding cats to establish.

      Did you compare your photo to the tracks shown on this site’s Facts Page? That would certainly get people interested.

    • jl

      There was a gentleman I met while installing his cable tv in Pomfret. Up around We Like it Ice cream stand. Trail cam picture of what looked to be a MT Lion.. Long body with the long curved tail, the head was hidden behind a tree… I believe they are around. You have to make sure, since I have seen a few Coyotes with such bad mange the ears were eaten away and the tail was almost bare, hanging very low…
      Most people who post I believe might have seen a coyote, wild dog or yes the bobcat. I have seen bobcats with longer stubs than usual..

  6. Diane Costantino

    I was walking my dog yesterday morning, Thursday, August 23, 2012, when a very large, (the size of a full grown labrador retriever), blonde-colored wild cat pounced out of the power lines and crossed the street to the other side of the power lines, directly in front of me. It appeared to me to be a mountain lion but when I called the local official, he didn’t seem to believe me. I then researched on line and found this website which confirmed that, while rare, these sightings are very possible. I’d love to know if there have been any other sightings in my area of Lincoln, RI.

    • randy osga

      Hi Diane,
      There is another sighting in Lincoln July 23 near Kenbrin Swim & Tennis Club. Please contact me, so I may discuss this further.
      Randy Osga

  7. Laurie Costa

    I am sickened by the mountain lion from S. Dakota who was run over inCT as well as all of the roadkill/sightings the DEP is denying. Thx. 4 your comments. I am creating art that addresses this story/tragedy.

    • glenn pennell

      i am positive that the mountaion lion documented in greenwich is the same one hit on the Merritt in Milford weeks later cause my question is how did that lion cross the housitonic river that goes from long island sound all the way to Kent ??

  8. Carol Ann

    I live in Northeast Arkansas, near Arkansas State University. On Saturday morning, 9-08-2012, after an overnight Thunderstorm, my daughter and I took our dog (~ 75 lbs.) out. We found very large tracks (~ 4” or more in width) that looked… maybe like wolf, which I had not studied, so we got online to verify our suspicion and to our amazement, the tracks looked more like cougar tracks! I stayed up all night researching and could only conclude by all the examples, that the tracks were most likely cougar. Research stated that the cats have been absent for about 100 years, but that they are suspected of beginning to repopulate. They seem to believe that males travel the farthest, looking for new territory ranges for solitude. This set of tracks also included what looked like a small (~ 1.5″) print…?? …maybe a cub. I took very good pictures with a 12″ ruler next to the prints and with our dog standing near, so that one could appreciate the size of the prints. Tell me who in this area I could trust to involve and make plaster casts to verify, that it is a cougar, if it is. Remember this area was the site of the Westside Middle School shooting March 24, 1998. People of this area love guns and hunting and someone would love to shoot this cat for a trophy (doesn’t help the reputation of Arkansans). Please help me soon, because the tracks are already four days old, and although I have buckets over them, I think we are suppose to get more rain in a day or so. Sincerely hoping for the welfare of this animal and others, Carol Ann

    • Bill

      Just make the castings and worry about who to have look at them later.

    • JohnP

      Carol Ann, Thanks for sharing. Plaster casting is pretty simple to do using run of the mill plaster of paris you buy at a hobby shop, I have done it many times. Here is a link to help you:http://www.bear-tracker.com/plastertracks.html
      My only advice is depending on how moist the ground is, the plaster can take a little over an hour to harden. After you pour the plaster and allow it to harden, it is safest to “dig” around the poured track with a small shovel removing the cast and the surrounding earth, and then let it harden overnight in a safe place like your garage. You can then easily, but gently remove dirt and debris the next day once is is all dry. Good luck, and please share your pictures !
      John P

  9. Carol Ann

    Thank you! I am eagerly waiting for you to get back to me about who I could trust in my area to help me determine whether what I’ve found is a mother and baby cougar tracks. Carol Ann

  10. Charlie Zierzow

    I have seen moutain lions on at least three occasions, one of which my wife was with me and also saw it. We live on the edge of a state forest which has plenty of wildlife. I have two game cameras which I will set up again.

  11. Kenneth P. Corbo

    I am interested in your efforts, due to the fact that I spotted a cougar back in the late 80’s on rt8 in Winsted Ct. Do you have a membership?

  12. mark sartori

    I fish Sages Ravine (located on rt. 41 in Sailsbury, Ct. near the Ma. line) regularly. This past summer on a high ledge above me, came a soft (but low) gutteral growl. As i looked up, i lost my mind looking at a tawnny brown 90 lb. cat! (by the way, i ve never seen a Bobcat with a 30″ tail, or 1 that weighed 90 lbs!) They re here–how? or from where? (nooo not from 1,800 miles away) but they re here!

  13. craig winchester

    Hi Bo, I’ve been an avid deer hunter for 40 years and I was startled a couple of weeks ago while out hunting in Southern Enfield. I had just poured a cup of coffee at dawn when I looked down and 20 yards from my stand was a large cat. I had my cell with me but couldn’t get a picture. When the cat took off ( after about 30 seconds) I immediately thought lynx or bobcat. When I got home I did some web research and am positive it was not a lynx but was either a bobcat or something else. I’m not sure but I thought I saw a long tail which would rule out the bobcat. I do have a trail camera out there but no other pics so far. I’ll keep you posted on my results.

  14. Sherri

    Southington, CT In July while sitting on my patio in the AM, I had my two small dogs outside.My niece awas sitting back too, but on my property line I saw a mother mountain lion and cub, just sitting and watching the dogs. I did call the Animal Control. I have seen them before.

  15. Greg Baier

    I witnessed a large mountain lion
    On Wednesday, November 14,2012 At 3:25 PM. It was crossing route 85 in Colchester , CT. This area is a residential and commercial area. It went up in a bankment and went into a brushy area near the Construction of a large building on Parum Rd.

  16. jefferson parson

    I saw a large mountain lion nnot tpp far from my home in northern CA. They’re gorgeous animals and I appreciate your work, but the main reason I’m writing is to try to contact the photographer of one of the mountAin lion photos on your site (the one in the yellow wildflower meadow. I’d like to use it in my new album of original songs and I’d like to get permission to use it. If you can help me, please contact me. Thank you, Jefferson Parson

  17. Dianne

    At about 9:15am today, I was driving on RT 199 in Roxbury and saw a mountain lion barrel up the wooded hillside……..amazing!

    • Admin

      Thanks Diane, Roxbury is a hotspot for sightings. Could you give us a more exact location on rt 199. Thanks, COV

  18. Michele Gourlie

    Hello all, I saw a Mountain Lion on Chestnut Hill Rd in East Hampton,CT last Monday morning. He had to be around 5 feet long and ran across the road wicked fast. He was coming from one open field to another. I spoke with the Animal Control Officer from East Haddam today regarding my sighting and based on what I told him, he confirmed it was a Mountain Lion. I wish he wasn’t running by so fast I would have love to have gotten pictures.

  19. Charles Bluemer

    Is there a fee or pre-registration for sat 3/23 at Stanton Hall Huntington Ma ??
    Thanks, Charles

  20. mountain liobs in the green mountains

    mtn lion sightings are getting more common in vermont coming in out of canada i my self seen 2 my friend saw 1 two weeks ago.

  21. Travis Clark

    A just saw my first mountain lion. It ran across the road right in front of my truck. It was about the size of a full grown German Shepard. It was around 2pm on rt 164 in Preston. There are alot of dairy farms out this way so I’m sure there is plenty of food around.

    • deb delaporta

      I saw one a few weeks ago on RT 165, about 8:00 am. Called Strawberry Park to alert them, as that was the direction it came from but they sounded like they did not believe me.

  22. jill

    My husband observed a brown mountain lion crossing the street at the bottom of our hill in Brooklyn, CT last Saturday night around 8pm. It was very close to our car. I am very nervous now.

  23. William Johnson

    Saturday night at dusk, June 1, 2013, (this past Sat.), I was sitting on my front porch and I spotted a Mountain Lion walking along our neighbors wood lot. It proceeded to walk across Silkey RD, North Granby and continued in the Hartland direction.

  24. Matthew Murphy

    I see by your interactive map that there are a lot of sightings near or on the New York tate border. Is there an organizatin that tracts cats in NY. I sure that the big cats don’t recognize state borders. I live in upstate NY and always hought that there was plenty of room to reintroduce big cats to the state. It would be nice if they did it themselves

    • xavier Keats

      The only problem is with all the deer in the NE and no one hunting anything anymore-they could get to the point of living under houses and what not-40 years ago u didnt have deer, raccoons, coyotes or friggin Geese all over everywhere- Imagine if Mt Lions became like that

  25. Dori Schulze

    Four of us saw a mountain lion on Friday evening July 26 2013 on the 3rd hole at Shuttle Meadow Country Club golf course. It stopped and watched us as we fumbled with our phone cameras. Unfortunately none of us got a picture of it!

  26. alan chubbuck

    I live on a farm in pomfret, and tonight around 650 pm my wife yelled that she sees a cougar in the pasture about 100 yds from the house, I go outside and sure enough slumbering along the outskirts of the cornfield is about 100lb+ cat, sloped back and long tail and muscular legs. My dog ran toward it and stopped dead in its tracks… I finally lured the dog away and the cat went into the corn. Also very weird was that a coyote was nearby and seemed be following…by smell…the cat into the cornfield. I myself wasn’t sure about all these sightings but am 100% sure now…ironically a neighbor claimed they saw one near our property a few weeks ago…

  27. Chris

    Best evidence would be a picture of a female lion with cubs on a known landmark, a specific river bend or rocky lakeshore where it’s irrefutable that the photo was taken within the state. A picture of one lion will never prove a breeding population. Good luck

    • weather01089

      It will if its a kitten, or real young male or female. Unless the ole standby “escaped pet” is attached.

  28. Samantha

    We were at the back of our yard around 3:15 on Sunday the 17th with our boxer when we looked toward the weeping willow in our neighbors yard and there was a mountain lion. Our boxer was growling and had his hackles raised. The mountain lion had a very long tail, and looked to be over 130 pounds, bigger than our Newfoundland. The big cat loped off into woods, and covered over six feet with each bound. I notified the local dog warden and am going to call DEEP tmrw.

    • Leon


      I was talking about this just yetserday with another CT deer hunter… Can you be more precise about you location? Perhaps the closest intersection and town?



  29. Kamil Salame

    I just saw a bear and a couple of days ago I saw a 7 foot long cat on round Hill Golf Course in greenwich, CT

  30. Ashlin

    I was in Torrington, CT on Sunday morning around 7am and I looked out the window to the house across the street to see a large cat. At first I thought it was a dog but it was moving very slowly and didn’t walk like a dog at all. Then it got a little closer and I could clearly see that it was a large cat. It was about the size of a german shepard or husky and was a dark tan color and had a very long tail. I’m pretty positive that it was a mountain lion.

  31. angela moreira

    I have a game outdoor camera and when I brought it in last month there was a mountain lion on it.I have a picture and a few second video.I live in Bozrah ct.been here since 1988 and this is the first time I have seen this.

    • weather01089

      Angela sent in one picture that is very inconclusive, shows only a partial cat, and is not the original from the game camera.
      We have emailed and asked for the original, and the video, and she is not responding to our requests at this time.

    • weather01089

      We have ruled this as rejected. We were sent one picture that appears edited. Asked for the original, and the video,
      and no reply.

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  33. Beverly Urkiel

    July 16, 2014, After heavy storm rains- 6:30 am- Mountain Lion in my back yard. Warren, CT Wow!!

  34. C.MORELL

    Saturday, September 20, 2014
    Driving down rte 14 in Scotland ct. A young mountain Lion crossed the road. I slowed to get a closer look and it was standing still on huge side of the road watching me. I say it was a young mountain lion as it had not lost all of its spots yet and did not have a fully mature head. Definitely not a baby but also not fully mature. We are aware that they are in the area as there have been multiple sightings over the past few years.

  35. Tricia Lutzo

    On Sunday 3/8/15 while traveling north on the Merrit Parkway at 9:07 AM I spotted a dead mountain lion by the side 1/4 mile before exit 56 in Orange CT.
    I could not stop and confirm.

  36. Jim mather

    I live near Mr. Bill Betty and I am very interested in attending one of his lectures on Eastern Cougars. I seem to see articles about his talks but cannot find a schedule or place to look for his upcoming events. Thanks, Jim

  37. Carole Masters

    Thank you for the work you do and for your site!

  38. Virginia Schaffer

    At 5:50 pm looking south running across our back field was a large mountain lion, honey, Carmel in color. I live in Sherman,Ct, Wakeman Hill Area, wow it was quite beautiful! August 5,2015. The lion was running west.

  39. Jim Stanford

    I saw a cougar in Stonington CT and already submitted a detailed description of the sighting and the animal to “Cougars of the Valley” about five minutes ago. I will not repeat the details here. If you need me to submit another report, please let me know. Thanks………Jim Stanford

  40. trailhiker123

    Didn’t know where to post this but know folks will find this interesting …..


  41. Sheryll Bedingfield

    I saw a Cougar on side of highway traveling north on May 27th, this past Friday. I saw the distinctive long tail and a body that seemed to be about 3 feet long. The highway was very busy, rush hour before Memorial day.
    I thought the big cat had been killed. We were unable to get to it and know for sure. I looked on line to see if a big cat had been reported as found in northeastern CT. I didn’t find any news that fit what I thought I saw.
    The Mountain lion is so beautiful, I’ll keep watching for it. Must have been another creature— it was the tail that made me think a Cougar.

  42. angel morey

    This afternoon I seen a mountain lion in canaan,ct omg it was scary I was just going out for a walk