On Wednesday, March 10, 2010 I left Huckleberry Hill Road and turned onto Chevaz at about 7:10 a.m. About 2/3rds of the way down something leaped from a residential lawn into the road and then took a second leap which put the hugh animal on the other side. At first I thought it was a deer, but then realized it was lower to the ground and had a pretty long tail. When I pulled up along side of where it landed, it was walking away from the road into the wood line. It was a large cat, having a tail that appeared to be almost as long as its body, sweeping downward, almost touching the ground with a slight upward twist at the end. I believed I had seen a mountain lion. We have bobcats in our area, but this definitely was not a bobcat. I called the DEP who questioned me at lengths in particular about the tail, and finally said he really thought I had seen a large cat, but couldn’t confirm that it was a mountain lion.
Someone forwarded me an e-mail with pictures attached that were supposedly taken in Sharon, CT this past winter/spring. I wondered if anyone had sent it to you for verification. Since it shows a back yard with paths and outbuildings, the location could actually be authenticated, IF you could track down the origin of the e-mail and get a name to contact.
I tried sending it to the hotmail address for Cougars of the Valley, but got it back as an invalid address. Maybe I typed it in wrong; not sure.
But at any rate, if you want me to send the e-mail along, I will. Just let me know an e-mail address, and I’ll forward the whole thing, pictures and all, for you to try to track down. I know another person who got the same e-mail, so it may just be one of those silly ones taken out West, that people want to attribute to CT. So many of those!
These pictures were taken by Justin in Ashford.
Possum and Coyote
This gives new meaning to the phrase “Honey would you go outside and warm up the truck for me.” These were taken this past weekend (1/03/2010) outside of Corning NY. Corning is just a little west of Binghamton out I86.
The Elmira Star Gazette has had quite a few articles about sightings in the Pine Valley, Watkins Glen, Corning, Caitlin, Lowman, Erin, Jasper/Woodhull and Van Etten areas over the past 5 years.
Submitted by Linda
Updated Feb 22, 2010:
As pointed out below by Jim, the license plate on the truck in the second picture is most likely a Colorado license plate. So the picture is most likely not from NY.
Submitted by Paul
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.
Nothing great – but still fun!
On a sunny afternoon a very large cat about the size of our 85lb golden retriever walked slowly across the driveway heading from swampy area towards the pond. In a slow smooth walk where you can see it’s shoulders moving. It did not even look at me and did not appear hurried or frightened. It was about 25 yards from me, I tried to follow it, to see where it was headed, but it was gone.
It appear to be dark brown, almost black, because it was in the shaded area, but it unmistakably had a very long tail.
I have spoken to my neighbor who is a vet, and he said he have seen the cat too recently.
Today my wife and I were hiking at Chatfield Hollow, in Killingworth, Connecticut. We had our two dogs with us. One of our dogs loves to chase the scent of deer. On an outer hiking trail, my dog ran off into the woods. Being unfamiliar with the terrain, and the dog being white, matching the color of the snow, I became fearful that she might become lost. I began chasing her. My wife stood on the trail looking for signs of her.
When I finally returned back with my dog, she asked if I saw the large animal, maybe 75 pounds or more, running dow a slop of the hill. She said it was black with a large tail, taking long strides.
Wonderful pictures taken by Paul
on the corner of Duncaster Rd and Adams Rd.
Anonymous writes “Returning from work one day, I saw a mountain lion..about 6 ft. long, tawny colored, and with NO TAIL! When I brought up that fact to a local biologist at the Berkshire museum, she told me that there have been quite a few sitings of that animal….definitely not a bobcat. It seems to have somehow lost its tail. She also told me that some cubs were sited at a nearby bar/restaurant in Lanesborough MA…My siting occured in 2007, but my neighbor had seen it a couple of times before then…Ken Mello (retired Science teacher)”
Anonymous writes “My dog has been excited lately and sniffing hard at some places in yard. This afternoon around 3:30 I saw a cougar passing from the area of the koi pond across my yard border (about 150 feet) into the woods. My house is near a state park and area is heavily wooded. I checked photos on the internet and this is definitely a cougar (size, color, etc.). He appeared to be at least 40 pounds or triple the size of a housecat. What a long tail!
As a nature lover I am thrilled but as the owner of a small dog (17 pounds), I am a bit scared. Does anyone know if the cougar would attack my dog?”
A homeowner spotted cougar in full view on West Rd. off of 179 (Cherry Brook. Rd)
In spring of 1992, Paul driving on Mountain road, observed a big wild cat cross the road to the brook going North. Paul described the cat being long and muscular, tan in color, with a long tail.