Two sightings of a cougar in town today… First sighting was in the morning at the Lake Hayward 4 corners area of Colchester by Fedus Rd. A second sighting was made in the afternoon by a resident on West Road in her backyard of a Mother with a cub walking through the back yard. Submitted by: Kathleen Higgins
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.
On March 22, 2013 at 4pm I saw a large “cat” in my yard. My first thought was a bobcat, but after describing the cat to my daughter, she said it was a mountain lion. The cat was big, sandy in color and had a long tail. We looked up images on the web and sure enough what I saw was a mountain lion.
The mountain lion was staring down a few deer in my yard. The deer were about 75 feet from my window so I got a good look. One of the larger male deer was standing his ground. He kept stomping his hooves. After a little the mountain lion gave up on his prey and turned around up into the wooded area. I’m now on look out to get better pictures.
I thought recording this sighting would help because there was one about 15 mintues away on March 16, 2013. I live in the Stadley Rough Area. Submitted by : Pat Iapaluccio
Just saw big cat, think mountain lion while at stop sign exiting off of exit 91 (rt.234) Stonington. Was about the size of a medium size dog (slightly smaller than my 80lb pitbull). Moved slowly across the street into the woods, definitely and impressive animal. submitted by: Laura
Today, Friday, March 15 at approximately 7:45 am I was traveling on Route 244 West through Eastford when a big cat crossed the road in front of me heading North. It was walking rather slowly so I had a good look at it. My first instinct was that it was a bobcat, however, the long tail, dark fur and musculature of the body, and the shape of the face made me realize it was not a bobcat. It was taller, longer and had a long tail. Quite a surprise! Submitted by :Barbara Parziale
On February 21, 2013 while traveling northbound on Rt. 85 in Salem at about 12:30 p.m. we saw a big cat about 3 feet tall to top of body plus a long neck of about 6 to 8 inches, with a cheetah-like face. It was white with brownish-orange patches. It was on the west side of Rt. 85 and walked toward the road. Looking through the trees at first I thought it was a baby deer the way the hind legs moved. Then it came out of the trees and I saw the body standing erect on all fours and I thought it was a big dog. As we went by I slowed the car down to almost a stop (with some traffic behind me) and I saw its head was more like a cheetah. It stood on the side of the road looking into the street as we passed. It was pretty sleek, and perhaps weighed 100 pounds. It was a wooded area with no houses in the immediate area. Submitted by: Robert Cushman
Last evening, while cooking dinner (4:45pm) I spotted a large mountain lion in my back yard. My husband and two sons were home and also saw this animal walking through our property. We have lived here for 16 years and have never seen one before. Today we went out to look at the tracks it made in the snow. Submitted by Jeanne
As my husband and I were driving north, I was gazing out the passenger window and noticed two large shapes in the woods next to I95 approximately mid-way between exits 90 and 91. SInce it is wintertime, with minimal leaf cover and snow on the ground, it was easy to see that these shapes were in fact mountain lions. The presence of the long tail is what convinced me, or I might have suspected lynx instead. I saw one face very clearly, and the ears were more triangular than expected, but the size, body shape, and tail were very much that of a mountain lion. Submitted by Lisa Philo
I was in Shelton CT near water company land and I saw a large Mountain Lion (Fall 2012). I pulled over to take a cell call and shut off my SUV; however, my lights stayed on and shined on the road just ahead of a sharp curve. It was quiet with no one else around. As I finished up my call before talking off again, I saw a tan animal walk out of the woods and onto the road about 30′ ahead. I thought it was a deer at first since the tan color was similar, but then it stared back at my lights and I saw the cat like eyes reflect back at me. It then took an immediate 180 degree turn (deer don’t turn like that) and walked back in the same direction it came from. It was then that I saw the shape of its head, the long tail, and noticed how thick it was (about 100 lbs). I started the truck but it was gone by the time I could make the turn.
I went back several time since but never saw it again or any signs that it was still in the area…until today (Winter 2013). I clearly saw fresh tracks in the deep snow just after Blizard Nemo. The snow was 40″ so it looked like the cat had difficulty getting around. There were deer tracks in the area too but they were clearly different. The cat tracks were close together and the deep snow was pushed aside where the cats lower body draged though the deep snow. I go there weekly and hope to see it again in the near future. Submitted by: Sean Hart
This morning 2/6/2013, at about 9:15 am I was driving on Rt 199 in Roxbury and spotted a mountain lion barrelling up the wooded hillside. He was large, maybe 5 ft. long with a long tail and full coat. He was the tan color of the leaves that remain on the trees at this time of year. And he was moving up a steep, wooded incline very fast. I only viewed him from the back, but stopped my car and watched him ascend.
Thrilling!! Submitted by Diane DeMarco
1/26/13 I had just picked up my friend tonight from Bradley international. It was bout 3am when we saw it. As we were riding rt 401 heading back towards i91 to go back to Vermont I noticed a fairly large animal off the road in front of the tree line to the right. I slowed the car down just a tiny bit thinking that it was just a deer until we both realized it was a giant cat! A mountain lion! We were both so shocked and i would have stopped the car and backed up if it wasnt for the fact that we were on a highway. We have both lived in Vermont for many years and have seen everything from Bears to Moose it’s ironic to know that the first time either of us have seen a mountain lion was in CT of all places wow! The cat looked a tad bit malnourished, also it was really cold out tonight only a little above the single digits. Posted by Jevon
Part Two of Posting
I just remembered there was still a little bit of snow on the ground where it was rummaging so there may be some tracks. Again, our sighting took place on the on ramp to 91 north coming off of bradley int. rt 401. As I’m looking at the map currently I do see that there is a pond near there “olds and whipple”. The sighting happened right as we hit the on ramp. I’ve seen bobcats before and This WAS NOT a bobcat. it was not spotted at all and it was BIG. At first i thought it was a deer but it was too thick to be a deer and too light, than i immediately thought fox but it was waaay too big and then when we came right up on it my friend and i were both in complete shock. We were looking at a mountain lion?!?!?! This was far bigger than a bobcat with less fur and zero spots. It was tan with the classic low cut tight fur. IT was roughly around 3ft tall with a long body. It had it’s face towards us and it WAS a mountain lion I say it looked a bit malnourished because it looked as though it weighed in the 135+ weight class. I pictured a mountain lion in person to be as beefy as what we see on television 200 pounds or so. I really wish i would have just stopped and taken a picture. I honestly had no idea that this was such a big deal until i came home and googled it.
On 01/27/2013, while traveling south on route 199, between Washington, CT and my home in Roxbury, at approximately 9:30 pm a large mountain lion ran across the road, from west to east, between my wife’s car traveling in front of me, and my car. I had to step on the brake to avoid hitting the cat, which was not more than a few feet in front of my car. This is my third sighting in 13 years and the second in the past two. All were in Roxbury. The first was on South Street, south of Flag Swamp Road about 12 years ago, and the second was on Squire road near South Street about a year and half ago. This cat was the largest. It appeared to be close to five feet long, and over 100 lbs. As it ran, its long, thick tail came straight off the back. This was a big, healthy, beautiful cat! Posted by: Lincoln Turner
Yesterday evening around 9:15 pm, I was driving on Sherwood Avenue in Greenwich, CT. I had just made the turn off of Nutmeg Drive, when I saw a large shadow up ahead crossing the road. I thought it was a deer crossing the road, but as I got closer I noticed it was a very large cat. It was the size of a medium sized deer, with dark coloring and a very long tail. Submitted by: Linda M.
We live in Somers near Hall Hill Rd. Sunday night I was letting our dog out in the yard and saw in the bushes about 20′ from me a large “cat-like” animal. It was about 75-85 pounds. It looked at me and our dog, I picked up the dog, looked back over at the animal, and it ran off into the front yard. I didn’t see it again. The animal was long, very lean, and I couldn’t quite make out the color because it was very dark outside and the animal was dark but there was some white on the tail and on the face. I don’t quite know what kind of animal it was but I’ve seen bobcats in the yard a few times and this thing was MUCH larger. Can anyone help me with this?
At 4 PM today a mountain lion ran out of the brush and crossed the road in front of our car at a distance of about 150 ft. Towards the woods. It was mature and muscular and smoky colored and about 100-125 lbs. we live adjacent to the McLean game refuge. Submitted by: Jane Ellrod
Just had a mountain lion run across Rt. 75 heading east about 1/4 mile south of the intersection at Halladay Avenue. It was pale brown and approximately 80 lbs with a stocky build and large chest. Submitted by JAH
I was driving to work this morning on Mount Tobe Road in Plymouth, and had a Mountain Lion cross the road in front of me. It was dark … 5:43 AM … and in a semi remote area of Plymouth. I was lucky enough to catch it starting to cross the road approximatly 30 to 35 feet in front of me …. I hit the brakes and the High Beams and got a definate confirmation as to it being a mountain lion. Didnt take more than a few seconds and it was gone into the woods, but just before he entered the woods he looked right at my lights. Very exciting . This is the second Mountain Lion sighting for me. The last one was a quick glimps entering a wooded area in Wolcott 2010. I think its great that these magnificent animals are calling our areas home.
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
My husband this morning called me from Bennetts Bridge Road in Sandy Hook, CT – not far from our home – he was driving towards route 34 and there was a mountain lion on Bennetts Bridge walking across the street. Long tail about the size length wise of a 8 year old long tail the works. It was a young mountain lion not old and certainly not a bob cat. He was a little freaked out about it – I ended up calling animal control and they said they didn’t go out for mountain lion calls. In any event I am sure that what he reported was a mountain lion – he said it definitely wasn’t a coyote or a dog. Submitted by:Denise Buzy-Pucheu
I am not familiar with the area nor was I familiar with the possible sightings.
I had dropped a student off at the Gunnery school and was traveling on church hill road near poppy swamp road. (not exactly sure but looking on google maps I believe this is the area).
It was dusk on Monday Nov 26. I saw an animal cross the road about 150 yards ahead. It headed into the wooded area. I think a large property was on the other side but not positive.
I immediately felt it looked different then anything I’ve seen before. It was sized to a medium to large dog, had a short snout but move and was muscled as a cat. I slowed down to see if I could see any more but could not.
I called my wife shortly after and told her what I saw and asked if it was possible that Mountain Lions live in CT. When I got home I googled mountain lions and ct and found this sight. The pictures I saw reconfirms on what I saw. Submitted by Geoff
I received a call at work one day this past summer of 2012 around late July from my wife who was out of breath and very frantic. She was walking our Rottie/Shepard mix at Cat Hollow Park in Danielson, CT. when the dog lagged behind her by several yards. She turned to call him and out of the bush several feet behing the dog, she watched a large cat with a long swooping tail cross from one side of the road to the other and disappear. Our dog is 85 Lbs and the cat that she saw was larger than him. We have seen and know what bobcats look like…this was no bobcat. It was mid day and the road she walks runs parallel to the river which runs along the base of rocky hills to both sides. I called the DEEP and also posted the evnt on their website but received no response. The native americans named the area cat hollow from what i hear and we now know why. 🙂
Submitted by: Kevin Martin