June 26th,2012. fishing in the farmington river (new Hartford ) appx. 11:00 am I looked upstream and noticed a large cat standing ankle deep in the water on the west side of river. It stood there for a couple of Minutes watching me (it was appx 125 yards away) Then it decided to swim across the river, the current was pushing the cat closer to me and when it exited the water it was appx 60 – 75 yards away. It stood on the gravel bank and shook the water off and watched me for about 15 minutes and then just walked off into the woods. I went up the following week and found some scat in same location. I took many pictures of it and then bagged it and now have it in my fridge waiting to hear back from DEEP. I’ve been an avid hunter for over 40 years and have shot a couple of Bobcats in that time, this was no Bobcat… I did not see the cat dropping the scat, but I have never seen scat like this, size, girth, etc. in all my years in the woods. Unfortunately, there was not any prints that i could take pictures of.
I spotted a Mountain Lion in Chaplin, CT on July 6, 2012 around 8:30-8:45pm. Earlier in the evening I was cooking with vegetable oil and while I was doing the dishes, that evening, I dumped the oil in the woods, not more than 15 feet from the house. I have never had a problem doing this in the past.
I went back in the house and about 10-15 minutes later I heard a loud but very low sounding growl/almost burping noise coming from the area where I dumped the oil. I ran to the upstairs window to see what animal was outside because from the kitchen window I could not see the landscape very well. From the upstairs window I was about 10 feet away from the animal.
I saw a huge animal standing in the weeds/grass area with a large tail. He/she crawled up on top of the large rocks so I got a full view of the animal. It had an enormous body with a tiny head, pointy ears, very long thick tail, and the fur was a light tan color. It was not startled by me at all.
We were staring at each other for a solid two minutes. I heard my dog downstairs getting a little anxious (but never barking) and realized all the windows were opened. I ran downstairs to close every window.
I then proceeded to look online at pictures of big cats, bob cats, cougars and mountain lions. Right away I identified with the Mountain Lion pictures. I also listened to recorded noises from Mountain Lions and it matched perfectly from what I heard moments before.
On 6/21/2012 4:50 in morning , I was driving south on Maple Ave.in Bloomfield. Taking off from a stop sign, with a small land trust area on the corner of Maple ave. and Burr rd. on my r/s some large animal ran out of the land trust and crossed the road in front of me, with heavy brush in its path it was hesitant to jump into it, so it ran on the grass area closer to me, then jumped into the woods giving me a sight of my first Connecticut Mountain Lion, long tail and body. Some one else on this sight reported a sighting at Rte. 185 and Rte. 218 , about a 1/2 mile away with very dense marsh, on same large tract of land, but no need to call DEEP and report I must be seeing things!!!!! Some one is very close to getting pictures very SOOOON. Keep on looking in Bloomfield for this ghost cat.
I was driving West on Route 309 when a mountain lion crossed the road about 25 yards in front of my car. It was about 10:15am on the morning of Saturday, June 23rd.
It bounded across the road quickly, in only two or three long strides. It was definitely not a bobcat or dog. And once I got home, I checked online to see if the color and size of a mountain lion matched what I had seen, and it was an exact match.
Family member have reported to me sightings of cougars on their properties by Country Club Road (May 2012 in lawn during Family gathering) in Middletown and also in Willington (Uncle and neighbor chased off their property June 2012).
Driving west on Interstate 84, between exits 32 and 31 in Southington Ct, what appeared to be a mountain lion crossed the highway heading to the east. Time: 9:05 PM. Date: June 5, 2012. A big animal, lower to the ground than a deer, with a tail. A mountain lion or a runnaway Golden Retreiver?
As I was riding from Mass just crossing over into Grandby on the Canal Trail, I saw what I thought was a Yellow Lab. The animal had a short tan coat, and long tail .It was moving away from me down the path, and I could only see its back side. I slowed somewhat so I wouldn’t get to close, and at about 50 yards, it turned to go back into the woods from the marsh I saw its head. I jammed on my brakes as I saw what it was, A BIG CAT! It did not have the big whiskers of a Bobcat, so I am guessing it was a cougar. I kicked it in to pass the spot where the animal crossed the path, but did not see anything, and I wasn’t stopping to look for tracks, sorry. I met a woman and her shepard about a 1/4 mile down the path, and told her not to head up the path any further, and the animal I saw was at least the size of her dog. She turned and headed back down the path away from the spot I was the Cat.
This video gets little to no exposure. Not sure why nobody talks about it or cites it as evidence unless it is fake or something.
I live in Scotland, just over the Windham line. On Tuesday, May 29th at about 4:15 pm I was traveling down Back Rd in the vicinity of Old Brooklyn Tpke when I caught movement out of the corner of my eye. Sure a white tail deer was going to jump in front of me, I slowed down to a crawl. From the side of the road jumped an enormous cat, long and lean, dark tan in color, long tail. If I had to guess I’d say about 65-70 pounds or so, based on the size of my dog and comparing sizes. It paused to look at my car approaching and then trotted across the street. I stopped where I saw it enter the woods and it had paused again, watched me closely for a few moments, and then leapt over a stone wall and up about 5 or 6 feet up the side of a tree. It climbed the tree quickly and disappeared from view.
As soon as I could get to a computer I looked up pictures to see what it could be. Bobcats, fishers, coyotes and deer are regularly seen in my area and I am very familiar with how all of those animals look. This, in my opinion, could only be a young or female moutain lion. It was not as big as what I read they can get, but it was no house cat. Bobcat is out because of the tail and the lack of markings on its fur. If I hadn’t of had such a good look at it, I might have convinced myself I saw something else. I have no doubt in my mind I saw a moutain lion.
Last week (May 20, 2012) I was laying in bed around 5:30 in the morning when I heard a low growl coming from the wooded area across the street. Never heard anything like it before. On Friday morning (May 25) my husband also heard a growl around 6 a.m.. I figured it was some weird creature, though it did sound like a lion. On Sunday we went to a barbecue. That was when a friend of mine who lives on Goose Lane told me she has seen a mountain lion twice in her fields and some very large deer carcasses. I needed to find out what I heard so I finally found a website with big cat sounds. I listened to every cougar sound and cougar 7 was the one I heard. My husband verifies it was the same sound he heard. The horses next door have also occasionally gone crazy for about an hour at a time, runninfg, neighing, and looking into the woods. If you ask me we have a mountain lion that is hunting our area and the horses know it. The growls were the clincher. My location is 27 Metcalf Rd. in Tolland, CT. The marsh is adjacent to the woods across the street. The marsh has a relatively untraveled crossing over Anderson Rd, which leads into another very wooded area along the Skungamaug River. That area is heavily wooded and somewhat hilly and rocky. It leads right up to the back of the fields I previously mentioned on Goose Lane, and my friends backyard.
There was a Mountain lion spotted by my neighbor over the weekend (Sunday early morning to be exact), between Bell Street and Boardman Lane. My neighbor is a very avid hunter and knows his animals. The farm next door (directly on Boardman) has lost several animals in recent weeks. She had called someone to come look at the tracks and a “large cat” species was confirmed.
Is there any course of action that should be taken? Please advise, thank you.
This website was an accidental find today. I was discussing wildlife with a friend at lunch and said I’d seen a mountain lion twice in the past two years. It was crossing route 112/Limerock Road near a horse farm outside of The Hotchkiss School. The lion is long and tawny colored, really long tail. I was driving slowly and could clearly see the animal. One sighting was early morning, around 5 a.m and the other at dusk. It was kind of shocking at first because I didn’t know what it was, so I slowed to a crawl to watch it. It obviously wasn’t a bobcat with that tail and way too big to be a house cat, but definitely a cat, not a fox or coyote. I had to look it up on the internet and find a picture. Guess I was clueless that officials are saying we don’t have them. Maybe it’s a breed they’re not aware of, but we’ve definitely got a big predator cat in the Northwest Corner. I’ll keep my camera ready from now on, but they’re quick.
Just saw mountain lion walking in the neighbors yard . Unfortunately the dog noticed at the same time and scared it off!
Riding my bike northbound on the Colchester spur of the Airline Trail on Sat 5/19/12 at about 6:00PM – a beautiful warm evening. I was slightly north of the Rt 85 crossing, when off in the distance, maybe 200 or more yards ahead of me I saw a large cat like creature cross the trail at a leisurely walk. The thing I noticed was that it was big – maybe slightly larger than a large German Shephard or Collie, and that it had a distinct cat like profile and it had a long droopy slightly curving tail. I only saw it for a second, and at that distance I didn’t think it saw me. In the second that my brain was trying to assimilate what it had just seen, my first reaction was a small deer, but I couldn’t resolve the visual disconnect with the long droopy gently curving tail. I also thought it was an odd color for a deer, like more dark brown/reddish than lighter brown tan. I passed it off as a deer, figuring that my head was “interpreting” for me. I did look back over my shoulder more often however, on the ride back to East Hampton. I am trully hoping that it was real, and if so, I’m very thankful to have seen it. I’m not too worried about safety, I think those cats are elusive to humans for lots of good reasons (as they see it). If this were grizzly bear country however, I would not have been out there riding alone!
Driving along Brainard Hill Road in Higganum at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, I saw a very large cat leap off of the side of the road down into the adjoining trees and shrubs. There can be no doubt it was a mountain lion, based on its size (larger than a golden retriever), its color, and the length of its tail, which was about half the size of its body.
Today at approxitmatly 8:45 am in Seymour Ct. sitting outside near my Gazebo that I had just left 5 mins beforehand , I was in my kitchen, I happened to spot a large animal sitting on the ground. We live on a large parcel of land and I always have my binoculars near by, So I was shocked when I picked them up to see that it was a large mountain lion just sitting back taking in the view! Kinda scary…
My wife and I had just left the gym in the center of Hebron and were heading south on Rte 66 towards Columbia. A large animal we both thought was a dog was walking nonchalantly across the road. It had come down a driveway on the right hand side of the road and onto a driveway that leads up to a long abandoned/boarded-up house on the left hand side (this was just before the commuter lot and Wellswood Rd.).
As we got closer to it we realized that it was not a medium size dog (female golden retriever, australian cattle dog, etc.) but was a cat based on the way it was walking (head somewhat down and shoulders up). We then thought it must be a bobcat but its deer-like tannish coloring and long thick tail weren’t consistent with the few other bobcats we’ve seen.
We slowed down as we came up to the driveway and it actually stopped and turned its head to look at us. It didn’t seem to care that we were there. Based on all of the pictures on this site and online we’re 98% sure it was a mountain lion. I wish we had the foresight to turn the damn camera on our iPhones and get a picture, but we were in the road and traffic was coming up quickly behind us.
My wife reported the sighting to the DEP’s emergency hotline and the dispatcher sounded a bit worried and told her to hold after she described it. She heard him dispatch the state police in the background. He then came back on to get more details of what it looked like and the exact location that we saw it. Maybe they were going to send someone with tracking skills?
Neither of us saw anything on the news, so I’m guessing they didn’t find it. Unfortunately it was heading up towards a development where kids or pets are apt to be outside. I hope this isn’t a normal part of its territory as we don’t want anything bad to happen to it, it was a beautiful animal … not that either of us would be keen to come across it while jogging or mountain biking!
We saw it in Hebron headed south on Rte 66 one or two driveways before Wellswood Rd. on May 14th around 7:30pm.
Approximately 5:15am on May 14th, 2012 on Windbrook Drive in northern CT, near the Mass boarder, I spotted a small cougar outside my front walkway on it’s way into the wetlands nearby. It was a small (larger than a cat, about the size of a medium dog), tan with a long stiff tail that had a black tip. It looked muscular, healthy with large feet.
Monday morning abt 9:30am, 4/30/12, I was driving on School House road. A Mountain lion ran across the street from the brush as Summerwood Condos to the brush along the house directly across the street. It was moving quite quickly, so I didn’t get a good look at it. But it seems to be young, maybe an adolescent, about the size of a medium dog with the head of a cat. I expected a golden tan coat, but this lion was more of a gray tan color with a dark brown around it’s midsection. It also had a long straight tail. I contacted the police department and the person who answered said that they had received three other calls from residents reporting a mountain lion.
July 9, 2011, about 4 pm – I observed a mountain lion walking through woods at the back and side of my house on Gallows Hill Road in Redding, CT. It was carrying a small black object in its mouth. It was quite large, with that sort of lumbering big cat way of moving. A tan color with some white spots/markings on its right rear flank. The tail was very long and a bit bushy. My vantage point was from a second floor window, looking down and out; I watched it approaching for quite a wile, as it walked through the woods toward my house. It was quite stunning. I was in awe and tried very hard to be observant and note details.
April 24th at 7:30 pm spotted a large (approx. 80 lbs) tawny colored cat in side yard. Cat had large tail with black tipped ears. Went to retrieve camera but cat was gone when I returned.