1. Dan McGrath

    You’ve given a nice description of the mental process one goes through in sorting out “What am I looking at?” It’s very similar to what I experienced in my Brookfield, CT sighting earlier this year. Folks who study (mis)perception often say folks see what they expect to see. True enough, but in this case, we each expected to see a dog because they’re common and big ones are about that size — until the visual clues start piling up that “this is no dog.”

    In my sighting, since the animal was walking right down our woodsy road, I expected to see someone walking such a large “dog”. But no, the animal was alone. And then I saw that distinctive feline walk. Cats of any size just don’t walk like a dog. Finally I spotted the long tail, which was curled at the end as the cat was carrying it. “Whoa! Mountain lion.” I now clap loudly a couple iof times when I go out in the dark to get the newspaper or whatever.

  2. endoftheworld

    Frankly all these sightings in suburbia, in people’s yards, from roads etc. got me thinking about that comment a poster made about the mountain lion-alien connection. Think about it, we all know about the mass sightings of UFO’s all over the world. If an alien race actually landed and wanted to study humans, how’d they go about it? if they got 2 heads and don’t look remotely human they may try to disguise themself as something humans would naturally try to avoid so that they can wander about, peaking into people’s homes, watching them as they drive to and fro and be completely undiscovered!
    At first I was quite exited over this site but it’s not much different than those alien abduction sites where people give vivid accounts and swear they had a close encounter yet nobody has any photos and no official person will say the stories are true.
    I had thought mountain lions where sposed to be elusive, that doesn’t jive with the majority of the sightings near homes and traffic, like in the woods they hide from hikers but in town they walk about as they please? very odd.

    • Bill Cannon

      Its odd until you think about it. My cousin, a skeptic, was picking up some cedar fence posts from a logger/excavator in Lebanon last weekend and the guy told him that he saw one in the woods he was clearing to make pasture. This was with no input from my cousin and I highly doubt this guy has time to spend on this website.
      If they are here, and after the kill on the highway they are, they can not travel their territory without crossing yards and running into people no matter how hard they try in an aria as small and densly populated as CT.They see you, you see them and they are gone. But they are getting used to people. This is a bad thing. Just this weekend the governor of VT was chased into his house by bears. Noone has a camera on the ready when they see it. The few seconds it takes to get your phone camera up is too long. You can not be close enough to get a good shot.

      • endoftheworld

        Bill, i read about the VT Gov. and the Bears, not the brightest move on his part, rather surprised as I thought folks up north were more attuned to regular Bear sightings and what not to do. Must’ve been a Mamma and her cubs, i thought Bears like ML were solitary animals and did not engage in group activities.
        I am still leaning towards some kind of conspiricy theory re: the Mtn. Lions.
        There are game/trail cameras and the poop should be easy enough to identify unlike footprints which likely show best in couple inches of snow or hard mud.
        If they aren’t afraid of humans as they are walking thru yards, rds. etc. in broad daylight I don’t see how outdoorspeople don’t run across them on a more frequent basis.
        I personally believe they exist in the NorthEast (NY, MA, CT etc) but what I have no clue on and what i’d be most interested in getting to the bottom of is how many so i know what the true likelyhood of encountering one is when I’m out hiking so I’m not jumping at every chipmunk running thru the brush, like where I went today was quite remote (for CT), I did not encounter a single human tho I did hear voices at one pt. and my heart started pounding as I dreaded the thought of a human encounter and actually froze and crouched on the ground, trying to hide in the shrubbery and listening to see if they were headed towards me so I might flee in the other direction.

        • Bill Cannon

          Yea I dont like running into people in the woods eather. Do to an injury I dont go out much anymore, but I am rarely without protection. That brings up all new fears, been there, not fun. Also, something larger is needed for an animal than a human and therfor harder to conceal and carry. I think im going to look into trail cameras and have some friends place them out there. Some of these guys are pretty woods savey and skeptical. My cousin doesnt belive that he could miss cougar sign but was surprised when the logger brought up. He may just not be the reincarnation of Davey Crocket though he has a family tradition of hunting and trappin

          • Bill Cannon

            My computer is all screwed up and moves the curser in mid sentance typing new words in the middle of a sentance somwhere else. Sometimes you cant even find it. That meens I have to proof read everything. It just posted my last post all by itself. So Im quitting now.

  3. darcy

    Just curious about where exactly on Rte 47?

  4. CML

    This is ridiculous! People, take a photo!

    • Bill

      There is no time to take a photo unless its just sitting there for you to do so and what are you going to take it with? Cellphone! You need a telle lens to get anything beyond a spot in the middle of your picture. It takes me 5 to 10 sec to get my cell camera up and running. Its gone by then even if your not stunned into inaction by the sighting. Someone posted good pics of tracks here. Photojournalists use to have a saying, F8 and be there!!!! Being there, prepared is a tuff thing to do. You just cant load up your camera go out and shoot one.

  5. Judy Silver

    A couple of Sundays ago, I looked outside across the street into the field, and saw what I at first thought was a deer. We always watch the deer across the street. Then I realized it was a huge Bobcat. I got my husband off the couch to see it, and we observed it for a few minutes. It was actually giving itself a bath, and walking around in the field.

    We realized it was too big to be a Bobcat, and it had a longer tail than a Bobcat. It’s head was very large. It’s tail was about the size of a deer’s, and it was a brownish gray color. It could have been a Mountain Lion, except their tails are longer. If I could guess at the closest cat it looked like, I would say a Lynx. Someone tells me the big wild cats follow the power lines, and are migrating further South.

    Anyway, this cat was sighted in Stonington, CT (right on the border or RI).

  6. Dee

    Where on rte 67? I have a 122 lb tan/grey Weimaraner that often gets mistaken for a deer and jacks brook runs through my property.

    However, on 8/2 pictures were taken midday of a very large lean tall rectangular cat laying under the hammock in my back yard. We also have a shot of him standing. We have had torn deer legs and rumps in our field. In the Spring before the grass was too high, we saw a large animal looking like this one, walking along the brook each morning. Some days it would walk up our gravel driveway and lie down to sun in our fields closer to 67. Not a coyote. Too big and long for any Bobcat i have seen or read about. Wrong color too. Tall is not a stub, it is long. I don’t like the fact it make itself at home under our hammock looking into my kitchen window where my baby was being fed.

  7. Elizabeth Ouellette

    On Sunday September 7, 2014 I was gardening out in our backyard on Schoolhouse Road in Preston. I happened to look up and about 25 feet from me was what appeared to be a female lion of some sort. She was about three feet long and had a solid goldish-brown coat with black markings around her nose (exactly consistent with those in the cougar of the valley picture.) We locked eyes for maybe 30 seconds, neither of us was afraid. After we got a good long look at each other, she turned and sauntered off into the woods. She moved just like all the lions I have ever seen in zoos and on tv and in movies. I called the police, but of course she was already gone. DEP called me in response to my emergency call. The DEP officer explained that it was probably a bobcat, and not to worry about it unless it started approaching people. I’m certain of what I saw, so that didn’t bother me, I figure they have their reasons for whatever they are doing and it probably doesn’t involve informing me. Looking back, she has been hunting in my yard since May when we got backyard chickens. Sometimes she, for whatever reason, left a part of her “kill” behind. The dead chickens on the ground had two bloody streaks down their backs, consistent with the description of the hunting habits of a mountain lion. My concern is this… If DEP are calling mountain lions “bobcats” then how are we going to be able to trust any of the statistics about mountain lions or bobcats online. How can we trust that mountain lion attacks arn’t being reported as bobcat attacks etc. All I know is that I have a medium sized wild cat in my back yard and we seem to be on her hunting route. Now I have to learn a whole new definition of “making life manageable.” I also wonder if the smaller size of cats reported could be an indication that they are not yet full grown. I would love to get information about practical ways of staying safe when they are living in your environment. Thanks, Elizabeth


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