September 9, 2015 about 7:30-7:45 pm. Driving on Rt 6 aprx 1 mile past Taft school heading west toward Woodbury 1-2 tenths past a farm on the right rounding a slight bend in the road. Saw two small four legged grey/tan animals in my lane ahead but could not instantly identify them as cats, dogs, etc. Definitely not opposums, raccoons etc. I quickly slowed from 40mph to 30-20-10 because they were not drifting to the edge or acting like they were aware or cautious of my oncoming car in the least. I came so close (still trying to identify them) that I had to maneuver my car to the point of my left tire was probably on or over the yellow line by this time at now 5mph. I looked pearched in my seat through my passenger side windshield and was able to very clearly make out what animals they were. Mountain lion cubs with thier attention on something in the road to small for me to see. One cub was dead center in my lane, the other three feet closer to the edge. I was so close to them now I could see thier shape point blank, nothing but muscle from head to toe or baby fat lol. They were thick bodied and rather round with a somewhat round head. Could they have been bobcats, not mountain lions??? I don’t know wildlife well enough to specify but clearly they were baby “big cats” of some kind. It all happened so fast I was in no position to get cel pictures. By the time my passenger side door was facing them I saw them both act like twin little boys playing when suddenly they energetically perked up and awkwardly bounced into the brush probably to catch up with the mother maybe a few yards away. Scary to think of potentially dangerous animals like them so close to our back yards. I did not see any spots or markings at all on thier fur, they appeared to be consistent in color, greyish tan.
Sunday, August 30, my niece’s husband was heading home from a relative’s house in Bethlehem. It was about seven pm. He was on rte 61 near the boat dealer. In an adjacent field, he spotted a large cat with round face and a long tail. When he got home, he looked up mountain lions…just to be sure. He is now sure?.
I saw a mountain tonight in southington ct on the corner of pennywise lane and sunny slope lane. Approx 945pm it waslwaning a neoghbors yard and i out my high beems on and watched it. It looked at me and licked its chops and proceeded into the wetlands. Based on the parking fence its back was taller by a few inches. 24 inches tall was a dark tan color about 50 lbs. Med dog size. Dark color around mouth. However i did not see the tail due to the brush as it slipped into tge woods. Tgerd is approx 18 acres of land there. My family ysed to own it. Submitted by Marilyn LoRusso
09/06/15 I live on the Bristol, Southington and Wolcott corner right by Lake Compounce. I let my dogs out at 12:15 am for a quick bathroom walk before bed. I have invisible fence, so dogs get to run loose. I have almost 2 acres fences in. As soon as dogs went out they started barking like crazy. I walked over to the side of garage overlooking back valley to wood line. I have motion controlled lights so I walked to turn them on. There was a mt lion just outside my yard walking squared off with 2 of my dogs barking like crazy. I walked straight at cat, which just walked through neighbor’s yard cross small brook, then turned parallel and just walked. I was on one side of brook and it was 25 yards just walking back toward woods. My dogs were behind me running up fence line. Cat never ran, just walked up hill and into the mountain laurel. I’m an active outdoorsman, hunter and know all the normal animals in CT. And that was a good sized mt lion. Submitted by James Blaschke
Sunday September 6, 2015 at about 10:00 am, three of us saw a german-shepherd-size mountain lion casually walk through our back yard. He/she looked exactly like the one shown on this website. We thought it was a bobcat, but were told that the long tail indicates that it was probably a mountain lion.
We have only 1 1/2 acres on a corner lot with neighbors on each side, woods nearby. The mountain lion walked along the back property line, disappearing into the brush between our house and our neighbors.
Though he was a gorgeous animal, I wouldn’t like to see him again in the neighborhood; I worry about my small dog and young grandchildren playing in the yard.
My daughter and I were returning from shopping at the outlet stores on I95 northbound near exit 71 on September 11, 2015 between 4:00 PM and 4:30 PM. The animal ran across the southbound lanes, stopped in the median, and I saw in my rearview mirror that the animal crossed behind us. The animal had black-tipped ears and tail and was solid tan-colored. The tail was long. I have seen a mountain lion in Yellowstone National Park and this animal looked like the one I saw in Yellowstone.
September 1, 2015 . On this evening I was walking along the newly constructed powerline road that runs from Belle Woods Dr to Bush hill road with 2 dogs. On the return I heard rustling from a lone cedar left standing in a clear area approximately 15 feet from where I was walking when a large cat leapt out of the cedar from about 4 feet off the ground and headed perpendicular to the tree line. It appeared very narrow in stature and ears lay low to skull and a long tail carried straight down between its legs. The dogs pursued but heeded my recall. Prints were apparent in the new gravel. thats a first for me but hopefully not the last. Submitted by : Dan Carpenter
I was sitting in our backyard in Killingworth, CT when I heard my chicken making some crazy sounds. I looked over and thought I saw a large dog running back and forth near her cage while. I starting yelling and running towards the cage. I got about 20 feet from the animal when I realized that it was a mountain lion. I would have noticed sooner but the trees were blocking it. The animal started to walk away when I was yelling but then stopped and we stared at each other for a full 10 seconds before I had the courage to yell again and it walked quickly towards the woods. I immediately googled mountain lions to be sure and it was definetly one! I contacted animal control who said that the state would be contacted but to expect no one to call me back because the state doesnt believe that there are mountain lions out here. Submitted by : Brandy Richards
I was driving home from Wellesley R.I. early morning last week- and when we were passing a construction site in the middle of the highway (Colchester/Marlborough area) (rt 2) we spotted a LARGE cat sitting right on top of the heavy machinery looking out toward the highway. There was no mistaking what we saw- the only part missing is that we could not get a glimpse of the tail due to it laying down. However, it was a VERY large cat- it looked like the size of an African Lion you see in photos- and when we looked up the difference between mt lion and bobcat, we are confident it was indeed, a mountain lion.
Aug. 22, 2015 We saw a mountain lion in our yard. Our dog chased it into the woods. The lion seemed the same size as our black lab.
South of route 1, north Main street. stonington ct
At approximately 5:30 on 8-19-15 I watched a huge mountain lion walk through my backyard in Plantsville, CT. I was looking out my kitchen window to peek at my husband and two year old son playing in the yard, and to my surprise, this animal walked across the backyard and under my son’s swing set! I panicked and ran downstairs to warn them to get in the house, so I couldn’t take the time to snap a picture, but it was easy to identify once I compared pictures online. I have seen bobcats before and I knew immediately that this wasn’t a bobcat. It was the size of a Labrador retriever with a long tail and looked like a female lion. It looked like it was about 80-100 pounds. It had a solid color coat- no spots. Thankfully my son was not running in the yard! He may have been attacked. A month ago there was a siting of a 350 pound black bear on the property directly across the street from me. I never thought I would seriously say, “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!”
I was on my way home, driving in my car, when I spotted a mountain lion on Battle St in Bristol. It came from Old Cider Mill Road, crossed Battle St and ran up a small hill to the large field. I had enough time to stop to let him/her cross, but it did not seem phased either way. It wasn’t skittish or anything—just leisurely crossing the street. Wasn’t even in a big hurry. I was staring at it for what seemed like a long time b/c I had no idea what I was looking at. It was a med/large size, tannish/reddish color, long tail. I keep hearing we don’t have mountain lions in the state so I didn’t think much of it—thought it must’ve been a different kind of bobcat or something. I came upon this site and after looking at the pictures, I know now what I saw was a mountain lion. It was not furry like a bobcat and had no markings on it–more of a solid color. What I don’t understand is why would the state not want to admit we have mountain lions?
About two weeks ago my wife and I were taking a little drive around Hamden.It was a Sunday morning around 9:30 a.m. On West Todd age.Roughly about 100 yards in front of use what we saw was a very large cat..about the size of a large German Shepard leap across the road in one big hop..the reason I think it was a mountain lion was it looked to be very strong,that tan color and a long tail,as long as it’s body.It was a clear day.has any one seen one in this area?
7/28/15 – I believe I saw a mountain lion on Clark Hill Road today. I was traveling toward Main Street and he ran across the street from the left side and down the riverbank. At first i thought it was a dog and then i saw it pounce and all the muscle movement (like a cat). It was light in color and had a long body. I read on one of the posts that they shot a mountain lion in CT somewhere…why would they kill these beautiful creatures?
My wife and I saw a large mountain lion crossing Rte 112 at the Red Mountain Road intersection in Lime Rock, CT. We were heading east towards Lime Rock when the cat leaped across 112 from the left to right into a high patch of grasses on the north corner of the intersection. We went up Red Mountain Road but could not get a second sighting. We were asked if it had a short or long tail by a electrical crew up the road and we told them defintitely a long tail.
12:45 pm on Sunday July 19. My dog jumped off the deck and ran to the fence line in my backyard. I live at the bottom of jones hollow rd in Marlborough. I quickly look up and saw a large animal trotting by my fence line. As it came through some brush I got a clear on view from about 30 feet away. Clearly a mountain lion, long tail, same size or larger than my 80 lb. Shepard hound mix. It trotted off into woods until my dog broke through the fence giving chase. The mountain sprinted and I called for my dog to stop, which luckily she did.
We have to make note of this event, since it points out how hard it is to get a photo of a cougar that doesn’t want to have
its picture taken.
An apparent cougar has been wandering around urban Milwaukee for just under a week. Only a short blurry video, and a
horrible still were managed of it. Not enough for a “confirmation” but some features visible. Sound familiar?
People scoffed, dismissed the witnesses, etc, until a Milwaukee PD Sergeant responded to one of the calls, and got
a first hand brief look at it. The sergeant described it as a “large wild cat”. The photos and video show a cat
with a long thick tail hanging down, with the profile of a cougar. A large contingent of police thought they had
it contained, but alas, they couldn’t find it.
Here are a couple of quotes from the PD:
“From my understanding, it was a 100% confirmation that it was a lion-like animal. They know it`s a cat-like
animal — could be a young African lion or could be a mature mountain lion/cougar species. Unfortunately we
weren`t able to keep visibility on it long. It went into some thick vegetation,” MPD Lt. Paul Formolo
and MOST IMPORTANTLY:
“Anytime there’s a confirmed sighting — they stand down and let the tranquilizer guns be prepared. We’re
going into each scenario with tranquilizing being the first option,” MADACC Executive Director Karen Sparapani said.”
So note, here is a cat running around Urban Milwaukee, and yet very little “evidence” comes forth. Imagine
what a cat can do in New England? This demonstrates again that just because people aren’t getting pictures
doesn’t mean its not there. Lets hope the cat moves to more suitable territory. Also note it went into an URBAN area.
7/23/2015. My wife was driving up the hill on route 69 around 11:45 am and saw what she at first thought was a big tan dog walking up the hill in the woods in front of the guard rail trying to cross the street to go into a more wooded area going toward boundline rd. She slowed down to get a better look and saw that it looked like a big cat with a long curved thick tail, and black markings on its face, looking very muscular, must have weighed at least 100 pounds. The cat looked at her as she slowed down in her car and got into somewhat of a protective position and hissed and showed teeth at her. No doubt then she was sure it was a mountain lion.
I was driving home from work on 7/8/15 at 4:45 on Cedar Street and in front of me crossed an animal. I immediately noticed it was not a deer or a coyote or a dog but a big cat. It had a very thick tail reaching to the ground and curling up a little at the end. It had thicker fur legs and they were longer than my german shepherd with a beautiful tan/brownish redish color. I pulled over to the side of the road to see if I could get an even better glimpse of it but it had gone into the brush. I went home and looked up this cat and there it was a picture of a Mountain Lion and that is what I saw. A couple days earlier at night my GS was barking and pacing at about midnight so I took a flash light and saw something eating some scraps of food that I had put outside away from the house and what I could positively identify was the exact same tail, legs, sleek thicker body – Mountain Lion. This Big Cat has been spotted at several other locations in Middlefield over the past couple of months. They are beautiful animals
Today, at approximately 6:10 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2015 when I was taking a cardio/nature walk and I was on my return home after feeling a little winded from walking up hill and concerned about getting back home because I started to feel a few rain drops and did not want to get caught in a storm, I quickened my pace again while now walking on flatter terrain, when, lo and behold, I was startled as a large animal about the size of my friend’s rather large Labrador Retriever jumped out of the woods, and sprinted across Great Hill Road (Ridgefield, CT) to the other side of the street into the brush area which preceded the more wooded area. I waited for a bit hoping the animal did not see me and hoping he or she continued on deeper into the woods and hoped that the next upcoming speeding car would possibly scare the animal away from me in case he or she was still in the brush. I then tentatively continued my trek home and breathed a sigh of relief when I got home. But I was also in wonderment as to what the animal was and as I described it to my husband that it was tan and had a relatively small head with smallish roundish ears with a very long tail and had short tan fur, my husband said it sounded like a mountain lion. So I searched a bit on the internet when I saw the photos on ctmountainlion.org, and I said, “That’s it!” “He” was beautiful, but also unnerving, and I don’t know how soon I will be taking another nature walk!
I was driving down Jackson Hill Road at 2 pm, I am sure of the time because I was on my way to a party. The date was July 4, 2015. The Cougar ran across the road very fast and I thought it as a tan dog at first. I had a very good profile view for about 4 seconds. I noticed there was no snout, a very powerful body and the tail. Unfortunately I was alone in the car. At first I posted it on facebook and asked whether anyone else I knew had seen something. Recently I have heard others in town have seen it too.