Connecticut Mountain Lion
Cougars of the Valley
A large cat just ran in front of my car on Route 2 West at around Exit 20. It had a short stubby tail and was approximately the size of a large dog. I’ve never seen a wild cat like that anywhere on the east coast, even in Northern New England.
That’s a bobcat.
not necessarily. there is supposed to be a female mountain lion in the area that has part of her tail missing.
That’s the one I saw. Part of the tail missing. Much larger than a bobcat. Dark in color though. I just saw it today. Read my post. The tail is about 6-8″ long and is slightly curled at the end. Not in a natural way. It looks like the cat lost it or its a birth defect. I was able to jump on my quad and chase it down my driveway.
It was probably a bobcat.
i read a story about a state trooper who lives in oxford who kept saying he saw a wolf.Finaly a retired DEP biologist admited it was brought into the area to cut down the turkey vulture population.Its CT. folks they never want us to know anything.
check out the book THE QUEST FOR THE EASTERN COUGAR
Just finished it. It’s timely, balanced, and informative. Nicely done sir.
I guess it’s nice to bring these animals here. There are plenty of nice shelters… But it’s not so convienent for us humans… Oh well. We have to learn to share.
Didn’t fishercats get here because of a high porcupine population in East Hartford??????? That’s what I heard and there are fishercats all in my yard. Plus bear, coyotes, mountain lions, foxes, and I think some more. nevertheless, they’re adorable.
It will be adorable when itg kills something close to you
Fishers get into chicken coops all the time. DEP denied they were here, too, for many years AFTER they had been introduced by DEP. No doubt they lie to the public.
I get it…….but they are still incredible looking animals. I always battle myself with wanting them here, and at the same time, have a problem with them possibly killing someone. I guess it goes with the territory.
Great site Bo…..
Rethinking our website @ present time….want to expand and change into a different pattern.
Have a young lady sitting next to me, expressing her views on how she would change….
we shall see.
Were the above pictures taken in the North east??? Thanks
Is there a way you can label *where* the photos were taken? Also, is there a way to match up the markers on the map (I noticed they’re numbered) to the original report(s)?
Wait – all of these pictures seem to be from out of state. Are there ANY photos (even bad ones) on this site from Connecticut? I know that absence of evidence is not necessarily evidence of absence, but after a while the lack of a single photo can’t be ignored. The testimony of witnesses is just not good enough, especially in a world where hundreds swear they’ve seen the chupacabra, Nessie, and Bigfoot. People make things up, even if they don’t realize it. If cougars are here, let’s see some pictures.
It took 40 years to get one in Michigan, after hundreds of credible reports and denials from officials. It took a flood of people and equipment, and finally one was taken. Nobody is ignoring that there are no photos, they are out hitting the woods getting evidence. This is an animal that’s one of the most elusive on the planet. Just sit back and watch the coming months. Some of the evidence is going to be posted. I don’t recall any Bigfoots, Nessies, or Cupacabra’s being hit on the road in Milford. There has been plenty of evidence other than photos found and confirmed now by experts. You can sit and watch while others to the research, that’s fine. By the way, there has never been one hit in Michigan, and now they have evidence there are at least 20 in the upper peninsula.
I agree……its just a matter of time. IF they really are hear, eventually, one will be photoed.
there have been pictures taken by construction sites, lumber mills etc.
God…..they are gorgeous….and the kittens are so, so cute…
I saw a large cat with missing tail last winter in Norfolk! We see lots of bobcats and this was a huge animal.. Lookike like a muscular dog and swaggered when it walked.
sunday may 4th 2014 7:15pm observed a mountain lion the size of a coyote in the field behind my house, watched it walk across the field, seemed to be going after something, it kept jumping at something,after about 5 mins I couldn’t see it any longer,this was a first for me,WOW I live in East Windsor CT.
…you’ve got snow leopards and a clouded leopard mixed in with your mountain lion pictures, somehow.
We just saw a mountain lion this pm crossing the South Kent Rd.in Kent CT. We thought it was small for a mountain lion, about the size of a large thin lab. But it was NOT a bobcat. perhaps a juvenile…so there are parents around somewhere too!
The mountain lion I saw a few years back was larger and longer than my 130lb mixed breed dog. It was a buff color with a long tail, curved at the end. ( a majestic animal) He was lingering in an area frequented by deer eating from the apple trees. Other residents in my area had also seen an animal like this in their backyards at that time. We were all told by DEP that what we saw was probably a bobcat. I am a country girl, grew up here, and have never seen such an animal.
We live in the East Litchfield side of Harwinton and there are caves in the East Litchfield hills facing route 8.
My brother and father saw a mountain lion on botsford hill road in roxbury back in 2000.
I saw a mountain lion 2 times in Newtown Ct about 7 years ago. One time running across my driveway as I arrived late night. It was a big cat with a long tail. The 2nd time was about 1 year later. It ran across the road in front of my car and quickly ran up a large rock formation. Big cat long tail. Everyone said I was wrong it had to have a short tail and it was a bobcat. “No mountain lions in ct”. I definitely saw a long tail and much bigger than a bobcat. Then…one was killed on the Merrit. Hmm.
How much land do you have access to? Could I get permission to set up some cameras for a few weeks in the area? email@example.com , has anyone in the area seen the cat too? Has anyone set cameras up in the past?
In NYS on Rt. 209N between Port Jervis and Wurtsboro was a dead animal on the side of the road. It was nighttime and I was driving. I am convinced it was a mountain lion and should have turned around and took a picture. Being as it was dark my husband felt we shouldn’t try to make a U-turn on that narrow road. Is it possible that it was a mountain lion. It was fairly large.
If anyone has a report recently of one being seen I would like to know. I have the time and the cameras to go looking. My E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org . I have been looking for years. I’m a wildlife consultant by profession. This gives me the time and resources to help in getting some photos.
We live in Easthampton Ma. & at dusk today watched a small mt lion attack & eat some small rodent in our neighbors side yard. I’ve seen bobcats before, this had a really long tail, lacked the pointed ears but was quite yellow in color, some banding of colors near tail end. I’d guess it is young, not too much larger than a house cat. We have many rabbits living in our area and a week ago found all of the entrails from a rabbit laying in our front yard. Whatever gutted the rabbit did an excellent job, leaving only the complete insides and a few tufts of fur.