Friday evening May 5th around 6:25pm. Ran across the road heading south. One of my daughters saw it with me, I showed her pictures of different large cats, lynx, bob cat, and cougar. She identified it as a cougar. I agreed with her. It was quick, and bounded like a typical cat.
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
I saw a large mountain lion crossing rt. 85 in Colchester at 3:25 pm. I was in my car and watch it for about 15-20 sec. No mistaking this for another animal. Large paws,huge shoulders,long tail. It was medium brown, about 2.5 ft tall as it sprinted. It’s length was about 5 ft. Excluding the tail. After crossing the road it went up an imbankment into a brushy area bordering a new construction of a large building. I turned my car around and went up to the intersecting road (rt. 354 Parum Rd .) where the bushy area ends hoping to spot it there. To no avail. For locals this sighting was between Herman’s Diner and the rt. 2 overpass. There is a pond very close to where I spoted it comming from. I found this web site and was surprised to read that there were other sightings very close to my sighting, athough I was never in doubt that I witnessed a wild mountain lion.
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!
Today, Sept 3, 2011, I was heading out to run some errands. We live on the boarder of Salem and Colchester, CT. I was headed toward route 354, a main road that connects the 2 towns, when I saw what I thought was a deer crossing the road. I slowed down and thats when my brain registered that this animal was definitely NOT a deer; the coloring was similar, but everything else was feline in nature: the body was long, muscular and lean, and only 2 to 3 feet off the ground; the rear legs were not straight like a deer’s: one angle was formed where the foot met the leg, and a second angle was formed about a third of the way up the leg; the tail was VERY LONG and curved with a rounded tip, and was not bushy like a fisher-cat’s would be (not to mention this animal was the wrong color and size for a fisher cat); the gait of this animal was long and smooth, but this animal was not in a hurry, nor was it simply strolling along; the fur also seemed smooth in color and texture, there was no fading from one color to the next, like a coyote, nor did the fur seem wiry and rough, but it looked smooth and soft, almost pet-able…..ALMOST…. It crossed the road from a field on my right, to a field on my left, and moved on from there. I backed up so I could find a spot where I could see over the stone wall into the field on my left, but the grass was too tall to see anything, and I’m sure the animal had found it’s way to the woods behind the field by then anyways. I KNOW without a doubt that this was NOT a bobcat, a coyote, or a dog….and DEEP needs to acknowledge that these gorgeous felines are in our area, and they need to educate the public about how to handle the rare, but possible encounters. At the very least, they should be logging all of the sightings, instead of telling folks who call in that the eastern mountain lions are extinct and those of us who have seen them have seen something else and are mistaken……I’ll never forget the feeling of “what the $#%@ was that!?” that filled me when my slow brain, used to seeing deer, realized that there was absolutely NO WAY this could have been a deer, or any other common CT wildlife….
It was early afternoon on Aug. 4th and my boys, ages 11 and 13 were getting of Exit 6 off Rt. 11 when a large tan cat, bigger than a bobcat and with a LONG tail that had a slight curl to it came bouncing/running across the off ramp. It will be a sight that my boys and I will never forget. It was not a dog, not a house cat, NOT a Bobcat. If I wasn’t driving of course I would have got a picture. I know I didn’t have my coffee yet as I was camping at Devils Hopyard but I know what I saw. The white tufted hair was close enough for me to see.
I was just driving on McDonald rd in Colchester at 11:00 am and it ran out in front of my car. It was beautiful but scared me as i realized it was a Eastern cougar/mountain lion. Seen August 15, 2010