At 4 PM today a mountain lion ran out of the brush and crossed the road in front of our car at a distance of about 150 ft. Towards the woods. It was mature and muscular and smoky colored and about 100-125 lbs. we live adjacent to the McLean game refuge. Submitted by: Jane Ellrod
leaving work at 1502 Hopmeadow St at 7 pm last night I caught a cat in my headlights starting to cross rt 10/202. legs big and strong looking. all i could think of was a tiger or lion. it looked like and moved like a lion i would see on national geographic channel. it was no bobcat or fisher and not a coyote or dog. it was big and quick. it turned on a dime when my headlights came upon it and moved with its legs stretched out long. moved back towards where it came from which must of been open field area/woods. Submitted by: Cathy Petrunti
Just found this site after reading story in the Courant today. One moening in March 2012 what I believe was a mountain lion crossed the road about 50 feet in front of my car while I was driving on Day St. in Granby, CT.
Driving home this evening at 5:00 I was traveling up Creamery Hill Road from Rt. 189 and saw a large cat cross the road ahead of me. It was light brown/fawn in color, approximately 3-3 1/2 feet tall, long and slender and nibble on its feet as she ran across the road. She was crossing between two fields surrounded by trees and wetlands and went into the woods. She crossed, heading in the direction of the pond and woods behind my house, so when I arrived home, and for ha-ha’s, I stood by the window off the back of our house to see if by chance she would reappear. Within 7-8 minutes of watching, there she was again. She sauntered, in no particular hurry, out of the woods, across the opening next to the pond in my back yard, and reentered the woods on the other side. I have never seen a cat that large. I honestly thought, when she ran across the road, and as I watched her cross the opening in my back yard, that I was looking at a female lion – only a bit slimmer/longer. It was wonderful. I thought she had a short tail, but she may have been holding it down; I can’t be certain.
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.
At approximately 4:30pm on March 31, 2012, my family and I witnessed a large cat that we believe was a mountain lion at the west end of our property. Our first sighting was of a deer running through our yard and into the adjacent apple orchard. This was followed seconds later by a large cat with a long tail and muscular shoulders. My wife and mother both got a very good look at the cat while I saw it’s overall shape and long tail. We were all in awe over the sighting and now know the mountain lion does in fact exist in CT.
Several weeks ago a large, very dark Mt. Lion wandered across out lawn. Was observed by my brother. Was so shocked, never had time to get camera. Was in broad day light.
Told a friend with DEEP and his said, “they are around more than people realize!”
As for a picture, will keep you in mind.
345pm driving down Mountain Rd in Granby. Saw giant long tailed cat atleast 80lbs, probably bigger. Slowed down to look and it ran up someones driveway.
In Late June of year 2000, I witnessed a large mountain lion crossing Simsbury road at the intersection of Barn Door Hills (this is just west of the Simsbury/Granby line) It was early morning and the cat was trotting along til it saw me. Clearly startled it took off and jumped up the steep incline on the south side of Simsbury rd. It almost looked like it was using its long tail to steer it’s leap up the knoll.
I went outside to clean up a few things under the deck and heard a little noise near a woodpile in our yard last Wednesday evening (Nov 10, 2010 about 5-5:30ish PM). I was about 20 ft away from the woodpile and thinking it might be an animal, made a little noise to be sure the animal knew I was out there.
Next thing I saw was a cat about as tall to the shoulder as our 50 lb dog, but with a longer body, small head and long tail.
Once I realized what it was (and how close I had been to it!), I went back into the house.
My best guess is that she was hunting small animals in the woodpile and I disturbed her.
I really have to do something about that woodpile!