This website was an accidental find today. I was discussing wildlife with a friend at lunch and said I’d seen a mountain lion twice in the past two years. It was crossing route 112/Limerock Road near a horse farm outside of The Hotchkiss School. The lion is long and tawny colored, really long tail. I was driving slowly and could clearly see the animal. One sighting was early morning, around 5 a.m and the other at dusk. It was kind of shocking at first because I didn’t know what it was, so I slowed to a crawl to watch it. It obviously wasn’t a bobcat with that tail and way too big to be a house cat, but definitely a cat, not a fox or coyote. I had to look it up on the internet and find a picture. Guess I was clueless that officials are saying we don’t have them. Maybe it’s a breed they’re not aware of, but we’ve definitely got a big predator cat in the Northwest Corner. I’ll keep my camera ready from now on, but they’re quick.
Was driving along on US 44 after having crossed over the NY state line into CT… probably about halfway between Lakeville and Canaan. I didn’t get a perfect look at the animal, but its head was much lower-slung than a coyote’s would have been (and in much the same posture as a cat), and it was tan. Thankfully whatever creature it was had the sense to get out of the road before I got too close. I wish it well!
My husband saw a adult cougar on Indian Mt Rd (Lakeville/Sharon Border) and again a cub playing in a neighbors driveway about 6 years ago. He knows what they look like as I am an artist and have painted them. From what I understand The NY fish and Wildlife released a cougar pair near the Bish Bash Falls area many years ago now, at least 40 years or so. They were released to see if they could bring down the deer population. I believe what we are seeing now are the descendants.