Just saw a mountain lion in our back yard which borders a ‘wet land’ type area with a small creek that runs down into the pond at Mount Tom State Park. The forest is predominately hard wood with some mixed conifers, lots of brush including invasive multi flora rose. This happened at around 10:30am, the cat was large (the size of a large dog such as a golden retriever), caramel colored with a long tail. The tail was at least a couple feet in length, it was headed southeast towards Mt Tom State Park off of Rte 202 in Bantam CT. Our first siting. We were inside when we saw it and it was moving with intention at a medium pace. Submitted by Janine McCormick 4/5/2014
On 11/1/2012 at approximately 6:30 pm i spotted a mountain lion. I live in Litchfield, CT. I was traveling from Bissell Road onto White Woods Road. As I was nearing the little bridge which crosses the Bantam River, a mountain Lion came up from the left corner of the bridge, crossed the road and then went down the embankment on the right hand side of the road. This is an area with alot of dense woods and a lot of water. The land it was on is actually owned by a wildlife preserve, The White Memorial Foundation. Close by to this bridge is a popular are where canoers and kayackers launch their boats. Also close by you have Bantam Lake and a hiking trail called The Board Walk. The color of the cat was light tan. The black stripes on its mouth where very distinct. It was the size of an adult Bob Cat but had a long tail. Because of its size I assume it must have been young. I was very close to this cat. I had to stop my car in order to be sure I would not hit it. It was a beautiful animal and I felt very blessed at that moment that I was given the opportunity to witness such a rare occurrence. I am 100% sure of what I saw. There is no doubt in my mind that I live amongst mountain lions. If you have any questions please feel free to email me.
We spotted a Mountain Lion crossing Alain White Road on the Morris/ Litchfield line….It was just getting dark and he jump from the woods to the middle of the road and one more jump into the woods on the other side….I can’t recall the date perfectly but it was around the 3rd or 4th week of July.
On 8-21-11, about 7:30 estimated time, I was yards away from a full-sized mountain lion on the bridge at the boardwalk in White Memorial Park Conservation Center. I stood still, it turned its head and spotted me, but turned away and walked slow down the boardwalk. When it was farther away, and moved to the bridge, and watched it with my binoculars. It was the height of my adult Lab-Rottweiler mixed dog, long and sleek. I waited until another group of walkers came up behind me, as I was not going to walk into the brush and woods area after that alone.
I was driving early this morning by Mt Tom and saw a mountain lion in the woods chasing a chipmunk it looked like. I came home and looked up some pictures of them and it was exactly what I saw. Had a long tail and much larger than a bobcat. Closer to the size of a coyote which we see all the time in Litchfield but had black tips on ears and long legs. It was up by the beach and there are allot of people over there in the Summer and camps so I hope other people know they are around here.
About three years ago I believe I saw a mountain lion race across the road at the western end of Hillcrest Road in Barkhamsted. It flashed across the road from left to right into a swamp area, ran low to the ground and had a long skinny tail. This was late afternoon on a sunlit day in the fall. My initial reaction was that it was a dog but then realized that it was a cat about the size of a bulldog. It was much larger than a bobcat and definitely had the long tail [I’ve seen several large bobcats recently in the Simsbury Barkhamsted area, definitely not a bobcat]. I’ve hunted and hiked in Litchfield county for over thirty years and have seen many different wild animals including bear, deer,a moose. coyotes,a martin and many other animals but never anything that startled me as much. Mike in Simsbury.
On June 11th my boyfriend and I went for a hike up to Mount Tom State Park in Litchfield, CT. We saw the tower and on our way back down the trail we heard a loud moaning noise. We turned to our left and it looks like we startled them both. A mountain lion/cougar was chasing a deer. The deer got away, but the lion/cougar was so startled he jumped up on a tree and hanging by his enormous claws, turned and looked at us. He was just about 50 feet away. He was huge. Everyone says “Did you get a picture?” I have never been so scared in my life. A camera was thee last thing on my mind. The lion/cougar jumped down and was out of my sight, in the brush. I was terrified! I called the DEP and left a vm but have not heard back. It seems as tho they keep fighting the fact that they are here. We looked online and this cat looked nothing like a bobcat. The DEP should let people at least know there have been possible sightings! There is a camp with young children at the entrance of the park. And I’m sure we aren’t the only ones who will be hiking there this summer!