My wife, Candy-Jo and I were driving on rt 22 south (Millerton, NY) when we saw a mountain lion. I made eye to eye contact about 8 feet away from him (her). It looked about 60-75 lbs. We turned the car around, it just slinked across the road. Never even looked spooked, as if it had made contact with a human before. I have seen many bobcat before, including large ones. This was not a bobcat. Huge tail and a huge head. I often go mountain biking alone in the Berkshires, and now I am scares to death of running into one on a trail.
Hello Bo and Steve,
It was a pleasure to meet you both at the Sharon Ct. Audubon presentation on Sunday January 24th (Nature’s Perfect Predator- Mountain Lions in CT).
My apologies for not being able to send my ‘sighting’ information sooner, but as promised…
On a warm Sunday morning in the summer of 1992, I saw a Mountain Lion in the grass under a Mulberry tree about 30 yards from my front porch. I was inside with all three sliding glass doors open and watching TV when all of sudden I heard birds screeching outside.
I went to the open door and saw this long tailed animal crouched, with a fixed gaze, and slowly moving towards a tree that was about another 30 feet in the distance. I followed it’s gaze and there I saw my Siamese cat very high above on a branch in that same tree. In the moment I looked from my cat back to the animal… and with no effort at all… it sprang from the ground about 20 feet into the tree.
Fearing for my cat, I yelled and threw the TV remote I was still holding in my hand toward the tree. The animal turned its head to look at me and then jumped out of the tree towards the woods.
IT WAS AN AMAZING DAY!!!! My cat was scared but still alive and I saw a Mountain Lion!!!
As for Mountain Lion’s size and color, it’s body appeared lengthy and I would guess it was greater than 80 lbs using my 72lb dog as a point of reference. The most distinct feature was its very long tail and it was dark and light tan in color. Its face, which I saw straight on for a split second was simply magnificent. Also, It left visible claw marks in
the tree that were about 1+ inches or so in length.
The property where this took place is on a wooded hillside a few miles west of the 10 mile river.
Thank so much for providing an opportunity to recall my Mountain lion sighting and share my story with you. As I mentioned at the presentation, I feel truly blessed to have seen this beautiful creature in the ‘wild’.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to visit the location where this took place. My family still lives there.. Thanks again and best of luck to you both.
3 Overlook Dr
Pawling, NY 12564
Someone forwarded me an e-mail with pictures attached that were supposedly taken in Sharon, CT this past winter/spring. I wondered if anyone had sent it to you for verification. Since it shows a back yard with paths and outbuildings, the location could actually be authenticated, IF you could track down the origin of the e-mail and get a name to contact.
I tried sending it to the hotmail address for Cougars of the Valley, but got it back as an invalid address. Maybe I typed it in wrong; not sure.
But at any rate, if you want me to send the e-mail along, I will. Just let me know an e-mail address, and I’ll forward the whole thing, pictures and all, for you to try to track down. I know another person who got the same e-mail, so it may just be one of those silly ones taken out West, that people want to attribute to CT. So many of those!
This gives new meaning to the phrase “Honey would you go outside and warm up the truck for me.” These were taken this past weekend (1/03/2010) outside of Corning NY. Corning is just a little west of Binghamton out I86.
The Elmira Star Gazette has had quite a few articles about sightings in the Pine Valley, Watkins Glen, Corning, Caitlin, Lowman, Erin, Jasper/Woodhull and Van Etten areas over the past 5 years.
Submitted by Linda
Updated Feb 22, 2010:
As pointed out below by Jim, the license plate on the truck in the second picture is most likely a Colorado license plate. So the picture is most likely not from NY.
Mr. Brown writes:
I saw a 4-5 foot ling grayish-brown cougar cross route 2 in Ledyard, CT at 11am on September 24, 2008
I was driving east from Norwich towards Mystic for lunch, the cat I estimate at 50 to 70lbs crossed less than 50′ in front of my car, clear sunny day, I was able to see it from it’s entering the northern edge of the road till it climbed the bank and entered the brush, heading south, on my side of the road.
The tail seemed sorter than some pictured, yet it seemed to be sneaking and may have been holding it’s tail low down, between it’s legs so to speak. It looked like the tail would have measured 20 to 24 inches if extended to full length. Tail was thick in appearance approximately 2″ in diameter. Coat seemed dense, but not thick “winter” length as of yet. Tip of the tail seemed rounded not pointed.
The overall length of the cat including tail (if extended) appeared to be approximately 6′.
One other car, coming toward me must also have seen it, though the car was 50+ yards beyond the cat, my car is low and samll gray in color and I was just coming over a small rise.. so I feel the cat timed it’s crossing when little traffic was visible, smart kitty?
The local is heavy wooded area, some open fields and farms within a mile or two in both directions.
I was about 4 miles west of Foxwoods, an Indian reservation & casino…
I was surprised to see it at this time of day.