On February 21, 2013 while traveling northbound on Rt. 85 in Salem at about 12:30 p.m. we saw a big cat about 3 feet tall to top of body plus a long neck of about 6 to 8 inches, with a cheetah-like face. It was white with brownish-orange patches. It was on the west side of Rt. 85 and walked toward the road. Looking through the trees at first I thought it was a baby deer the way the hind legs moved. Then it came out of the trees and I saw the body standing erect on all fours and I thought it was a big dog. As we went by I slowed the car down to almost a stop (with some traffic behind me) and I saw its head was more like a cheetah. It stood on the side of the road looking into the street as we passed. It was pretty sleek, and perhaps weighed 100 pounds. It was a wooded area with no houses in the immediate area. Submitted by: Robert Cushman
a very young mountain lion ran in front of my car on route 11 in salem today.
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….
Was driving out of my yard on july 6, had to stop to let it cross in front of my truck 10 ft from me. I know what I saw, not a bobcat, was definitely a mountain lion, kept seeing strange tracks in topsoil I had recently spread. No doubt.
6/27 9:30 am
cougar or young mtn lion crossed Rt 2 in Salem, Ct
All beige, body w/o tail 30 in long, long tail. Height 2 ft.
Any other sightings?