Mountain lions were once common in the state, but purposefully heavy and unregulated hunting of the species resulted in the last-known historical specimen to be … New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. We were on a trail in Winchester, CT. WEIGHT. This hike is a great little one and my favorite around! In a Facebook poll, 84 people said they believe mountain lions are in the county, 37 say they've personally seen them, and three people say they do not exist. ", "Over the past several years I've seen mountain lions three or four times, once in Burlington, twice in Torrington. From Litchfield County, can confirm. Have you seen a mountain lion? Bear Mountain (Salisbury) Jimmy Emerson, DVM/Flickr Bear Mountain, a member of the Taconic Mountains, stands at 2,316 feet and is the highest mountain summit in the state. A mountain lion pounced on a Colorado deputy who responded to a report of the animal attacking a civilian, dramatic video shows. Although there are numerous reported sightings of mountain lions in Connecticut every year, the animals have actually been extinct in this state ... www.connecticutmag.com "Who knows, could be a mutant. Mountain lions have been dispersing away from these population areas, and researchers recently mapped all confirmed mountain lion observations from 1990-2008 (LaRue et al. What mountain lions?" MONROE, CT — Two Monroe residents reported possibly seeing a mountain lion roaming town last week. Join us for a giant Menorah lighting on the Waterbury Green. 8 comments. Mountain Lion Sightings Reported In Monroe - Monroe, CT - A couple of residents reported seeing a mountain lion. A hunter and lifelong wildlife enthusiast out looking for shed antlers this spring in Alstead, New Hampshire just happened to have a camera along when he came upon a startling sight over a rise on the trail and photographed what seems to be the first verifiable mountain lion in modern New Hampshire history to be caught on film. Wildlife experts are hoping that a necropsy on a mountain lion will help unravel the mystery of how the big cat ended up … Despite this fact, Massachusetts residents continue to report Mountain Lion sightings. Their range spreads from the Canadian Yukon to Patagonia in South America, the largest of … Mountain lions have been dispersing away from these population areas, and researchers recently mapped all confirmed mountain lion observations from 1990-2008 (LaRue et al. We have mentioned this before and were told that there is no such thing as mountain lions in Connecticut which we would disagree with. Community. It was pretty close to us and I believe it was stalking my dog we calmly made our way back to our truck and about 5 minutes after we were safely inside it came walking out it was huge and looked all dirty though so maybe it was sick. Bobcats: Whiskered face and are gray in the winter and tan in the summer, with black spots on their fur that are not always visible. One of the cubs had gotten killed on one of our roads up here. report. 2012). I know it may sound crazy but I am certain I seen a cougar dart acro... ss the road and into the trees in Avon, Ct. ", "I like in Norfolk, and up by us there was a mom and she had a couple cubs. I also saw one about 20 years ago when me and some friends were deer hunting in Litchfield area we were watching one chase a deer across a field from about 30 yards away. ‘Every animal deserves a happy ending’: Festival benefits... 4 Litchfield bridges could get repaired through federally funded program, Washington Depot program offers writing, movement, art, Torrington’s Christmas Village open; reservations required, Naugatuck River Greenway project closer to reality, Christmas Village opens Sunday at noon, reservations required, Torrington man, 24, charged in fatal hit-run, The Moviehouse in Millerton, a historic gem, is up for sale, Police: Man threatened woman with knife during parking dispute in Stamford, Police: Port Chester woman charged in Greenwich restaurant dispute, New Jersey Gov: ‘The Next Number of Weeks Are Going to Be Hell’, Police: Former state Sen. Ed Gomes seriously hurt in Bridgeport crash, ‘Stay home,’ Lamont warns as major snowstorm expected to hit CT, Police: CT man charged with murder of girlfriend, Buddy the beefalo continues to elude Plymouth police, Mountain Lion Sightings in Litchfield County. ", View Mountain Lion Sightings in Litchfield County in a larger map, Mountain Lions: Sightings across Litchfield County (with map and video). Community. ‘The greatest curse’: Speaker reveals little-know facts on slavery in Litchfield... UConn’s Gilbert makes expected decision to transfer, UConn women’s notebook: Makurat gets early Christmas present. Ideas for East Main corridor focus on safety, access, Torrington Library receives COVID-19 grant. You can just hike up to lions head and turn around or continue on the AT, which runs through this, to make you to Bear Mt. Both sightings were last year. ", "It was 5 years ago and I was hiking with my boyfriend and our dog. Because of their elusiveness, not a lot is actually known about mountain lions, but according to the recent numbers from the Game, Fish and Parks, there are probably 10 breeding male lions in the Black Hills with a range of 300 square miles; approximately 40 breeding females with a range of approximately 80 square miles. save. Daniel C. Esty, who was DEEP Commissioner at the time, had called a mountain lion being in Connecticut an “anomaly.” “The confirmation of a wild mountain lion in our state was the first recorded in more than 100 years,” Esty said. Running joke in the family when we see one is "But of course it wasn't a Mountain Lion, because there are no Mountain Lions in CT". When I saw one in Winchester I had called and alerted friends who lived in the area and also the farms so they could be aware and protect their animals. I've seen bobcats and foxes before but this was a Lg cat with a very long tail. The map from that publication is shown below, with the current mountain lion range in green and confirmed mountain lion locations as black dots. Other varieties of cougars, which are called mountain lions in some areas, can be found in Manitoba, Canada, North and South Dakota, Eastern Texas, Florida and possibly Oklahoma. Mountain lion spotted in San Mateo County park The animal seen in Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve was not aggressive, but it was the third large cat to … Also one was spotted on Cathole Road in Bantam. Community. In a Facebook poll, 84 people said they believe mountain lions are in the county, 37 say they've personally seen them, and three people say they do not exist. We lived off of Mountain Rd in Granby, Ct for 8 years and I can say that without a doubt I am 100% sure that there are mountain lions living there. “There’s no evidence of breeding pairs,” he said. Just that a lot of people don't have Facebook or a computer. This thread is archived. LENGTH. So if you see a mountain lion in your backyard and say ‘I’m going to put a camera out,’ you might have to wait for another year until it comes back. Maynard will discuss what a screenplay is and[...]. We have seen one in our backyard close to 6 foot from nose to tail. A mountain lion killed by a car on the Wilbur Cross Parkway early Saturday was likely a victim of the exotic pet trade and never stood a chance of surviving in … Lifelong CT resident here. Connecticut mountain lions. ", "I saw it [a mountain lion] in Bantam. Prior call... Part Time BUILDING MANAGER Waterbury, CT Manage distribution of newspapers to our carriers; route delivery; customer service Tuesday-Friday 1:30am.-6:00am. I've seen bobcats and foxes before but this was a Lg cat with a very long tail. 1 week of full access. Most sightings of mountain lions (aka cougars, pumas, catamounts) turn out to be bobcats, domestic cats or coyotes, according to the DEC. That is where I've seen it. Renews Monthly, 26 Weeks of access to all Premium Content and our E-Edition, 13 Weeks of access to all Premium Content and our E-Edition. 2012). - From Pamela Mason Meholik via Facebook. *Must have own vehicle w/valid driver’s license & auto insurance. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/connecticut/lions-head-peak-trail Access all Premium Content and the E-Edition for 1 day. My husband tried telling me it was a bobcat (which I've also seen) but this was a little bigger and had a long tail, not a stub.". 203-560-9680. Mountain lions have not have a native, self-sustaining population in the New York State since the late 1800s, according to DEC. Mountain Lions: 100 all the way up to 200 pounds. Wildlife experts are hoping that a necropsy on a mountain lion will help unravel the mystery of how the big … $12.00... A virtual program “What Is a Screenplay?” with Gary Maynard will take place online Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. from the Southington Public Library. Today, Mountain Lions are found in the mountainous regions of the West. Part Time Distribution Assistant Waterbury Manage distribution of newspapers to our customers; route/complaint delivery (as needed); customer service Up to 25 hours per week, Monday – Friday 5:30 AM –... CAPINERA PLUMBING & HEATING Gas pipe, boilers, HW heaters, & repairs #202962. Three out of the four people in our family have seen them ... At one point someone had told us that they had released a pair of them on Canaan Mountain to get rid of a deer population 15 or 20 years ago. Along with re-occurring bear visits. Below are some of the first-hand accounts of the cat submitted via Facebook and phone calls. There is also a small population in southern Florida. Confirmed sightings are either exotic pets released or individuals making their way east from their home range. Are you going to attend any holiday services this year? 1 year ago. Bobcats: 28-37 inches. Length varies from 5-9 feet (150-275 cm); this measurement includes the 26-32 inch (66-82 cm) tail. BOBCATS vs. MOUNTAIN LIONS. They've been here for years, I remember them when I was a teenager. If DEEP accepts that mountain lions might live in CT they will be required to mount all kinds of protection programs they can't afford. The successful candidate must be dependable and possess good interpersonal skills. But other than the one killed by a motor vehicle on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Milford on June 11, 2011 – the only confirmed presence of a mountain lion in Connecticut in recent times – none of the reports provide tangible evidence […], Full access to all digital content for 1 year, Monthly access to all Premium Content and the E-Edition. The map from that publication is shown below, with the current mountain lion range in green and confirmed mountain lion locations as black dots. Mountain lions don’t usually travel more than 100 miles from where they are born. I saw on three occasions in about the same location a beautiful mtn lion with the long bushytail that curves at the end. PART TIME CALL CENTER CUSTOMER SERVICE REP Heavy telephone contact assisting our subscribers, dispatching, and data entry. Little to cheer in latest virus report from state; travel list... U.S. vaccinations ramp up as second COVID-19 shot nears, Halfway house resident held after cops find pot in possession, Germany: EU agency will OK coronavirus vaccine by Dec. 23, Home health aide arrested, accused of stealing pain meds, Electoral College makes it official: Biden won. The map shows two things: how far dispersing mountain lions … Community. 5 free articles per week. But the abundance of sightings confirms that mountain lions have in fact made Connecticut their home. This is the mountain lion that was hit by a car in Milford after several sightings in the Greenwich area. All reviews parking area appalachian trail bear mountain lions hike miles. Does not automatically renew. Following the recent death of a mountain lion in Milford, and several reported sightings throughout Connecticut, the Register Citizen wanted to know if readers believe that mountain lions exist in Litchfield County. 100% Upvoted. Mountain Lions became scarce in the East after a bounty system wiped out most predatory animals. APPEARANCE. Mountain Lion sightings in CT. 70 likes. Mountain lions, like this one pictured on the US Forest Service website, are not known for consuming human flesh. At first they thought it was a cat, but then they found out it was a baby mountain lion. Mountain Lion sightings in CT. 66 likes. Mountain Lions weigh from 80-225 pounds (36-103 kg), averaging 140 (64 kg). For many decades, numerous individuals have reported seeing mountain lions in Connecticut. Deputies from … The possibility that other reported mountain lion sightings were in fact actual mountain lions does exist. 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