Skip to comments.Mysterious mountain lion killed in Connecticut
Posted on 06/12/2011 1:12:01 PM PDT by Islander7
BOSTON (Reuters) A mountain lion was killed just 70 miles from New York City early on Saturday morning, and officials were trying to determine if it was the same big cat spotted a week ago roaming the posh suburb of Greenwich, Connecticut.
The 140-pound mountain lion was hit by a small SUV on a highway in Milford, Connecticut, early Saturday morning, and died from its injuries. The driver was unhurt, officials said.
With no native mountain lion population in the state, "it's possible and even likely" it is the same enormous cat with a long tail spotted last weekend in the New York City suburb some 30 miles away, said Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Dennis Schain.
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The comments are priceless. People are reporting seeing cougars, bears, and coyotes all along eastern seaboard states despite 'officials' flatly denying they exist.
"mmmmm, an illiongal felinial"
Here in Pennsylvania, there have been numerous sightings of what is believed to be mountain lions.
“Officials” have proclaimed all those sightings to be mistakes.
Maybe he didn't get the memo or as the last survivor, committed suicide by SUV.
Officials have proclaimed all those sightings to be mistakes.
Same thing in coastal Mississippi and Alabama. Big cats have been seen and heard there for decades, but 'officials' simply dismiss the sightings.
Sad kitty ping
We have a goodly number of FL panthers (or cougars, or puma or mountain lions, whatver you wish to call them) here in the Sunshine State. They are on the endangered list but their numbers are steadily on the rise.
When I worked for American Cyanamid years ago there were lots of Maine guys working there, many of them hunters. A couple of them swore they had seen big cats in New England and that only Fish and Game officials believed they were extinct.
The comments are priceless. People are reporting seeing cougars, bears, and coyotes all along eastern seaboard states despite ‘officials’ flatly denying they exist.
If you have predators in your neighborhood, you have to solve it the old school way: put baby chicks in a trap and rotate with the neighbors to stay up late until the score evens.
OR, you could get your sheriff to deputize wildlife hippies who would gladly suck the overtime to get high and do nothing about it, either.
Why does this remind me of The Smothers Brothers?
And look at this whopper!
Wilson said mountain lions like to hunt in the shadows and it would be a very remote chance to encounter the cat.
Friend of mine in Alabama bow-hunted every year in the Alabama River bottoms in Monroe County.
One day, around dusk, he put an arrow into a deer. He tried to track it in the dark, then called a couple of friends in to help him find it.
An hour-or-so later, they found it. It appeared to be buried in leaves, with just the legs sticking out.
As they approached the carcass, they heard a low growl -- and somebody's flashlight caught the eyes.
They made an instant and unanimous decision to retreat to camp...and leave the prey to the superior predator.
Nobody slept well that night, I'm told.
..over the last few years I’ve seen more and more red fox in northern NJ. There was a den with two pups within a half mile of me.
Those are just big (140lbs.) feral cats. I know because my cat is out running around half the time and she’s about 70 lbs. Do the math.
undocumenteed working cougar?
Or he escaped from a exotic wildlife farm.
My father used to tell the story about hunting in the Adirondacks in the early 1950s. He was bringing out a deer when this unknown animal started tracking him in a manner that spooked him, so he shot it. He said that he brought the animal back to Saranac Lake and nobody knew what it was.
Years later, when he was visiting me in Alaska, we were at the Mat-Su Vistor’s Center and he suddenly pointed to a pelt on the wall and said, “That’s the animal I shot.” It was a wolverine.
Wildlife experts say that the animals haven’t been seen there since the 1850s. Except my father claimed that he shot a wolverine 100 years later.
My guess is that there are a fair number of mountain lions back East, simply due to the huge numbers of white-tailed deer and the lions themselves are quiet and discreet. I’ve spent weeks on end in wilderness in the Pacific Northwest, and saw one mountain lion the entire time, and that’s in an area where they’re common. As far as coyotes go, my wife and I saw one on Cape Cod in 2001.
My other guess is that no wildlife official wants to declare a population of lions in their state, since it possibly might create a nightmare of endangered species regulations. Best not to attrack the attention of those people.
There have been numerous Jaguar sightings in southern New Mexico.
Big suckers too.