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Mountain lion or bobcat? Durham woman’s pic has many wondering[CT]
The Middletown Press ^ | 10 Mar 2014 | Cassandra Day

Posted on 03/12/2014 12:18:43 PM PDT by Theoria

A woman’s photograph of a big cat roaming the snowy woods near her mother’s home in a sleepy central Connecticut town has some convinced it’s a mountain lion — despite environmental officials’ assertion that cougars are extinct in the state.

Caitlin Handley posted the photograph on Durham-Middlefield Patch on March 6 under her mother Linda’s name, warning residents to keep their pets inside, and soon received a dozen comments from folks who surmised it was a bobcat.

“It was approximately 10 in the morning when I saw it,” Handley says. “I believe the animal was actually bigger than the picture shows. We have two fully grown Labrador retrievers and it was definitely bigger than they are. The dogs were barking like crazy when they first spotted it and I was shocked at first to see such a large strange animal in my backyard.

“I was also confused to exactly what it was. I immediately took a picture with my iPhone and ran to get my camera with a better zoom but by the time I made it back downstairs, the animal was running away.”

As it ran away, Handley says, she saw it was “very muscular” and although her iPhone photo doesn’t show it, the cat had a long tail.

She immediately went online to look at photographs of mountain lions to corroborate her gut feeling, Handley says.

“It definitely looked like the mountain lion pictures and not a bobcat or something similar.”

The day after Handley posted her photo on Patch, state Rep. Matthew Lesser, who used to represent Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall before redistricting, shared the post on his Facebook page asking wildlife experts what they thought.


(Excerpt) Read more at middletownpress.com ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: bobcat; connecticut; feline; mountainlion; wildlife
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1 posted on 03/12/2014 12:18:43 PM PDT by Theoria
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To: Theoria

Bobcat


2 posted on 03/12/2014 12:21:29 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Axenolith

X2.


3 posted on 03/12/2014 12:22:03 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: Theoria

We have them here, and willing to swear to it, your looking at a mountain lion, not a bobcat, deal with both, and that is a lion.


4 posted on 03/12/2014 12:22:25 PM PDT by easternsky
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To: Axenolith

Not if it was bigger than a full grown lab!

Now, I see the same facial tuffts as you, that would indicate bobcat....but again....size matters


5 posted on 03/12/2014 12:23:24 PM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: easternsky

Bobcat


6 posted on 03/12/2014 12:23:56 PM PDT by shankbear (The tree of Liberty appears to be perishing because there are few patriots willing to refresh it.)
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To: Theoria

I want one!


7 posted on 03/12/2014 12:25:52 PM PDT by angcat
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To: Theoria

Clearly and obviously, it’s a mountain lion.


8 posted on 03/12/2014 12:26:11 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Free Ukraine. Free Venezuela. Free Syria. Free Iran. Free the USA.)
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To: easternsky
It's a mountain lion or Cougar but not a bob cat which are smaller. I've seen a lot of bob cats when I was young and on a ranch.
9 posted on 03/12/2014 12:26:15 PM PDT by Vinylly
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To: elhombrelibre

Chupacabra!!


10 posted on 03/12/2014 12:26:43 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
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To: Theoria

Bobcat or lynx. Probably lynx.


11 posted on 03/12/2014 12:26:45 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: Theoria

Saber-toothed cat


12 posted on 03/12/2014 12:26:53 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: Theoria

It looks kinda strange with its head down. Bobcats usually go around with their heads up, on the watch for mountain lions.


13 posted on 03/12/2014 12:28:29 PM PDT by mountainlion
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To: Theoria

Big Lynx.


14 posted on 03/12/2014 12:28:46 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: mountainlion

Well, given your handle — you’d be an expert on the subject (I was going to go with Chupacabra - but someone already beat me to it)...


15 posted on 03/12/2014 12:32:49 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: G Larry

“Now, I see the same facial tuffts as you, that would indicate bobcat....but again....size matters”

I don’t think that’s a tuft. It seems to be a fork in the tree between the lens and the cougar.


16 posted on 03/12/2014 12:35:00 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Theoria
Wouldn't have been the first lion to be spotted in CT.

http://ctmountainlion.org/category/sightings/

They're supposed not to be in Georgia either, yet I saw one crossing a road south of Columbus 10 or 12 years ago. Florida panther I imagine.

17 posted on 03/12/2014 12:35:21 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort ("Don't say sh*t unless you know for sure it helps." - Raylan Givens)
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To: Theoria

Large bobcat.


18 posted on 03/12/2014 12:38:10 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Theoria

That looks like a bobcat to me. There have been a number of verified bobcat sightings in Massachusetts this winter. A mountain lion was killed in a traffic accident in CT in June 2011.

I saw a bobcat in Concord, MA about seven years ago. Scary looking creature. I don’t want anything to do with them.


19 posted on 03/12/2014 12:38:25 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: Theoria

That’s a cougar.


20 posted on 03/12/2014 12:42:58 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Theoria

Lynx:

48 – 56 cm at the shoulder

Bobcat:

30 to 60 cm at the shoulder

Cougar

120 to 150 cm at the shoulder

21 posted on 03/12/2014 12:50:59 PM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: Theoria

Dunno... can't tell from this distance.

22 posted on 03/12/2014 12:53:26 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Sparticus; MeshugeMikey

ROTFLMAO !


23 posted on 03/12/2014 12:54:41 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Sparticus

That cougar can maul me anytime!


24 posted on 03/12/2014 12:55:07 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Vinylly

If this is a mountain lion, where is its tail?


25 posted on 03/12/2014 1:04:18 PM PDT by biff (WAS)
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To: Sparticus

Well done !!

LOL !!!


26 posted on 03/12/2014 1:06:23 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: easternsky
That would be the biggest Bobcat I've ever seen in my life. The one thing that looks out of place is the short tail. I can't tell if it's short or if the picture makes it look that way. If the tail is long I say it's a Cougar.
27 posted on 03/12/2014 1:07:33 PM PDT by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: Theoria

We kept having sightings in our state of mountain lions but were told they were bobcats. Then a mountain lion got hit by a car.


28 posted on 03/12/2014 1:09:12 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Axenolith

Cougars, mountain lions have good tails ... these pics show no tail ... but that is an aweful big thing for a bobcat.


29 posted on 03/12/2014 1:17:17 PM PDT by dartuser
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To: peeps36

Size and shape of head,is lion, tail could between legs or to the side, they are just a larger animal, and their stance is different.


30 posted on 03/12/2014 1:20:47 PM PDT by easternsky
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To: Starstruck

Several years ago my Great Dane pulled a critter out of a tree and killed it. It was about three feet long, plus tail. I picked it up and estimate it weighed 40-50 pounds. The dogs took off with it before I could get a picture. I looked on the internet and decided it was some kind of marten. Problem, this is Alabama. The wild life guy I talked to assured me it was a mink, not a marten. I’ve seen mink and this was no mink.
There are more and more sightings of stuff that does live here. Bears, cougars, black panthers, martens and lord know what all.


31 posted on 03/12/2014 1:25:03 PM PDT by Himyar
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To: easternsky

No tail and it has facial tufts - bobcat.


32 posted on 03/12/2014 1:26:23 PM PDT by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: Himyar
The wild life guy I talked to assured me it was a mink, not a marten. I’ve seen mink and this was no mink.

Wildlife deniers are everywhere.

33 posted on 03/12/2014 1:30:26 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Theoria

Clearly a bobcat as there is no tail and the shape of the nape of the neck makes it a Bobcat. Do I win?


34 posted on 03/12/2014 1:34:12 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: LachlanMinnesota

‘Handley says, she saw it was “very muscular” and although her iPhone photo doesn’t show it, the cat had a long tail.’


35 posted on 03/12/2014 1:36:39 PM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: biff

I was wondering that after I posted.


36 posted on 03/12/2014 1:37:55 PM PDT by Vinylly
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To: Theoria

Wompus Cat if I ever saw one.


37 posted on 03/12/2014 1:43:10 PM PDT by fightin kentuckian
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To: Theoria

From those photos, looks like a Bobcat.


38 posted on 03/12/2014 1:46:03 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Theoria

Online sources say a bobcat averages 19 - 23lbs and that the largest ever recorded was 49 pounds. Bobcats average 24 inches in length.

I don’t believe that is a bobcat in the picture. The size and the silhouette are not bobcat. In this video - pics of bobcats followed by pics of cougar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1AL3RDT0zE
At the 1:19 mark is a cougar with the silhouette of the animal in the picture. The bobcats are boxy and furry enough to look cute and obscure musculature. But the cougar has more contours. I think the animal may be carrying something - read about a guy who created an optical device to detect whether or not his cat, returning through the cat door at night, had mice or other dead animals in his mouth. He created a sensor that would not open the cat door unless the cat’s head profile fit within a certain range (no dead animals). He stopped finding dead animals in his house but would find them deposited just outside the cat door.
So I think the animal is a cougar which may or may not be carrying something.


39 posted on 03/12/2014 2:06:14 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: Sparticus

You have been waiting for this thread for a while, huh? :)


40 posted on 03/12/2014 2:15:32 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Theoria

Poor kitty.


41 posted on 03/12/2014 2:28:30 PM PDT by steerpike100
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To: Delta Dawn

Freepers shouldn’t spend so much time trying to distinguish one pussy from another. They all work for the government, anyway.


42 posted on 03/12/2014 2:29:55 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: Theoria
Here's a picture of a VERY large bobcat from a game camera in South Georgia. They can get quite large and look like a cougar in many ways...


43 posted on 03/12/2014 2:49:13 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!

This is a Mountain Bob.
A couple of cats made out at night and did not realize who the other was...


44 posted on 03/12/2014 3:26:20 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: peeps36

It could be a Canada lynx.


45 posted on 03/12/2014 4:27:19 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Theoria
The DEEP has told us serfs multiple times....*we DO NOT HAVE LIONS IN CONNECTICUT*

My friend called the DEEP to report a big cat in her yard on Avon mountain....they said couldn't be.

The thing had a radio collar on....and had to be in *someone's* database.

The CT DEEP has repeatedly lied. For years and years they denied the existence of Fisher Cats in the state. Turns out they *introduced* them in CT in a trade with Maine for our wild turkeys.

46 posted on 03/12/2014 4:38:06 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Theoria

I don’t know, but quick....send Melissa Bachmann there pronto so she can blast the creature away with her high powered hunting rifle then proudly pose with it!!! it’s a living creature...a cat....you can’t have any of them around..


47 posted on 03/12/2014 4:40:16 PM PDT by pallmallman (Q)
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To: Theoria

Hey Caitlin, let us know when that *non-existent* cat takes the face off of skier , up the road, at Powder Ridge.


48 posted on 03/12/2014 4:40:34 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: minnesota_bound
These night time rave parties are ridiculous .....can't they use protection like the rest of us?


49 posted on 03/12/2014 4:44:13 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: elhombrelibre

Really? I’ve not seen many of those without a tail. I have seen bobcats between 2.5 and 3.5 feet in length and based on the trees around there that’s it’s approximate dimension.


50 posted on 03/12/2014 4:45:12 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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