Mountain lions in upstate NY

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lions and tigers

Manlius, NY

#1 Jan 15, 2012
November I saw a large dead red cat on left shoulder of Southbound I-81 just after the Whitney pt exit. The face was rounded-a cross between a raccoon kind of face and a domestic cat.-sweet/round face very long rope like (thickish) tail w.straight fur-curved around towards the front- height of a St. Barnard but thin build like a Dane. The legs were long. The color was solid orange red. I was traveling at 65mph and by the time I had processed what I saw it was too late to easily pull over. I was very surprised. I posted a description of what I had seen on Topix in the hope someone else had seen it and could let me know what it was. All I got was a few snide comments. Then I found this:
"05-05-2011, 06:48 PM #1
crokit Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 158
Mountain lion sighting
First, let me state that I have all my faculties, excellent eye sight, and am not given to exaggerations.
Today, while traveling south on Interstate 81, between Syracuse and Binghamton, I saw a Mountain Lion / Cougar/Panther, pick your noun.!! 100% positive, absolutely no doubt. There is ZERO chance that it was anything else. The only other thing it could have possibly been { other than a live mountain lion/cougar/panther } is a full body mount of a mountain lion/cougar/panther and someone pulling a prank. It was less than 100yds off the West side of the road, sitting on top of a section of rock/cliff that the highway had been cut through. It was sitting on it's haunches, leaning forward, ears forward, looking down onto/across the highway. It was about 30-40 feet above the highway. Just before the " Castle creek 1 mile " highway sign.
When I screamed " holy F%^K, a mountain lion, scaring the S#$T out my buddy who was driving almost lost control at 75 mph.
An absolutely beautiful animal, well muscled, excellent specimen. Up until now, when ever I've seen reports of sightings, I've taken them with a grain of salt. No more!
Anyone know of any other recent reported sightings in that area?
Wldnerness: Can you put me in touch with any of the state Dec/Rangers/etc from that area?"
And my post on Topix was as follows:
East Syracuse, NY
huge red fox, moutain lion or lynx on I-81 (S) near Castle Creek
Nov 9, 2011
Did any see a dead huge cat like animal on the southbound side of I-81 about a mile closer to Syracuse then the exit for Castle Creek. It was on the left lying an its side, obviously dead and huge. If you did see it, or heard someone else talking about it, what was it? It looked like it had a body like a mountain lion, a long tail with long fur-not bushy and a face that was rounder like a lynx.Its color was pretty uniformly red-not mixed or strips or anything like that. I was moving too fast and, once I had processed what I saw, I had gone too far to see it. Apparently someone picked it up, probably for its fur, because it was gone soon thereafter. I saw it at around 10:40am Tuesday morning. If you did not see it but are familiar with the wild life around there, any ideas? Any information would be appreciated.
Hunters and Wild life experts,(to those needing to be sarcastic, save it), what do you think? These two sightings are at identical places. I do not believe that they are both mirages. Also, if the one I saw was young--it would not have been as visible to a driver on I-81 6 months earlier. The one I saw was not so big that it would have been very visible to drivers if it were on the top of a hill. That means that the one I saw could have been the adolescent offspring of the one seen by the earlier poster. If so, maybe there is a den nearby. I know exactly where I saw the dead animal so a wildlife person or ranger could easily investigate. If the other poster saw the parent in May and I saw a dead adolescent one in November I bet that there is one that has set up a residence in the area.

Saugerties, NY

#2 Jan 16, 2012
And this is on the Saugerties forum why???
lions and tigers

Manlius, NY

#3 Jan 17, 2012
This was not originally posted on the Saugerties forum. I think posts in some are distributed more widely.

Manlius, NY

#4 Jan 29, 2012
Is there really a place called Claverack??? Who knew.

Lancaster, PA

#5 Aug 26, 2012
Saw a dead cat like animal on northbound shoulder of I81 about 10 miles south of Syracuse. Looked too large to be cougar. Someone is punking drivers zooming past.
My 2 Cents

Baldwinsville, NY

#6 Sep 13, 2012
Haz wrote:
Saw a dead cat like animal on northbound shoulder of I81 about 10 miles south of Syracuse. Looked too large to be cougar. Someone is punking drivers zooming past.
Well, I live North of Utica, and last fall, October/November, I saw a large cat like that with a long tail and it was alive! Was standing at the end of my rural road, about 1/4 mile from my house, at a T intersection. As I approached, it turned it's head towards me and walked aboum;l, mopompkopokjl0-pko,-/0;.-plo- bnnbnbn jmmnmnjjhunthnthktytymkuijhnuy t 10 yards into a field and stopped. It watched me as I turned the corner and sped off. I screamed around the next road back to my house and grabbed my camera. When I slowly returned it was gone. I reported it to the DEC and got the runaround, that I didn't see what I saw. Over the next few months there were 2 other sightings, and a rumor that one had been struck and killed on Route 12, a few miles away. That rumor also had the DEC removing the carcass and denying it happened later. One theory, supposedly from a DEC officer to somebody on the QT is that the DEC is required by law to investigate verified sightings and conduct a study, which would cost mucho dollars, which they don't have, Easier/cheaper to deny knowledge than to come up with the funds.

Philadelphia, NY

#7 Nov 26, 2012
There are big cats in NY, of this I have no doubt. Our grandson's friend saw one on our property about 10 miles East of Syracuse, while checking their traps about two years ago. It was actually caught in one of the traps but it escaped (and demolished the trap)while the boy ran to get his Cell phone and called the DEC-who gave him the "no way" run around. They refused to test the blood left on the trap. What would they have done if the cat was still in the trap? I presume that you heard the story about a year or so ago of the cougar that was killed on a Connecticut roadway that proved (through DNA testing} to have come from South Dakota? Unless it traveled through Canada, it would have had to come through NY to get to Ct, wouldn't it? It was after the incident at our place, and I often wonder if it was the same cat that continued on the Ct.

Hudson, NY

#8 Nov 27, 2012
Traps are a lazy so called mans way to hunt also are a form of torture . Use a gun like a man.

Since: Dec 12

Ravena, NY

#9 Dec 21, 2012
about mountain lion

Syracuse, NY

#10 Apr 2, 2014
I'd like to talk to the person called My Two Cents fro Baldwinsville about their mountain lion sighting. Don't know how to get in touch.

Saline, MI

#11 Dec 27, 2014
I have pics of track in brewster ny sept 12

Madison Heights, MI

#12 Jan 17, 2015
Wolf tracks in brewster NY zzz

New York, NY

#13 Friday Apr 17
I saw a mountain Lionsin the catskills in 1945

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