Locals report big cat sighting

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The lanky cat slowly made its way across the Pittsfield woman's backyard, hanging low to the ground as if it were stalking prey.
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Aug 15, 2008
 
i saw one in early summer six or seven feet long black as night . in lanesboro.
lost freedoms

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Aug 15, 2008
 
In central massachusetts, 1997, four covered scat were found, too large to be from a bobcat (11"). The scats DNA was analyzed by the Wildlife Conservation Society of New York who concluded it was mountain lion.

I too have seen big cats in Lenox, Pittsfield and Washington. The first time in the 1980s.
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South Hadley, MA

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Aug 15, 2008
 
"Escaped from captivity?" I am not aware of any people who keep mountain lions as a pet. I am not sure why the DFW will not validate any of these sightings- are they trying to prevent a mass hysteria? My cousin, a police officer and lifelong hunter familiar with bobcats and other wildlife, has claimed to see a mountain lion, and I believe him. I wish I could be so lucky.
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Aug 15, 2008
 
Leave it to a game warden to downplay or even dismiss any or all reported big cat sightings. After all...that's what they're paid to do. I'm surprised in the article that he didn't use the 'Ghost Cat' analogy. Massachusetts wardens love that term and when you ask them why they call them ghost cats, they laugh heartily and say "because they don't really exist". Back in 2003, I was driving south on Rt. 7 out of Five Corners, Williamstown when I saw a mountain lion coming down from the Waubeeka Golf course, running 'flat out' to cross the highway. I was not the only one there to witness this event. By the time that cat had reached the road, it was only two hundred feet in front of my car, but there were no cars ahead of me so I was able to get a totally unobstructed view to this creature. It doesn't take a NASA scientist to figure out what type of animal this was. The body-length tail, the tan coat and black face. Oh yes...this was something special! I suspect there will be more sightings as time goes on. So..in the meantime, I remain hopeful and the wildlife reps will continue to do what they do best, put 'spin' on any or all reports.
seen them

Glens Falls, NY

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Aug 15, 2008
 
why are people so unwilling to believe we have cougars? I live on the back side of beartown, and have seen 2 differnt ones, my brother has seen one crossing on rt 7, and we had a friend in Housatonic that has a picture of one eating in her yard..these are not released pets nor are they bob cats..
amandavives

Queensbury, NY

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Aug 15, 2008
 
It was a dingo.
rickf

Springfield, MA

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Aug 15, 2008
 
A Bobcat is about as big as an oversize house cat. A Mountain Lion is substantially bigger then most dogs. Can you tell the difference between a cat and a big dog? So can I. My son, his fiancee, my wife and I have seen Mountain Lions before. These sightings took place in Otis, Ma. My father saw a female with two young in Becket when Sherwood Forest was first being built. We are all aware of the differences between a Bobcat and a Mountain Lion. 20 plus lbs. and a short tail. 100 plus lbs. and a really long tail. Oh yeah, that is an easy mix-up.
The Hunter

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Aug 15, 2008
 
Shoot it, gut it, and eat it!
Prove me wrong

Albany, NY

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#10
Aug 15, 2008
 
The stae wildlife people dispute there being grey wolves in the Berkshires too.
Dave

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#11
Aug 15, 2008
 
I saw one when I was in highschool in the 80s in Cummington. We were painting at a house and the other guy with me said "did we really just see that?" It was about 2 1/2 feet high, tan with a big long tail. I have also heard of Hunters finding a dead deer in Windsor 20 feet up in a tree. What do you think put the deer in the tree??? Bigfoot??
Melissa West Sandberg

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Aug 15, 2008
 
I saw a mountain lion in Great Barrington around the East Mountain area TWICE about 2000 or so. I know it was what it was because of the big long tail. So many people have seen them, it silly they don't believe it, though I do realize they need that scientific evidence.
matt

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Aug 15, 2008
 
I can't stand the way these state officials think that everybody is mistaking these mountain lions as something else. They make it seem like we are stupid. I have a BS in Environmental from the University of Mass, and I' am an avid hunter. I know my animals and also have seen a mountain lion in the berkshires years ago along with other hunters. Maybe if these officials got off there asses and out of the office and out into the woods like us they would see them .
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Clifton Park, NY

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#14
Aug 15, 2008
 
One was spotted at Fiarview Hospital also. Also had a bear one day right at the ER doors. People keep feeding wildlife, it will come out.
It Does Happen

Cheshire, MA

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#15
Aug 15, 2008
 
I had one run through my yard about 3 years ago in Lee. It was amazing. It amazes me that all these people have seen a mountain lion and the division of wildlife says there not here. Open your eyes guys. Most people can tell the difference between a bobcat and a mountain lion.
Beth Carroll

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Aug 15, 2008
 
I too have seen a mountain lion run through my work parking lot in Lenox, at the base of Kennedy Park. I know of others who have spotted these large cats. I'm so disappointed to read that scientists discount our sightings. The last "supposed" sightings were in 2003 and 2004, and not in berkshire county. This is ridiculous. Why are they so afraid to admit that maybe we aren't all stupid, and maybe just maybe, we know what we've seen! It's not a big deal to admit the truth, mountain lions DO exist in the Berkshires.
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Aug 15, 2008
 
I can't say that I ever saw mountain lion when I lived up there in the Berkshires, but I can say that I have seen bobcats. When I moved to Florida almost 3 yrs ago I was told that there were several kinds of wild cats here. Well sure enough, just after a year of being here, we had a bobcat come through the back yard. It was pretty good size. I have seen a Florida panther and a black panther. Not long ago..we had another cat in the back yard...it didn't look like a bobcat because it was grey and had a very long tail. I managed to get a few pictures of it and then asked family members...it was a bobcat, but what they call a grey fox bobcat. Their markings, color and tail size are totally different from your origional bobcat. So when you think your seeing a certain kind of cat, double check it may be someother kind.
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Aug 15, 2008
 
matt wrote:
I can't stand the way these state officials think that everybody is mistaking these mountain lions as something else. They make it seem like we are stupid. I have a BS in Environmental from the University of Mass, and I' am an avid hunter. I know my animals and also have seen a mountain lion in the berkshires years ago along with other hunters. Maybe if these officials got off there asses and out of the office and out into the woods like us they would see them .
I agree. I am also an ES major, and I could understand one or two reports being dismissed as false sightings, but come on. How many people have to report the same thing before we "confirm" the sightings? Kind of like our government, until it is proven, then it must not exist, and if we just ignore it, maybe it will go away.
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Aug 15, 2008
 
The very large cat My wife and I saw last summer crossing a backroad in New Marlborough fit the description of a mountain lion perfectly. I was on a scooter and stopped dead in my tracks when this cat lumbered across the road and then walked parallel to the road in an adjoining meadow. Massive paws, greyish tan coat, long tail. Although thin, it was far heavier and larger than my two Golden Retrievers.
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Aug 15, 2008
 
Theyb are wrong just like this idiots say there is no wolfs roaming around. They are here they just dont want to tell people.
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#21
Aug 15, 2008
 
black cats are not mountain lions and are definitely released pets. the only black cats are jaguars and leopards, and only jaguars are native to the western hemisphere, but only south and central america. it could not have wandered that far to berkshire county. people do own exotic pets and do end up releasing them, crazy as it sounds. what better place to release them but in the woods? i'm not discrediting sightings, as I've always believed what i've heard. some cats are definitely released, and others are wild.
also in 2004 there was one spotted on catamount ski slope by several people, ironic yes. and i know someone who lives up on a mountain in south county who had one hanging around her neighbohood for a few weeks. freaked the dogs out.

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