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Since my column last month on the possible existence in the state of mountain lions, nicknamed "ghost cat," I've received more than 50 e-mails and voice mails basically telling me there are no such things as ...

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Cathy Ellis

West Hartford, CT

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May 20, 2007
 
Hi,
I just came back from a bicycle ride going from West Hartford into Farmington/Avon over Old Talcott Notch Rd. An enornmous animal crossed the road right in front my bike just as I began the decent into Avon. This was absolutely a mountain lion. I have seen my share of creatures from my bike over the years-everything from foxes to coyotes, deer, moose, turkeys, large dogs etc. This was clearly none of those animals. The coloration, large body, enormous padded feet, and face all confirm it to be a mountain lion. Sorry no pics- I was just quite glad to be headed downhill and away. An awesome and beautiful creature- I am excited to know that they exist, but would rather not be that close to it again anytime too soon!
Anne Cox

Granby, CT

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Aug 15, 2007
 

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I just got back from the store. At 6:oo pm, still light, I braked as a large tan "bobcat" loped across the road. But waight, it had a long tail, with a black tip, that wasn't a hugh bob cat. I had no idea what it could be. When I discribed it to my husband he suggested a mountain lion. I didn't think we had them in Ct., but when I pulled up a photo, it is exactly what I saw, right here on Loomis St. in North Granby! Bears, Bob Cats, Fisher Cats, Cyotoes and now a Mountain Lion, happy for the wild life, a bit nervous for my kids and dogs. Hikes will require more caution and awareness!
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Aug 23, 2007
 
Last night around dusk I spotted a mountain lion crossing Route 44 in Norfolk. I personally know of people that have spotted them in the area. Note it was not a Bobcat. It was light brown like a young deer, a long tail and it was the size of a very large dog.
Cathy Ellis wrote:
Hi,
I just came back from a bicycle ride going from West Hartford into Farmington/Avon over Old Talcott Notch Rd. An enornmous animal crossed the road right in front my bike just as I began the decent into Avon. This was absolutely a mountain lion. I have seen my share of creatures from my bike over the years-everything from foxes to coyotes, deer, moose, turkeys, large dogs etc. This was clearly none of those animals. The coloration, large body, enormous padded feet, and face all confirm it to be a mountain lion. Sorry no pics- I was just quite glad to be headed downhill and away. An awesome and beautiful creature- I am excited to know that they exist, but would rather not be that close to it again anytime too soon!
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Aug 24, 2007
 
Dont forget moose, I almost hit one late one night lin Norfolk about five years ago.
Anne Cox wrote:
I just got back from the store. At 6:oo pm, still light, I braked as a large tan "bobcat" loped across the road. But waight, it had a long tail, with a black tip, that wasn't a hugh bob cat. I had no idea what it could be. When I discribed it to my husband he suggested a mountain lion. I didn't think we had them in Ct., but when I pulled up a photo, it is exactly what I saw, right here on Loomis St. in North Granby! Bears, Bob Cats, Fisher Cats, Cyotoes and now a Mountain Lion, happy for the wild life, a bit nervous for my kids and dogs. Hikes will require more caution and awareness!
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Aug 29, 2007
 
Last week while on vacation my neighbor tells me there was a mountain lion in the yard directly across the street from us. All that lies between us and the Talcott mountain is rt 10 and a field. When she called animal control and described the animal the operator wasn't at all surprised and told her she had seen a mountain lion/cougar. She later confirmed this looking at a photo online. He said there that been several reports that day already. Within a day or two of that sighting a man was driving on rt 10 further North in Simsbury and had to stop his car for 3 deer running across the road followed by a mountain lion. Sorry these are second hand sightings, bue sightings non the less. This is a bit too close for comfort with 2 small kids. We are in Simsbury, CT.
FrankNWCT

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Sep 11, 2007
 
A few years ago, they wouldnít even confirm it but so many people have seen them now. Iím surprised that there hasnít been uproar from the paranoid city folk.
I have friends in VT and every year there are stories of wolves moving further and further south. I've heard the sound of a pack of coyotes taking down a deer in my own back yard in Norfolk, and I know what the aftermath looks like. Being an avid hiker the thought of having wolves in the region does not make me feel comfortable. Granted they are timid with humans, but so where the bears a few years ago.
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Sep 29, 2007
 
Saw a LARGE cat (size of medium dog) cross the road in front of me while driving early evening on West Chippens Hill Road in Burlington, 09/08/07. Assumed it was a bobcat, but when I investigated furthe, the dark color and long tail with black tip did't seem to match bobcat descriptions. Was it a mountain lion?
Jennifer - Broad Brook CT

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Oct 2, 2007
 
I am 99% sure I saw a Mountain Lion last night in East Windsor, Chamberlain Rd. I had 3 dogs in my truck that started barking as we passed an empty corn field- I looked over and standing about 40ft. away was a very large brown CAT, small round head and little ears. It stood up and started walking, and I noticed it had an extremely long tail. It was certainly the same size if not bigger than my 120 lb German Shepherd. It was walking very "prowl" like, never ran. Since I had one of the dogs in the back of the truck, I kept going. I was sure he was going to jump out and go after it. No pictures, but I know what I saw was a large cat. We've had deer, coyotes, fisher cat, and everything in between where we live, I have never seen anything like this animal and probably never will again! I believe they are out there!!
Cathy Ellis wrote:
Hi,
I just came back from a bicycle ride going from West Hartford into Farmington/Avon over Old Talcott Notch Rd. An enornmous animal crossed the road right in front my bike just as I began the decent into Avon. This was absolutely a mountain lion. I have seen my share of creatures from my bike over the years-everything from foxes to coyotes, deer, moose, turkeys, large dogs etc. This was clearly none of those animals. The coloration, large body, enormous padded feet, and face all confirm it to be a mountain lion. Sorry no pics- I was just quite glad to be headed downhill and away. An awesome and beautiful creature- I am excited to know that they exist, but would rather not be that close to it again anytime too soon!
Scared

Wallingford, CT

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Oct 6, 2007
 

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STAY AWAY FROM FISHER CATS! THEY KILLED MY DAG LAST NIGHT! THEY WILL KILL YOU TOO!

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Oct 12, 2007
 
Thatís right by golly! Don't worry a Fisher Cat wont kill you. Believe me if your walking in the woods it'll be gone before you see it, the same can be said for the Mountain Lions. What you should be scared of is Moose. The cats are after small game, mostly rodents. A Moose weighs 1200 lbs, I almost hit one in Norfolk late one night it was much bigger than my truck. I have also heard stories of people getting seriously injured and killed by them especially while their rutting. On another note, a friend of mine spotted a Bassalope last week in Colebrook.
H - Simsbury

Windsor, CT

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Nov 26, 2007
 
Yes...I'm also 99% sure I saw a Mountain Lion. It was on Blue Hills Ave in Bloomfield just past the Coppaco Shopping Center. There is an older neighborhood in the area with woods. I saw an animal running across in front of my car and slowed down to avoid hitting it. It froze for a moment and looked into my headlights... about 12-15 feet from the front of the car. It was a huge brown cat (4-5'head/body w/ a 3' tail)and had all the features of a Lion except the mane... large white chin, triangle nose, rounded ears(not bobcat ears), cat eyes, big paws, muscles, and the long tail. Beautiful animal... but very big...glad I was in a car.
Jennifer - Broad Brook CT wrote:
I am 99% sure I saw a Mountain Lion last night in East Windsor, Chamberlain Rd. I had 3 dogs in my truck that started barking as we passed an empty corn field- I looked over and standing about 40ft. away was a very large brown CAT, small round head and little ears. It stood up and started walking, and I noticed it had an extremely long tail. It was certainly the same size if not bigger than my 120 lb German Shepherd. It was walking very "prowl" like, never ran. Since I had one of the dogs in the back of the truck, I kept going. I was sure he was going to jump out and go after it. No pictures, but I know what I saw was a large cat. We've had deer, coyotes, fisher cat, and everything in between where we live, I have never seen anything like this animal and probably never will again! I believe they are out there!!
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Matt - Suffield

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Dec 7, 2007
 
A little over a year ago I was in bloomfield off of cottage grove road along the trian tracks and 100% i saw a mountain lion cross right in front of my car. It was daylight probably 4 pm. I was in such shock i didnt even think of grabing my carmera phone! I called the DEP and they told me they dont exist in CT. I was very pissed because I knew what i saw was a mountain lion. After reading all of your posts now I know i am not crazy. I have also talked to people in suffield and they say there is a family of mountain lion residing at the country club in town and I heard they feed them too. kinda weird.
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Jan 2, 2008
 
About 5:30pm on Dec 31st I was driving down rt. 17 (Middletown ave) in Northford. On the side of the road I thought I saw a dog about ready to jump in front of my car so I stoped as did the on coming car on the other side. I freaked out it was no dog. It was a large cat bigger then my 100lb choc lab. it was fast and amazing, the speed was unbelievable. the musles in its legs the way it glided over the side of the road.I still can't believe what I saw. I looked it up right away there is no dought in my mind that it was a mountain lion.3226
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Mar 8, 2008
 
03/07/2008 The mountain lion exists....I've seen him several times recently.He's big...bigger than a german shepard by I'd say 50 pct. Dark brown long tail...and thinks nothing of walking by the door of the house...across the lawn and down towards Nod Rd. His tracks are large and unmistakeable after a fresh snow.
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May 29, 2008
 
Mountain Lion sighting in Bloomfield racing across the road from Duncaster to opposite side of the street on Memorial Day between 3 and 4 pm. Very long tail, about the size of a dog, but smaller than a full grown golden retreiver. Definitely not a bobcat.
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May 29, 2008
 
I'm not from Pittsburgh, Pa, but from Simsbury, CT
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Jun 5, 2008
 
Makes sense. They have been here for a while. We saw a Mt. Lion on Town forest road in Simsbury in 1984.
Larry

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Jul 7, 2008
 
Anne Cox wrote:
I just got back from the store. At 6:oo pm, still light, I braked as a large tan "bobcat" loped across the road. But waight, it had a long tail, with a black tip, that wasn't a hugh bob cat. I had no idea what it could be. When I discribed it to my husband he suggested a mountain lion. I didn't think we had them in Ct., but when I pulled up a photo, it is exactly what I saw, right here on Loomis St. in North Granby! Bears, Bob Cats, Fisher Cats, Cyotoes and now a Mountain Lion, happy for the wild life, a bit nervous for my kids and dogs. Hikes will require more caution and awareness!
I saw an animal 2 or 3 years ago that looked like a mountain lion, crossing the bottom of Silver Street in North Granby.
Larry

Granby, CT

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Aug 11, 2008
 
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I saw an animal 2 or 3 years ago that looked like a mountain lion, crossing the bottom of Silver Street in North Granby.
8/11/08
Well, just had a bobcat walk across my front yard at 9:10 am, today, in North Granby, CT. Tried to get a picture but my awful digital camera never takes a photo when you want it to.(Not unless it's staged and you have 20 minutes to wait for the thing to get its act together to finally fire the shot....)
The bobcat was the size of a border collie.
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Granby, CT

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Aug 18, 2008
 
Last week, I was near Holcomb Farm and saw a large creature roaming the fields. It had black and white markings all over its body and a strange apparatus hanging from the underside of its body. I can identify most animals (bob cats, mountain lions) but this one really stumpted me.
Have any of you seen this creature?

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