Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mountain Lion Sightings in the News

Mountain lion sightings reported in eastern CT

Posted: Jan 23, 2015 

WFSB 3 Connecticut

Mountain lions are the talk of the town in eastern Connecticut since residents in one town have reported several sightings of a big cat.

North Stonington residents have been reporting a big cat, 5' long, weighing 100 pounds, with a long tail.

Community leaders believe there have been at least 15 credible sightings of the big cats in North Stonington alone.

Conservation Commission Chairman Bill Ricker has been tracking the sightings."They're not after people's dogs and cats, they're not after children. If you're hiking through the woods in our state they'll go in the opposite direction and I dare you say you'll never see them if they see you," Ricker said.

The Connecticut DEEP isn't so sure the big cats are actually here. Spokesman Dennis Schain said the DEEP has not seen what they consider credible photographs, footprints or scat to confirm the cats' presence.

According to naturalist Steven Sarnoski, anything is possible. "There could be one in the state, maybe it's another traveler or maybe it's more commonly the bobcat, which is our most found and distributed wildcat in Connecticut," Sarnoski said.

If you see a large cat, take a picture of it. State and local experts said they need to see evidence of a paw print or fur to prove that mountain lions are in the state.



Mountain lions caught on video in Boulder Creek

Cameras catch animals walking down street

Published Jan 23, 2015
Mountain lions caught on video in Boulder Creek
BOULDER CREEK, Calif. —Word was spreading Friday night of a mountain lion sighting in Boulder Creek.
Boulder Creek resident Rob Fulton captured video of the mountain lions outside his home Wednesday night. Fulton has lived in his home on Lilac Avenue and Brookdale Street for 14 years. He set up the cameras a few months ago and captured two mountain lions walking down the street on consecutive nights.

The first video, recorded Wednesday morning at 12:50 a.m., shows one of the big cats walking in front of Fulton's car. Later that night, at 9:22 p.m., the second cat made its appearance. "It's kind of unnerving, but it's nice to watch such graceful cats walking,” Fulton said. “I think they've been here a long time and nobody's really seen them. Nobody's had any issues with them. We hear them off in the distance sometimes. You kind of hope they stay where they are and don't bother you.”

Fulton said he checked with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which said the second cat, the one wearing a collar, is part of the University of California, Santa Cruz’s Puma Project, where mountain lions are tracked and observed to gather information about their physiology, behavior and ecology.


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