Town officials said on Monday that they received a credible report of a mountain lion sighting in New Canaan earlier this month. And not far from Darien.
The Jan. 16 sighting on the eastern end of Nursery Road (just north of the Merritt Parkway and about a mile from the northeast corner of Darien) came in from a man who described a tail three feet long — a physical characteristic that distinguishes the cougar from smaller felines, such as bobcats — and saw the animal directly in front of his car.
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The man said the big cat was walking under a streetlight, in a well-lit area, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section.
“We are not alone,” Halm said of the sighting.
She said it’s important for residents to be aware that larger predators are becoming increasingly comfortable in this area.
“The food sources are out there,” Halm said. “They are big white-tailed deer hunters.”
Mountain lions have been known to travel through Fairifeld County in the past.
Two Aprils ago, a woman claimed to see a mountain lion on a Fox Run Road property in New Canaan, though state officials said they were unable to confirm the sighting based on paw prints left by the animal.
It isn’t clear how many mountain lions have been seen in Connecticut this year. Officials with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Conservation could not immediately be reached for comment.
More from the wilds of New Canaan:
- Bobcats Spotted Just North of Darien: Potential Danger to Cats But Not Humans (Nov. 29, 2017)
- Signs About Coyotes Going up in Waveny Park Just North of Darien (April 6, 2017)
Darien Has Bigger and Better Wild Animals (along with coyotes):
- Aquarium: Keep a Certain Distance from Whales in Long Island Sound (July 28, 2017)
- Twelve Amazing Photos of Dolphins in Long Island Sound (May 31, 2017)
- Signs About Coyotes Going up in Waveny Park Just North of Darien (March 23, 2017)
- Coyotes Attacking Pets in Darien, One Dog Killed (Dec. 16, 2016)
- No Owner Comes Forward to Claim Ferret Found on West Ave, But a Woman Adopts It (Oct. 3, 2016)
- Watch this Video of a Darien Police Officer Rescuing a Fawn from a Driveway Grate (Aug. 12, 2016)
- Found in Darien: One Boa — Not Less, Not Moa (April 25)