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Bill February 21, 2014 at 09:01 AM
Pretty far. The Mountain Lion hit by a car and killed in Orange or Milford two years ago was fromRead MoreSo uth Dakota.
Bill February 21, 2014 at 09:06 AM
One of my hiking buddies found a set of mountain lion tracks in the snow in the state forest inRead MoreHart land. He knows his tracks and took photos and put his hand next to the track for perspective. It was a mature cat with a cub. The mature cat track was as large as his hand. There are fairly common sightings in Granby, Hartland, Barkhamsted area where the largest populations of Moose and Bear live in the big woods. Nobody bothers to call DEEP or send them photos because they deny they are here regardless of the proof. There are so many deer for food now the woods could easily support a population of big cats. Eventually they will become like the bears and there will be enough sightings its not possible to deny they are here.
Bill February 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Big cats did live in the forests of CT and Mass up by the foothills of the Berkshires back in theRead Moreda y before they were shot to extinction and forced from their natural range. The deer, moose and bear population has exploded in CT in the same area where big cats used to thrive. Deer fawns, coyote pups, bear cubs, turkey polts, baby moose are all lunch for a big mature cat and her pride. There's more big cat food wandering around the big woods of CT and Western Mass now than when those same woods were able to sustain a natural population. Not sure why so many folks think it's not possible big cats would decide to live in a place that was once their home, has plenty of food and is a perfect natural environment where they can't be hunted and pressured?
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