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Mountain Lion Sighting in East Haddam, Again

Animal Control Officer Mike Olzacki is asking for your help in tracking sightings of mountain lions in East Haddam. A recent call reported one in Moodus.

 

Back in October of last year, East Haddam Animal Control Officer Michael Olzacki was on his way to a residential animal-control call when he spotted what he says was a just off Route 149 and Creek Row, along the power-line corridor.

"I was shocked to see the animal in East Haddam; really shocked," Olzacki said at the time. Since then, he has continued to get “numerous reports of a mountain lion in our area.”

As recent as two Sundays ago, Olzacki said a resident reported a mountain lion sighting “between Moodus Auto Center and the senior housing.”

After decades of reports, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), however, has only been able to confirm one mountain lion sighting in the state; the one last year where a mountain lion was .

The process for confirming a mountain lion sighting through DEEP includes positive identification such as a body, photographic evidence or track identification. is also analyzed for possible identification.

Mountain lions have a rounded face, are tawny in color and have a distinguishable long, heavy tail. They are large predators weighing anywhere from 80 to 180 pounds. The mountain lion has been called cougar, puma, catamount and sometimes panther. Along with animals like deer, coyotes and raccoons, mountain lions like to prey on small livestock such as chickens and goats, hunting at night or in the early hours of the morning.

Olzacki believes what he saw in October was identifiable as a mountain lion and is currently looking for information on additional possible sightings from residents. He can be reached at 860-790-0574.

What do you think? Have you spotted what might be a mountain lion in East Haddam? Or, could it have been another large animal?

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WaterWalker1313 April 27, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Why is Anyone surprised that we are now seeing wild animals that normally remain hidden??? We have destroyed their hunting lands by building on every square inch we can get our greedy, grubby hands on. And, in so doing, these poor, beautiful, creatures are now forced to come out into the open to hunt for food. Duh! They were here first, and we are leaving them with Nothing! Shame on us!!!
kma April 27, 2012 at 05:07 PM
You need a glass belly button. Every square inch? You have got to be kidding. Connecticut is very close to the same size, area wise, as Los Angeles. And less than 20% it's size population wise. My wife and I are always commenting on how we live in the country, even though we are well inside the city limits.

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