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Mountain Lion Reports In New Canaan Unconfirmed

NEW CANAAN, Conn.  – Did a mountain lion visit New Canaan?

Town Animal Control Officer Mary Ann Kleinschmitt said she’s received calls from residents this month saying they saw a mountain lion in different locations. But Kleinschmitt said the reports are unconfirmed and she’s found no proof that a big cat was in the area.

The first call, Kleinschmitt said, came on July 9 when a woman said she saw an animal that was a mountain lion three days earlier on Lambert Road. Kleinschmitt said a check of the property only found scat indicating that a coyote had been in the area.

A second sighting was reported on Monday by a woman who said she saw a coyote last Friday in the area of Turner Hill and Valley roads. The woman, Kleinschmitt said, told her she saw an animal running into a property. Kleinschmitt said she has found no evidence of a big cat coming to New Canaan.

“These are unconfirmed calls,” she said, noting that mountain lions usually are not active during daytime hours. “If it was there, it’s moved on.”  

New Canaan has already had brushes with wild animals. A black bear was spotted Tuesday in the area of Smith Ridge and Canoe Hill roads.  Officials from the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection say more sightings may happen as the state’s bear population has exploded.

 

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