Mountain Lion "confirmations"

"Confirmations" of mountain lion sightings are a loaded topic. One private group has set up "levels" of confirmations, and pretty much thrown out many old confirmations done before cameras were on everyones phone. While there are a lot of misidentifications that take place, there are a heck of alot more "confirmed" sightings than 6 since 1960 in Southern New England. Absent from this "confirmed' list are sightings by a Mass Wildlife employee, a family unit confirmed by VT wildlife people, and many track confirmations since 1960. The naysayers always throw out the "escaped pet" lablel, saying most real sightings are probably just that. Keep in mind, that label was attached almost immediately to the CT cat hit in Milton, until a necropsy and DNA were done. Escaped pets are likely not to survive very long without good skills in Southern New England. The problem these days is that wildlife agencies really dont have the budget to investigate many sightings. Unfortunately, they in many cases will dismiss them as non cougar without sufficient investigation. Keep the sightings coming. Too many people that are beyond credible are seeing these cats. Most of the credible experts feel the population will continue to increase over the next few decades. You will likely see one eventually if you are in the right place and lucky!!


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