Delaware Mystery Cat Sightings

Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 20th, 2010

A week ago, on Friday, November 12, 2010, New Castle County Police told the media that a resident in the Mill Creek section in New Castle, Delaware, reported seeing a cougar that Friday afternoon.

Police received a call around 1:30 p.m. saying a woman reported seeing what she described as, “a big cat with a long tail,” in the unit block of Bernard Boulevard in the Quail Ridge section.

Police searched the area, but found nothing and no visible evidence of a cougar in the area.

There was also a cougar sighting reported early Wednesday morning, November 10, 2010, at the 100 block of Benham Court, near the Clearview Ridge Townhouses community.

Cougars, pumas, Eastern panthers, or mountain lions (all the same animal) have supposedly not been found in Delaware since the 1850s.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

One Response to “Delaware Mystery Cat Sightings”

  1. John A. Lutz responds:

    Just because wildlife officials continue to claim, “NO cougars have inhabited Delaware in more than 150 years”, doesen’t mean NO big cats are in the 1st state.
    What it means is: officials refuse to acknowledge them….for there is NO shortage of excellent sightings or CONFIRMATIONS of sightings, especially in SW Kent County where in August 1999, an adult cougar (aka mountain lion, puma) was caught on video by a Burrsville, Delaware Farmer’s wife, as the CONFIRMED cougar casually walked along the edge of a field 200 feet away.
    As she filmed the “non-existant cougar”, the farmer’s wife is heard asking Delaware Wildlife Officer John Rutherford “if a tiger or lion was loose, since she is taping its movement”.
    Officer Rutherford & 3 other DNR officiers raced to the scene, but the “phantom cougar” was no-where in sight on arrival 23 minutes later. However its presence was 100% confirmed on videotape.
    My wife Linda & I were called to the scene by Del. DNR Officers. After viewing & identifying the cat on tape, we were given a copy of it. The Delaware tape of a “non-existant cougar” remains the “centerpiece of 3 dozen+ videos or movie-film” sent to us by “shy” wildlife officials or professional witnesses since 1973.
    Anyone with video or animal pictures needing proper identification, contact 304-749-7778 or or leave message on our NEW website:

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