New Maine Mt. Lion Sighting

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 9th, 2010

John Lutz’s Eastern Puma Research Network lists the following as confirmations
of known cougars/mountain lion encounters in Maine:
1) near Paris, Maine, in Dec. 2005,
2) near Waldoboro, Maine, in 1996,
3) near Whitneyville, Maine, in 1995,
4) reports by retired Maine Game Wardens near Masaardis & Baileyville, Maine,
5) a 1995 videotape on Long Lake, Maine,
6) a 1994 videotape by retired Game Warden & Trail Guide Dean Wiggens, and
7) a report just two weeks ago near Kennebunk, Maine.

Now comes forth a new sighting from Kip Yattaw, sighted on August 2, 2010, at 7 am. The sighting occurred very near the Owls Head Transportation Museum, which is located at 117 Museum Street, Owls Head, Maine. This specific sighting location would be off Rt. 73 in Owls Head, Maine, two miles from U.S. Route 1. It is two miles south of Rockland, eight miles south of Camden and about 85 miles north of Portland, Maine

Here is Yattaw’s report:

I don’t have a gps, but, I can tell you that it was almost directly across from the entrance to the Owls Head Transportation Museum. There is a series of small fields with little strips of woods between them. They are very close to the road, so when I got to the field that the lion was in, I was quite close to it, and got a great look at it.

I would guess that it was about three to four feet long, not counting the tail, which was two of three feet long itself. It was about the size of a German Shepard dog. It was a light buff color; the tail was the same color, not very long hair. I would say the hair was less than an inch long on the lion.

I am an ex-registered Maine Guide, and have spent a good portion of my 62 years in the Maine woods. But this is a first for me.

The lion that I saw [on August 2, 2010] was the exact same lion that you would see in the rocks and mountains of a western movie.

Another thing is that when I was the closest to the lion, it turned it’s head toward me, and looked directly at me. So I also had a great look at it’s face (about 175 feet).

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.

3 Responses to “New Maine Mt. Lion Sighting”

  1. tedlick responds:

    I saw one myself cross the road in front of our vehicle on Rt. 1A between Ellsworth and Bangor about two years ago.

    You can’t mistake that size, that tail, or the coloration of the face.

    They’re here… they’re just damned good at hiding.

  2. Maine-iac responds:

    I live but 2 miles from the scene. It’s about another 2 miles to Ash Point, locale for a rare double-sighting of the “Atlantic Gigantic” (Penobscot Bay Sea Serpent) by a Mr. Crocket(t) in the late 18th century.

    A moose cow and calf, quite rare for this area, seen but 2 weeks in the vicinity as well. A regular Wild America, I reckon. Strange cries at night here (drive the dachsie daffy), we have attributed to martens and/or fishers, but now we are thinking puma.

  3. John A. Lutz responds:

    If “Maine-iac” would contact us, we can send him 1 of our flyers “WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COUGARS/MOUNTAIN LIONS/PUMAS IN EASTERN NORTH AMERICA”.

    Our flyer lists in detail, what witnesses should “look for” to determine if a big cat is roaming his area.

    We can be reached at 304-749-7778 or

    Please visit our NEW website for all sorts of valuable and fact based information on current presence of big cats across eastern North America.

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