August 23, 2011

Retro-Explaining: Dead Connecticut Cougar Said To Have Been In New York…As Well As Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota And South Dakota!

Mystery cat track in Lake George, New York, is now linked to a recently dead cougar. NY Department of Environmental Conservation photo.

Mountain lion killed on Rt 15, Milford, Connecticut. Michael Dinan photo.

Environmental officials say a cougar killed by a car in Connecticut traveled through upstate New York last year (2010). They contend it was a rare sighting in a state where the big cats are considered to have been extinct for more than a century.

Connecticut cougar, after removal from Rt. 15.

Cindy Eggleston reported seeing the cat in her Lake George, New York backyard in December 2010. Her husband David, a former NY Department of Environmental Conservation colonel, and NY DEC officer Louis Gerrain took pictures of the tracks and gathered hairs.

When a cat was struck and killed in June 2011 further east, analysis, it is being reported today, confirmed it was the same cougar. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation states that cougars were extirpated from the Adirondacks in the nineteenth century, though some people contend that a remnant population continues to dwell in the region.

DNA analysis of the hairs indicated that they came from the same cougar that was killed by a car on a highway in Milford, Connecticut, on June 11. Previously, DNA tests of the Connecticut cougar showed that it was the same cougar that had been tracked in Minnesota and Wisconsin and that it came from a breeding population in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The cougar was first detected in Minnesota in December 2009 and then tracked as it wandered through Wisconsin. In May 2010, a cougar was caught on trail cameras near the border of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Scientists believe it was the same cougar. Presumably, it traveled through the Upper Peninsula into Ontario and then headed south, eventually passing through the Adirondacks.Phil Brown, Albany Times-Union

A cougar photographed in Wisconsin on January 18, 2010. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources photo.

On May 20, 2010, a trail camera photographed a young cougar in Oconto County, Wisconsin, and six days later a trail camera in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula photographed what biologists believe to be the same animal. (However, no DNA samples from these two May 2010 photographed incidents exist to definitely confirm this theory, I must point out. Loren)

Authorities believe the 140-pound male mountain lion started its journey in South Dakota and came about 2,000 miles. Mountain lions/pumas rarely traveling more than 100 miles.

Why do I get the creepy feeling that this one dead cougar in Connecticut is now being used by U.S. wildlife officials to explain several recent confirmed puma sightings in the Midwest and East – sort of like how a confessed serial killer is used to “clear the books” on unsolved murder cases?

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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.

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