Mountain Lion spotted in New York State! Or case of mistaken identity?

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The debate rages, do the Mountain Lions live in New York State?

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Eastern Cougar, also known as the Mountain Lion, has no native population here in the Empire State. So why do people keep reporting sightings of the big cat?

The Department of Environmental Conservation recently investigated a report of a Mountain Lion near a cornfield in western New York. The animal in question is similar in color and body shape to an eastern cougar, but the owners weren’t sure, but they did get a photo. Is it a mountain lion?

Environmental officers studied the photo and even drove to where the trail camera captured the cat. Officers created a life-size cutout of a cougar in the area where the animal was spotted to compare size, length, etc.

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

According to NBC Connecticut, a family from Woodbridge, CT had an encounter with a Mountain Lion earlier this week. These reports keep coming up, so investigations are worth the time and education.

As for those responsible for the Western New York sighting, they determined that it was a case of mistaken identity. The animal in question, as you can see below, is a cat. Domestic cat, Ferrell, who knows but NOT a Mountain Lion.

If you think you’ve spotted a Mountain Lion, here’s what to do:

  • Check the tracks
  • Take pictures if possible
  • When taking photos of tracks, please include a ruler next to the track

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