[CT Birds] OT Bobcat or Lion...

David Provencher davidprovencher at sbcglobal.net
Sat Nov 24 10:59:53 EST 2012

Anything is possible, and Zellene's questioning approach is the right one in
my opinion. There are numerous claims of big cats in the northeast with
precious little tangible evidence. The South Dakota area origin cat killed
by car in CT is the exception that proves the rule. The rule being in my
mind, that no population of cats bigger than Bobcats exists in the
northeast. I am hopeful however for Lynx establishing themselves in a
meaningful way in northern New England in the near future. But a wandering
cat in CT has proven to be possible, and an escaped felid (not just cougar)
is always a possibility as well. Having said that, I strongly caution about
information published in the media. Commercial media is, well, commercial.
They do what they do to make money, and they have openly admitted that even
the slightest rumor of Mountain Lion in the northeast gets the greatest
response from the public, and therefore the biggest bang-for-the-advertizing
buck, when published. So, to get the public response and advertizing dollar,
they publish any and all claims of sightings, or claims by groups bent on
proving big cats live here, regardless of provenance. Zellene's open minded
approach to her sighting is refreshing, and just maybe due in part to the
real life training in identifying fauna that birding provides. Yet another
example of how smart birders are!   

Dave Provencher

Naturally New England

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