[CT Birds] OT Bobcat or Lion...

Jo-Anne Roberts jmrcnslt at hotmail.com
Sat Nov 24 11:22:59 EST 2012

On November 1, I too saw a large cat-like animal walking through the woods behind my house heading north. Haven't seen it since. My Facebook post for that day was this: 
7:30 am: I may have seen a Lynx this morning. Buff colored, size of a yellow lab. I was upstairs when I noticed it walking through the woods. I came downstairs to get the bins and camera and it was gone.   Here's the link to the Hartford Courant Article dated, 11/9/12 about searching for Mountain Lions.   http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-marteka-mountain-lion-cameras-1109-20121108,0,6268215.column  Jo-AnneMansfield Center

> From: davidprovencher at sbcglobal.net
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2012 10:59:53 -0500
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] OT Bobcat or Lion...
> 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
> http://naturallynewengland.blogspot.com/
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