Big Cat Sightings Have Swanky Greenwich Abuzz

GREENWICH, CT (CBSNewYork/AP) – The Jaguars police are used to seeing in Greenwich usually have four wheels and can be found on the roads. Now they could be looking for the real thing: they are investigating reports that some type of big cat is roaming the wealthy town.

Police tell the Greenwich Time that there have been three sightings of a large cat in the last week. The most recent came Sunday near the Brunswick School, a prep school where faculty members reported seeing a mountain lion on Sunday.

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Town conservation officer Denise Savageau says that’s unlikely, because there have been no mountain lions in the area for over a century, except for those that have escaped from owners who were keeping them illegally.

“If there was a population there would be carcasses, there would be paw prints. These are big animals and there is just none of that,” Savageau told the Time.

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State environmental officials say it could just be a coyote or even a bobcat, which are sometimes mistaken for the bigger mountain lions.

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  • amanda

    KPMC I may be on my BB in a suburban home but were I to see a wild animal at most I may live trap and relocate it! I would NEVER kill it! As I stated before either don’t live in the area or deal with it! You are on its land! I grew up a country girl who enjoyed and still do enjoy watching wild life!

  • David

    I live in Greenwich & we have been seeing this Mountain Lion for over 12 years. I live on (of all places) Cat Rock Road which backs up to a very large, heavily wooded preserve full of big rock outcroppings, perfect for this cat. We first spoke with the police as well as animal controll back around 2000 & still to the day, they say we don’t know what we are talking about & that there is no such thing. We have identified the cat with wildlife experts & have learned much about it’s habitat. The cat will be seen locally for a week or so & then will dissappear for 6-8 months before returning.

  • kendra

    they need to handle that before some1 gets hurt real bad or killed or maimed for life or else i wont be out there anytime soon caused don,t want to be hurt or maimed for life.

  • Danny

    Yup. Everyone wants to leave them alone. Its their land too, yada-yada. That is until it’s walking away with your newborn in its mouth. Then you want to know why they weren’t under control.

  • MotherNature

    This really makes me sick. So what and if it’s a mountain lion all the more better since we practically killed them all. People need to start dealing with wildlife and not killing wildlife. They belong on this earth just as much as we do so deal with it people! It’s bad enough now that all the wolves are being killed because the federal government decided to remove them from the endangered species list and I hope the people that are killing them go straight to hell, but live a hell on earth first!

  • amanda

    Regardless leave it some land or don’t complain when you see it!

  • bushman

    its a bobcat,there is many in those areas

  • amanda


  • amanda

    Maybe if people wouldn’t develop every freaking piece of land they see they wouldn’t have to worry about it! Upsets me to no end as the bigger smarter animal we feel the need to push other less intelligent animals aside build on their land then complain and/or kill them when they get in our way! Sry its a thing I’m very passionate about!

    • KPMc

      So passionate that you have eschewed modern technology and live in peace and harmony with nature so as not to upset the delicate balance and provide animals with the habitat they need.

      Oh no wait… you just posted on a website no doubt from some type of man-made electronic device while either resting in the comfort of your well appointed home or on the streets of towns or cities that encroach on natures precious space.

      That doesn’t make you passionate… just a hypocrite.

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