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Mountain Lion Sought In Connecticut

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Scientists believe the mountain lion in this image, shot on Dec. 1, 2009, in South Dakota, is the same animal that showed up in the woods of Fairfield County, Conn., in recent months. (Photo: CBS 2)

GREENWICH, CT (WCBS 880) - There is a mountain lion mystery in Connecticut, despite a declaration by the state that the Eastern Mountain Lion is extinct and there is no other native-born cougar population there.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams On The Story

But a small group of dedicated believers insists mountain lions live among them.

A map on the website of Cougars of the Valley is pockmarked with dozens of reported sightings.

Dennis Shane, with Connecticut DEP, says usually it’s a case of mistaken identity.

“We’ve been presented with no compelling photos, no hairs… nothing really to indicate that any of the sightings were credible,” he said

Last june, there was an unprecedented occurence. A cougar traced to South Dakota managed to journey to Greenwich, and was hit and killed in Milford.

After that, reports of possible cougar sightings jumped.

A couple hundred people have signed a petition asking for a state legislative hearing.

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