Officials with the state Department of Environmental Protection are sticking to their original theory that the mountain lion killed on a highway over the weekend in Milford is the same big cat spotted earlier in the week in Greenwich. This comes despite additional reports Sunday of a mountain lion in Greenwich.

The feline was struck and killed on the Wilbur Cross Parkway.

Susan Frechette, deputy commissioner for the state DEP, said they haven’t received any concrete evidence like a photograph to prove otherwise. Colonel Kyle Overturf with DEP police said they will look to file criminal charges if it’s determined the cat was a pet. It is against state law to keep exotic pets in the state of Connecticut.

Paul Rego, a DEP wildlife biologist, said early indications suggest the 140-pound mountain lion was being held in captivity. DEP urges anyone with any information to call their hotline at (860) 424-3333 or contact local authorities.

  1. David says:

    I’ve personally heard of at least 2 different sightings of mountain lions in CT. From the New Hartford to Granby. One of which a photo was taken. Was the one killed a pet, maybe. but if the reports I’ve heard are correct. Then there are a whole lot of people are keeping these large cats and are escaping. It will be only a matter of time before a population will be created. The DEP knows this or should know this.

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