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Last mountain lion shot in New England – Montpelier, VT

I started this blog to report on sightings and other reports of mountain lions in New Hampshire. If you have seen a mountain lion in the Granite State, please Leave a Comment with as much information here as you can. Detail on location, time of day, time of year, length of time, distance, color, size, activity etc are very helpful. Photos are welcome! If you can leave an email address for followup, that would be great!

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  1. I saw a mountain lion behind my college at Franklin Pierce. It was dusk during the winter. I was 5 feet away from it and saw it perfectly. I have seen bobcats, lynx and other cars before, but I am positive there is a mountain lion In the woods near Franklin Pierce.

  2. On my way to work at 3:45 a.m. on the Merrimack Bedford line on DW Highway I saw a mountain lion it was about 2 weeks ago the last week in October 2015 it was a big cat maybe 60 or 70 pounds. it crossed the street in front of my vehicle and sat on the side of the road and watched me go bye. it was a magnificent Animal very regal looking I feel blessed to have seen it this may never happen to me again.

  3. My sighting when i was much younger in Pittsburg. I spotted what i KNOW was a mountain lion along the bank of the Connecticut River exactly where Perry Stream meets with it. I will never forget it

  4. (I’m posting this for April, who for some reason can’t post here)
    On October 1st around 5:30 PM I was driving on Rt. 202 from Peterborough to Antrim (I’m not sure if I was in Hancock or Bennington but it was not all that far from Gracie’s Grains in Peterborough) when a very large cat crossed the road in front of me–and it was not a domestic cat. It came out of the brush on the right side of the road and began to cross to the left, and at first I thought it was a large dog because it was so big, but there was no denying it was a cat based on its shape and the way it was walking–slinking and very close to the ground. The animal stopped in the middle of the road, turned and looked in my direction, and I clearly saw it had a round shaped head with pointed ears so I know it wasn’t a fisher cat or anything else like that. From my perspective the animal appeared to be a solid brown. I was too far away to see any real details, and because it had stopped in the middle of the road, I stepped on the brakes so I didn’t get any closer to it, which in hindsight I kicked myself for. I should have sped up to get a closer look at it, but all I was thinking was that I didn’t want to hit whatever it was. I’ve lived with cats all my life and this was not a domestic cat, no way. It was also not a bobcat. I know state and federal wildlife officials don’t believe mountain lions exist in New Hampshire, but if they are here and the population is really small there may very well be no obvious evidence like photos, tracks, or scat. I was driving at the time and even if I was a bit closer to the animal, there’s no way I would’ve been able to get my smartphone out, turn it on, and take a photo before the animal disappeared into the brush on the opposite side of the road. So how many other brief mountain lion encounters have there been in this state that haven’t been recorded? A couple of years ago a friend of mine was walking with her dog behind her house in Berwick, Maine, and came face to face with a mountain lion. Needless to say, she didn’t have a camera with her at the time either but she knew what she saw. If there are mountain lions in bordering towns so close to New Hampshire, what makes us think they haven’t migrated here? I’m convinced what I saw was a mountain lion.

  5. Test.

  6. I live in Peterborough NH. I run/walk after I drop my son off at school. I have now twice seen what I believe may be a mountain lion. It is between 9-10 am when I have experienced these sightings. I have not been able to get real close before it runs into the woods. The first sighting I thought it was a large fox until I got close enough to see the long, thick tail. Today when I saw it I thought it was a small deer until I got close enough to see it was a very large cat. Again, the tail is long and thick and very impressive! The colors of this cat are reddish, tan, and brown. I live in an area with many miles of thick woods. What a sight to see! Can’t wait to see it again!

  7. Late September 2013, on rte.125 in Barrington, NH (Strafford County,NH-USA) at approx 8:00pm, I was driving towards Lee, NH and about 50Oft past the Barrington Elementary School/Barnz Movie Theater Plaza, a Mountain Lion, the size of an average adult Labrador Retriever breed dog, ran out in front of my vehicle from the woods,crossing the street and into the woods on other side, it was moving at a fast pace and did not stop or appear to even notice me, my vehicle lights or my horn, nor did it seem interested to notice, as if it possibly was focused on chasing something? That was the first and only time to date, but i keep looking for the experience of another sighting.

  8. October 11th, 2015 ~8pm, About a mile from the intersection of Kendall Hill and Brook Rd in Mont Vernon, NH. Saw a large cat crossing the road from a heavily wooded area to the edge of a yard. At first I thought it was a bobcat, but it had a long, full tail and tan coat with no spots or stripes so it seemed (however unlikely) to be a mountain lion. It was 3-3.5′ to the shoulder and about 4′ long from shoulder to hip. It moved casually and didn’t seem to be afraid of the vehicle. I stopped to take a picture but wasn’t going to get out of the car. My realtor visited two days ago and saw a similar, large, tan cat crossing the same road nearby.

  9. on October 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm | Reply Geraldine Fraser

    Last night Oct 1, 2015 just about 6:00 my husband and I spotted a huge cat strolling down our front yard. We have a densely wooded area to our right but this cat appeared from our left side which is not too dense but has a brook out back. He/she strode down to an area near the road, stopped looked around and appeared to e listening. Then at a quicker pace crossed the road o the wooded area across the street. AMAZING!

  10. Spotted one this morning on Roosevelt Ave in Hudson, NH.

  11. I was waiting to see if someone else would post this. The one I saw in No.Andover Ma. I had my camera set up and still did not get the shot. I saw it for about 5 seconds. By the time I figured out what it was through the scope I had no time to put the camera on it.

    • I just saw one the Sunday before Labor Day in the Hill, NH area. I was on my motorcycle around 3pm and it crossed the road in front of me while riding down 3A. It crossed from a residential field into the woods.

    • Where in North Andover? I’m curious what street you saw it on?!?

  12. Pictures, people! I’m certain a huge percent of you have smartphones with decent cameras. It doesn’t have to be a great shot, just start snapping! These all sound like Big Foot encounters. Many sightings, no photos… hmmm.

    • on September 23, 2015 at 3:42 am | Reply pottstownteensandkids

      When an unexpected large creature with a big stride crosses the road in front of your headlights. You are shocked, slam on the breaks and have no time to grab the phone, press the camera button and fiddle with settings. He is there long enough for you to soak it in, but not long enough to pose for a headshot.

    • Its been proven in areas where the population is small that they are notoriously hard to photograph. It took just under 10 years of intense deployment of game cams by a private group (that was sick of being called nuts) to finally get a good game cam photo of a mountain lion. And it turned out they were right where the hunters and officials said they weren’t. Photos are still scarce, but they have managed scat and other evidence. So hmmm maybe these cats are smart? Try getting a photo of a fisher cat sometime. They are just as hard, and far far more common. Bobcats on the other hand are a bit easier. These cats are not bigfoot, DNA and other evidence has been found in New England. They will get more common with time.

      • Sorry to clarify, that group that did the photographing mission was in Michigan.

      • If it took a huge effort with game cams to get an image, I’m going to guess my humble attempt at using just one game cam where I last saw the mountain lion is not likely to be successful. I set it up by the little brook where I saw it, hoping it would trot down the brook again looking for prey. I did get all kinds of things though… house cats, deer (lots of them), turkeys (lots of them too), raccoons, squirrels, crows, even a fox. Surprisingly, no coyote even though they are around here. And, now that I know it is being seen a mile from here, my odds of it coming back to the same spot are probably pretty slim. I wonder if I could set up a cam along the river parallel to Hadley Rd in Jaffrey…. it is likely to return. There’s no houses along most of it, but someone must own it though.

      • This is a great point and true

      • That’s why the focus should be on tracks. The state is about to have snow cover for close to 6 months. Go get um!

      • These are great points. And another reason game cams have yet to be successful yet is because I do believe our population of Cougars is small and our cats are transient. If there was a larger resident population denning local then sure they’d leave a lot more signs and hit a cam. These cats are nomads and they are stalking the game using the game trails the cams are on and not in view of pic

      • These cats are clearly here in small numbers. You cannot just go looking everyplace for tracks, you have to have an idea where to look. Sightings help if they are accurate. But we do all know some are misidentifications etc. Keep posting!

      • “You cannot just go looking everyplace for tracks, you have to have an idea where to look”
        I have an idea. Look for tracks in after one of the many sightings and in that area? Just a thought.

  13. My mountain lion sighting was in June 2012 in Jaffrey. I happened to be working from home that bright sunny day, and I stepped outside to water my garden. My yard is 2 acres of mostly cleared yard adjacent to the woods, and a small brook runs through woods and follows the property border.

    Anyway, I noticed that the crows were going nuts in the woods over that brook area. And, more nuts than usual… they’re always caw-ing about something or other (usually blue jays), but this time they were going bonkers. I was like “Oh cool, I know what this is… there is either a hawk or an owl over there.” I’m an avid bird watcher, so I walked over to the woods to see if I could see the owl or hawk.

    I stood at the edge of the woods and peered in, and I was astounded at what I saw… a giant cat proudly walking along the closer side of that little brook, only 20 feet from me, and parallel to me so I got a side view. I had an excellent view of it except for the ferns growing in the woods which obstructed the lower side of the cat. He was tall enough to stand well over the ferns so only his legs were hard to see. He was light brown, short hair, muscular, very healthy looking, smallish head with short hair on head (not big like a bobcat). He was easily 4 feet long from head to butt, not including his tail which was curved down and hard to see due to it extending below the ferns. He did not look full grown to me, more like a teenager mountain lion. He was ripped, a beautiful animal. He was unconcerned about my presence and slowly trotted along the brook in cat-like style as I raced along the tree line trying to peer through to keep getting look at him. As he continued along, he was pointed away from me as the brook exited my yard and entered an area that was nearly impassable so I could not follow him any further. I last saw his butt trotting off into the woods (tail still pointed down). I saw him for a total of about 1 minute.

    Since then, in 2013 I happened to chat with the neighbors in the trailer behind my house and they mentioned that there’s a “bobcat” living in the area. They didn’t know much about animal identification and just figured it was a “bobcat”. Then, things were quiet for 2 years. Just last month, I was chatting with neighbors on the other side and they brought up that they saw a mountain lion over by Terrapin Glass Blowing along Rt. 202 and Nutting Road in Jaffrey. I discussed it enough with them to make sure they really saw a mountain lion and not a bobcat… they said yes, definitely, it had a long tail, was large and ripped… they pretty much described exactly what I saw (although it sounds full grown now). And, this past weekend, my wife’s friend bumped into someone who lives a couple houses up Nutting Road from Rt. 202 across from the Coll’s… they have also just seen it.

    I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t have my smart phone on me when I saw it… I was only going out expecting to water the garden so I didn’t want to get it wet. I’ve left game cams out since then and didn’t see it again (but I did see almost everything else you could expect.)

  14. I’m a biologist with experience tracking pumas elsewhere, and mountain lions in the US, and have been tracking mountain lions in the US North East since 2006. My impression is that the populations are on the increase. Hunting legislation/hunters aren’t targeting them, and the ecosystem provides an abundance of what they need.
    On the east coast, they are still more wary of humans than they have become in say California, for example, but their presence definitely adds a certain excitement to backwoods adventures. Maybe we need to just enjoy the rush, pay a bit more attention, and have the right tools handy, whether they be binoculars and a go pro cam, something pointy and sharp, or an easily accessible .38 load.

  15. on September 20, 2015 at 7:31 pm | Reply Michael Johnson

    I was just driving in Davis criossing Ed in new Durham and could swear I saw a mountain lion cross the road 75 feet ahead of me. By the time I could pull the car over to try to take a picture it had obviously disappeared into the woods

  16. I saw what I thought to be a mountain lion in Ashburnham,Ma yesterday September 9th at dusk. Crossing the road going into the woods. It looked a little smaller than a deer with a long tan tail. I saw it as I was turning onto another road..

  17. I think I saw a mountain lion in N. Peterborough, NH near Gracie”s Grain (route 202) arround 9:15 am crossing the road. It was muscular, short hair, and long tail which was errect. I saw a side view not much of head. Size of a small/medium dog. Coat was ;ight brown and consistent in color not spotted. I have lived in NH for thirty+ years and have never seen anything like it. This happened on 9/9.

  18. September 3,2015. 12:10 pm. Penacook Rd., Contoocook NH. Driving west, about 200 yds from the bridge over the Contoocook River and Bohannon Farm, at the crossing of the old railroad line and the Chesley’s house. One mountain lion.Loaping with a long easy stride. Muscular frame, thick fore and hind legs. Ears pinned back. No tail visible. As though it was pulled underneath. Distinctive profile of body and face. Coloring was spot on for a mountain lion. Like no other coloring I have seen before for an animal. I have seen all other animals near to this size, smaller and larger , in New Hampshire. This was a mountain lion. Paw prints may still be traceable in soft sand along shoulder of road.

    • A friend of mine has a trail camera attached to his house. He lives in Nashua off of East Dunstable Road, abutting the Field’s Grove swimming area. One afternoon, he checked the film as he usually sees deer, skunks, raccoons, etc.
      To his surprise, what he saw on the film was a mountain lion crossing through his yard. I have a couple of pictures of this cat. Looks to be 80-90 lbs.

      About 8 years ago, I was leaving my family’s lake house (Sunday PM around 2) on Oak Island, Lake W. Out of the woods struts what I though was a yellow lab except, this “lab” had a long tail that curved upward. The gait was also different than that of a lab. Sure enough, it was a mountain lion.

  19. Several years ago while driving on Rt 2 through Shelburne NH I saw a mountain lion run out onto the highway chasing what looked like a chipmunk. They ran out of the woods to the middle of the highway, made a 180 degree turn and ran back into the woods. I was probably 400 ft away, but I saw it well enough to be sure it was a mountain lion.

  20. Hello John, et al—

    John, I appreciate your blog and read it with great interest as often as I can, which of course is not often enough. The southwestern area of the state has long been an active place for mountain lion sightings and encounters, which I kept track of during the statewide portion of my career. My longtime friend Ted Walski, when he is not speaking in any official capacity, as if that has ever bothered him, will lean back, close his eyes, and begin to recount his own list garnered from his long years afield and as one of Fish and Game’s more dedicated “people persons.”

    As you and some of your readers and contributors out there might know, I’ve spent a good chunk of my 47 years (and counting) of newspapering keeping track of cougar (mountain lion) sightings, and reporting in print (first in the Nashua Telegraph, then in the New Hampshire Sunday News, then in the Coös County Democrat, and finally in the Colebrook News and Sentinel and in the dozen papers in the Salmon Press group) on only the very best—the beyond reproach experiences.

    Back when I owned the Coös County Democrat, in the county shire town of Lancaster, I began sticking pins on a map on the darkroom door, behind my editor/publisher’s desk, using differently colored pins to denote summer sightings versus sightings in other seasons. And I soon realized that mountain lions, being largely nocturnal, were being seen “in broad daylight,” as one of your contributors noted, mainly during late May, June, July and August—the precise time of year when a hard-pressed Mom would be out there taking chances, hunting at a time when cougars would prefer not to be, to feed her young. These pin groupings, by the way, were fairly tight, indicating that the daylight-hunting animal was ranging no further than a two-mile radius from center, fitting, to me, a pattern of a mother not wanting to be too far afield from young ones at risk.

    John Harrigan

    • It’s great to hear from John Harrigan. For those of you who don’t know John, he lives and writes “above the notches” in northern NH. Among many other topics, John has written about mountain lions for years. Google “John Harrigan and mountain lion” to find his many well-written accounts and analysis.

  21. Saw one August 8th around 2 pm on Hadley Rd in Jaffrey NH.

  22. Thanks for posting the Wall Street article. I had to laugh though when the biologist said people will just not accept that what they saw was a bobcat. Ummm….bobcat’s don’t have 3′ to 4′ tails. Funny how he kept that part out. Politics

  23. on August 31, 2015 at 12:04 am | Reply Susan salstrom

    Hi, I’m from Illinois, not around you”all” but I saw clearly a cougar 30 ft in front of my car on our mile long dirt road in the woods, but what I googled, and got to you is that I thought it was “prancing”. I googled do Cougars prance? came to your blog. It was definitely a cougar, I’ve been a registered nurse/since 1977 and am used to observing:details, plus I took my Grandaughter to Jarrett prairie center in Byron, Illinois for a year and studied the stuffed bobcat and the stuffed mountain lion each time so if I saw either I’d know the difference. We live inside of about 150 acres of deep woods, and I’d heard of people around here sighting a lion. Anyway I was sure it was a cougar but couldn’t figure out why I thought it was prancing. Thanks for your blog. (If you really see one you don’t really care who believes it). Sue

  24. on August 30, 2015 at 2:35 am | Reply Heather lepage

    August 28th. 10:00 ish p.m. I turned onto Birch Hill in North Conway, NH. As I started up the hill a large cat ran across the road in front of my car. Birch Hill is a well wooded development that abuts the national forest. I knew right away this wasn’t a bob cat or fox or fisher cat or anything I’ve seen before having lived in northern NH my entire life. This cat easily weighed 80 lbs, was all a single color ( light tan ) and the hair was short. It had a tail a foot and a half or longer, it’s ears were rounded and again it was bigger than any wild cat I’ve ever seen. As I started researching more the picture above is almost to a T of what ran in front of my car last night. As I spoke to some locals about this it seems a similar looking cat has been seen else where in close towns.

  25. North Haverhill nh, dirt part of county road.

    • Saw it in the middle of the road, just sitting there about two weeks ago, around 6 am, on my way to work. It just casually turned around and walked into the woods, giving me a full view of at least a three foot long tail, big body, definitely not a bobcat. Very familiar with them, as well as fishers. Also, heard from a contractor in the area, today he saw on the other end of the road I mentioned, also early in the am, he swears he saw two cubs. Very long tail, he is also used to seeing the other wildlife, and swears not anything he has seen before. This was told without having heard of other reports. Contacted local authorities to report this, after also hearing of a horse killed in the vicinity, with what was recognized as big cat marks.

      • Where? Town and location within the town? Time of day? Thanks!

      • The one I saw in the road, was in North haverhill, nh. On county road, the dirt part, about a quarter mile up past brushwood road crossroad. 6 am. The contractor saw the other two young ones on Daniels road, at the route 25 end, early morning, in pike. The two sites are only a few miles apart from each other, and both border the top of the mountain, basically circling a huge forested area with a vacant huge farm parcel located centrally, I believe known as the mine farm, with a couple hundred acres, posted. For sale. Where the horse was killed in also in the same area, actually where the two roads meet, by country land drive.

  26. I saw this post on Facebook this morning. It’s definitely a Mt Lion, no question there, but not too sure of the exact location in NH. Photo says Acworth, NH.

    *Is there a way to post a pic?

    • Post the URL (link) in your reply. Only the moderator can post pics.

    • If it’s the mountain lion dragging a buck by its neck in front of a small tower, that’s a fake. The photo was taken in Texas 3-4 years ago. It shows up here from time to time, when somebody claims it’s from New Hampshire. This would be the third time in the past 5 years somebody has made a false claim about that photo.

  27. Hi I was on Facebook when someone posted that looks like a mountain lion that’s was on mt Jesse Middleton nhyou might want to take a look

  28. Had someone post confirmed game camera of a mountain Lion dragging a buck away on my feed.

  29. on August 23, 2015 at 11:34 pm | Reply Ken Czechowicz

    Dear Sir
    On Sat 8/22/2015 my wife and I were in Cornish NH on Harrington Road (a dirt road) at approximately 9pm last night. We had an animal that looked exactly like this one cross the road. It appeared to be the same color and size. I never seen an animal like this before. Yet we both saw it and believe it to be a mountain lion.

  30. What I don’t understand is why we have to bring fish n game evidence. Shouldn’t they be the ones getting the evidence!? I don’t know about you but I’m not trained in that field, nor do I have the equipment (ie..tranquilizer gun to protect myself) or the courage to go into a forest I just saw a mountain lion exit! If it’s not fish n games responsibility to investigate, then who’s is it!?

    • Three points, in support of Fish & Game. One is that there are hundreds of reports of mountain lions sightings in New Hampshire every year. Maybe more. While I’m sure that nearly every person reporting that they saw a mountain lion believes that they did, many of those reports are suspect. As I’ve mentioned here a few times, I have yet to receive a legitimate photo of a mountain lion. I have received dozens of photos claiming to be mountain lions, that turned out to be bobcats, house cats, fishers, etc. Fish & Game have many responsibilities. Chasing bogus reports is not one of them. We need to provide credible evidence to Fish & Game if we want them to respond.

      Two is that we live in a state with lots of wild predators that have the potential to do us harm – including bears, bobcats, coyotes, fishers, etc. It is not Fish & Game’s responsibility to insulate us from these animals. It’s up to us to coexist with them. If there are mountain lions out there as well, then we should adjust accordingly. As people living in western states, where there are many mountain lions, have done.

      Lastly, Fish & Game are constantly gathering data on their own. They have gathered lots of evidence on New Hampshire wildlife. They’re not just sitting back in their offices, waiting for us to gather evidence.

    • on August 23, 2015 at 3:20 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

      NH Fish & Game doesn’t want you darting wild animals.
      What they do want is a good photo with details in the background that can be proven to be a NH location (i.e. trees in a pattern, pond, building, etc.), tracks (always carry a camera and measuring tape), or the location of a den.
      In other words, something that can be proven, evidence, to show that the big cats are here.

  31. People think because something hasn’t been around for a 100 years or so that it’s extinct or a new breed won’t evolve. A 100 years is a very short period of time relative to the earth’s existence. Mountain lions are back folks. Maybe it’s a new type of breed that’s evolved? Maybe they’re traveling east for the dense woods and amount of game? Bottom line, when you witness one, there’s no wondering if what you saw was an actual mountain lion…the tail is enormous and it’s something you’ll never forget.

  32. Jefferson nh right down road from santas village

  33. Several experts have SEEN cougars cache in trees, a known leopard behavior. They only do so in areas where it may be scavenged by other animals. Caches have been found in several New England states.Normally they just cover with leaves or forest litter.

    • A question I have about cougar caches in trees. Why do we hear about prey being found in trees, but never about bite marks, bite radius consistent with a cougar, etc.? This would be pretty traceable and give evidence of something — at the very least “injuries consistent with the bite marks/bite radius of a large cat.” Canines have very different bite marks (i.e. coyotes, wolf, etc).

      • Yes. One would think. Mt Lions leave a very distinct bite/kill pattern. We don’t have to send anything into the lab for testing when we come across an elk kill. It’s VERY obvious what got it.

      • People probably not taking note. Check out the “matanuck” incident in Rhode Island, which is now considered a class 1 confirmation. Initial visit by the DEM there labelled it a “road kill deer dragged by a bobcat”. The witnesses, one of which was a wildlife biologist, took issue with that finding. They called in the RI Enviro police (with help from the providence journal) , who investigated it. They found the carcass, with bite marks and attack methodology consistent with a cougar. The deer was killed in a back yard, and dragged shoulders off the ground over 1000 ft into woods, and covered with litter. Scat and tracks were also found. Tracks were cougar, but DEM was given the scat, and “lost” it. Several witnesses saw the cat leave the scene, hence the request to reinvestigate it. If you pre determine its not a cougar, you miss things. Three national experts all agreed it was a cougar attack, and the finding was reversed. Don’t see that widely published much do you? Google it.

      • I think the main reason that we don’t hear more about “carcass sign” is because there’s very little of it. I investigated a deer kill associated with a mountain lion sighting in New Hampshire quite a few years ago. When I got there two days later, a bear had eaten quite heavily, followed by coyotes. There was no evidence remaining from whatever had originally killed the deer. There is one confirmed report, from New York, of a cougar-killed deer, in the Adirondacks. Here’s a link to a story – http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/42763.html – posted by New York’s equivalent of Fish & Game.

      • That is a big problem in New England. If you don’t find the site fast, secondary scavengers destroy it and fast. I’ve seen several that were impossible to make anything of. Here is a saved copy of the providence journals report on the Matanuck incident. Many of the others are now gone off the net I see. http://www.cougarnet.org/sites/original/northeast-desc/RIpublished%20cougar%20story12-16-12.pdf

  34. Thank you. That needed to be said.

  35. You need to look at Michigan. Same story 8 years ago there. Lots of sightings, no road kills, no tracks etc. After a mammoth trail cam effort by the private wildlife conservancy, they finally got a good game cam pic. Turns out there were over 20 cats in the very areas they had been dismissing people for years. As for released pets, to date with the handful of southern new England DNA confirmations, none has been DNA traced to a released pet. To throw that label on (like they did initially with the cat hit in ct) is equally unscientific. There are a large number of confirmations now right over the border in southern canada. A kitten was killed Last summer just north of new hampshire. The evidence will show up with time. And no people, you are not crazy. Some sightings are reak.

  36. You can certainly remain as skeptical as you want but I observed one for nearly a minute in my front yard…not one running by, one slowly walking through my yard. Observed every feature…the animal is no joke. I’m also in a neighborhood with about 50 kids. You may be hopeful they come back but most of us parents wish the opposite…although it really doesn’t matter, they’re here. As far as giving fish and game credit and acknowledging that they need a picture…their own official was face to face with one…that’s not good enough though. They’re here, one was 15′ from my kids. At the very least, if there are several reports of a lion in the same area, fish and game should hold a public meeting saying, “we don’t have a picture but several people in the neighborhood claim to have spotted one. In case this is true, these are the precautions you should take for your pets and children.” That could be done right at the Windham Depot on a Saturday morning for example. They don’t have the resources for one official to come out and hold an hour meeting??? That’s a joke. Instead they just dismiss people who call and don’t want anything to do with the situation. I’ve been on the other end of several of those calls. Most of us who are calling don’t care about proving the lion’s existence…we already know they exist. We just want to be educated about the animal and how to take the proper precautions with our children. That’s too much to ask though. That’s discouraging.

  37. Since I saw the mountain lion in Windham NH on 7/28, there have been numerous sightings within a 2 mile radius. Pets and livestock have gone missing. Fish and Game has been notified on numerous occasions and they want nothing to do with this subject. They give you every reason under the sun as to why the mountain lion doesn’t exist in NH. Back in the 1800’s, NE was around 80% clear cut for farming and those farmers were also hunting the lions to keep them away from their stock. Hence, the lion went north and west for a better habitat. Fast forward 150 years and NE is now 85% wooded, all sorts of wildlife has made its way back here in abundance, the turkey being one for example. The dense forests are back. The food supply is back and now the mountain lion is back. Makes perfect sense and yet…fish and game refuses to acknowledge it? Why?? They claim they don’t have any pictures. Really? One of their own officials came face to face with a mountain lion. There have been numerous sightings with detailed accounts of the lion’s features. They actually put a game camera in my yard and now refuse to email me the pictures…they won’t even respond to my requests. Again, why? There’s a reason here and I hope the media recognizes this and digs for the answer. Why is fish and game refusing to look into the sightings and / or acknowledge them? They keep falling back on the lack of pictures….Umm….there’s video of one in Manchester NH from a few years ago. They’re burying these sightings for a reason and that’s what the media should be trying to uncover. We all know the mountain lion exists so why the need to cover it up??? I guess they’d rather keep trying to generate money by cracking down on people fishing without a license rather than educating the NH residents about mountain lions and what to do if you encounter one? Makes sense, create revenue over possibly saving a life…what a joke.

    • turkeys were brought in from out of state.with that said i have seen a mountin lion here in newbury anso did a friend in 103a in newbury.does no good to deal with the f&game. they dont have the money

    • In my humble opinion, I think you’re being unfair to NH Fish & Game. I’ve been running this blog for 6 years now. On the blog, reports do often come in a flurry, like these in Derry and Windham. There’s usually no hard evidence (as was mentioned by the Fish & Game). Meaning, there aren’t verifiable photos or video. There’s no fur sample, or scat, which could be tested. There’s no carcass. Which makes it hard to validate sightings. My sense is that when there’s a flurry of sightings that come from unrelated people in the same area and timeframe, there’s something there.

      What that might be, is harder to say. It might be a bobcat (lots of people mistake mountain lions and bobcats) or a fisher (some people mistake fishers and mountain lions) or something else (coyote, house cat – yes I’ve gotten a couple of house cat photos – etc). Which is not to say that what you are seeing is not a mountain lion. But it is to say that many of the reports I get, and that Fish & Game gets, are of other things than mountain lions.

      Then there’s the question of, “if this is a mountain lion, what type is it?” It could be a wild mountain lion. One was killed in Connecticut a couple of years back, that had traveled from Iowa. It is possible that a wild mountain lion is roaming New Hampshire. Or it could be a released pet mountain lion. There are actually a surprising number of people who think that it’s cool to keep a big cat as a pet, and who trade in exotic cats. I didn’t understand this, but after doing some research, I found out that it happens fairly frequently. Apparently, those pet owners often release those cats. The only way to tell if a mountain lion is a wild cat or a released pet is a DNA test, and that’s not exactly easy without having the actual cat (or a fur sample). One DNA sample collected in New Brunswick was of South American origin – which is very likely a released pet, as South America is the source for most cats sold as pets (you can read more here – http://www.cougarnet.org/sites/original/northeast.html)

      Which leads to another issue. I’ve been sent dozens of pictures of what people claimed were mountain lions, supposedly taken here in New Hampshire. Many of them were bobcats, a few of which I’ve posted in the Photos section. Others are pictures of actual mountain lions, but all of those were hoaxes. A Google search has shown every one of them, was taken somewhere else, at some other time, and the person sending it to me is, how do I say this nicely – lying. I’ve even received the same photo several times, with claims that it was taken in Greenfield, Wilton, Bedford and who knows where else. There are examples and an explanation of the hoaxes on the photos section of my blog.

      It’s not just everyday Joe’s who have misrepresent mountain lion images. You mentioned that a mountain lion was reported in Manchester a couple of years back. That was also a hoax, perpetrated by our friendly news media. CBSLocal ran the story (http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/05/18/mountain-lion-spotted-near-manchester-nh-school/) , with video, reporting that a mountain lion that was seen near a schoolyard in Manchester. The headline was breathless and full of terror. The accompanying video, low quality as it was, had been carefully edited to show only a short portion, of the head and shoulders of the cat. The full video, posted (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=615864142306) by the person who took it, showed that if CBSLocal hadn’t cleverly (misleadingly) edited it, we all would have seen that it was a bobcat (the tail is the giveaway). Many of us wrote to them asking for a correction, they never responded or retracted their story. I guess the clicks and eyeballs were more important than their integrity.

      I remain skeptical about the possibility of wild mountain lions returning to NH, but hopeful. Personally, I find the idea exciting. It would be cool. The scientist in me has doubts, which have not been alleviated by running the blog for all these years. For one, outside of that one mountain lion killed by a car in Connecticut, where are the road kills? For two, where are the photos? There are hundreds, if not thousands, of game cameras out there in the woods of New Hampshire (I have one in the woods behind my house). These cameras have taken thousands of pictures of bobcats, bears, fishers, coyotes, moose, deer etc. But nobody has produced a legitimate mountain lion photo. That’s puzzling.

      So, I suspect that Fish & Game is seeing what I am seeing. Lots of eyewitness reports. Some that are very credible, many that are not. Some photos, none that are credible (so far). And no hard evidence, no road kills, no scat for a DNA test, no deer kill in a tree 20 feet off the ground (there was one of these, in New York a few years back). Fish & Game needs to see solid evidence.

      • “no deer kill in a tree 20 feet off the ground ”
        Mountain Lions do not put kills up in trees.

      • @andesitetech – you and I have heard different reports. In googling the issue just now, there are quite a few exerts who say it never happens (cougar caching a carcass in a tree) and a few experts and eyewitness reports who say it does. It’s not a big issue to me either way, and I’ve never got one report here of it here.

      • “you and I have heard different reports”
        Reports? I have hunted them for the last 15yrs, some of my friends for 30+
        I know them very, very well.

      • on August 18, 2015 at 9:20 pm Sarge Collier

        I have no argument with Fish & Game. They’re busy people. I’m 74, an avid outdoorman and have raised English Setter pointing dogs for 45 years. I hunt grouse and woodcock (no raised birds!) all over New England and have hunted deer with the Sioux in South Dakota. I spend a lot of time in the woods. I have shot coyotes that were killing my lambs, seen fishers 4 times and actually saved my cat from one (evil), seen bears many times (my dogs treed one outside my cabin last spring) and have seen 1 bobcat in the snow. So the animal that crossed 20 yards in front of my Jeep in Peterborough last Thursday was tawny brown, weighed 80 to 100 pounds, had a thick but not bushy tail about 2/3s of the length of its body and a cat-like head. It was in broad daylight and I saw it very clearly. It crossed the road in about 4 seconds So what was it???? One reason they are so hard to photograph is that they move so quickly.

      • Sarge, like I said, there are lots of credible reports, such as yours. I’m not saying you didn’t see a mountain lion. I believe that you did. You have great credibility. But your eye witness report is not the level of scientific evidence needed to confirm that mountain lions are here, not for Fish & Game. And especially not enough to confirm that a wild, breeding population exists (as opposed to released pets).

        I created this blog because I believe that some of the reports (maybe many) are valid. But i understand the level of evidence Fish & Game needs. I don’t think there’s any conspiracy by Fish & Game, just a strong scientific skepticism. And I am really baffled that there are no game cam photos, or even any cell phone photos. Take that report from that couple about two months back here, where they said they were followed pretty closely by a mountain lion, hiking Mt Lafayette, for something like half an hour. Did neither of them think to take out their smart phone or camera and get a picture? And there have been several reports here over the past year or two from people who said they had pictures. I’ve contacted every one of them privately. Not one has sent me a valid photo. What gives there?

      • on August 18, 2015 at 10:50 pm Melanie Patterson

        I agree. While I do not know any of our NH Fish and Game folks, I do know some in other states. They are people just like the rest of us, not trying to cover anything up, but just doing their job. They would LOVE hard evidence of a mountain lion!

      • on August 19, 2015 at 12:05 am Linda McCracken

        Professionals always say cougars don’t put deer in trees, only leopards do and they don’t live here, however…

        Many people have reported animals in trees:

        Albany – 1 deer
        Alton – 1 deer
        Bradford – 1 deer and 1 goat
        Claremont – 1 sheep
        Harrisville – 1 sheep
        Mason – 1 deer
        Nashua – 1 dog
        New London – 1 fox
        Richmond – 4 deer
        Stoddard – 1 fawn
        Strafford – 1 deer
        Thornton – 1 deer
        Unknown town – 1 coyote
        Warren – 1 deer
        Wilton – 1 deer

        That means there are 19 animals in trees out of over 3,000 reported sighting events in my database. Although no one has seen a cougar with meat in a tree, there have often been cougar sightings either right before or right after the find, and sometimes tracks as well. I don’t know why no one has ever taken photos, but they haven’t.

        I believe cougars are doing it. They are cats and I know they climb trees as some have seen them in trees. If coyotes or other scavengers are after the kill, it makes sense to me that they’d hide it. They are incredibly strong and athletic.

      • The DNA from the quabbin scat did not indicate a south America source. Melanie Culver tested it and determined it was North American.Mass Wildlife speculated it was an escaped pet at the time. Tracks were also confirmed at the quabbin in 2010.

      • Thanks for the link to Melanie Culver. I had been told (by people close to McCarter) that it was likely a South American mountain lion, according to the first DNA test. That was many years ago, in the late 1990s, when I was taking tracking classes with Paul Rezendes.

        When I googled Melanie Culver, I came across what looks to be a great book (for those of us interested in this subject). “The Quest For The Eastern Cougar: Extinction Or Survival?”
        By Robert Tougias

    • Just an fyi from a person who has seen a Mountain Lion in southern NH two years ago…the Manchester video looked more like a bobcat and I do believe it was confirmed to be such.

      Other than that, gotta love the official Staten I was told…”no NATIVE mountain lions here” , to which I responded “Who gives a s**t if it’s native or not?” They are here!

      • The Manchester one was indeed a bobcat, cleverly edited.

      • The Manchester “mountain lion” was indeed a bobcat. No doubt about it. CBSlocal was negligent (criminally negligent?) to post a story they knew was false, and scare people like that.

        It does make a difference if these mountan lions are native. If North American mountain lions are returning, on their own, to New England, it means they will likely survive, breed and establish a sustainable population. If they are released pets, they probably won’t survive, probably won’t establish a breeding population. Many of the recent reports are of mountain lions in backyards, and neighborhoods. Areas that a wild mountain lion would avoid at all costs. I wonder if that means we’re dealing with a released pet, in Deering and Windham. It certainly isn’t shy around people.

  38. My neighbor on March Hill Road in Alstead, NH, saw a big, muscular, long-tailed tan cat, larger than her 80 lb male black lab, on Sunday August 16th about noon. It crossed the road from a neighbor’s house, walked around her yard, and then walked back across the road and went into the woods behind the neighbor’s house. Here is a link to a google map showing the location: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zJIxBZTPk3LU.kR0x7iy2CUfk&usp=sharing

  39. Hello I clearly observed a mountain lion in Meredith NH last week on August 12th at about 3:30 pm in a field off Powers Road near the lake. I was able to clearly see the lion on the edge of the field at about 30 yards until it sauntered into the woods. What struck me most was the gait of the animal and the length of the tail. I emailed the fish/game in NH but never heard back…….

    • Good idea to email NH Fish & Game but for some unknown reason they refuse to confirm the existence of mountain lions in the state. I have spent many years hiking, fishing etc and have seen many different types of wildlife. One thing I can positively say is that I saw a mountain lion in North Conway in July 2014 and my son was there to witness the event. One you see one there is no mistaking it for a bobcat or anything else.

  40. on August 14, 2015 at 2:14 am | Reply sarge collier

    It finally happened!!!!! Four hours ago I was driving on NH Rte 123 (might have been on Rte 124) about 1/2 mile from the junction of Rte 101 just past Rosalie’s farm stand in Peterborough. A big cat crossed in front of my car. It was tawney brown and about the size of a great dane dog – say about 80 pounds – but with much shorter legs. Its tail was as long as its body, about 4 feet long. No spots at all so I know it wasn’t a bobcat. The tail curled up at the end. I raise English Setter hunting dogs weighing about 50 pounds. It was far bigger than they are. It disappeared into the under brush. I had my camera and thought about taking photos of its tracks but it was walking so stealfully I decedided there wouldn’t be any. I have seen the birth of my 3 kids and the shuttle chasing the space station to start docking in thesummer sky but this ranks up there with the biggest thrills of my life. If anyone wants to look for skat or tracks, please email me. Thanks. Sarge Collier.

  41. On July 23 my wife and I were working in our yard on Webber Road in East Hampstead when we spotted a large, very light orange or tan animal that sped through the woods only 10 feet away from us. We were startled because we never saw an animal that looked like this, having seen many foxes, fisher cats, coyotes,deer, and even a bear in our back yard through the years. There is now no doubt that this is the same animal, possibly a mountain lion, that people in Derry and Windham have seen as we are only 12 miles away from the Derry sighting that happened on July 24. We tried posting a soundoff in the local paper to warn people but it was never published. There also were two baby deer that were in our neighborhood that we have not seen since our sighting.

    • Steve Im in Hampstead and would like to come look for prints or scat for the fish and game they refuse to admit of mountain lions in the area and are waiting for positive proof such as scat or prints. Please email or text. Fitnessfx@live.com
      603 489 7330

      • Should be easy once snow starts to fall.

      • Yes but the subject is hot right now and if this is cat is transient he won’t still be here in winter and we’ll have to wait who knows how long again

      • I grew up in Hampstead in the 80’s and remember driving down West Road and seeing one run across the road in front of my car. A friend and I first thought it was just a dog, but when we looked back there was a big cat standing on a rock wall. Definitely, was a mountain lion.

  42. about 5 days ago, On Magnolia Lane, Derry NH. I saw a long grayish tail (that at the time I thought was a snake) under my staircase next to my cat. making a screeching noise that sounded just like a mountain lion. on the tail there was some blood. we talked to the police about the sighting though they said that it was probably a bobcat. but, with reading some of the sightings in NH. it looks closer to a mountain lion. my cat is fine though, he lived and I think ran away from the so saw mountain lion.

  43. Sighting: Tuesday 8/11/15 right before 9 am
    Location of sighting: University of New Hampshire horse barn grounds

    Possible mountain lion spotted in Durham, NH near UNH horse barn fields. It ran across Rt. 4 in front of a moving car around 9 am. It continued running across the horse barn fields. Described as gray in color “easily over 100 lbs”. Described as “cat looking animal the size of a small deer.” I showed the person who saw the animal both separate pictures of a bobcat and mountain lion running across the road. They immediately said it looked like the second picture (the mountain lion) because of its tail.

  44. on August 7, 2015 at 7:22 pm | Reply Chuck cunningham

    I had seen what appeared to be a MT Lion crossing RT 121A in Sandown NH near the Chester NH town line this morning 6:20 am. Large and brownish in color. It had a long tail. Clearly a cat type animal except large. It crossed about 30-40yds in front of me and i was at a slow rate of speed where i could slow to try and get a better glimps except it blended into the woods to quickly. I have a large breed dog (135-140lbs) and what i seen was just slightly smaller in comparison. Googling bob cats i knew right away it was not a bob cat as what i seen had a long tail, no print and solid in color. Clearly what i had seen was a MT Lion. I thought to myself as i seen it cross in front of me was ” that looked like something you would see in a zoo”. Odd enough where it has been in my mind all day.

  45. on August 7, 2015 at 1:16 am | Reply Robert Rosen

    I arrived in Northern Vt today for a seminar. In driving up I stopped at a NH rest stop on route 89 a little before Croydon (sp?). On the wall was a picture of numerous NH wildlife and their foot prints. I was surprised to see the cougar was included.

    I asked the attendant if there were cougars in NH. The staff member smiled said it was an open issue. He said the government says no. He added that his wife saw one in the area not long ago. Of course, when she called the govt. to report her sighting and asked them to come out and investigate she got the usual “no need to come out and look at the prints. There are no cougars in NH”.

  46. I saw one on my way home from work on 8/3/15 around 1am it looked to me about the size of a dog and it was standing about ten feet off the road not far from some road kill on route 10 going from keene nh to swanzey i wish i had a pic but i wasn’t about to pull over on my motorcycle

  47. On Wednesday July 29,2015 at 3:30 pm. I was driving on rte 202A Barrington/Strafford NH line a mountian lion crossed the road right in front of our vehicle. This was a very large animal. Medium brown in color.

  48. on July 30, 2015 at 9:52 pm | Reply Richard Borden

    Regarding my lion sighting of July 30, I probably should not have described it as adult. I would estimate it to have been about 80-100 lbs.

  49. on July 30, 2015 at 9:24 pm | Reply Richard Borden

    Saw a mountain lion this a.m. around 7:40 on Route 93 North, about a mile south of the exit for Flume Gorge Center in Franconia Notch. It was approaching the center of the single lane, where there was road kill and traffic cones due to roadworks. I
    had to honk to get it off the road. It sauntered to edge of road and stopped to stare at me. There was no place for me to stop. I saw it, while barely moving, from about fifteen feet. It was an adult, healthy looking, a dirty- or grayish-yellow color. Looks just like that photo of stuffed lion that is supposed to be the last one shot in NE.

  50. Shane I would be interested in coming to check for scat or prints. I work in Hampstead and do jobs in derry windham daily. I do believe there is some kind of big cat over there as there have been numerous sightings in the area and if you look at a topo map there is a line of forest over there an animal could keep in cover. 603 489 7330. Let’s get some pictures of tracks and scat so we can show F&G they’re here

  51. So reading through the sightings below, I see that two folks saw one on 7/23 in the Berry Rd / South Range Rd area. My sighting yesterday was right off Depot Rd in Windham, directly in my front yard. If you look at a map, it’s all forrest between these streets….the rail trail runs right through it. That means this mountain lion has been in the same area for at least a week now….probably one to two square miles of woods. As a parent, that’s not very comforting.

  52. Shane call me 978 376 2549

  53. Shane a few years age maybe 10 now in Westford Ma( other side of Lowell) a mother was watching her kids in the back yard and saw a Mt Lion run right by the kids. The cat you saw I went looking for it Sunday in the Derry Londonderry area up n down the 128 area, with no luck. That Cat should show up in Dracut next.

    • How do you know it will be in Dracut?

      This could be unrelated but for the last 10 days or so I’ve had a skunk spraying at my house everyday….very annoying but maybe he felt in danger?? Also, in that same time period, I had a single turkey living in my yard. I thought it was weird that the turkey was alone and that he was typically perched up on something high like the swing set or the shed. A few days back I came home and found his feathers scattered on my front lawn…haven’t seen him since.

      Do these Mt lions keep moving or do they ever roam in a certain area for awhile?

  54. Hello – yesterday evening 7/28 around 7:30pm in Windham NH I saw a large mountain lion in my front yard. I first went out on my porch around 7:00pm and immediately heard a large crackling sound…I looked up and saw a very large brown animal off in the distance. No biggie I thought, it must be a really large deer. At this point it was walking away from me towards the cul de sac. I went back in the house and a half hour later I came back out to see if it was still there, hoping the “deer” would make it’s way on to my lawn so my children could see it. Sure enough, the same crackling noises and this time the animal was walking towards me. Once I could make out the approx size I thought it seemed awfully large to be a deer. Then as it got closer I started to realize that it walked too low to the ground to be a deer…of course never thinking it could be a moutain lion. It then got right up to the tree line where the lawn begins and started to walk along the edge of my lawn. I immediately saw the large shoulder movement and realized this certainly wasn’t a deer. Then I saw the tail and froze. This tail had to have been 3′ long…huge. The lion walked very slowly and I observed it for about 20 seconds. I clearly saw all of it’s features as it was only about 30′ or so from me…brown in color, muscular and bigger than I would have imagined. I was awestruck by the size of it. I slowly opened my door and whispered for my daughter to come get a look…she witnessed it as well. As the mountain lion walked into the woods we could hear it for at least another 20 minutes.

    The part that has me totally freaked out is that my two children were just playing by themselves in the yard about 20′ from where the mountain lion was. I live in a residential neighborhood (although heavily wooded) and there’s lots of children nearby. I don’t even want to let mine outside again. Any ideas or suggestions on what I possibly could do would be appreciated.

  55. I just saw what I think was a mountain lion as I left Dartmouth Hitchcock medical center. It was about the size of a 40 pound dog. Tan. Skinny. Long tail. It was running across the road in front of my car may be about 10 yards. 5:15 PM, July 28. It ran into the woods before I could get a picture.

  56. July 27, 2015 :: New London , NH
    Approximately 6:30 pm my son and I spotted a mountain lion crossing Route 11 heading up the hill to Four Corners. Rusty brown in color 4-5 feet long we were at a distance of 20-30 yards. Locals believe its range is the New London side of Mt. Kearsarge.

    • on July 29, 2015 at 4:50 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

      I saw my first lion track in 2001 at the foot of Mt. Kearsarge, so they’ve been there a long time.

  57. Hi kids,
    I own an undeveloped subdivision in Canaan. 30 acres with road but no houses. I have a trailer on the end. I walk the “road” every time I’m up there at least 5 times a day…just watching. I have seen turkeys, deer, porcupine etc. last weekend 7/25 I was walking down the road and heard this huge crow on top of a pole start squawking. I laughed as I thought it was squawking at me and across the road walks a mountain lion. I was 50 yards up wind and neither one of us broke stride! I walked behind this cat for 200 yds (I went back to mark it and check for nice prints) before he walked into the brush. Mad exciting and let it be know that I was carrying a fully loaded 40 cal! I have been to Africa and I know cats. This cat was not quite full grown, 140 lbs if I had to guess and unbelievably beautiful. Probably a once in a lifetime thing but I hope to get another sighting someday. For any doubters of ML’s in New Hampshire, ( and all others) don’t walk the woods without a firearm

  58. it was 7/23/15 at 445 am i was headed south on rt 202 in Hancock and just past norway hill rd and before the guard rails a large black cat crossed in front of me about 100ft away. it was very relaxed looking in its moving. going from west to east. i am well aware of cougars in the area and have seen one in antrim in my side yard on gregglake rd about 12 years ago.havent heard of black ones before though. very exciting

  59. Spotted Not far into the woods behind Berry Rd in Derry, NH. Extremely rare for this area but if it was not a mountain lion- it looked identical.

    • on July 23, 2015 at 11:58 pm | Reply Cheryl Holbert

      I also saw one on my walk today in that area, where Miltimore Road meets South Range Road (same woods, behind Berry Road), around 5 p.m. today.

      • on July 24, 2015 at 12:02 am Cheryl Holbert

        To clarify, it was standing on the road as I walked in that direction and remained still as I turned around and walked away from it.

  60. Ah just another day camping out in the woods. I set a trail cam up on a tree. I woke up at 5:11 am was getting ready to pack up and leave until I heard leaves cracking I didn’t know what it was until I was brown fur ah just a deer as I was walking back to my tent, I hear something walking back. “Uh oh” I did not know what this was so I grabbed my trail cam and left I know it was a wimp move but, I check the cam 4:58 am there was a cat on my cam I didn’t know what kind until I out lined it. it has a long tail and it had a decently small head thought it was a coyote but.. I saw the tail long and skinny. good thing I got out.

  61. 07/14/2015……..9:00 am or so……..old Nashua road Londonderry, nh…….saw a large mountain lion cross the road……extremely rare for this area…..must have been lost…..rusty-brownish color….tail as long as its body, curled at the end with a blackish/darker tip……beautiful animal….not sure why it was down here.

    • I was driving on Rte 31 (just before Pillsbury State Park) in Washington, NH this morning and saw a very large dark colored cat/lion cross the road. It looked black, the size of a medium bear and sleek looking. What would that have been? I have seen Bobcats and they are lighter color and short tail, this had a long tail and curled at end.

      • The one I saw was gray-brown, confirmed by others who have seen it in the same vicinity.

      • on July 19, 2015 at 12:23 am Linda McCracken

        I believe what you saw is an unknown species of black/gray cat. I’ve seen it twice and know they’ve been seen in Washington before. They are usually 40-80 lbs. with a long curved tail, long legs, skinny bodies, etc. Please contact me at lmccracken2002@yahoo.com as I’m doing research on these cats and would like to talk with you further.

  62. 7/12/2015 On route 16 in Errol, NH about 3:30 pm. Just before Greenough Pond Rd. we saw a huge mountain lion cross the road in @ 3 leaps. It had darker fur possibly brindle (sp?) . Really amazing!! Beautiful animal!!

  63. on July 14, 2015 at 3:49 am | Reply Stephanie sarabia

    I live in Pittsfield nh and tonight my kids and i had a fire behind my house like usual wee heard something in the woods about 15 get away my husband told the kids to get inside, about a half hour later my husband and i still outside where talking when my dog flipped running down our yard, i saw what looked like a mountain lion, my husband is still outside and can here out walking through the woods. I am scared to death right now for my kid… Please help

  64. Candia, NH – July 8, 2015
    Have seen lots of deer, many turkeys, a fisher cat once, coy dogs, a bear and even a moose walking through the yard a few weeks ago but today around 1 pm I spotted a large golden brownish very large cat in my back yard. It had a smooth coat and def walked like a cat. Tried to get a pic but was unable.

    • My neighbor here in Deerfield, NH claims to have spotted a mtn lion last week on the edge of her farm. She is a smart educated lady not prone to exaggeration but nevertheless I am very skeptical. I was researching to see if any one else reported sightings in the area. With your sighting too,..maybe it’s possible……

      • on August 11, 2015 at 5:06 pm Linda McCracken


        I have over 3,000 sightings reported in my database. I checked and 6 other people have seen mountain lions in Deerfield, NH since the year 2001.

      • on August 12, 2015 at 12:08 am Daphne@metrocast.net

        I live in Deerfield NH and spotted what I thought was a mountain lion on South Rd, about 4 yrs ago, whereabouts is your friend’s farm?


      • on August 18, 2015 at 11:02 pm John G. Elsnau

        I swore I saw a mountain lion on Griffin Road two years ago. I went out walking pre-dawn. When I was coming back home it was just before dawn I saw something I thought was a dog about a quarter mile up the road. I stopped and watched it stop. Then it turned to go into the brush on the side of the road, and even though it wasn’t terribly light out, there was no mistaking its profile. Never said anything about it because I figure no one would have believed me. Glad to see there are more kooks in Deerfield too!

        Note: I live about a quarter mile north of Captain Bill who posted on this thread July 21, 2014 at 11:08 am.

  65. Although this is in Massachusetts my two friends saw one at a golf course in Westminster 50 yards away. They said it was huge.

  66. on July 6, 2015 at 6:23 pm | Reply Michael Lebo

    We have a log cabin located in Stoddard, NH on Highland Lake. It’s located on the water on the east side of Pitcher Mountain in the Hidden Lake Association. We’ve only owned this place a few years and since we purchased it we have seen a variety of wildlife including Black Bears, Fox, Deer, Beaver, etc.

    This past week was the first time we saw a Mountain Lion. On 7/3/2015 @ 8:30 a.m. I walked out my back door and looked down the side of the house which is on the lake side and there was standing a beautiful Mountain Lion. I was on one side of the house and it on the other, so it was only about 50 – 60 feet away from me. It was light brown and about the side of a big dog (a little bit bigger than our neighbors German Shepherd).

    The side of the house it was standing at is only about 20 feet from the water, so I suspect it was getting a drink of water or possibly looking for prey. We have what appears to be a den formed by some huge boulders about 150 ft. from our front door (lake side). We suspect it might be a fox den, but we are unsure. It’s likely too small for a bear den. All the foxes we have seen run over that way and it’s close to the waters edge in a wooded area.

    I must have alerted it when I opened the back door when I stepped outside. Once it saw me it stared at me for about 10 seconds and the took off up the hill headed toward the den I mentioned previously through a wooded area. I tried to slowly reach in my pocket to grab my phone to snap a picture, but by the time I did it was too late.

    It was a very surreal experience, but also a little scary.

    —Mike Lebo

  67. My husband and I were riding motorcycles today on 101 toward Peterborough. About one mile before the little rotary before 202. About 1pm. Cat came from south side of road, crossed directly in front of me. On north side there is a bit of rock ledge she had to climb up. Brindle color, small compact ears, long in body, round beautiful face. Only took three or four strides to cross 101.

    It was a gorgeous sight!!!

    Would love to know if others have sighted in this area.

    Penny Foskit

    • on July 4, 2015 at 3:48 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

      24 big cats have been seen in the Peterborough area, that I know of, including one that I saw on Pack Monadnock on August 17, 2012. I heard a swish, then turned towards the sound and saw a reddish brown cat leaping over something above some 30 in. ferns, then it disappeared again on landing. Quite a few have been seen crossing Rt. 202, but you’re the first to see one crossing Rt. 101.

      • First reported crossing 101. For all we know there could be 1000s of sightings that aren’t reported in NH. For example I have talked to two people that saw one 1/2 hour from me in different directions different years.

    • on July 6, 2015 at 6:26 pm | Reply Michael Lebo

      Very neat experience. I spotted one in Stoddard, NH (not too far from Peterborough) on 7/3 on the east side of Pitcher Mountain on Highland Lake.

    • Re. Penny Foskit’s sighting on Rte 101 in Peterborough, today I recieved this email from a friend who also lives in Peterborough: On Friday ML crossed 101 at ledges near Goldmine underpass. Four leaps it was across the highway! This is Dublin barely!

  68. I live in the manchester area and work in the kingston Hampstead area. Have not yet seen one but I’m interested in them and would like to attend a New England mountain lion presentation or talk. Anyways I always see these people who will follow them to get a pic of better look at them to confirm their suspicions and I think eventually if these are indeed Pumas they will attack and then we’ll have the ultimate form of DNa in the form of a victim and their wounds being consistent with that of a ml I think f&g needs to be a bit more opened to the idea before they get someone killed or manged. Maine vt and even mass wildlife professionals seem to have little problem admitting their existence even if just saying its a individual passer through. A puma is a puma reguardless of how it got here

  69. I know the man from Alstead who took this picture. He is a lifelong hunter and outdoorsman in addition to being a professional. I have talked to him about this, and I respect his wish to remain anonymous.
    Once you actually see a mountain lion you will no longer be so skeptical about others’ claims. I saw mine at 11:45 am on 1/8/14 in Keene, where 3 are spotted regularly.

  70. I saw this pic a few years ago. It looks like a painting of a cougar. I thought that then and still think it. The facial features are off as well as the shadowing and posture, and this would have actually been around the time we had our sighting, in Alstead 2011ish….

  71. Many of us on this blog have been waiting for this for a long time. Posting in case anyone missed this important milestone in New Hampshire cougar history:



    • Sean, yes, we’ve been waiting. I’ve received many photos over the past few years, none legitimate. I’ve posted many of those here, with explanations.

      The photo you linked too is likely a stuffed cat. The person who photographed it, when asked if he got any other photos of it, said that he only had one picture left on his roll of film. So there’s only the one pose. Experts who viewed the photo say that it’s in a classic taxidermy pose, and has a posed look.

      It might be legit, but there were many questions about it. In the meantime, we’re all still waiting. JR

      • Ya, check the link above. Dateline was 27 June 2015 so I thought it was new. The author was Harrigan.

      • LOL… Are you serious John? This was in the Union Leader published on 27 June 2015. He must have been walking fairly stiff legged if he was stuffed…eh? lol! I am really disappointed if this is fake. There were three items in the story that did not ring well, 1) I did not like the fact that the guy did not want to be named. 2) The fact that he admitted he had “run ins” with F&G. And of course 3), he was on the last frame on the 35mm roll. I want to believe. I guess that is something I have to learn to suppress and become more skeptical. I am staring out the same window now that I did when I had my sighting. About a week later, a deer covered the same ground as our cougar but in reverse so I bought a Moultrie M880 for my yard. I setup the camera along that route through my property. So far, only squirrels on the game camera…. :-) Patience… patience… Thanks John.

      • On my game camera I’ve got pics of bear, bobcats, raccoons, a fox, coyotes, and many many deer. No mountain lions….

      • That’s odd. This story ran a few years ago. Not sure why Union Leader is re-running it now. The author, by the way, is a really solid guy. Lives up above the notches, has written several times about mountain lion sightings (reported to him) including one from a game warden. If you search for Harrigan and mountain lion” you should find some of his articles.

      • The link referenced above on the Union Leader website is now dead. Hmmm…

  72. on June 26, 2015 at 11:58 am | Reply Kenneth Totty

    Tue. Sept. 20th, 7:15pm route 28 (Broadway) Salem, N.H. While going on an errand, a large “feline” dashed out of the woods 30-40 feet in front of me. I slowed and watched this thing as it disapeared through the brush on the other side of the road. My view was aided by a street light that it ran under. What I noticed right away was the muscular shoulders, the long, thick trailing tail and the med. tan color. It appeared to be a juvenile? approx. 75-80 lbs would be my best guess. Immediately upon returning home, I went right to the computer and it was a no brainer for me…it was a mt. lion/cougar that I saw. Did not report to the N.H. game dept. for obvious reasons.

  73. June 23rd about 8:15 pm looked out my back window and saw something tan/light brown laying next to my shed looking toward the house. I watched it for about 1 minute then it stood up and I got a perfect side view of it and it was definitely a mountain lion. It was about the same height as my chocolate lab but much longer and had a long tail. It was about 30 or 40 yards from my house and only a few feet from my swimming pool where my kids and I were just swimming about 30 minutes prior. I hollered to my wife and it stopped and looked in the window at me. Before my wife could get a picture it walked across my kids play ground and went into the woods. I live in Lempster NH.

  74. on June 23, 2015 at 4:36 pm | Reply sargent collier

    Hi JR. I was wrong. It was a bobcat. However, if I can somehow attach some pages of a discussion of a facebook group called M.A.N.E. there is much talk about mountain lions in the Mason area. Supposedly a half buried deer carcass was found near Pratt Pond and the lion tracks were confirmed by Dept of Fish & Game

  75. Sarge Collier,

    I have family in Mason and do all of my hunting in the Mason area. Two or three years ago a home owner found a half buried deer carcuss near the Pratt Pond area. Fish and Game was contacted and according to the reporting party they unoffically confirmed it was a moutain lion kill.

    During this time I did all my hunting near Pratt Pond. One early morning I was walking to my stand using a flash light. There was a small stream near my stand and while walking through it I shined my flash light on the stream. I saw a redish green eye shine. I never seen eye shine like that. I’m not saying it was a lion, but I do not know what it was.

  76. on June 23, 2015 at 3:08 am | Reply sarge collier

    I live in Mason, NH. Through the Mason horse riders website I have seen a photo in their website of a Mountain Lion seen here in the last few days. I heve also heard that a professor from UNH came down and confirmed that the tracks were of a mountain lion. I also heard that a lion was chased away by some horse owners whose steeds were being attacked by a lion. Plus, I heard of another sighting of a female with 2 healthy cubs. Has anyone else heard of this? I have no desire to hurt these magnificient creatures but if my dogs, horses or my family are attacked am I allow to defend them?

    • Can you post a link to the photo on the horse riders’ website? I searched google, but nothing came up. Thanks! JR

  77. I just (6/22/15 2:55pm) saw what appeared to be a mountain lion cross Rt. 202 on the Peterborough/ Hancock town line. Tan colors, long and sleek body.

  78. on June 10, 2015 at 9:34 pm | Reply Robert Rosen

    I am in central NY at the moment. A couple that struck up a conversation with me told me that the wife’s mother saw a mountain lion in or around Newark, NY. The couple said they are here. People see them frequently in the area.

    They said this is a smaller strain of cat, much as Rob Maglio indicated in his post. They insisted that they are mountain lions, however, complete with the long tail.

    I don’t know if this is helpful but I find it interesting.

  79. I saw a mountain lion in my driveway on June 4, 2015 about 4 pm. I followed him/her down the driveway and then onto a little used fire road. In all maybe a quarter of a mile, before he disappeared into the woods.

    On first sighting, I tried to figure out what breed of dog it was. But then I realized it was walking like a cat, not a dog and had a long tail that hung down except for the very end which an uupwards curl. The coat was a smooth soft brown, almost beige. I would guess he was about 3 feet high.

    I live in the Roland Park section of Center Ossipee.

  80. My son and I saw 1 yesterday, May 30, 2015 @ 1:00pm on Wallace Road in Bedford, NH. We were accelerating after a four way intersection and saw what looked like a large cat about the size of a medium dog (40 lbs or so) with a uniform color coat, sort of tannish orange, with a black tip on its tail. It came out of the woods on one side of the road, pounded a couple times and was across into the woods on the other side. We only saw its profile for about 5 seconds, but am pretty confident it wasn’t a bobcat based on the coat color. My son said he thought it looked like a small tiger with no stripes.

    • Cool! Just FYI (I’m not saying you didn’t see a cougar. I have no clue what you saw) but there are tawny, nearly solid color bobcats. 40 lbs is small for a mountain lion. A full grown cougar is upwards of 120 – 140 lbs and six feet in length. Black tip on tail could also be a bobcat. And the description of looking like a small tiger would fit bobcat more than cougar. A cougar looks like a more sleek version of a female lion or looks like a panther. Bobcat tails vary in their bob length also. The cougar tail is up to 3 feet long. Do a Google image search for bobcat and see if any look like your sighting. Most will look like typical, easily identifiable Bobcats, but you will also see quite a few that could be mistaken for cougars. Hope this helps!

  81. on May 15, 2015 at 1:32 am | Reply David R Yeo

    On the 14 the of May at 8:00 am on 112 Lancaster Hill Road in Tilton N.H. My brother and I were at the end of his drive way and saw two mountain lions in the field across the road from his house. I got out of my car and walked within 100 feet and took pictures and they never moved,

  82. Oops correction. May 13,2015

  83. I was traveling south on route 11 just before Mt Major trail head at around 1245 when a mountain lion crossed the road from the Mt side to the lake side. I couldn’t Believe my eyes! This was Wednesday May 15, 2015

  84. on May 12, 2015 at 4:35 pm | Reply Bob Fairman

    Just saw one in the woods behind my house in Richmond, NH on the Morgan Reserve. Pretty dense and expansive forest area. Looked like the stuffed one in your picture but fuller and healthier. It was calmly walking across the edge of a clearing and disappeared behind a deadfall. My guess is 40-50lb.

  85. on May 9, 2015 at 7:21 pm | Reply Dave McEwen

    May 8th about 7:30 pm taking my grand children home we all saw a large cat walking the stone wall about 100′ away definitely a mt lion large tail fawn to golden color just off rt. 28 in Wolfeboro,NH

  86. on May 9, 2015 at 7:10 pm | Reply C Schroeder

    My boyfriend and I were hiking down the Old Bridle Path on Mt. Lafayette last evening. It took us longer than expected due to the snowy/icy conditions. We were about a mile and a half from the trailhead at dusk when my boyfriend heard something behind him, spun around, and saw a cougar 20 ft. away on our right side coming toward us. We made as much as much noise as possible, but as we were descending realized it was still following us. It stayed with us all the way back to the car. This cougar was approx 100-120 lbs and three ft high, four feet long, yellow/tan in color, with a very long tail, and white face markings. This animal was bold, and we were grateful to make it home for a much deserved beer.

  87. I’m sorry ,forgot to say about the deer in the tree part …that would of been a suspected panther or tiger that disappeared/ escaped from that zoo up in Greenville nh b4 it got shut down…years ago.

  88. In the spring of 2007 I saw a large mountain lion sachet across my road and disappeared into the woods-20 feet from me.i was sitting on my porch.
    It had to be 5 ft long -no 1 believed me.
    My son saw a lynx this evening near the same spot.thats how I found this blog..looking for big cats in my area.
    I have seen a wolf 2x since living here.NO MISTAKING that either.it was big and majestic
    This past fall my son also saw a bear -30ft from him. (He ran like hell)
    Oh and the racoons,skunks,possums,beavers are normal occurances.
    I live on a dirt road near a lake in ashby,ma.
    Thanks for sharing all
    I heard that their were reports of deers in trees a few years ago on the ashby nh border..a lady was riding her horse and it started to go a little wild,the lady looked up and saw a Deer in the tree..and got out of their.reported it to the police.only one thing will drag a deer up a tree

  89. on April 18, 2015 at 1:09 am | Reply Chip Mangini

    Two nights ago I was on the deck grilling in Greenfield, NH. Our property borders conservation land and overlooks Mt. Monadnock. Around 7pm I spotted a Mountain Lion traveling across the border of the yard,

  90. on April 15, 2015 at 10:54 pm | Reply Jason Lalancette

    Prior to 2000 my cousin and I were headed fishing in Ossipee area when we spotted a Mountain Lion on the side of the road in Union Just the other side of the intersection were the bait shop is. We thought nothing of it just we Saw a Mountain Lion and were certain after that they live in NH after this. Memorial Day weekend 2000 I headed out to the north country to do an exploratory fishing trip. I decided to set up camp at the Beaver Trails campground in Lancaster near the bridge that crosses into VT. While I was setting up my tent I noticed some pretty spastic cats running around I want to say there was maybe four of them. I set up my tent and was making a grill cheese sandwich when out of the side of campground where the grass was longer came the two adults the First definately a Catamount and the second was more grey or a molting female. I had left one of the doors to my tent down when I went reach for a spatula and one of the kittens got in the tent I opened the other side to let it out. So in the meantime a Proffesor from St. Mary’s in Nova Scotia had come into the campground on a BMW motorcycle and was Setting up a tent beside me on the same edge of the field that the two parents had emerged from. He had driven all the way from Mexico and was on his way home when he dropped into NH to ride through the Whites. I called to his attention and pointed out the wildcats on the edge of the field. I opened the door to my pickup when I had my headlights shinning on the Male adult and took a picture. He was sitting in a sphinx like position with his ears folded over. Another one of the kittens climbed the tree over my tent and was hanging out above me. These kittens tails had rings and like I was saying the female was grey and looking Kinda like a large tiger cat. So I eventually turned in for the evening and the cats were right outside my tent the entire night. They were making cat noises only It was if they were amplified about 20 times. I talked with the woman who ran the camp store the next morning and her only comment was Cat Foo Yung. The proffesor and I had a coffee in the morning and talked about what we had saw. The picture I took was rather foggy and I was told I should show FIsh & Game. The first picture in the set of two I had sent to fish & game never got there or they got and said they didn’t get or it was lost in the mail. So I took the one I had left to them in person. The biologist said he would have to scan the picture onto the the computer and to do so he had to go to the New Hampton office. Later he stated that the photo was inconcusive and I had seen a family of bobcats. I guess the last documented proof was from 1953 in New York State for the Eastern Mtn. Lion but I think he didn’t want to create a witch hunt because there is no doubt in my mind these were Mountain Lions

    • on May 15, 2015 at 8:28 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

      Never, ever give original photos to NH Fish & Game. I only know of one instance where they were returned and it was on a wedding video. Somehow, the cougar part got “accidentally erased”. I’ve heard of multiple accounts of photos and videos disappearing.

  91. I was driving down 28 in Chichester Thursday the ninth of April and one crossed the street and stood on the side of the road I wish I had known no one has a pic I didn’t even know they were rare here! I told my husband and he said there are only stories! I said well that big kitty was right there! He drives down there often at night he’s gonna be on the watch now for it!

  92. I live near a small lake in central N H, the lakes region, Today at 5 pm I was taking my two dogs down to the beach to play fetch. The lake is still frozen and as I stopped the truck I noticed an animal crossing the ice about 100 yards away, first thought a deer ,they are everywhere around here, a fox, a bob cat or lynx, no this was a large cat with a long tail, about the same size as one of my dogs, about 65 lbs. I have lived in Livingston Montana and saw mountain lions quit often, this was a mountain lion.. I watched it cross the lake and go into the woods , maybe about a minute. Got out with my camera but couldn’t get a shot of it once it was in the woods, It’s the exact same color as woods. Drove up the mountain road to wait and see if I could catch it headed up the mountain but no luck. Amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 It was moving quite fast but not a run, It was close enough that my dog, Meinka also saw it, with much interest, as it crossed the lake.

  93. on April 3, 2015 at 5:52 pm | Reply Peter Gauthier

    On Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at about 6:38pm in Littleton NH on Partridge Lake Road we had deer in our yard eating acorns. As we watched the deer, it turned to stare into the woods and very attentively watched. He then stomped the ground and took off. In the mean time we snapped some pictures of him. Moments later, we observed what we believed to be a mountain line, pass along the edge of the woods and head off into the direction of the deer. After looking at the pictures, we realized that we had captured the mountain lion in the background. The picture shows the back end of the lion with its long tail, but the front of it is behind a tree. We did go out to look at the tracks and found them to be 3 inches across, in a straight line, in sets of 4. The distance between the sets was 14 inches and each set of four measured 29 inches from the front to the back. The photos of the tracks did not come out very well with the white background of the snow.

  94. I live in Amherst, NH. One day I was walking to get my daughter on the bus when I saw something moving to the left of me. I looked and I saw a fox up on top of this ledge with a rock on it and underneath was a massive cougar just starring. Now I’m sick of people being naïve and saying “oh no they don’t exist around here, that’s impossible” excuse you BUT they do!!!!!!! I know my freakin animals and I know a cougar of all because I am absolutely petrified of them… This was NO BOB CAT!!!!! Bob cats are different coloring as well as DIFFERENT size and faces. I got back to my house and drove to the bus stop. I got to the bus stop and was telling another mother about it and she said “that’s why my dog was going absolutely insaneeee!”

  95. I was driving home one night (Summer of 2009 or 2010) from North Central Massachusetts to where I live in New Ipswich. It was about 11:30pm and I was traveling down New Ipswich Road in Ashby MA, approaching the border of NH (within 50 yards of it). As I came up over the hill I saw the tan hindquarters of large feline crossing the street, heading into the woods. I am 100% certain that it was a mountain lion because it was fleeing across the road from a house that has a chicken coop. (For the record, I hadn’t been drinking or using drugs that evening, and I am totally convinced that what I saw was, in fact, a mountain lion).

  96. Do you people not have game cameras? Do hunters in NH not put motion game cameras up on trees? There should be thousands of pictures. I live in Oregon…a place MUCH more rural than NH where I grew up. Lions are constantly showing up on game cams and hit by cars.
    No photos? no bodies?…no cougars. They don’t hide. Don’t you guys have like 5 feet of snow? Photograph some tracks in the snow perhaps. Cougars need to feed all winter and that requires a LOT of tracks. NH does not have any real stretches of roadless land. Walk 10 miles and you will hit some kind of road.
    Simply not enough wilderness left there to support big cats.

    • I grew up in Ore., now live in NH. I find it crazy that NH believes there are zero cougers here at all (lol). however, thats because cougers were almost” extinct from hunting here. Ore. on the other hand, is extremely overpopulated, lending to frequent sightings. As a child growing up in Ore. we rarely heard of couger sightings.

    • Putting aside your condescending nature for a moment… One of the purposes of this website (not speaking for the owner) is to recognize that these sightings ARE extremely rare. We don’t have thousands of photos from game cameras because there are probably only a few cats roaming about! There are probably no breeding pairs in New England. We know they come from “out west” as proven by the DNA search done on the cat hit and killed by a car in Connecticut a few years ago. As far an NH being rural, I can walk ten miles in many locations and not hit a road. The state lacks urban and truly suburban areas. Outside of the I93 corridor, everything is spread out. I do agree that there is not enough contiguous wild areas to support a large breeding population of big cats but north of the notches might be possible. Animals adapt, if allowed.

  97. Has no one sent you any of the photos they’ve said they have? Because i can’t see that you’ve shared any on your photo page. There’s only the same 4 that have been there for months.

    • Hello I was wondering if it is true are they really here I go up north all the time and look for wild life to get on cam but have not seen one yet herd story’s from people up there but have not found any

      Sent from my iPhone


  98. Here’s a thought — (Not to add more ambiguity or start an urban legend!) You know how the Eastern Coyote is a lot larger because it has wolf DNA and they discovered grey wolves had mated with coyotes? Do you think it is possible that bobcats mated with mountain lions? I question this, because when my husband and I had our sighting that I posted a long time ago, while everything about what we saw screamed ‘mountain lion’ (very long tubular tail, tan coat, black tipped ears, short hair), the one missing thing was the animal was smaller (more bobcat size). We thought maybe it was a young lion. Then about a month ago, we were driving on Rt 202 in Rindge and some type of large feline bounded across the road. The coat was darker than the light tan one we saw in Alstead years ago, and the animal did seem smaller (but much too large to be a domestic cat). I thought maybe bobcat, but again, the tail was long. I also wonder if there are bobcats with longer tails. This recent sighting was not so clear, so I dismissed it, but there is something going on here. We’re all seeing something that is outside the norm….

    • on March 26, 2015 at 10:18 am | Reply Rhonda Nichols

      I saw one on the sharron stretch 2 years ago in mid summer. I will tell you that is’t the biggest cat I HAVE ever seen!

  99. February 20, 2015: 9:45PM Osgood Rd, Sanbornton, NH. I saw a mountain lion come from west side of road. It ran straight down the road (south) extremely quickly. I was in my car with the brights on heading south. It ran up a driveway on the west side of the street. I probably saw it for perhaps ten to fifteen seconds. It was quite large/tall and very long. When I went up the road early the next morning, I saw a puddle of urine at the end of that very driveway the mountain lion ran up. Upon examination with a neighbor, it must have been a fairly forceful spray to have melted the ice/snow. A couple of neighbors took some photos of tracks and the urine puddle.

  100. In response to the Salisbury Amesbury sighting- a friend of mine saw one cross 495 by Brad Parks snow tube place last winter. It crossed in front of him at 3 am he was still half asleep on his way to work. He does wildlife photography as I do so he noticed the tail.

  101. Early January 2015. My brother saw a small lion walk across the field near the wooded area behind our house in Gilmanton. He called a neighbor a few houses down who could also see it out his front door once it got to his end of the field.

  102. My husband saw one on the Salisbury/Amesbury, MA border last night crossing a well used but dark road.

  103. Tenney Mountain Highway, Plymouth. December 30, 2014. We were driving west around 11:00 am. In the field to the right, near the Baker River we observed a mountain lion crossing through the field, then walking along the perimeter of the trees. Although I took a photo and short video, I was too far away and you can’t discriminate the animal from the background. This was absolutely not a bobcat: long thick tail and large.
    This was the second time we’ve seen one. The first time was in Campton, off Winterbrook Rd, July 4th, (2010 I believe). That sighting was reported (and promptly discredited).

  104. 12/30/2014 9:15 Route 202 A infront of Strafford elementary school, saw full grown lion clear as day.

    • On July 3, 2012, on Crown Point Road, in Strafford, we had a cougar show up on the farm. It appeared to be an adolescent with very faint brown spots. It had round ears, a fat tail almost as long as its body. It was crouched in a stalking position about 50 feet from my goat pen and my chicken pen. We filed a police report and the PD came out and looked for it in our barn. Turns out the chief saw one on Roller Coaster Road down by the Isinglass store a few days earlier. No photos as it took off when my daughter spooked it by coming around the hedge. My wife had seen one on 202A a month prior on June 7, 2012.

    • Size was aprox 5 ft in length, standing about 3 ft tall, cross about 15 feet from my car doing 25 mph.

  105. At was about 6:30 p.m. On 101 I was driving home I was going 55 miles an hour this huge yellow I thought was a some kind of cat but it was huge must have been way to probably about 10 maybe not sure 55 miles an hour and it ran right in front of my car it freaked me out I have no clue what it was but it still has was not age Fisher cat or Bobcat I told my husband about it you said it may have been in mountain lion I describe it as big yellow long and Fast round face and the long tail was facing down and it ran fast did the crap outta me do you have any clue what it may be Thanks

    • At was about 6:30 p.m. On 101 I was driving home I was going 65 miles not 55 an hour this huge yellow
      witch I thought was a some kind of cat but it was huge.. and it ran right in front of my car it freaked me out I have no clue what it was but i know was not age Fisher cat or Bobcat I told my husband about it when i got home. He said it may have been in mountain lion I describe it as big yellow long and Fast’ he had a round face and the long tail was facing down and it ran fast It scared the crap outta me do you have any clue what it may be Thanks

  106. Driving from petebourgh to Dublin it crossed going to the left side.

  107. In mid August my grandfather came into the house and said he saw a mountain lion on the petebourgh- Dublin town line, on 101.
    I went back with him to see if we could see it or find some evidence.
    Well there i saw a big bushy tail going into the woods which was obviously a coyote tail.
    So I asked him if it could of been a coyote, but he said it was too cat like with a long tail.
    He’s seen bobcats before and he said that definitely wasn’t it.

  108. on November 10, 2014 at 8:40 pm | Reply Richard Brassard

    I saw a mountain lion in New Ipswich Nh. Was walking by our pond when it came sprinting through the woods down the side of the brook. Leaped across my sire way (7-8ft) in a single bound. As soon as I realized whatthe giant cat was, I watched the tan/brown beast blur away. Maybe 6 or 8 seconds total. Biggest wild animal iv seen other than 2 moose or a few big deer.

  109. JR, I sent an email to your gmail address. Feel free to post it’s contents on this site if you find them helpful.

    Thank you,


  110. Is there any chance I saw a ml on the side of 101 headed west right after the exit for 13 in Milford? Seems like a weird area but it was way too big to be a bobcat- was as tall as the white markers on the side of the road. It was definitely a cat (not a coyote) and had big yellow eyes and a round face/head. It was right n the side of the road (south of 101) and I quickly turned around but it had moved a bit down the hill and I couldn’t get a better look. It looked a big bigger than my 110lb dog!

    A saw a few recent sightings not too far from here on this list- how far does a ml typically travel?

  111. on October 23, 2014 at 9:03 pm | Reply Linda A Bergeron

    Saw a mountain lion in my backyard this afternoon. Knew it was a cougar and looks exactly like the picture above. Sighted on October 23rd,2014 in Candia NH.

  112. Saw a mountain lion on route 13 Brookline/mason area on August 29th about midnight. It crossed the road I saw it as clear as day in my headlights. When it got to other side it stood in a high grass looking at my car as slowed. It was amazing.

  113. I’ll never forget what happened to me back in 1999. I was almost 15 at the time at my family’s home on Middleton rd in Wolfeboro NH. I’m 30 now, and have such a vivid memory of this account. It was in the afternoon, sometime in the fall. I came out of the front door and started walking down the walkway to the driveway. Something caught my eye. Under a bush, roughly 4 yards away ( it was CLOSE), was the largest cat I’ve ever seen in my life! It was crouched in a stalking pose with it’s head low, eyes wide just watching. I remember I stopped breathing and froze taking in the visual of this “cat”. There’s no doubt he was just as big as I was. (I was about 120lbs at the time) It was light tan/ cream in color, wide nose and white on it’s chin. It was short haired, and the majority of its body was the same tan/cream color. It’s tail was long, and looked thick around. I thought I was looking at a female lion! I didn’t even think (cougar) at the time. I was terrified! I somehow collected myself to walk towards the end the driveway, then darted across the street to my neighbor’s house. I was too afraid to walk back to my house by myself, so my neighbor had to walk me home. I told him what I saw, and I don’t think he believed me at all. Of course when we got there, the lion was gone. I was so shaken, he knew I’d seem something, but told me I had probably just seen a bobcat. I knew what a bobcat was, and it wasn’t one. But I let him reassure me anyway. I know what I saw, and I’ll never forget it. I live in New London NH now, and have heard from 2 sources I feel credible, as well as a couple others, that they have seen a cougar in The New London Sunapee area. My husband is one of them, and has told me about the time he, his friend, and his dad found a fox carcass up in a tree, hanging over a branch. He described it as looking “deflated”. Could this have been the lunch of a cougar??? I would LOVE to see any photos anyone has of cougars they’ve seen in NH. I hope this beautiful creature has found his home in the “Granite State” :)

    • Liza, cougars don’t put their food in a tree. They bury it. I have heard stories of others encountering some kind of animal carcass in a tree. I have no clue who or what would do that, but not a cougar. This info comes from a family member who is a wildlife scientist for over 20 years and an avid hunter.

  114. ~9pm tonight, walking along the wood line by my house in Deering. I would guesstimate about 4.5ft head to tail… Wasn’t in a hurry. This is the 2nd sighting..,

  115. Half way between King Rd and Route 4..

  116. Glad there is a site for this. I’m up in Campton Nh. I keep a grill below my deck.one night I heard noises under my deck ,it was just starting to get dark and I saw a Mountain lion for sure, about 5 ft long and long tail. When it saw me I have a 7 ft cement retaining wall behind my house to hold back grade level and it had no problem making it over the wall.it was unreal

  117. Hi,
    A few of my friends have seen a mountain lion in Washington NH, Unity NH, and Hillsborough heard mountain lions scream in our woods. The unity photos of a friend the lion is a good size!!!!!!

    Laura H l

  118. on September 23, 2014 at 3:17 am | Reply Jill Sharkey Amidon

    About 8 or 9 years ago I saw one standing on a boulder under the power lines just off Route 9 on Route 123 in Stoddard heading toward Island Pond. I first saw it out of the corner of my eye as I was driving, but I thought it was a fawn or small deer. It didn’t make sense that a deer would be on top of a very large boulder, so I did a 180. When I came back upon it, I quickly realized it was a mountain lion! We stared at each other for a couple of minutes. Then another car drove by. I actually flagged the girl down, and she stopped. I asked her if she saw the mountain lion and she yelled, ” Oh My God!” It quickly jumped off the rock and was out of sight. Amazing! I will never forget it!

  119. Mountain lion crossed Ruddsboro Road in Etna around 5 pm 9/22/2014. It was a wooded area on both sides.

  120. on September 20, 2014 at 4:08 am | Reply pottstownteensandkids

    Rt. 142 going toward bethlehem from 93. A very large tawny cat with long u shaped tail walked across the road in front of my car. I saw its entire profile. Tall, 6 or 7 ft long. Sauntered like a cat. It was around 8 p.m. It did not run but saunter and its long tail shocked me. Never saw anything like it before and I have been visiting for years. It had to be as tall as my thigh. It crossed from left to right into the woods. Curious if anyone else has seen this. Do I report it somewhere?

  121. Harrisville, NH…. was driving on bonds corner road towards lampman rd Tuesday sep 14th at 9am and saw the mountain lion cross south of lampman rd coming from grimes hill rd. He ran across the street into the woods. The animal looked just like the picture above. May have been just a tad bit lighter in color. Pretty cool to see. …. -Brooke

    • Ok looking at pic again above and i guess i shouldnt have said lighter in color but maybe brighter in color. May have been a litle more golden but then again it was raining out so it could have just been wet i guess?

  122. My cougar siting was several years ago and I’ve been following this site for a while. Recently I heard a rumor that owning a cougar as a pet is legal in Massachusetts and the person suggested, if we’re seeking cougar up here, it is probably a released one, because the owners while they think they’re cute as kittens, don’t stop to think what a 125-130 pound cat that is a wild animal will be like as a pet. They claim a relative had one lounging on the metal roof of their hen house up here in NH. What are your thoughts on that? I don’t know, but I personally think the cougars that are being seen here are not former pets, but wild animals in a habit they can live and thrive..

  123. Copied from the Cougar Rewilding Foundation:

    “Panther Love, Kittens Nursing, Deer Take-Downs: Everywhere But The East

    Sep 13th, 2013 by CRF

    Everywhere cougars roam, even in the lowest dispersal densities, what we call incidental evidence appears: cats treed, hit, shot, snared, and found wandering into towns and cities. And increasingly, the proliferation of remote game/wildlife cameras is getting terrific pics of cougars along the urban/suburban interface. Folks even get pics of cougars on cell and point & shoot cameras: looking in windows, staring down house cats, entire families wandering leisurely across yards.

    However, such photographs virtually stop (the CT cougar left all of this incidental evidence across 4 states and 1500 miles) in the East at Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A decade of our own remote camera surveys in seven eastern states failed to capture a single cougar photograph; neither has a Smithsonian cam-study at 447 sites along the Virginia Appalachian Trail. A massive collaborative Adirondack carnivore research study using cameras, track plates, and scat analysis at 54 locations found no cougar evidence. We realized that there was no objective reason why random remote cam pics, with other incidental evidence, shouldn’t be appearing up and down the Eastern Seaboard, if cougars were here.

    Sure, cougars are elusive, but they betray their legendary stealth all the time, even at moments most vulnerable and rare: a cougar, for instance, makes a deer kill once every 10 days – linked below on camera are 3.

    So, we continue to ask, objectively:

    Why Everywhere but the East?”

    Source: http://cougarrewilding.org/CougarNews/?p=6287

  124. 9-11-2014 about 7am, driving down Route 4 in Danbury NH. A (mountain lion) large cat across the road in front of our car. It stopped in the woods after that and looked back where you could really see its ears and shape. We went through all the animals it could have been and it all comes back to the mountain lion.

    • I saw one on rt4 in Danbury about 4 years ago. South of town right by the railroad over pass around 11pm. I have hunted all my life and knew exactly what it was.

  125. Not a report of a sighting (though my husband and I have both seen mountain lions in our area), but a rumor I’ve heard from several people “in the know.” Apparently, several years ago, Pennsylvania Fish & Game very quietly introduced a population of mountain lions from South Dakota to combat their overpopulation of white tailed deer. For whatever reason, the cats have been dispersing and some have landed in our neck of the woods. This is (supposedly) why DNA evidence from the cat that was hit by a car in CT traced its origins back to South Dakota and why they are able to shrug off any further DNA evidence proving the same as “non native” indicating it was a pet someone has carelessly released. I don’t know how much truth there is to this hypothesis, but it does make some sense to me. It does seem odd that I would hear this from three people who don’t know each other, but who all spend time in P.A. every year deer hunting. Maybe a local myth down there? Hard to tell, but I firmly believe they’re here and they aren’t going anywhere.

    • This seems to be one of those apocryphal rumors. The same rumor has been reported for Connecticut. I doubt that it’s true.

      In addition, the cat that was killed in Connecticut was reported and tracked through Iowa and New York. State Fish & Game folks are not the types to do secretive stocking of climax predators like mountain lions without LOTS of public hearings and discussion (witness the re-introduction of wolves in Yellowstone, for example). Thanks for the report, but don’t worry about F&G stocking cougars. If they’re indeed here, they’re coming on their own. JR

  126. seen a mountain lion in Harrisville,NH today.It was about 1:30 pm on Wednesday 9-3-14,on Main street, looked in rear view mirror to pull out ,and there it was walking across the street.about 20-30 yards away.when I seen it I said what am i looking at? No doubt about it.taller then most big dogs, smooth look to it ,with a big stride.It did not look around ,just straight into woods heading east. cool….

    • mp- Where on Main St.did you see it? Our sighting on July 5th was halfway to Dublin on our property on Wood Rd. Jan Perry saw one ~ mile south of Nelson on July 6th. This makes another sighting about halfway between. Did this have the giveaway long tail? We know there are plenty of bobcats in the area.

    • Earl Horn-around first house North of Hancock rd.. Tail was down,and moving right along. It was not a Bobcat that is for sure.Still looking at other wildlife to see if it was something else,but nothing comes close..-mp

  127. My wife and I were driving back from Maine to Vermont around 11:45 last night on Rte 2 and had the pleasant surprise of having a Mountain Lion cross the road in front of us. At first I thought it was a Deer due to the color, but it was too short, as we slowly crept forward it looked to be about the size of a really large dog. Then is saw the tail and knew it was definitely feline, the tail was about as long as a body. There is no question in my mind that this was a mountain lion. I don’t know the area well, but I think we were in the Lake Durand area. He crossed very calmly from south to North and walked into some hedges that ran behind a parking lot.

  128. I am posting this for someone from Hancock. There have been a number of reports lately out of my home town. JR

    “I will have to look up the date (summer of 2014), but it came out of the woods on my right, just past the end of Pickering Farm Rd, as I was driving into the (Hancock) village.At first I thought that it was a huge dog. Then the tail emerged. There was no mistaking it for a dog then! It appeared relaxed and strolled quite nonchalantly across the road into the little strip of woods between the two roads.

    I could not estimate it’s weight, I can only say that it took the entire width of my lane from head to tail and was much larger than the largest lab I have ever seen. It’s tail was about 3 feet long and looked almost like it was wired and was held extended but relaxed behind . Also, it’s gait was decidedly different.
    It was quite a shock! My friend, Wendy, was in the car with me.It was about 7:45-8 pm, just starting to drizzle and just getting dark. We turned around to see if we could see it again, but it had slipped into the ferns in the feild at the end of Pickering Farm Rd.

    We have lived here for about 7 months and I saw large cat prints in the snow on Link Rd the first week we were here. They were about grapefruit size and the pads were perfectly round. I looked online and they looked to be cougar tracks. Everybody said “No, no cougars around here. Bobcat most likely”. Well, we saw a bobcat on 202 and they do not look anything like a cougar! ! A cougar is quite another animal! Now that I have actually seen one, I am pretty sure that the tracks were cougat too. It was yellow. That’s why I thought it was a big lab. You don’t expect to see a cougar!”

  129. I think i saw a mountain lion tonight around 10:45pm in hampton nh! Got on 95 south past the tolls near the taylor river. Absolutely massive beige cat sitting on the side of the road watching cars almost looked like it was waiting for traffic to die down so it could cross. Thought it was a deer at first because i see deer around there at night quite frequently but as a drove by it just looked like a massive cat with big thick legs much thicker than a deer and the head followed my car as i drove by. A big block of a head much bigger than that of a deer and also bigger than a lynx or bobcat. It was hard to get a good look but im confident in what i saw and there are many deer and wildlife in that area which could explain the food source the cats are looking for.

  130. the animal I saw was longer and slender with a longer tail thicker end at the tip, color was caramel and it did not have any marks on the stomach. I had enough time to look at it because he stopped and was put for a few minutes observing, around 25 feet away.

  131. I am more worried of people trying to hunt them than the mountain lion being a threat, they have a lot of food in the woods.

    • I would put my money on the cat. It would be helpful to see the nearest town to see if a pattern emerges. (By the way, there should be a semi-colon instead of a comma between “threat[;] they have..,” to avoid the dreaded comma splice!)

  132. I just saw a mountain lion on Rt 16 in Albany NH. It was about 7:15 pm 8/27/14 It leapt across the road from west to east. There are houses in the area. I have left a message for Fish and Game. I also called the State Police and reported to Sheriff’s office. Just concerned about people in the area. Size of a very large dog, lean and powerful with long tail. This was definitely a cat.

    • This could have very well been the same lion that my son and I
      saw in North Conway on July 27th. I am not sure how many are around but I now know for sure that they are in fact in NH.

  133. on tuesday august 19 2014 around 2:30 pm on the flats near lower village in newbury nh heading towards rainbow garage towards harbor i saw what was a cougar or puma cross rt.103 it was young good sized ,dark brown,almost light black.had a stubby tail about 8-10 in. long. i got a real good look from my car

    • Thanks for the report. The stubby tail means this was likely a bobcat. A mountain lion’s tail is 3-4 feet long.

      • having spent many yrs. in the woods and seen bobcats many times.this cat looked nothing like a bob cat except for the tail. i have looked at many pictures and have found nothing that looks like what i saw

      • The tail is an important factor in ID. There can be quite a lot of variation in size, “furriness” and color in bobcats. Here’s a great gallery of images, from the UNH bobcat study. There are a few that are quite tawny and muscular, in the way I think of mountain lions. http://mlitvaitis.unh.edu/Research/BobcatWeb/gallery.htm

  134. I’m not sure what me and my husband saw it ran from the trees to cornfield it was on bleimhem road Ont at 11:30pm it was size of small dog beige round small face Very short tight fur. Looked about 5 month old baby animal It’s august. Love to know what type of baby animal it was ???

  135. This morning at 9:15 am my friend believes to have seen a mountain lion out the window, in the yard of my camp in Sunapee, which is very wooded. She said it was about 5″ in length including the long tail. It was 30′ away and slowly walking towards the deeper woods. I looked also but it was gone. I showed her pics of cougars &
    bobcats in my field guides and she said it was the cougar. We reported it to F & G dept.

  136. My wife and I saw a young cougar in mid eastern New Hampshire. we were traveling from our home in steepfalls Maine to the James Taylor concert at meadow brook.I am an outdoorsman and have all types of local game and have even had a bobcat living in my rock wall out back of my home this cat was distinctly a mountain lion it was a small or young adult about the size of a large dog. It was long light tan black on end of the tail and dark facial marks my wife and I felt blessed to have seen such a remarkable animal.

  137. I saw what I believe to be a bobcat or mountain lion, in Durham NH on Bay Rd at about 5 am the other morning. I tried to get a picture but failed.

  138. My Husband and I believe a Mountain Lion ran across I93 North by mile marker 53 on 8/2/14 at approx 07:30. It was not a bobcat as the tail was close to 2′

  139. Sean in New Ipswich – I heard that there were 2 ml sightings reported to New Ipswich police in the past few weeks.

    • on August 6, 2014 at 12:59 am | Reply Sean McInerney

      Hi Lisa,
      Thank you for telling me. I did not call local police. I called F&G. A neighbor was hiking in Townsend, MA (next town south of New Ipswich) and came across a very large cat footprint, claw marks and all….

      • Generally cat tracks (mountain lion or bobcat) do not show claw marks. Cat’s claws are usually retracted. Canids – coyotes, dogs and foxes – show claw marks in their tracks. JR

    • on September 4, 2014 at 1:57 am | Reply Sean McInerney

      Hi John,

      No claw marks in a cat track? Can I send you a picture of it? She took a photo and posted it on Facebook. Maybe you can identify it.

  140. on August 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Reply Sean McInerney

    South eastern New Ipswich, NH, approx. Thursday, 31 July, 1:45 PM: A mountain lion walked through our yard. The big cat was visible for only about ten seconds. My wife was in the breezway of our house. There is a large six foot door (one fixed, one swings) facing the back yard. She saw him walk right to left only about 30 feet away. I saw the back of him for a few seconds from a window at the other end of the house about 50 feet away.

    The cougar walked north to south very slowly. My daughter was taking a show with the bathroom window open. She was unaware. She made a noise in the bathroom, the cougar looked toward the house and then immediately upped the pace a bit and moved away from the house toward the field to our west.

    I am 56 and have hiked all over New England since I was a teenager. I have never seen a mountain lion. I have seen bobcats. I hit a bobcat with my car a few years ago in Townsend, MA. Knocked him out cold, thought he was dead. When I went back to look, he came to, ran across the road, jumped in a brook, swam the last few feet to the other side and sat trying to figure out what had happened. He left two silver dollar sized puddles of blood in the road.

    I mention the above because I know what a bobcat looks like. I have never seen a lynx. Neither has 99.99% of the rest of the population in New England. Bobcats and lynx are very different in size and color.

    This cat had a very long tail and a very consistent brown/tan color. Bobcats look “cute” (or can…) but this cat looked powerful. My wife actually began to pull away from the door (six feet of glass does not give you a “safe” feeling) when she saw it because it evokes that kind of respect. I only saw it from the rear as it disappeared into the brush behind our house. The tail, color and size were unmistakable.

  141. My son and I spotted a mountain lion in a field on West Side Road in North Conway on July 27th at approximately 10:30 pm. I was in my vehicle and had a handheld spotlight which I used to be sure as it was a short distance off the road. My son then used binoculars once the light hit him. The light shined directly in his face and he turned and walked away as we got a good look at the the rather large cat. Do not belive what you hear that there are no lions in NH !

  142. on July 24, 2014 at 10:43 pm | Reply Michelle brungot

    On July 21on The premises of The Castle in The clouds at 11:30 I saw a big cat and I know it was a mountain lion because it’s color, size and the long tail, I know what I saw and want to share with others that had such an experience.

  143. on July 24, 2014 at 9:02 pm | Reply Rebecca Kram

    My son and I were driving down Moutain Road in Weare, NH 7/24/2014 at 4pm and a large wild cat crossed the road. Had a short tail but was much bigger than a bobcat, like a grey hound, with out the skinny waist. It was a golden color ran quite gracefully and sat to watch us for a moment.
    Don’t know about that tail though it was about 6-8 inches long.

    • Hey Rebecca! If you do a Google image search for a Lynx or Bobcat and look through the variety of pics, you will see that there are some who look incredibly like an eastern cougar, with the exception of a tail that looks like it has been cut in half. Not all lynx or bobcat have that long hair on the face, or spots. They are quite large, also.

  144. on July 21, 2014 at 11:08 am | Reply Captain Bill

    Bill in Deerfield, Nh
    on July 20, 2014 at 7:35PM
    Out in my back yard I see something moving away in the tall grass toward the wood line, then it turns and heads back toward the house then a slight turn, now broad side, and heads in the thick brush behind my sheds. A Mt Lion for sure. I put its weight around 80 to 100 pounds nice long curved tail light golden brown with a big head. I do a lot of hunting and have been in the out doors for years as well as apart time trapper for coyotes. We had a large number of coyotes during the last several years and as of the start of the spring and now summer there seems to be none. Had a good heard of deer for years and now only a mother and her fawn. Had lots of turkeys up to 20 all winter now none. I see a connection to the Mt Lion now.

  145. The time was about 1:30AM in July/August of 2008, I was a police officer in Nottingham NH, I had just left the police department on Route 152 heading toward Raymond. I saw a large animal crossing the road ahead. I put my spot light on it and only caught a quick glimpse, it had a square shaped head and long tail, it was beige/gold in color and had short hair. I only saw it for a split second as it crossed into the woods heading toward a home I knew owned horses. I flashed my spot light into the brush but never saw anything again. Most people didn’t believe me or thought I saw something else, it wasn’t a bobcat or fox or coyote, it was much bigger and moved far different than those. A guy in town told me that he believed there was a mountain lion den in the pawtuckaway mountains.

  146. I saw a mountain lion today 7-11-14 on jeness farm rd. In wolfeboro nh. Time was about 3:45pm. It crossed the road about 700 ft in front of me. I was doubting what I was saw until I saw its tail! Very distinctive! Long to the ground and curled at the end! It disappeared into the woods by the time I closed the distance between us!

  147. on July 9, 2014 at 11:34 am | Reply Shana Pappalardo

    Shana Pappalardo

    I was sitting on my front porch this morning in Methuen, Mass and was amazed when I saw a Mountain Lion cross my street and went into the neighbors backyard at about 6:00am!! I didn’t even think we had Mountain Lions in New England let alone Massachusetts!! I live a minute away from 93. I am afraid for my dogs safety!!

    • As far as a Mt Lion in Methuen, I doubt it. I also live in Methuen and I really think you saw a Bobcat. They are all over the town. There are at least. 6 in west Methuen. In the area Shaws where house on 93 to the Dracut line. Tyler Forest Pelham streets area. Also there are 2 more in the area from Hampstead st over to 495. The closest sighting to town would be West Dracut 4 years ago. Also lake Cochickawick in no Andover 3 years ago by me. Bobcats have a tail about 1ft long. That is why people think they see a Mt Lion.

  148. Saw a Mountain Lion walk across my back yard at 5:42 am this morning in Bow, NH (yep, right in between Concord and Manchester). I have seen bob cats before and this was no bob cat!!! It even stopped for a second and looked at me as I was standing at my back door.My dog was on the deck and did not even notice. It walked very fast!

    • I was on Woodhill Hooksett road on 7/28/2014 at 5:07pm going towards Bow Logging Hill Rd when I saw a very large (100+ pounds) golden animal cross about 30ft in front of me with his long tail and short ears. He didn’t look up, just straight ahead. If my car was any faster he might have ran into my car. I know people on Allan Rd who found a deer carcass not too far from their back yard, we believe that the ml got it.

      • I was driving to work today from Hooksett going towards Bow. I saw an animal that from a distance looked like a mountain lion lying in the parking lot of Donati Park. There was an officer measuring it and taking pictures. It definitely did not look like a domestic animal and to big to be a bobcat. I wonder if it will end up in the paper.

  149. July 6, 2014 10:00am Nelson, NH. Mountain Lion walked along our backyard, close to the brush line for about 10-15 feet. Appeared injured on its back right leg. Moved slowly and was limping. Did not have time to retrieve camera and take a photo, but we were transfixed by the sight! address is 9/10ths of a mile south of the village towards Harrisville on the Nelson/Harrisville Rd..

    • on July 8, 2014 at 1:43 pm | Reply Michael L. Cornog

      Jan–I called Fish and Game yesterday and related what you told me in the Store. They would like to hear from you directly. They said they had a report from MA. Their # is 352-9669. It was busy, and took some time to get through. If you do, you might inform them about this site.

      • Thanks Mike. I have called to file a report with Fish and Game. Now, I have to enlist a brave soul to go out looking for scat!

    • Gee, I’d love to come help you locate cat scat, but as you know, bad back! However, you might call Kathy Schillemat and/or Al Stoops. They are out in the woods all the time! Good luck (seriously!).

  150. My wife and I live in Harrisville, NH about halfway between the centers of Harrisville and Dublin, in a sparsely settled location. Our house is located at one corner of a 1.5+ acre field. About an hour ago I spotted a large blond cat at the far side of the field (later paced the distance at 225′). My first thought was that it was a huge house cat. When I realized the distance, and saw the long tail, it was clearly a mountain lion. I also know the size of our own house cat standing in the same location. No comparison. I called my wife and watched it for several seconds with binoculars, but spotted no markings and didn’t think to spot vegetation to try and scale its actual size. I went to get a camera, but by the time I returned it had entered the woods on a deer trail. In the meantime my wife saw it stand on its hind legs and wave its paws. (Had to be swatting mosquitoes!) She commented on how large the paws were.

    We’re both are familiar with bobcats, having seen several, so there was no confusion that this was very different.

    A neighbor in Harrisville village has a large field, and recently spotted a cat of the same description. I’ll let her know about this website.

  151. on July 2, 2014 at 11:45 pm | Reply wanda rumery

    I saw one today in my back yard in Barrington NH it was golden in color very large with a very long tail it moved very fast. I know what I saw and I know the cat was not no house kitty right after I saw it about 5 minutes later I heard gun shots go off so I don’t know if a neighbor took a shot at it or not but it was just before the bad rain came

  152. I saw a mountain lion run across rt 132 on the Corner of sandogardy pond road in northfield I thought I was crazy to see that until I talked to some friends who had seen it also in the vicinity this was in 2012

  153. on June 23, 2014 at 7:46 pm | Reply Jerrod Mitchell

    My wife Meridith Mitchell watched a Mountain Lion in our backyard today. Very neat and a bit scary as we have a small dog and 2 small children. 100% Mountain Lion. We live on Bob House Rd. in Holderness, NH.

  154. on June 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm | Reply Priscilla Wells

    7:45am this AM heading into Gilmanton on Rt 107 a very large long tailed wild cat ran across the road in front of us. We were so shocked we didn’t catch the ears but the tail was very long. Not stubby. It was as at least as large as our big golden retriever. I’ve been searching for pictures but now I’m sure it was way too big for a bobcat. It really took our breath away. Does a mountain have rings on its tail?

    • on June 22, 2014 at 10:07 pm | Reply Robert Rosen

      The contractor who remodeled my house a few years ago said, at the time, that a friend of his said there was a mountain lion in Gilmanton.

    • Had one show up at our camp site 6/25/14 11:15pm. Thought it was a bear at 1st, then 2 racoons showed up and the 3 started fighting over some dry food that apparently was left out. Girlfriend and 3 kids in the tent scared to death. Called 911 and an officer came out which in turn found the park ranger. They said, “yeah, those racoons can sound pretty vicious”. Racoons dont sound like a big cat and besides I said, you think those racoons dragged my 40 lb tote across our camp site. Nothing to say and they left. They don’t need that kind of publicity right before a big holiday weekend. Got home Saturday, unpacked and my neighbor came by with a pic of a mountain lion he just retrieved from his game camera, which is only 10 minutes from my house in Rochester. Probably the same cat seen near the Spaulding turnpike.

  155. on June 19, 2014 at 10:06 pm | Reply Alan DeStefano

    6/19/14 just returned home, I live in Sunset Heights Bristol NH as I drove up the road I saw what I thought was a dog at first but as I got closer it was a mountain lion long tail and about 80lbs the ears were not pointed we see lots of wild life around here but this was a first .

    • on June 21, 2014 at 12:14 am | Reply kevin mcmurray

      Hi, Alan, I am doing some research on swamps, in Greenfield,NH, I found this post of yours on google. Apparantly, the heading on google had more info than the post had. I am interisted in what you had to say about Greenfield, and the origin of this cat. thanks Kevin

  156. In the fall of 2013 I was driving through Mason, NH at night, two deer darted out in front of my truck maybe 100 feet away. A second later a large animal was behind them. The animal had a long tail like a moutain lion, but seemed too small to be a lion, but too big to be a bob cat. It also seemed longer then a coyote. But, I chaulked it up to probably a large coyote and kept going.

    A few days later in Mason someone located a deer carcus half buried near a swamp and called Fish and Game. When Fish and Game arrived they said “off the record” it was a moutain lion kill. The fish and game officer told the person they also located several coyote sightings, during this time frame.

  157. I just saw a mountain lion that had been hit by a car or truck on Spaulding Turnpike between exit 16 and 17 he was pretty large

    • on June 16, 2014 at 12:21 am | Reply Stephanie Gaignat

      We saw the same animal too! My husband and I were headed north on the 15th and we were going to take the same route home and stop. It was on the shoulder of the southbound side. I knew we should have stopped right away and took pictures. It was definitely a mountain lion.

  158. May 18, 201,. Hopkinton, NH. My husband and I were awakened at 11:30 PM by a loud noise in the woods next to our 2nd story bedroom window. Our land abuts 23 acres of town land which has hiking trails. The noise was extremely loud and our dog started barking like crazy. It sounded like a scream but we could tell that it wasn’t human. It moved away after our dog started barking and we could hear the screams from approximately 1/2 a mile away. A few days later I was telling a friend at work and she mentioned that a mountain lion screams. Just then, I remembered that our neighbor came running over one morning (about one year ago) when he saw my husband leaving for work and showed him a cell phone picture he had taken of what he thought was a mountain lion in his back yard. My husband said it was hard to tell since he had taken the pic through his screen door and the cat was on the inside edge of the woods. I went on the web that night to listen to different animal sounds (fisher cat, skunk, racoon)and the mountain lion scream was the closest to what we had heard. I then read that they are nocturnal and make this scream when they are in heat. I’m very careful to look around before our dog and kids go outside. I’m not sure if I should report it or to who.

  159. May 22, in Concord NH,,” the topic will take center stage at the conservation group’s annual gathering at Red River Theatres in Concord. The featured speaker, Bill Betty, a Rhode Island-based mountain lion advocate who tracks reported sightings across New England, will give an hour long presentation about the cougars’ existence in the area.” . I saw this in the Concord Monitor. Here is the link to it. http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/12049739-95/upcoming-talk-in-concord-is-new-england-home-to-mountain-lions

  160. on May 11, 2014 at 5:45 pm | Reply Alex Kuechler

    I haven’t personally seen any cougars in New Hampshire, but I do have quite a story to spin. We own a cabin in Orford, New Hampshire Last summer, our neighbors thought they saw a cougar slinking in the woods in their backyard. Our other neighbor was telling us about how some of her chickens were supposedly being killed by a cougar that she thought she saw.

  161. Kevin Howard – Your lion has been seen in Marlborough by others in the past. I’m in Keene; pls email me mermaydes@msn.com. Lisa

  162. on April 30, 2014 at 10:48 pm | Reply Kevin Howard Marlborough NH

    It was about 2 weeks ago, my family and i were sitting down to dinner. For the previous weeks we have had a herd of about 20 deer in our backyard as we are right on the boundary of a winter yard. As usual i was looking up back into the woods and fields behind our house to see if the deer were out wandering around because the kids enjoy seeing them, when i noticed something else crossing the field, it was definitely a cat,moved in a slinking manner, was about the same body size as a deer but much lower to the ground. I exclaimed “what the Heck is that?” and the whole family gathered at the picture window to look, and we all determined it was a cat, naturally i thought it was a large bobcat, until it moved its tail which was almost as long as its entire body! At that point i told my daughter to go grab my rifle,but when she got up to get it i told her not to bother as i headed out to see what the critter was. the wind was blowing directly up towards the field in back so i realized that whatever it was wouldn’t be ther when i got up the hill, and sure enough it was gone, couldn’t find any tracks because the ground is covered with grass. Not sure what i saw but if i were forced to come up with an answer it would be an eastern cougar. I haven’t reported it to the Fish and Game department, is this something i should do?

    • The Fish & Wildlife folks would want to see evidence, such as a photo, a plaster cast of a track, or other physical evidence. Thanks for posting! JR

  163. My Fiancee spotted a deep impression of a footprint matching that of a large cat and also heard a low deep growl and heavy movement coming from behind her in the forest while she was on her walk. She also did mention that a few hundred feet into the forest, there were 6-7 birds circling a fresh kill. This happened April 15th 2014 in Wilmot, NH. I have no doubt that there in a predator moving through these parts as the dogs in the household have become very spooked and very protective recently. They have never acted this way before with any other wild animal.

    • Today I received an email picture of a mountain lion stating it was taken from Warner NH. It was a vivid close up picture. YIKES!

      • Michelle sent me the photo. It’s the same one several others have sent me, of a mountain lion at the back door, which they claimed was “taken” in several other NH towns. I posted a copy of it a while back, with the news story that traces it all over the US and Canada. JR

  164. As a self-taught naturalist (about 40 years ) I have yet to see a mountain lion and now live on the Nashua/Hollis line, but I will keep it in mind as I travel on my bike this summer doing my research on evolutionary biology and insect studies for the ESA. It would be great!

  165. on April 9, 2014 at 2:47 pm | Reply alliesky@yahoo.com

    Last year some of our buddies saw a what they were sure they saw a mountain lion cross the road to our camp in right by Bear Brook in Allenstown. We live just a a half 1/2 mile out of the woods and the camp is just up a dirt road.

    Last Sunday, we were out hiking looking for fallen antler sheds from the fall, and we came across some tracks that I thought could be mountain lion. We have a bob cat that has been living just inside the tree line of our yard, we’ve gotten many game camera photos of him, and seen his tracks almost daily. These are MUCH larger. Later on in the hike (probably 3 miles in toward hooksett/candia woods) we came to a very strange rock structure that we had never seen before, it had a very obvious well run path around it, that were not coyote or bear, it was hard to get a clear print there, but they were obviously not coyote or bear. My husband went closer to it to check it out and saw scat in a crack, and even though we had guns, bear pray, and some big knives, he said we should leave the area and was very nervous—he is an avid outdoorsman and hunter and is never like this. I said I wanted to go back and put a game camera near there, and he said he doesn’t think we should go back there. I’m curious if there have been any other sightings in this area?

    We also saw a bald eagle this same day.

    On a side note-His grandfather built the camp in the 70s, and before he passed away had said he has seen a wolf out there. Now is his grandfather is I hard Canadian woodsmen who would have known for certain the difference between a wolf and a coyote.

    I will e-mail pictures of the tracks to you.

    • approx. 3 years ago I saw what I thought was a mountain lion on south road in Deerfield, I live on that road it is about 8 miles from Bear Brook Park on the Allenstown side of town. The cat came out of a neighbors shed and it was definitely the size of a mountain lion, same color and with a long tail. I was driving by the home. I have also been outside with my dog about 3 am and it must have been very close, I heard a terrible growl/ scream just like something out of the movies. My neighbor has also told me that a mountain lion ran in front of his car on Rt 43 heading into Northwood last year.

  166. Saw biggest cat I’ve ever seen moving down railroad tracks in Greenland by Great Bay. Very long tail and carrying something in its mouth.

  167. So I wake up this morning and half my chickens are gone I not shore if it’s a big bob cat or a mountain lion but I have seen this cat at night time to days ago and now half my chickens are gone

  168. I think Iam going to track this big cat down and get pictures and have a cupple of chickens in my yard and see if he will take the bait and shot the cat and prove to fishing game they are here and then see what they have to say

  169. I have pictures of the prints

  170. I been gettin big cat prints in my yard In hampstead nh

  171. I recently saw a huge cat like animal being dragged across rt 33 it was being taken by a red tailed hawk got real close but cant really tell what kind of huge cat

    • A couple of weeks ago I was driving on Route 31 in Wilton, NH, heading towards Greenville, NH It was almost 10pm…..A large cat ran across the road in front of our car. Bigger than a bobcat….an amazing, unexpected sight. It wasn’t a deer, the way it ran was truly cat-like. I think it was a mountain lion. I would love to know if anyone else saw any sightings in that area.


  172. on March 29, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Reply Kelly O'Neil

    At approximately 7:00pm last night I was driving on rte. 115 in Jefferson,NH. It was still light out and visibility was good. I was almost to the intersection of rte. 2. From about 50 yards away, I saw an animal on the left-hand side of the road starting to run across the rd. I see animals on that road all the time. It was somewhat low to the ground and I initially thought it was a fox. But as I got closer and in fact had to slow down, I noticed how large it was, the coloring, the length of the tail and the speed at which it ran across the road directly in front of my car. I have no doubt In my mind that it was a mountain lion. As soon as I got home I actually google searched mountain lions in NH to see what I could find out. I wish someone had been with me. It was pretty awesome!

  173. My neighbor, a farmer in Newbury, NH heard a sound of a “cat growling” on the morning of the 25th of March. Later, when he went out to check on his cattle he said they were upset so he looked around and discovered a freshly killed doe in the adjacent field. Fish and Game came by and told him there were no mountain lions, but this is the third sighting within a 1/2 mile of his farm and my own within the past year, although it was eight months ago since the last sighting. In June I had a neighbor lady and a man working on a construction job who were both driving past maybe five minutes apart, come up to the farm to tell me that they saw “a lion” cross the road by my pond.

    So after hearing about the deer kill from my neighbor, this afternoon I decided to go down to the pond on a hunch and found a single set of large cat tracks where it had stepped into it’s own forepaw track, about 30″ between each print in the snow. It’s been really cold so the snow is ice covered and eroded by the wind and the prints weren’t perfect, but they certainly could have been a couple of days old around the same time as my neighbor heard that growl. What I found interesting is that the tracks came from the road side, over a three rail fence and went in a B-line to the pond outlet pipe, the only place where water flows when it’s this cold. You can’t see it from the street so whatever it was it had to have known exactly where it was. I’m thinking that maybe it could be the same one spotted by those two people last Summer in the same spot.

    I have never seen one or heard one, but I have no reason to disbelieve these people and the paw prints saw for myself with a friend. Not sure if this qualifies as a sighting, but I thought it was important enough to come look for a place like this to report it.

  174. In 2010 I saw a mountain Lion up in pittsburg while snowmobiling… East side of the trail system… Fish and game confirmed that they are coming back

  175. on March 22, 2014 at 10:41 am | Reply Kitty_cat_man


    My neighbor reported this sighting the other day. Evidently the mtn loin stood looking at her for at least 45 seconds while she was in her car. Also,I was told that the paw prints were confirmed by several local sources to be that of a mtn loin.

    For anyone that knows the areas, the lakes/brooks area is a great area to hang out and hunt, lol.

  176. My coworker warned me that as she and her husband were traveling thru Rindge NH that a Bob Cat ran out in front of them darting across the road. She wanted me to be aware of this due to my pets and my daughter.

    • Bobcats are extremely shy of humans. They are not a threat to your daughter (pets, possibly).

    • I live in Fitzwilliam and have had a bobcat encounter a few years ago. My husband saw one just a year or two later in the same place. It ran across the road in front of me, stopped, and I stopped, and we both just stared at each other for a few minutes and it walked off. They are pretty big, but not as big as a mountain lion. This was crossing 119 right near Rhododendron Rd. It came across where the cemetery is.

  177. My girlfriends Father, claims to have seen what appeared to be an adult mountain lion in Hollis, NH just a few days ago. He is a Veterinarian of thirty years so I believe he knew what he saw.

    • My husbands game camera on our land in Hollis also picked up a picture of what looked to be a mountain lion….but with a bobcat like tail. I believe the animal was way to large to be just a bobcat. I still have the pics saved so where should I email them?

    • Seems as though we saw this in the same vicinity….I hope it leaves when we break ground on our new house soon!

    • Do you know what road or part of Hollis it was in? I live in town and am very interested!

    • About an has hour ago I was looking out my window and I saw a deer run through our backyard and because they generally come in multiples I continued to watch. Not 10 seconds behind came what I would swear was a mountain lion. I have a 65lb dog and this cat was probably a little bigger.

      I live in Merrimack very close to preservation land so we get a lot of turkey and deer.

  178. 4 deer ran across my driveway around 6pm, 5 minutes later I saw the back end of a mountain lion following the deers path thru the woods in Plainfield, NH. i didn’t stick around for a picture- i was walking my 3 miniture dachshunds at the time.

  179. Tracks seen by snowmobile in Pillsbury State Park last night by two friends both expert hunters and outdoors men.
    unfortunately no photos.

  180. I have had bear ,deer, fox bobcat, turkey, coyote, weasels opossum skunk and most others in-between cross my yard and have observed their footprints . The tracks left by bobcat pale in size to the other cat prints I have observed . Do not need Fish and Game to validate or anyone else for that matter. Resident of New Ipswich New Hampshire

    • I also live in New Ipswich and have seen all of the above including a Lynx who was just sitting looking into my fenced in area.A Eagle swooped down and plucked a rodent and soared right back up AMAZING to see. They do pass right through my yard. I have seen some very big paw prints. I walk my Mini Schnauzer out on Pratt and Binney Ponds and am getting concerned about letting him off his leash. Have you seen the 3 legged bear that roams around, I am out near Emerson Hill. Fish and Game did say their are Lynx out here but said No/

      • Lynx are unheard of this far south. They have been sighted in the White Mountains (rarely) and are common in Canada. Are you sure it was a lynx, and not abobcat? They are very similar in appearance.

  181. Saw what I think was a mountain Lion 2/25/2014 on Indian Pond Road in Piermont, NH around dusk. Large cat (larger than my 90 lb. Lab), curled tail, it moved across the road the way my house cat would run and then when it slowed down (after crossing the road) it seemed to have that cat like indifference. I looked to big to me to be a Bobcat.

  182. Possible Mountain Loin sighting in Winchester MA just outside of Boston. Can you please keep the loins on your side of the border, lol. http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/02/27/possible-mountain-lion-sighting-in-winchester/

    • Unfortunate that cbslocal used a fuzzy picture of a bobcat with their story. Let us know what the report is on the tracks they found.

    • on February 28, 2014 at 11:40 am | Reply Robbie Valcourt

      That’s a bobcat in Winchester. We have 6 of them up the road a bit in Methuen. I think the closest sighting lately to Winchester was in Amesbury Ma.

    • It will be interesting to see what they decide about the tracks. The photo they used for the ad is from the video from that guy who recorded the sighting in Manchester, NH a few years ago. Where it is the dead of winter, with snow on the ground, and this pic is obviously during the warm growing season, there will be people who think it is a hoax.

      • The Globe yesterday reported that wildlife officials determined it was a canid, probably a coyote. At least the globe didn’t include a fuzzy bobcat picture with their report. JR

      • Given that the manchester cat was a bobcat (which WMUR tried to hide), that’s not the photo they should have chosen to go with the story. With a few exceptions such as David Brooks at the Nashua Telegraph, the media do a terrible job of reporting mountain lion stories.

      • The Manchester sighting, and video, was clearly a bobcat. In an effort to generate ratings WMUR edited the video in a most dishonest way, cutting out sections that showed the bobcat in full profile (the full video can be found online). So, citing the Manchester incident as proof is bogus.

  183. I am an avid hunter and outdoorsman. I spend 100’s if not 1000’s of hours in the woods a year and am very successful at it. From deer, coyotes to moose and turkey. I have yet to see a mountain lion in NH but believe they do exist here, though few and far between. One thing that I have learned is that with each story or picture of lions, you have to take with great skepticism. For example I have read and seen pictures with hunters claiming to have seen the elusive beast, saying they have a million years of experience and THEY know a mountain lion when THEY see one. Then you look at the picture and it’s clearly a bobcat or something of the sort. Some people have a tendency to lie and sometime your eyes can play tricks on you. If someone said they saw an elephant another person would tell you he/she saw two elephants and so on and so forth. I’ve seen the picture of the lion that people claim is from Greenfield which is a hoax…it’s from Canada. I’ve seen someone’s stuffed lion that was shot out west and was placed in a field around here and one of their friends saying “I recognize that person’s field and it’s true”. Just remember…”Bigfoot is real too”! Just ask the millions of people that have seen it?

  184. Love to see the image…. Great if some one can make that happen. Get it and email it to John!!! Yay you’

  185. on February 16, 2014 at 9:06 pm | Reply Robbie Valcourt

    A wild life photography friend of mine saw a lion, about 3/4 weeks ago. 3 am crossing Rt.495 by the Amesbury sports park heading north. In Ma. But Exiter area isn’t that far.

  186. on February 15, 2014 at 4:31 pm | Reply Charles Fitzgerald

    I saw what I thought was a Lynx this morning around 9:00 am on Drinkwater Rd. in Exeter NH. My friend has a chicken coop near where I saw this The long tail with a curve at the end near the ground tells me it was a Mountain Lion. Not a Lynk or Bobcat.

  187. 2012 deer hunting in Mount William are of Weare. Briefly saw two Kits jump over a stonewall about 100 yds away. Was scratching my head because the long tail threw me off and I couldn’t identify it. I had no idea they ranged this far north until I spoke to another hunter who had seen an adult in the same area.

  188. Has anyone seen the post on Facebook of what looks like a mountain lion reportedly photographed in Rochester, Vermont? It’s a little blurry & no details I posted a comment hoping to get more information. We’ll see if anything turns up.

    • I live in Dover N.H. a game camera less than a mile from my house took a picture of a Mountain Lion last week..

      • Can you email it to me? John.f.ranta@gmail.com. I’ll post it here. Thanks!

      • On August 13, 2013, we reported to the Fish and Game dept that my husband a few days earlier was parked near the athletic field near the County Courthouse in Dover. eating his lunch (he works nearby) He observed what he at first thought was a large dog, tan in color, very long tail perhaps as long as the animal itself, loping gait (he at first said Prancing), and a dark spot on the end of the tail. Over dinner, he mentioned this to our grandson, a hunter and woodsman, and he suggested it might have been a mountain lion.Later that evening, we looked at some images on the web of mountain lions. We found one that was like the color and description of the animal he had seen. This seems to be in the area being described in these comments so thought I would post a comment here. I have been following this blog since August and this is the first time I have seen one so very close (Liberty Mutual area) to the place he saw this animal.

      • I also heard that! I live in Dover NH on 6th st and my boss came in this morning with a pic that he said was taken at Liberty Mutual about 1/2 mile from where we live. Is this what you were talking about??

  189. So I remember leaving a comment here about how I was waiting for my mountain lion so sighting. I could not believe it would come when I had both my children with me and I was taking out the trash!! Ten feet behind dumpster walking away from me without a care that we were there was a cat at least 70pounds, golden brown and I stood there in shock and knowing I needed it to turn a little so I could see its tail length… it dragged the ground!! Then I snapped too, yelled at it and grabbed my kids and ran inside (8 months pregnant :) a week later my husband noticed a lot of Turkey vultures out in a field near our house, we went out too investigate and what we found was a deer carcass … up in a tree!! No sightings since then! My husband just calledme this morning and up in a tree at least thirty feet up, was not much left of a baby bear carcass :( I know there’s been a lot of sightings around where he’s working… he will no longer be walking out of the woods to his truck at night! :)

    • on February 14, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Reply LInda McCracken

      Where was this?

    • Very interesting, especially the deer and bear cub found up in a tree. Do you have photos? If not, please take them in the future. This habit of stashing slain prey in a tree is something only a mountain lion will do. Also, can you tell us exactly where this was, and when? Thanks, and keep us posted!

      • I work at Tractor Supply in Tilton NH. i the last few weeks i’ve been told of 2 sightings. 1 in Northfield and 1 in Canterbury. the woman in Canterbury has pics. but i don’t know their names.Bean Hill Rd in Northfield. and another sighting in Hill NH.

      • just learned of another sighting in BOW NH

  190. on January 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Reply Cindy Carpenter

    On Thursday, Jan 16th, I saw what looked like a mountain lion on Rt. 16 at about 8:30am. I was between exits 17 and 18 in Milton, when it ran across the road. The animal was the size of a large dog, sleek, with short brown/black mixed color short hair, round head with short pointed ears, and a long tail. This is the second time I have seen an animal of this size and shape going across rt. 16. The first was last spring, and I saw it in the same area. At that time it was a lighter-colored animal, but I did not get a good look at it.


  191. on January 17, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Reply Barrington Hiker

    Just got back from a walk with the dog in the woods of Barrington. In between swains lake and mendums pond. I was walking a new trail to check it out and I noticed a lot of deer track, I even jumped a few. As I kept walking I noticed some large track in the snow crossing the trail and took a closer look. The track was about the size of my hand, and I dont have small hands. I pulled up the NH pocket guide to wild game tracks and began comparing it. It was too small to be a bobcat and it looked too small to be a Lynx, if it were a lynx it was a very large one. The track pattern was consistent with a large wild cat, one print in front of the other. I am an experienced hunter and this was the first time I have seen track like this. It immediately stuck out to me as odd. I followed the track and it ended at a tree. I looked up and there was nothing, the track looked like it had been there for maybe 2 days or so. I obviously didnt see a mountain lion but I have a feeling I did see its track. I may go back and go for another walk and see if I can back track it maybe. I believe we are supposed to get some more snow soon so I may go out and see if I can find a new set of fresh prints.

  192. Correction: My mountain lion sighting in west Keene was Jan.8, not 12/8 as posted earlier.

    • Hi Lisa. My name is Kyle Jarvis, and I’m a reporter for the Keene Sentinel. I have some information about the Hurricane Road incident you referenced, but would like to hear more about your sighting as well. I’m working on a story. Can we connect over the phone this week? You can email me at kjarvis@keenesentinel.com. I’d love to talk about it.

    • I just saw one on Rt. 116 in Jefferson NH. I got a good look at it, tan color, long tail, not too big, probably 75 pounds. I was driving slow because I had just seen some other wildlife in the trees, eyes, deer or moose. It was 11:45pm.

      The cougar walked quickly across the road and into a field. I pulled my car over, shining my headlights into the field and got another good look at its behind & tail.

      I had thought I spotted one this fall on rt 2 in Jefferson. It was much bigger, but I only saw it for a split second before it disappeared into the trees. I can’t imagine what else it could have been, but I didn’t notice it’s tail. So I can’t be sure.

      The cat I just saw tonight on 116 had the long, distinctive tail, and I got 2 good looks at it. I’m very confident that it was the real McCoy.

  193. I have been following this blog, studying NH wildlife, hoofing around in the woods for years, and took a couple tracking classes. I am a competent observer, always scanning the landscape and the sky. But, I never expected to actually see a mountain lion. On Wed, 12/8 in west Keene I watched a dark gray mountain lion work the edge of a large field. I took very careful note of its color, tail (36″, dark tip), head (round, large, dark ear tips), size (about 2.5′ tall, a little longer than the tail), and its exact location. I watched it walk, slink, turn around and present a full side view, and step lightly into the 5′ tall brush along Black Brook. A couple hrs later I returned to the site with my husband, a camera and our 85 lb dog. We found old frozen deer tracks and scat, but only broken, jumbled snow crust. Within 2 days I had talked in person with 3 residents of nearby Hurricane Rd who all acknowledge dark gray lion sightings over the past 2 yrs, and a llama killed by what people say was a lion, and possibly 2 goats killed, one found in a tree. I have not been able to confirm the goat killings. I am sure of what I saw, and of course, have been told, It couldn’t be.

    • Lisa I am in Fitzwilliam (Richmond line) and a few neighbors reported sightings on my road. A couple of months ago the neighborhood dogs were all barking a lot, but that could be anything. I have seen every other wild animal in my yard or on my road, so I am sure I will see this one.

    • I appreciate your detailed post. And I wonder about a dark gray mountain lion. That’s not typical of a mountain lion. I wonder if it’s a melanic variant, or something else? Curious to hear what others have seen in the Keene area. You may also note the dark gray cat in the game cam pic on the photos page, again, it’s a puzzle.

      • on January 15, 2014 at 11:26 pm Linda McCracken

        There have been 5 sightings of dark grey cats in Keene since 2011. A black cat was seen in 2003 and another in 2011.

        Including the above sightings, there have been 40 sightings of big cats in Keene since 1991 plus occasional tracks. Their colors, as reported, include: yellow, golden, golden tan, fawn, tawny, beige, light brown, medium light brown, brownish orange, dark brown or tan, dark grey, and black.

        Grey mountain lions are not unusual, but they usually aren’t dark grey, but a light grey or greyish brown. There are a lot of black cats north of Keene all the way up to Coos County, so this may be a hybrid even though it has a dark tipped tail.

  194. I think it was in 2011. We were out for a late summer drive and driving through Alstead somewhere and an animal I had never seen ran across the road right in front of us. I’ve seen bobcats in NH, but this was different. It had prey in its mouth, it was a light tan color, had black tipped ears and a long ‘tubular’ tail. I said to my husband, “I think it is a mountain lion!” We reported it and were told there was no “evidence” they are here. I still keep hearing reports. Especially in logging areas. A neighbor recently told me there is one being spotted in my neighborhood. Would love to see one here!

  195. John,
    i have some pictures of some prints that i would like to email to you. I believe they are from a mountain lion that was on my deck this past weekend.

  196. The time of year was late winter/early spring 2007. I was driving on route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works. Beyond the very bottom of Cogswell Mountainroad is where I saw it cross the road and run into the woods. The time was a little after six pm. Large and stalky cat, fawn color, thick long tail. Today there is still no doubt in my mind it was a mountain lion. Another friend saw one crossing route 140 in 2012 a few miles back from where I saw it crossing.

  197. Finally, pictures! I know you are leaning toward bobcat(s), but could these not be juveniles? That would explain the shorter bodies and tails.

    • About 10 years ago I was driving north on I 93 about 2 miles north of the twin Mt. Rt 3 exit when 2 large cubs ran across the highway in front of my truck. Naturally I stopped in the middle of the road to get a better look. When I stopped their very large and muscular mother jumped down from the embankment to my left and rather casually strolled over to her two cubs. She was no more than 40 feet from my bumper. Long muscular body with a long tail tipped in black. I would assume that the juveniles were around 80 lbs each and mom appeared to be about 125 lbs. Undoubtedly these cats were mountain lions. I never reported the incident because I assumed that fish and game would give me the status quo answer followed by……. No followup . From what I have read on this blog I think I was correct. I wish we had smarphones back then I definitely would have been able to snap a picture of all three of these beautiful cats.

    • Lisa, good thought. Juvenile mountain lions have shorter bodies but they still have very long tails. They are also spotted. This picture is a bit of a puzzle, it’s intriguing but inconclusive. If i had to bet, I’d bet on bobcat.

  198. I just added Ann’s game camera photo to the Photos page. As is true with many game camera images, it is not as clear as we might like.

    That said, my opinion is that it’s a photo of a bobcat. The main reason for this is the tail. In the picture it’s sticking straight up from the body, and is perhaps 8-10 inches in length. If this was a mountain lion the tail would be 3 feet or more in length, and trailing down out of the photo. Here’s a link to a picture of a mountain lion taken from the rear, for comparison. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dTlt-LFILB8/UiztgvF2ZKI/AAAAAAAAIq4/qvEKMN8vPtQ/s1600/7854MountainLion.jpg

    In addition, the body is short relative to the height of this cat. A mountain lion would be longer, and “slinkier”. It’s not absolutely clear from this angle, but that’s the impression I get.

    • I’ve seen many bob cats. That’s no bob cat. That’s a catamount in my opinion.

    • Nashua within the past couple days, didn’t see the cat, but he left his prints all over the deck and back yard…I measured nearly 30 inches between steps and the paw marks were almost 4 inches across…..beautiful..

  199. I’d like to see the image(s) as well.

  200. Robbie, I know that Bear Mt. Range near Newfound Lake, I could see it from the house I built on Upper Mt. Cardigan Rd.
    Mark Greene

  201. on January 4, 2014 at 2:31 am | Reply Ann Casey-Leahy

    I recently posted on here regarding a mountain lion on my deer cam, but I can’t seem to find my post. Anyway, is there a way to post it on here…should I keep it to myself (and Facebook friends ;)…) or report to Fish and Game? Just curious…can’t wait to put my cam back up…this is the first year we got bear and a mountain lion…just deer usually.

  202. A buddy and I went camping in the White Mountains, around Mt. Moriah. The clouds were low so we decided to camp above them to get out of the mist. We ate, stashed our food several hundred yards away, set up camp and started to pass out. I stayed up a little bit later to stoke the fire just a bit longer before bed. All of a sudden I heard a deep and sharp growl about thirty to fifty yards from us in the woods and up on a small ridge line. I’m not saying it was a mountain lion, but I’ve spent a lot of time in the woods and have an idea as to what other animals can sound like when agitated. I even did a little research and it kind of all points to it being a mountain lion. Didn’t see it, didn’t check for sign, I just went to sleep with the knife close by (at least it’s something).

  203. I have seen 2 Mountain Lions in NH. The first in the winter of 2006,…Alexandria NH, 7:30am. Back road up to Mt. Cardigan… crossing the road was a huge MT.Lion that I estimate to be between 150-170lbs… It looked gray in color over most of the body, darker at tail end. It stopped at the edge of a small field to look at me in my truck….then casually hopped across the field through the deep snow and into the woods…Total sighing was approximately 20-30 seconds max. The second sighting was in the fall of 2008,…Washington, NH. mid day. Walking into a small clearing behind the house I was building was a small Mt. Lion that at first I suspected to be a coyote…..I estimate this lion at no more than 80lbs.(still large for a cat but not nearly the size of the Alexandria lion.) The color(s) of this cat were much like that of a coyote,..tan,brown,and black; which is why at first glace I thought it to be a coyote…..the lion walked carefully along the edge of the clearing then turned to look at me. I stepped in the house and called the other 4 men working to ” come see this”……only one came to have a look then he and I watched the lion walk casually over to a massive boulder and easily leap to the top.(6 feet) The lion then stood broadside and stared at us for 15 seconds before leaping off and walking away in the woods. Never any more than 50 yards away,…there was no way to mistake the animal we witnessed. A NH MOUNTAIN LION!

    • Mark years ago i’m guessing it was early 90s I was hunting that area. the west side of New Found lake we call it Bear hill. but I was on one ridge and my father in law was on the other ridge. he called me over and in the snow were some fresh tracks. He questioned me and said look at the size of this coyote tracks. I looked at him and said those aren’t coyote tracks no nail marks. They are cat tracks but to big for a bobcat or fisher. he looked at me, nodded his head and said good job. these are a mountain lion tracks. I wanted to test you.

  204. Paw print seen December 21 2013. West Forest Lake Rd. Littleton. Trying to load it.

  205. I came across large prints in the snow on the border of Manchester and Hooksett today, larger than dog prints, also with deer prints nearby. I have heard something walking quietly through the woods near us before daylight when I walk my dog. I took photographs of the prints. I also had a neighbor off Chestnut Hill in Amherst that got a photograph of a mountain lion 10 years ago. They are reclusive, stealth creatures, so it’s no wonder they are not seen frequently…..but they are there!

  206. Could there really be mountain lions in nh? (not trying to be funny) but they teach you there are not any here. It would explain what me and my daughter saw 7 yrs ago in Hanover nh. Big cat long tail at least half the size of its body big paws i thought it was a bob cat but it was bigger then that a lot bigger . Could i have been seeing things or was it something else does anyone have any ideas it looked about 100lbs about 4_5 feet long from nose to hindend

  207. on December 11, 2013 at 4:34 am | Reply Steven@gallerynh.com

    This is all over Facebook. This cat was supposedly seen un Greenfield NH.

    • on December 11, 2013 at 4:37 am | Reply Steven@gallerynh.com

      I am not sure about the picture. It seems like it may have been photoshopped, but who knows.

    • This is not in Greenfield NH. Please check google images. This has been bounced all over the internet for years with everyone claiming it to be taken in different areas.

  208. Interesting, reading the comment from Hancock , the tracks I followed south of Hilsboro ,that area is not far at all for a cat, just across route 9 and head north west a few miles through the woods.

  209. I saw a mountain lion coming from Lemster mountain and crossing route 10 a few years. Day time I stopped and watched it , a friend was with me. No doubt.
    This Saturday I followed and photographed tracks ,
    South of Hilsboro , not far from Washington , stoddard area. I have the photos . I’d share them.

  210. on December 10, 2013 at 1:05 am | Reply anonymous northerner

    Great north woods twice. Once it ran across road in front of me leaving hunting camp. Once on route 115 dead on side of road I saw a friends picture. I know the area and the picture is legit.

  211. This morning, edge of back yard. Small mountain lion. I tried to get a pic but my dog was barking (in house) and he/she slinked away. There is a bout a 5 acre thicket of woods on a rocky hill surrounded by houses. Not sure how he/she got in there. I live in Southern Nashua NH. Thought at first it was a bob cat, but then remembered bob cats don’t have long tails and have spots. This was definitely a small cougar! Then I googled to see if there even ARE cougars in NH and found this website.

  212. My wife and i have saw a mountain lion on Route 3 in the Twin Mountain area in 2010 at 6 am on Columbus Day weekend. Then we saw another lion in 2012 in Hollis, NH in the middle of a field at 3 pm. We reported both sightings to Fish & Game but they did not believe us. I spotted another one in Antrim, NH just this year while scouting prior to our Moose hunt, off rt.9 in the Rockland Forrest area. RA

  213. My husband was hunting last night in our back yard in Hancock NH, He was against some rocks and did a deer call to bring in the deer. 4 deer start moving his way. Then he herd something above him on the rocks, as he turned to see what it was: a female mountain lion, she growled then pounced over him onto several other large rocks towards the deer, the deer fled and the lion followed. He was shaking up since it jumped over him only 10 feet away. It was 90-100 pounds, muscular, tan, large foot prints (Great Dane size) 4-5 feet in length with a large long tail that curved down towards the ground. We are planning to place a trail camera out there to see if we can capture a picture.

    • Very interesting. I live in Hancock, and have been out deer-hunting myself the past week or two. Where exactly in Hancock? I hope you get a picture, if so, send it to me to be posted here. Thanks! JR

    • And he didnt shoot it? 10 feet away and didnt shoot? Raises a huge question dont you think. Best way to prove it is to have it dead .

    • Kathy, how did he know it was a female?

  214. I was deer hunting this morning Friday Nov. 22nd 2013 in Piermont NH. Very near Lake Tarelton off of route 25C. It was about 10:30am, I had walked a large circle and came back to the dirt road where I had started. It had snowed lightly but my original foot prints were still visible. As I was walking the road I noticed what at first I though was a deer in the middle of the road about 75 yards away. As I checked for antlers, which was hard because my scope was fogged up with the snow, I could not see any antlers the animal was facing away from me but it appeared more rounded than a deer. It stood in the road facing away from me. I did see what I thought was a flag of white tail. Then when the animal turned in profile I could see it was a large cat. It was a little darker in color than a deer, but clearly not a deer. I moved a little to get a better look and realized there was a second large cat there also. I continued to watch for about 10 minutes, finally one of the cats started up the road right at me then turned to the left and disappeared into the woods. The other cat had also disappear but off the right side of the trail.
    I wondered if they were bobcats, but they did not have any spots they did have a short tail like a bobcat but looked a lot more like a mountain lion, the head especially and the side view of the front shoulders as it walked.

    I examined the paw prints they appeared smaller than I expected no more than 2″ in length. The cats were “perfect walkers”.

    Any thoughts?

    • Bobcats don’t always have spots, especially as they age. My first guess would be bobcats, especially given what you say about the length of the tail and size of pawprints. JR

  215. on November 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Reply Charles Hamilton

    Hope to get photos next time I am in the area.

  216. on November 24, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Reply Charles Hamilton

    Sighting occurred at 11:20a.m. 11/23/2013, On Amherst/Bedford line while traveling west on 101. I always scan a field on the north side of 101 because I have seen many deer and turkey feeding in it. Today I saw a mountain lion. It was very low and long with long curved tailed heading east to west on the far end of the field. It was clearly a mountain lion. Not sure if the ground will have any track or sign in the area but would love to learn more. Please contact me if I can help be more specific to its location at time of sighting.

    • There have been a couple of other reports from the Amherst area, including a game camera pic that I will post shortly. JR

  217. I have a pic from my deer camera set up just outside of Lancaster, NH

  218. on November 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Reply gerry dougherty

    About 5:10 am heading south on rt.93. between exit 19 and 18 High beams on. Caught yellow eye flash in clearing just off road. Too small even for small dear. Head appeared wide and flat. Did not see ears sticking up. Moving with a sauntering chest roll. Appeared grey. Cannot confirm that it was a cougar, but as I kept thinking about it that was tops on my list

  219. Barnstead nh found day or two old tracks behind my house in soft mud. Way to large for a bobcat and not a dog print. Stretch between tracks was over 44 inches.

    • Chris,
      I live in Barnstead and have been independantly chasing sights for years. Where in Barnstead was your sighting of tracks?

  220. It’s a bit after the fact now, but about two autumns ago I believe I saw a mountain lion.
    I was on route 11 heading into Alton from New Durham and it crossed the highway in front of me and one other vehicle. It crossed in two, maybe three lengthy steps-as it was running, and the length of the tail was what really caught my attention.

  221. My son was heading to the end of our driveway for the school bus and there was a Mountain Lion at the end of the driveway walking down the street with a bird in his mouth. They walked slowly away, but this thing was probably less then 100 feet from them. It turned looked at the kids and then ran into the woods. He is determined that it was a mountain lion. He explained it…big thick furry chest, powerful legs, long furry tail, he said it was a gray/tan color, he explained it as 4-5 feet long, not including the tail. I’m not thrilled about this.Just a bit worried. Was about 7:30 in the morning.

  222. Follow up to my May 17 comment. I ran into the woman who lived on Bear Hill Road in Henniker for a long time. She said she never saw a mountain lion but a lot of people she knows claim to have & she believes them.

  223. I have a picture from a game camera of a cat in Alton. Solid gold color, no spots, but tail is not as long as it should be for a mountain lion.

  224. Sighting in Keene NH – crossing 101 headed south from soccer fields. I was about 100 feet away. It ran to the middle of the road then turned and ran back. About the size of a border collie but stocky build. Tawny, long tail with black tip. Not a bobcat – seen those up close. Definitely smaller size though – maybe 24 to 36 inches long.

    • Cougars were also seen near the soccer field in 2011. I found a cat tunnel in the bushes near the river and power line where the athletes run track and beyond the soccer fields. Cougars have surprised bicyclists on the Asheulot Rail Trail near Rt. 101 behind the Shaw’s parking lot. I saw tracks in the snow earlier that year in the winter on Rt. 101. Three cougar north-south “roads” come together there: the rail trail, the power line and the river. I have 38 sightings/tracks in the Keene area in my database. I’ve seen a black cat in Keene. Most sightings are off the beaten track, but they cross Rt. 101 and Rt. 10 on a semi-regular basis.

  225. Sighting Bedford, NH 9/12 @ 9:20am on Macintosh Lane in back lawn.

    • hey, chris. i saw one on 9/5/13 9:30 mcalester and new boston rd, coming
      from the old yellow farm.about 60lbs close to the same color of a dear.very
      healthy looking same size as my small lab.grew up in nh. spend alot of time in the woods..I know what i saw. i live in bedford. JIM.M

    • That map makes it appear that cats are expanding out of Florida & not (so much) from the West. Am I mistaken? I don’t think that’s accurate. There were supposedly so few in Florida that cats were brought in from West Texas to add genetic diversity. Also, it doesn’t appear there are mountain lions in Michigan, according to the map, but it seems to be well known there are cats on both the upper & lower peninsula of that state.

      Maybe I’m wrong about all the above but that’s my take on the map.

  226. A friend just drove a truck from California to New England for his boss. He told me that wherever he stopped along the way back home people told him they were seeing mountain lions. Must be that “released pets” are migrating East.

  227. Tan muscular cat, long tail black tip.Larger then typical cat. Short hair. Looks like mountain lion. Sandown nh. Kentfarm Rd 11:45 sunday 9/8/13 .

  228. Saw a mountain lionn tan healthy looking w very long tail.Hudson nh in my backyard on ottarnic pond at 6:30 pm on Sept 5.came up stairs from shore and stopped at edge of yard and scanned the premises moving only its head.have 5 ft chain link around yard.went back to shoreline and disappeared from view.

  229. I believe I just narrowly missed hitting a huge bobcat! Tan short hair the color of a deer and a bobtail. He was flying fast across 202 just past Walmart. Very muscular shoulders and thighs. Beefy and he was as high as the front end of my BMW. Awesome sight!

  230. Not a bobcat. I know them well. Much like the mountain lion. He was notably tall and lean. And long tail although I didn’t get to measure it :). Looked much like the picture at the beginning of this blog (last one killed in NH) size and weight wise. Maybe a very young adult?

  231. Ken – I was watching what I thought was a deer, until it moved, unlike a deer. Turned out to be a tall coyote, lots of light brown fur, pointy ears. Sounds a bit like your description; do not rule out coyote.

  232. Large, lanky, tan, cat like animal crossing the road between protected forests in New Boston. Long tail, pointy ears. Not all that shy. Stopped to look at me a couple of times before disappearing in the woods. Bout the size of a small deer. Don’t know what else it could be?

  233. I live in Hudson but was working in Contoocook in the late 1990’s and would travel up Route 89 every morning around 6:00 AM. One morning I was just outside Concord by Turkey Pond when a large cougar and a smaller cougar ran across 89 from south to north. There was no mistaking them because of their size, including the long tail, and the tawny color. I’m a 66 year old NH native and have seen a bobcat in the woods and this was no bobcat. There were two cars in the other lane headed south and we all stopped. A man in one of the other cars yelled to me: “Did you see what I saw??”. I yelled back “mountain lion” and he yelled back “Yup”. I called Fish and Game and the guy I talked to was insulting and insisted I saw a “housecat”.

  234. I saw a mountain lion emerage out of the woods on RT 16 in the rochester,nh area a few years ago. It brazenly waked acros the highay with no sense of urgency and down a hill into the woods. It was the size of a large dog, had very short hair and a long tail. It appeared more greayish than tan but could have been the light.

  235. on August 29, 2013 at 4:22 am | Reply Rich Boudreaux

    Hey I saw what I would believe to be a mountain lion cub in barnstead New Hampshire. I would say the cat was about the size of a mid size dog. It was light in color and had spots on it. Also, the cat had distinct small rounded ears compared to a house cat( not actually round but rounder). Also, I might have saw one in the middle median of the highway yesterday on 93 just north of concord. This one however seemed to look a deer at first then I came up closer down the highway and it had shorter legs and a long tail compared to a deer, but the fur looked like a deer coat. Not positive of the second one but the one by my house was a mountain lion for sure!!!!

  236. on August 27, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Reply Bridget Windsor

    When I looked into my backyard this morning, I thought I saw a lanky, tan dog. When I looked closer, I realized it was a huge cat. It had a long, thick tail. It seemed to be stalking something near our pond, my son was outside and startled it and it ran across our yard and into the woods.

    I have compared it to several photos on the Internet, it is definitely not a bobcat. It was not gray, and it did not have a short tail, it looked young, but it seemed larger than a bobcat.

    We live in Bow and I saw it at around 10:30 this morning.

    • Wow, Bridget Windsor! Incredible! I’ve heard rumors of mountain lions in Mont Vernon but are you sure it wasn’t a huge beaver?

  237. on August 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Reply kevintasleykevin

    I just saw what in all ways appeared to be a mountain lion pass through my back field in New Boston. It was the size of a large dog with a solid tan coat and rather stout body. It moved exactly like my house cat moves, which was wonderful to watch, but I had a question for the community here:

    It appeared to have no tail. Where its tail should have been it had a stubby tuft similar to a deer and similar to when you see dogs whose tails have been severed. Am I crazy and the tail was just tucked between the legs? I really don’t think it was, cause I could see a definitive tuft. I am very sure it was a mountain lion. Color, size, shape, I got a good minute long look at it in morning daylight. Are there cases of mountain lions losing their tails in fights or in some other way?

    Thanks for any responses I am so curious.

    • I think that what you saw was a bobcat. Your description matches it perfectly. They are native to NH, but pretty shy, not seen very often. JR

      • I went back and look at photos of bobcats, and I see now, that that is what I saw. When I first looked at photos of bobcats they looked so exotic in their coloring and facial features, similar to a lynx, but I see now there are some that appear more of a solid tan appearance from a distance.

        Thanks for your response!

      • Some bobcats have distinct spots, especially younger ones. Color can vary, from tan to dark gray/brown, and from a lot of spots to few spots. Their belly is usually white or very light in color. Their coloration can also differ over the seasons.

      • so Lynxs and bobcats are the same thing…? Silly me.

      • No, you are not silly :) Lynx and bobcats are very similar, but they are separate species. Lynx are also shy, and generally found further north. It was big news a few years ago when one was seen in the White Mountains. Which is why I guessed that your cat was a bobcat…

  238. I’ll ask my husband for any details when he comes home for lunch today.
    another thing I thought was odd is we invested in one of those motion sprinklers for it garden due to deer eating everything. the deer are scarce these days but the sprinkler keeps going off in the evening. the garden is on the woods line. it isn’t a sensitive sprinkler, it picks up motion after a few seconds of movement. I’m just trying to piece things together.

  239. the other thing I failed to mention is we usually have a deer problem in our garden. those guys haven’t even been around much lately. we had a momma and baby on our road for quite sometime but lately, nothing. animals are dropping left and right.

  240. I’ve also noticed some of the other people posting on here that have had mountain lion sighting are very close to home. weare, Windsor and a few others. it’s scary but I guess a chance you take living in these wooded areas. also, we’re investing in a camera for just this reason. should be interesting to see what kinds of critters we get.

  241. it was about 9pm when we heard the rustling in the back yard. when my husband made itto basement level and got the spot light outside the door on it was spooked. he said the glimpse he did get was a large dark animal as tall as a large dog. he said when it took off it leaped rather than ran. the noise it made was not like a cat however but more relatable to a mad bear but was to small to be bear. my brother works for the sunapee for department and said there have been many recent sightings of cat and there main preyed food had been smaller animals including house cats. as of now our two family members haveyet to southern :( my son it’s a wreck. as we all are sad. yesterday I was out in yard and heard an odd noise from the woods but when googled the closest noise to compare to was a deer grunt. I know deer didn’t get my cats. if it was any of the animals you listed above would we find remains? I know that may sound odd but we would rather find our kittys than leave then to other animals. I’ve tried googling if these animals venture off to dine on their catch out just eat and go. I’ve had no luck.I do think at this point it’s safe to say or animals have fallen pray to something. sucks! any info is much welcomed. thanks

    • It’s hard to say for sure what this animal is, without more information. If you do see it again, try to get a sense of its size against items in the background, like rocks or trees. Pay attention to things like color (and whether or not the color is different on different parts of its body). Also, try to get a sense of length of tail, length of legs, shape of head, shape and size of ears. Those all provide helpful clues. And if you can keep a camera handy, all the better!

      It’s not likely that you’ll find the remains of your cats. Sorry about that, it’s tough to lose loved pets. JR

  242. My husband was eating his lunch in his truck parked at the football field near the County Courthouse in Dover, NH early in the afternoon on August 12, 2013. He observed what he at first thought was a large dog, tan in color, very long tail perhaps as long as the animal itself, “pointy” ears, loping gait (he at first said Prancing), and a dark spot on the end of the tail. He was so enrapt with the animal itself that he did not pick up his iphone to get a picture :(

    Over dinner, he mentioned this to our grandson, a hunter and woodsman, and he suggested it might have been a mountain lion. Later that evening, my husband and I looked at some images on the web of mountain lions. Based on comments here that I have been perusing this morning, some “pictures of mountain lions” are not, so I am not saying one way or the other, just reporting what he saw.

    We submitted this informaiton to info@wildlife.NH.gov and Mr. Tate sent back a polite reply “thank you for the sighting report”. So based on all I have read here, we are posting a ‘sighting report’ w/o any evidence, but thought it might be helpful to others in the area.

    Thanks for your blog. It was very interesting to read so many recent reports.

  243. We just saw a mountain lion near the golf course at The Mount Washington Hotel. Five people in the car. Casually walked down a dirt service road towards a dumpster. August 18, 2013 around 10:30pm.

  244. Heard a rumor re a cougar sighting in Alton. Anything to it?

  245. over the past three weeks we have lost two ofour house cats, about a week after our first cat went missing my husband and I were sitting out on out back deck and heard a very loud groul, we went into the house. my husband ran down to the basement level of our home to see what the noises were. it was then he saw a large dark animal that took off in a matter of seconds by leap. it was gone. about a week later another one of our cats has gone missing. interesting for prints on our dirt road. we ventured into the woods recently and came across large portions with sharp nails dragging in the ground. very scary. we have three young children in our home along with two adult cats remaining. we’re on edge.
    any advice ? we live in the woods of Washington Nh. though we see larger amounts of deer frequently, whatever is out there is more interested in our house cats vs. the test of wildlife.

    • on September 4, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

      I’ve been away and just saw this. I know what this creature may be, an unknown species of black cat I’ve been researching. It has feline footprints on the front and canine on the rear (front middle toes are at an angle like a cat, and the rear are even like a dog). The claws are on the middle two toes, are up to 1.75 in. long and 1 inch apart. I would like to put up a game camera with your permission. Please contact me at lmccracken2002@yahoo.com . These black cats have been seen in your area.

    • Stephanie, it’s hard to say what the animal might be. How large – did you get any sense of its size? When you say “dark” did you see it in daylight? Was it black, or brown, or gray? What sort of growl, like a dog’s growl, or something else? For wild animals reported to take house cats, the possibilities include: fisher cat, coyote, bobcat and fox. But it is hard to say without more detailed information. Let us know if you hear or see anything more. JR

    • Definitely get a game camera.

  246. My husband and I just saw a mountain lion in Londonderry, NH. It was crossing Litchfield road, near Yellowstone Drive. We pulled over when we saw it cross the street, and we watched it walking in the woods. It was about 15 feet from us, and it stopped to watch us for about 45 seconds. Then it slowly turned and continued to walk away.

  247. I am glad there is a homepage like this. We saw one in Oct or Nov of 2012 on our property in Hopkinton, NH (on the Henniker border). We were driving up our driveway when we saw it. It ran right across our driveway and then across our property. It was much larger and faster than the bob cat that we have seen in the past. 2 other familes on our road have seen it too.
    About 8 or 9 years ago, my mother had one resting on her property in Henniker.

    • on September 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Reply Marcia McCaffrey

      I, too, live in Hopkinton, Contoocook Village near Henniker. I saw what I think is a mountain lion 2 times this summer. Both right around 6:00 pm. Once using a familiar game trail to cross my road and the other time on the edge of my woods in the vicinity of the game trail. The second sighting, I got out of the car to take a good look. The tail was long, to the ground, and hooked at the end. The head was round as were the ears. I have seen bobcat. This as no bob cat. Size, about the size of my 80 dog, tan in color, with big feet. The first time I spotted it, I said to myself, I can’t believe I’m seeing an animal I’ve never seen before…and I drew a picture of it so I would remember what it looked like. The second time I saw it I couldn’t believe my luck. The first sighting, I saw it in profile, a good look at that tail and body shape. The second time I saw it from the rear and had another good look at the tail. The sightings were a out 4 weeks apart. The last sighting was around August 27 2013. We live on a marshy area with lots of protected land and woods. We have bear, fox, moose, deer, turkey, beaver and 1 bobcat sighting.

  248. Around 5:45 PM August 12, spotted large mountain lion (German Shepherd size), brown, in Canaan NH, just north of Goose Pond Lake. Appeared healthy, sat briefly in the woods, in fairly close proximity to our house, then traveled further into the woods and across our stream. Initially thought it was a large dog but was able to view with binoculars and sure it was a mountain lion.

  249. about 2 years ago was on my way to work very early in the morning in Weare Nh and there it was. I stopped the car and just watched I knew it wasn’t a bob cat it was way to big , the words out of my mouth was that was a bleep bleep I just saw a mountain lion my husband still says it was something else even today we talk about it

  250. On August 9th I spotted what looked like a mountain lion or cougar crossing Sand Hill Road in Peterborough Nh. As tall as a German Shepard, with a golden hide around 6:00pm, Impressive!

    • on September 10, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Reply Lynne mcconnell

      I was walking with my yorkie last night 9/9/13 at around 5:30 on Murphy Rd, in Peterborough, when I looked up to see this big tan cat, within 1/10th of a mile from us was crossing the road, stopped in the middle of the road and we just stared at each other for about 30 seconds and then it gracefully kept crossing the road. I went home and looked it up, it was a mountain lion, it was pretty spectacular but also scary, we had no where to go, we waited about 5 minutes, I picked up my pup and we continued home. Yikes

  251. on August 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Reply Robbie Valcourt

    At Gadsden.. That could have been a Bobcat. I have been watching a family of 4 on the Plastow/Kingston line for some years now. One of them is blackish/gray and my guess is it is about 80/100lbs. Verry large for a Bobcat but they have plenty of food where they are dened up. For them to make it over to 108 is just a walk in the park for them. One of them got hit last August on 125 in Kingston and it was I think they said 70/75 lbs.

  252. Sighting! http://moultonborospeaks.blogspot.com/2013/08/mountain-lions-keep-eye-on-children-and.html

    A friend writes: “I am certain I saw one running in the open field on route 25b earlier this year and others living a bit further north are also certain they have seen mountain lions. Here is an excerpt I received in an email from a reader that happened just recently:

    “…someone near the Castle lost his dog and he saw a mountain lion dragging it away. He found it later (dead) hanging in a tree which is where the lions take their prey.”

  253. My horse is boarded on center road in Bradford. I drive past the junction 6-7x a week. What side of the road did it head to and time of day? We are out trail riding in the surrounding woods all the time. I will let people know to look for tracks etc. Also the owner of the barn said there was something spooking the horses this past weekend in the woods. She didn’t hear anything crashing around in the woods like a moose. We have had several bear this year but she is usually able to spot them and hear them when the horses act up. She thought this was strange that it was very quiet except for the horses acting spooked. I will tell her to keep her eyes open.

    She had also seen a mtn. Lion a year or so ago on 114 in Bradford off a logging road. What she saw was tan, very large with a long tail. She knows it was definatly not a bobcat.

  254. Spotted a large black cat on the side of the road on 114 in Bradford NH right after the Junction Restaurant. This was not a bobcat as I have seen them before. It had a long tail and black fur with a little white on its paws and a little under its chin area. I was also not a bear, or a fisher cat as I have seen them before. As to what this animal was it looked similar to jaguar, as to what it was I am still unsure only that it look just like a black jaguar. July 31, 2013

    • I’m guessing that the last two posts, of sightings of a large black cat with white markings, are credible and not a coincidence. There are two possibilities that occur to me. One is that this is a melanistic variant of a mountain lion. These are exceedingly rare, but they do occur. The other possibility is that is an escaped or released pet exotic cat. These are not as rare as you might think, unfortunately. It will be interesting to see if there are more reports in the coming days. JR

    • I believe I have a picture of the big black cat with white paws… it was taken July 19, 2013 in Windsor, NH. I have a Trail cam set up on my property and I hadn’t checked it in a while… when I pulled the video card this week I have an image of a big black cat… with a white streak under its head and white marks on the paws.

      • Hi Folks,
        Sorry for the delay, I needed to get some other pictures and take some measurements. Rather than post a bunch of pictures I have put them together and posted on Youtube.

        Take a look here and let me know… I believe it is something unusual. But I don’t know what. I have contacted the NH Fish & Game Biologists for their opinion.

      • David, very well done! Your comparisons and analysis are compelling.

        It clearly is a feline, not a fisher cat and not a fox or dog. It is not a bobcat, not only because of the long tail, but also because of the length of body compared to height. And size of head relative to body. And it’s far too small to be a mountain lion (and the coloration is all wrong).

        If this is a domesticated cat (the white markings support that theory) then it is a very big domesticated cat. We have two cats, and they both stand a little less than a foot high at the shoulder and are about two feet long, not counting the tail. This cat appears to be 30-50% bigger than that. Maybe it’s a very big domesticated cat, in which case it’s likely owned by one of your neighbors. Or, maybe it’s a Maine coon cat? I looked at some pictures of those online, and they reach the size of your mystery cat.

        Another possibility, an exotic cat that runs about this size, is a jaguarundi. That’s a cat native to Mexico and South America, so it’s likely an escaped or released pet if it is indeed a jaguarundi. I could not find any pictures online of a jaguarundi with white markings similar to your cat, however.

        Interesting, indeed. Thanks for the great work, and let us know what you hear from the wildlife guys. JR

      • Please email me the picture, and I will post it here for all to see. Thanks.


      • WE anxiously await the photo.

      • The photo that was sent to me was very inconclusive. It might be a house cat, the objects in the photo that enabled me to gauge scale showed an animal about 12-18 inches tall. The person who took the photos is going to do some more analysis, but my strong bet is that this is not a big cat. JR

  255. Not sure if I should be typing anything here but I am still in shock. I spent the day with the family at Lake Sunapee and was on our long ride back home when at around 9:45 pm I saw a very large outline on the side of 114 in Bradford, (before the Junction Restaurant). I thought it was my mind playing tricks on me, but when I drove closer to the large black outline, it twisted its torso toward my high beams. Using the guard rail on the side of it, it looked to be about 3.5-4′ tall. Its body was lean and muscular but its paws were huge. It had a slash of white in its face but all its paws were white while the rest were black. I have never seen an animal such as that; however, I will say that I am not an animal expert but based on its muscles, stance, and massive outline, it appeared feline in nature. I am still in awwww over the exact identity of the animal but it startled me enough that I slowly crept back and fourth through the area I seen it. It was gone when I made my second pass to try and show it to my husband (he was playing a game on the computer) but I could not locate it again. I repeatedly drove past the area until I was pulled over. The officer was very nice, although he said he did not see anything, but I command him for not thinking I was crazy when I was ranting about the animal I just seen! I have never seen an animal like that, but I know what I saw and wanted to write down the occurrence while it was a fresh experience.

  256. I’ve not seen one but years ago, while sitting on the boat launch at Nube in Hancock, we had one “scream” not far from us. We left very quickly. My daughters riding instructor has seen one crossing 202N on the Hancock/Peterborough border. And lastly, my friends father, who was an officer in Temple (Clegg, now passed away) had F&G in Temple due to so many lion sightings. When F&G told him there were none in NH, Mr. Clegg pointed at a deer carcass in a tree and asked him, “Well, how did that deer get that high up that tree then?”

  257. Cougar sighting last night in Middleton,NH big cat color of deer with small head and long tail no picture just sighting, will track when snow hits.


  258. I saw what looks exactly like the stuffed animal at the top if this page only a bit larger, walking up my driveway at about 930pm on July 24, 2013. I live in Plaistow off of route 108. When I opened my door to go back inside it turned and went back into the woods behind my home.

    • Well Aug 5th I saw the same thing was golden color not spotted and had a long tail crossed in front of me just off route 108 in daylight. W Hadley Rd newton.. Plaistow / Haverhill lines all close

    • There are tons of them. One was screaming in my back yard the other night and I recorded it…. as it was moving off.

  259. on July 21, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Reply Cynthia Deysher

    July 21. 4:00 pm. Route 28. Pittsfield NH

  260. on July 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Reply Victoria Randall

    While driving my kids to swim lessons northbound on 89 at about 8:50am a mountain lion bounded across the road with such strength and speed. It was approximately 3 miles before exit 11 near new London. It was fantastic! It easily made it across the road without incident looked as if it was hunting something.

  261. on July 13, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Reply Mickey Maguire

    Today about 4;30pm on Sharon Rd. Peterborough i saw a Mountain Lion at the River it Casually turned and walked back into the woods I tried to look for its prints to take a picture but it left none.

  262. The Lyndeborough/ Peterborough area seems to be a hot spot for sightings.

    • Interesting that the last two reports, July 9 and June 30, were by two different people about a half-mile from each other. And a couple of miles from where I live. jr

  263. on July 9, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Reply Jeff Higgins

    On my way home from working in Peterborough tonight, a mountain lion crossed the road in front of me as I rolled up Rt 202, between EMS and the bus company. It was just like the stuffed cat at the top of this page, but perhaps a wee bit larger. It was also darker in color, like light mahogany, but still had the long tail, small head, and small ears.

    What disturbs me, is how casual he acted. He didn’t have the skittish, got-to-get-out-of-here look that a fox or coyote has when you are lucky enough to see one.

    • on July 14, 2013 at 2:57 am | Reply Robert Rosen

      About 3 years ago a woman I met in Hillsborough insisted she had seen a mountain lion near EMS.

  264. on June 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Reply Kristine Mikulewicz

    June 30, 2013 – This morning at about 7:45 AM driving down 202 towards Peterborough at the intersection of Forest Road I just happened to look to my right on Forest Road and there it was just crossing from left to right – to me it was one of those Oh God moments. It was a beautiful creature, quite large, tail as long as its body – large head – it paid me no heed as I almost left skid marks stopping to watch it. What a special moment for me. I grew up in Southern Utah where when I was younger they were fair game, with my father owning the local paper there were numerous times the proud hunters would bring their kills in to get pictures taken so they could be in the next edition. This is the first one I have seen here in New Hampshire, though I have seen Bobcats on several occasions.

  265. This morning around 8 am we had a moutain lion cross 89 in cootootook just past exit 5 we were very code and got very good look at it right color size and long tail

  266. on June 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Reply Jessica Jones

    June 25th, 2013, 12:30 pm. Just saw a mountain lion crossing the road on Govt Wentworth hwy. in Mountolborough, right near the entrance to Bald Peak Colony Club. It crossed the road in a leisurely fashion, so I got a good look at it, large golden cat with a long tail. When I passed the spot where it had crossed, I saw the cat sitting just inside the woods. I saw the black mask on its face very clearly.

  267. There’s been a lot of discussion here about big cats as pets. I thought I would post a link to an article from National Geographic on exotic pets. Here’s a quote: “At present, laws differ state-to-state on which exotic animals are legal to privately own and under what kind of license restriction, if any. But trading, selling, and breeding of exotics often crosses state lines and is difficult to regulate. It’s estimated that between 10-20,000 big cats are currently in private hands in the United States – more tigers than in the wild – but no one, not even the USDA, knows for sure how many.”

    More here – http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/animal-intervention/articles/wild-at-home-exotic-animals-as-pets/

  268. yesterday evening (june 20) I saw an animal run across the road in front of me while driving on rt 124 towards New Ipswich, just past the town line. The only thing it looked like was a mountain lion. It had the very light beige color, it was stocky and large, did not move like a dog. I have seen fox and coyote- nothing like it. I’m absolutely convinced it was a mountain lion. It was also too large to be a bobcat or a domestic cat.

    • If you have never seen a bobcat, do not be too quick to dismiss the possibility. They can be very big, as large as labrador retrievers. They are cat-like animals that look “tall” with long legs and rather short bodies. Mountain lions, by contrast, are much “longer”, looking much more low to the ground because their legs are much shorter when compared to their body length. The key with a mountain lion is the tail, it will be very obvious, very big and very long, as long as the cat’s body.

      My guess, based on statistical probabilities, is that you saw a bobcat. Check out the pictures online, to see what you think.

      Thanks for posting! JR

  269. on June 14, 2013 at 2:11 am | Reply Marilynn Acker

    I saw a very large cat this morning, crossing route 124 in Jaffrey from my office at 121-123 Main St to the other side, into the grove of trees by Rousseau’s Music. It looked very much like the picture of a mountain lion at the top of this post. I didn’t observe a tail, but didn’t really have time to think about it. I was about 100′ away and driving toward it, so it bounded into the woods and didn’t hang around.

    • on September 1, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Reply Marilynn Acker

      Since I looked at the pictures you posted today in response to Ken, I would have to say what I saw was a mountain lion, but it was perhaps an adolescent, not full-grown. It was much leaner and sleeker looking than a bobcat and also bigger, but not as big as some of the dimensions I have read for a mountain lion.

  270. Yesterday morning at about 6:50 I saw a large tan cat lope across route 127 in Contoocook just past McLanes and YPB near the Elm Brook spillway. It was about the size of a big dog like a Lab — not as big as a full grown mountain lion, but the color and shape of one. Several cars were coming from the other direction and must have gotten a good look at it as well.

    • Did you see the tail? If it was not as long as the cat’s body, then you likely saw a bobcat. JR

      • I thought it had a long tail but I realize that memory is a tricky thing. Seemed big for a bobcat but was small for a cougar. Other drivers had good views as well. Hopefully we’ll hear from some of them.

  271. I was riding my motorcycle north on Route 28 in Wolfeboro yesterday (near Wentworth State Park) , when what appeared to be a mountain lion ran across the road about 25 yards ahead of me. It ran from left to right and entered the woods on the opposite side of the road. It had a long body, with large paws and ‘forearms’, a ‘block’ head and very long bushy tail. It was brown to almost orange in color and ran very low to the ground, very cat like. Unfortunately, I was not able to get a picture.

  272. 7:00 AM, Wilmot, NH. Just watched an animal cross an area of open grass near a small pond by the house. It was crossing from a semi wooded area to a mown field surrounded by woods, but was only visible as it passed between two posts of an open gate. It looked and moved like a sleek domestic cat, but was startlingly large – I would guess at least as large as our son’s young female boxer, but more muscular. It appeared to be all black, moved deliberately and directly, but not in haste – as if it were out for a morning stroll.

    I have never seen an animal like this in the wild (it reminded me of photos of a black panther) and I found this site while looking for information on New Hampshire wildlife, specifically large cats, to see if black ones existed. I know that sometimes light and distance can alter the illusion of size, but this was definitely not a house cat – much taller. The closest thing I have seen would be the photo at the beginning of this blog if it were all black but I cannot tell from that photo how large that animal is. The one I saw did not appear to have the body or head of a fisher cat nor the head of a bobcat.

    • PSBMRG, I was replying to Adam’s sighting, with regards to the fisher cat.
      As far as what you saw, I can say that a large, black wild cat here in New Hampshire is not easily explained. There are no naturally occurring black wild cats in North America, never mind New Hampshire. Two possibilities come to mind for a large black wild cat. One is a melanistic variant of a wild cat. This is similar to an albino animal, meaning an animal that would normally be brown (or whatever is its natural color) that instead of being white in color has a genetic mutation which causes it to be black. This is a very rare condition, but not unheard of. It still leaves open the question of species, is this a melanistic bobcat, or (even more unlikely) a melanistic cougar. These are exceedingly rare, even in ecosystems where cougars are common.

      The other possibility is a released (illegally kept) pet leopard, which of course would not be a native wild cat. Still very unlikely.

      So, it is hard to guess what you may have seen. More evidence is needed. JR

      • on June 8, 2013 at 7:10 pm Linda McCracken

        I have collected approximately 200 sightings of black cats in New Hampshire (many more than 200 counting those in VT, CT, etc.). There is no actual proof of their existence here, and some are charcoal grey or dark brown/black.
        Some people swear they are the shape and size of cougars, even describing the small head compared to the size of the body. Some swear they look like leopards with sleek blue black fur and curved tails. Some say they are huge (up to 250 pounds) and have black spots on their coats. These sound like jaguars. One person saw a miniature grey cat that looked like a small cougar, but small cougars have spots. Could it be a jaguarondi, also not supposed to be here?
        Bobcats are known for being melanistic in some places and melanistic bobcats could be here as well, but most say the black cats are much larger than a bobcat, though some have pointed, tufted ears like a bobcat. Could there be hybrids?
        I saw black cats on two occasions myself that were the size of coyotes and they were an unknown species that looked like a black cheetah with long legs, thin body, a full head of hair (mane?) and three inch long hair from the knees down. The cat’s tail curved up and back 180 degrees at the end and was the same length as the body or a bit longer. There is also a similar cat with a bushy tail and one with long fur all over it. The furry cat is four feet long, not including the tail.
        These all had rounded heads of hair, but there are those that don’t. They have protruding foreheads, flat, pushed in ugly faces, with broad noses and the pointed, tufted ears of a bobcat or lynx. They usually have long legs and thin bodies with curved tails. Are they females to the maned cats?
        What is out there? I don’t know, but I am researching black cats so am interested in any and all information and sightings. I have data back to the 1930s. These strange long-legged, thin black cats have been seen from NH to AL and from NC to CA, so I think they are very shy and mostly nocturnal. My email is lmccracken2002@yahoo.com .

    • If ever there was a good shot of a fisher, that’s it!

    • A friend took this picture from my kitchen window in Walpole, NH early last September at around 6:20 at night. We had a camera out to take a picture of skunk under the bird feeder and got this picture of the the mountain lion as it seemed to be tracking the skunk. I was in view for less than 15 seconds before it took off.

      • The picture is not attached, can you post a link to it, or email it to me so I can post it? Thanks, JR (john.f.ranta@gmail.com)

    • auburn NH. As I let my dogs out around 8:45 a.m. I saw a cat walking through the woods about 40 yards back. I noticed it because the black contrast against the lush green forest. It being black I was very puzzled, I thought I was seeing my first bob cat, but knew I was wrong because it had a very large and bushy Tail. Also my dogs notice everything. I have three of them and they all have peremiter checks when the run outside. All wildlife gets at least a bark. . . But they were oblivious, even when I ran up to a rock for a better vantage point they just stared at me.

      This cat moved extremely calmly and did not disrupt anything. It did not stop, but never sped up. I was sure it was a cat right when i saw it because i have always had cats, and because of its movement, posture and head. Of course this was a little bigger then twice the size of our largest cat. The only way I can describe what I saw was a small black mountain lion.

      I came scrambling through the Internet after my experience to see what fully black cats would be in my deep back hard. I still am not sure what is was, so any comments or ides from people who have seen more or who know cats would be great! I will be doing more research of my own.

      Overall I feel very greatful I got to see this sleek and rare creature. Especially a few hours into the morning.

      • My guess, based on Occam’s razor, is that it’s a Fisher cat. They are dark, almost black. Although they are a member of the weasel (mustelid) family, they are the size you mentioned, twice the size of a house cat (or even a bit larger). They have a long, and bushy tail. They are common in New Hampshire. They have gotten the “cat” moniker attached to their name because they have a cat-like appearance and move like a cat in the woods. They also climb trees readily. Here’s a link to a picture – http://www.damnedct.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/FisherCat.jpg .

      • Really good shot of the fisher, and I am happy to see it because it does not look even remotely like the large black cat I saw. Hope you get Mark’s photo and can post it.


  274. on May 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Reply Robbie Valcourt

    My brother used to own Quality Bakery in Franconia and he has told me of a few sightings in the area. That was a few years ago when he owned the bakery.

  275. on May 27, 2013 at 2:42 am | Reply Dennis Keller

    We just watched a mountain lion walk through the yard. Very large & muscular. 9:38PM on Sunday, 5/26/13 on Wells Rd in Franconia.

    No more letting the dog run around at night.


    Anyone else seen one in this area? I had no idea they were around here.

    • About 10 years ago I was driving north on I 93 about 2 miles north of the twin Mt. Rt 3 exit when 2 large cubs ran across the highway in front of my truck. Naturally I stopped in the middle of the road to get a better look. When I stopped their very large and muscular mother jumped down from the embankment to my left and rather casually strolled over to her two cubs. She was no more than 40 feet from my bumper. Long muscular body with a long tail tipped in black. I would assume that the juveniles were around 80 lbs each and mom appeared to be about 125 lbs. Undoubtedly these cats were mountain lions. I never reported the incident because I assumed that fish and game would give me the status quo answer followed by……. No followup . From what I have read on this blog I think I was correct.

  276. I do believe that I have a mountain lion raiding my chicken coop. Last Wednesday at 3:30 p. m., I was sitting at the kitchen counter studying for an exam I was having that night and I heard distressed clucking from one of my chickens. I got up to look out our large bay window to see what the commotion was and there stood a very large cat with a long tail. It was very beautiful, it was much, much larger than a bobcat . . . it was larger than a big dog. It was beige/grey in color with darker (maybe black) fur at the edges of its ears, around its nose, and toward the tip of its tail. If I could have grabbed my camera and taken a photo I would have, but since I had just lost my two favorite chickens in five days, I ran screaming at the top of my lungs out the front door. It was looking straight at me, turned around and quietly hopped over the stone wall and went into the woods . . . this time fortunately it did not snag a chicken, but it did get two over the past five days during the morning . . . sometime between 9 a.m. and noon.

  277. on May 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Reply Robert Rosen

    Keep up the sarcasm. It’s very funny I know (a little bit) a woman who used to live on Bear Hill Road. I will ask her about mountain lion sightings the next time I see her.

    • Just trying to inject a bit of humor on the idea that these sightings are all ‘escaped pets’. My god who has the money to feed a lion? It costs $89 every three weeks to feed my cat the special UTI prevention diet he needs… I can’t imagine what it would cost to feed a mountain lion!

  278. This is an old sighting of which I’ve told very few people fearing ridicule. In 2002 mid day on Bear Hill Rd. in Henniker New Hampshire. I stopped on the side of the road to let the dog out n walk around a bit. Some how intuition told me to hold off on letting my dog out of the car with out first servailing the area given how far into the woods we were. Myself and my boyfriend at the time both got out of the car. As soon as we looked up onto the very small hill we had planned to walk up we saw a huge cat type animal standing still half way up the hill. It was bigger than a large dog. It could have easilly been the size of a lion. It looked upon us as we stood there frozen and just ever so delicatly walked away into the forest. Of course as soon as it was out of sight we jumpped back into our car and talked about it non stop as we drove back toward home. Thanking God that I had decided not to let my dog out of the car, as he was a young medium build dog, he would not have stood a chance against the creature. We unfortunatly had to rely on memory to describe the “huge cat” for lack of a better description. I still to this day have not been able to positivly identify the animal. It sort of looked like a mountain lion may have breed with a bob cat. I don’t know if that is even possible but the best way I can describe it’s appearence. Many times I have driven back to that same spot hoping to get a glimce of the animal once again and perhaps a photo. I have yet to ever see it again over the last eleven years. I’ve had a six month old black kitten disapper about one and a half years ago. And another just a week ago. About six months ago we were woken at three am by a horrifying scream just bellow our bedroom window. When we talked to our neighbors about it they reported to us that they had both seen a very large cat like animal just a couple weeks prior in our back yard late at night. I live about about a mile from the sighting area. Where I live is actually a pretty wooded area although it is close to the center of our town. The town is usually quiet at night.

    • I have heard that same scream under my bedroom window as well. I think a lot of people in NH must have these lions as illegal exotic pets and then release them… /sarcasm

  279. Last night at around 10pm a large yellow cat with a long tail ran across our driveway in front of our son’s car. It was larger than our dogs, so outside of a mountain lion, I’m not sure what it could be. We are in Grantham, NH.

    • I live in Grantham too and saw a mountain lion on two occasions in my yard but about 12 years ago. We live near the Reney forest. Where did you see it?

    • You know I recently had a very smart person insist to me that we don’t have possums up this way. I immediately sent him a photo of one ambling across my back yard in the snow. They are dead all over the roads, and I’d guess they’ve been around NH for the last 50 years at least — that’s how long I’ve been seeing them. And yet, there are still people who will deny they exist.

      • Ah yes, there are different kinds of doubters. The fact that some people doubt the existence of animals (opossums) in New Hampshire for which there is abundant proof (including lots of roadkill) does not mean that those who doubt cougars in New Hampshire (for which there is little to no proof) are equally wrong. We have to stick to scientific methods. Even those of us who feel pretty strongly that there are mountain lions returning to New Hampshire have to maintain a scientific skepticism until said existence is proven.

      • By the way, I would not consider a person who insists that there are no opossums in New Hampshire to be very smart. At least, they are not very smart when it comes to wildlife…

      • There are no large black cats native to North America. Which leaves me to consider two possibilities for the reports of black cat sightings. One is that people are making mistakes about the size or color of black cats they are seeing. Or two, these are reports of escaped or released pet panthers. We know that the “released pet” hypothesis is plausible, the cougar scat from the Quabbin showed DNA of a South American strain of cougars, very likely to be of a released pet.

      • Well the person who doubted the possums is a very brilliant ex-CIA engineer.. LOL That said, is it legal to have a pet cougar? How many people let them go? Seems like that is always used as the answer. I didn’t know that many people kept wild lions in their homes.

      • It’s hard to say how many big cats are kept as pets, but I think we’d be surprised. if you do a quick Google of “big cats as pets” there are many results from newspapers across the US. Here’s one, with some estimates (hard to verify) of 10,000 – 20,000 (all kinds of cats, not just cougars) http://articles.latimes.com/2005/mar/06/news/adna-tigers6 . There’s also a very interesting background story in the About Us section at the website of Big Cat Rescue, of the widespread underground trade in importing, breeding and selling exotic big cats. I have no first-hand experience of big cats being kept as pets, but my sister lived next to a guy who had a half dozen timber wolves in a pen in his backyard in Maine. Made her a little nervous when her kids went out to play. Cougar kittens are cute, and the idea of “owning” a cougar is compelling to many. I can believe that quite a few people buy into the idea of raising one of their own…

    • You know there are FAR too many of you who have seen cats that you KNOW are not Bobcats, two of my friends saw them recently in their town as well. And you have to figure that about only 1% of those who see these animals are coming here to post, imagine what a huge population of lions we must have in NH? Those wild screams recorded in the WM are NOT anything F and G know. I would say it’s time to admit that the ‘cougar’ is here to stay.

      • Gadsden Gurl, I love your enthusiasm. But (sorry if you guys are getting tired of me saying it) we need hard evidence. Reports of sightings, and/or screams are welcome here, but as evidence they are weak. Photos are better. Tracks (clear photos of tracks with something for scale) are better. Scat is much better (if it is tested for DNA). Video (clear video that can be verified for location) is much better. A carcass is best (ala Connecticut). Until we have this kind of evidence, we aren’t ready to “admit the cougar is here to stay”. At least that’s what I think. :)

  280. on May 8, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Reply Robbie Valcourt

    Years ago 15 or so I saw some mountain lion tracks while out hunting in that area. In Bristol,NH. Off west shore rd. that would be the south west side of New Found Lake. Witch isn’t that far from Ragged Mt.

    • on May 8, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Reply fallinwhisper

      That is very close! My boyfriend grew up around there, about 20 years ago he used to see big cats out near Highland Lake all the time. But, the one he really remembers was fully black.

      We are planning on going back out this weekend for another hike. Its going to be after this rain we are getting so the tracks should be nice and fresh. I hope to get better pictures/video this time and ‘from a distance’ pictures of what I believe are dens. There was scratch/dig marks along the trail as well, like something was kicking dirt. Also, the print does show a leading toe. I hope to get some better pics this weekend, as I was being rushed the last time. Had that creepy “you know your being watched” feeling the whole time, before we saw this large print.

      Ill post what I find!

      • So I ask the doubters, what is the explanation for the fully black cats people see? They can’t all be house cats. Mine is black, weighs 20 lbs, but in no way could he ever be mistaken for a big cat like a cougar. Bobcats don’t come in black. :-)

      • on May 9, 2013 at 1:38 am Linda McCracken

        I saw the best and clearest track ever at the foot of Mt. Kearsarge in the mud of a gravel pit near the Blackwater River off of Rts. 4 & 11 in Andover. I didn’t have a camera unfortunately, but it was in 2002. Two black cats were seen crossing Rts. 4 & 11 in Andover in 2000 & 2004. Cougars were seen 3 times in Andover in 2004, once in 2006 on Mt. Kearsarge, once each in 2010 & 2011 and once in Wilmot in 2013 with a den with kittens in the foothills of Mt. Kearsarge in 2002 with other nearby sightings of mountain lions in 2003 & 2004, Mt. Kearsarge across the road from Ragged Mtn. and Highland Lake. I would love to hike with you this week-end… lmccracken2002@yahoo.com and would also love to hear of other black cat sightings anywhere.

  281. on April 7, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Reply Gadsden Gurl

    Just wish you’d bought that domain.. dang.

  282. I thought I’d comment on some of the issues raised this week. The discussion went beyond healthy debate into harangue, but parts of it were still worthwhile.

    I started this blog because I think there’s a real possibility that mountain lions are re-establishing themselves in the northeast. And it’s a topic I find very interesting. I wanted to give people a chance to share their reports, and read what others are seeing.

    I’ve got a degree in Environmental Science, and have been an outdoorsman all my life. I’ve taken tracking and wildlife identification classes with folks like Paul Rezendes. (and partly as a result of Rezendes) I’ve been following New England mountain lion sightings and stories for 30 years or more.

    What I’ve learned over that time is that many people don’t know their animals too well. I was part of a team that follows up on sightings. I listened to one man explain with certainty that he watched a mountain lion walk through the snow in his backyard the night before. He showed us its tracks. Which were clearly dog or coyote. I’ve been sent pictures of “mountain lions” which were actually bobcats (one wearing the collar from the bobcat study here in the Monadnock region from two years ago). I’ve been sent links to photos of mountain lions caught on game cameras “in New Hampshire”. One was dragging a mule deer. One was surrounded by vegetation only found in the Rockies/west.

    It’s clear to me that some people like to fake sightings. I don’t know why. And I have learned that some people mis-report sightings because they don’t know the difference between a bobcat (or a house cat or a coyote) and a mountain lion.

    That said, there are many credible reports of mountain lion sightings here in New Hampshire. And there are confirmed reports (a half dozen over 20 years) of mountain lions in New England. What’s a “confirmed report”? That’s where there’s strong evidence. Such as DNA in a scat. Clear photos or videos. A carcass. I find the Cougar Network to be very credible, and scientific, in their analysis of reports. Here’s a link to confirmed reports from the Northeast – http://www.cougarnet.org/northeast.html.

    On the issue of escaped or released pets: this is important because of what it tells us about the mountain lions that are out there. DNA testing can tell us what subspecies of mountain lion a sample comes from. There’s a widespread but little-publicized trade in exotic cats. Mountain lions (mostly captured in South America and imported illegally) are one of the popular exotic pets. Sometimes these pets escape or are released (feeding a 150 lb cougar can be a chore). If a DNA sample is taken in the wild from such a mountain lion, it will show that it’s from South America. Which means it is not a wild, naturally occurring lion. And likely not part of a breeding population. The confirmed DNA sample taken in the Quabbin back in the 1990s was of a South American mountain lion.

    On the issue of state wildlife people hiding or covering up reports: this has not been my experience. In fact, quite the opposite. I have spoken and corresponded with NH wildlife folks, and they are cat enthusiasts. They’d love to have a wild population of mountain lions. Their job, however, is to be skeptical, and only confirm reports that provide clear and undeniable evidence. That’s not because they’re covering anything up, it’s because they’re doing proper science. Note that there was no cover-up of the CT cat, killed on the highway in 2011. Wildlife officials shared the reports of that wild cat’s travels from Iowa, through New York, and into CT.

    One good question asked in the melee this week was why there aren’t more game camera photos. I wonder about that myself. Many of us now have game cameras, and yet there are few (or none) that I know of that confirm mountain lions.

    So, keep posting. And sharing your opinions (respectfully). One of these days (and I think soon) we’re going to have CONFIRMED reports of mountain lions in New Hampshire. (and yes, I am John Ranta :)

    • on May 8, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Reply Robbie Valcourt

      John there are Mt. Lions in NH. There is no doubt in my mind. I am watching a family of Bobcats in Kingston,NH. I have a game trail cam set up I have yet to get a picture of one on it. And I know for a fact that they have walked right in front of it. I have shots of coons/ coyotes rabbits and so on from the cam but no Bobcats. It could be cause they move slow enough not to set it off. This could be true about Mountian Lions too. Also as far as getting the right information from official state reps. Funny thing about that. I do a ton of wildlife photography. I am in contact with wildlife biologists in Ma. About bald Eagles and some of the info I get from them I know is wrong. And I feed them alot of info. So for some reason or another they feed out bad info and I don’t know why. I do know for sure that over the years I have seen Mountian Lion tracks up at New Found Lake also in Maine. They were NOT Bobcat or Lynkx tracks they were Cougar tracks. At the time I was not into photography so I didn’t have a camera at the time. It took me 4 years just to get a good picture of the bobcats in Kingston. You really have to be ready to get a good shot of a animal especially one that is elusive as a cat. I don’t consider myself as a pro but I have shot all kinds of stuff( eagles/ owls/ bobcats/ lucistic hawks/ foxes/otters and so on) it’s really being in the right place at the right time. To get a good picture of a Mountian Lion in New Hampshire first you would have to be ready to get the shot and (the big one) know where they are.

      • Robbie, there’s opinion and there’s scientific proof. I hold the same opinion you do, I think there are mountain lions in New Hampshire. I can’t state that with certainty, because we do not have proof yet. That’s one of the reasons I started this blog. I am also a nature and wildlife photographer. I have exactly one bobcat photo for all of the 40 years I’ve spent hiking with a camera. I have no bear photos, even though I’ve seen bears many times. So I get it that your (or my) lack of a mountain lion photo does not mean they are not here. But I do wonder why, with so many game cameras out there and so many hikers with cameras (smart phones) at the ready, why we’re not seeing a few photos.

        As for wildlife biologists, my experience of their reliability is different from yours. I was (remotely) involved with the bald eagle restoration project in Massachusetts, and spent a couple of days hiking and observing bald eagles in the Quabbin with a couple of the people working on that project (by the way, one of them told me back in the mid-1990s that he saw a mountain lion in the Quabbin). I also have met, and/or corresponded with the biologists who run the bobcat census project here in New Hampshire. They are very knowledgeable, and passionate about wild cats. People here often complain that “wildlife biologists are involved in a cover-up”. I doubt that very much.

        We need hard evidence. I think it will show up, I’m looking forward to seeing it.

  283. Folks, the big majority of credible experts agree that cougars are on the move east, and increasing. They are re-occupying their old ground. As to how many are here? Well its pretty clear some are. How much of a breeding population? Probably not many, although a few females with cubs have been seen (and confirmed in Craftsbury VT). A big percentage of reports are misidentifications, since most people have never seen a cougar or bobcat. Now we get “why arent there pictures or tracks?”. Well, fisher cats for example are relatively common, we know they are here. How many pictures are out there based on the large population? Cougars dont sit around posing. People out west spend months where they know they are trying to get trail cam photos of them. There are very few. The group in Michigan spent months before they finally got a photo. There are clear signs that the population is moving east and increasing. Here in MA, we had no moose or bears back in the 1960’s. One day we sighted a moose, and attempted to report it to the wildlife folks. They responded, “there are no moose in MA, you are seeing someone’s horse that got out, or an unusually colored deer”. Same when the bears arrived. Now credible reliable people are seeing cougars, and are getting the same runaround. We have here in Western MA a number of print castings, including one verified one taken by Virginia Fifield back some years, scat with DNA confirmed. and sightings by people that just are not disputable, sorry to those that may think otherwise. They are here, we know they are here, but not in any numbers for sure, yet……… Calling them all escaped pets is just as unscientific as calling them “probable bobcats”. Keep putting your reports here.

    • Hello, this is John Ranta. I don’t hide my identity. The other “John” who has been debating here is not me. So stop castng aspersions on me.

      Now, this is my site. I created it so that people in New Hampshire could share news of mountain lion sightings. You two guys have made it rather a mess the past few days. You should both apologize, and stop your bickering. Or I will block you.

      As for starting another site, that’s a sure way to confuse people and lose a central repository for information. It also seems rather territorial, which I don’t get. I’m not making a penny off of this, it’s a volunteer effort, maintained in my spare time.

      Sheesh. JR

    • Enough! Can we please stop the bickering and get back to mountain lions sightings?

    • on April 6, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Reply Gadsden Gurl

      I told John he should have bought that domain.. too late now. Also it doesn’t point to a NH site, but a Ct one?

    • I am not John Ranta. Your accusation is unprofessional to both Ranta and I and uncalled for.

  284. on April 4, 2013 at 9:56 am | Reply Robbie Valcourt

    Thousands of trail cams:: I have a trail cam set up in Kingston I have not got a picture of a bobcat on it. I know where they are I have had them walk right in front of the camera and no luck with it.. Last year I was able to get pictures of one there finally after 5 years of seeing them( with my nikon) so trail cams are not as great as you think.

  285. Mt lion Presentation by Bill Betty
    April 2nd 2013 7-8:30 PM
    NH Forest Society NH Baldwin Education center
    309 Center road Hillsborough, NH
    Randy Osga

    • I was surprised to see Bill Betty reporting a confirmed mountain lion sighting in Manchester NH. The video posted with the media report is a bobcat.


      • Out of his entire talk, you say he presented no evidence? Did you see any of the incidents in Rhode Island? Those were originally labelled “bobcat” by the fish and wildlife there, then after they were properly investigated, other authorities had they revisit, resulting in a reversal of the finding, which is now confirmed as cougar. There is a lot of evidence around, I’d be surprised if he didnt present any.

      • What does Rhode Island have to do with NH? And where is the Rhode Island report/evidence located?

        No evidence was presented. Plenty of numbers of claimed reports but no evidence to confirm sightings.

      • I agree that cat in the video is a bobcat, you can even find the white spots on the back of the ears in part of it. That doesnt make every other report in the Northeast lumpable into some suspect pile. I posted the news articles on the Rhode Island debacle. The report on the incident has a lot of other tidbits that clearly show the fish and game had an agenda. They claimed it was a bobcat, and that the deer was “hit by a car”. That entire scenario fell apart upon minimal investigation. The 100 plus pound deer was actually killed in a garden, and dragged into the woods with its shoulders off the ground. It was then covered cougar style, and the stomach opened with a surgical cut. The bite marks on the neck were measured by the SECOND investigator, and the diameter recorded. The middle two teeth marks alone were over 2 inches apart. The bite holes were larger than a pencil. Tracks were found at the site where the cache was placed. Scat was found, but is has since been “lost”. This is no fairy tale, there is an official report on it with pictures. Several consultants from out of state examined the report and pictures and unanimously said it was without question a cougar attack. Six witnesses SAW the large cat and described it. So John, you have the URL to the story, go get the pictures and report. There was also an other one that was confirmed in that area. Here in MA, we have tracks, undisputable witnesses, DNA from SCAT, caches found, etc. If you think they are not around, thats fine, but you are only fooling yourself. At the meeting in Huntington, MA, 84 people attended. Only ONE had not seen or knew someone that had seen one, and did not believe they were around. Its a well known fact they are around the western hills of MA, have been for decades. Nothing new here. As for New Hampshire, Ill let the locals chime in.

      • Also John, you might ask why, when a scat sample was requested, and DNA results requested, the answer was “We lost it”. Thats a lotta scat LOL. But you seem to be better than the 3 experts that confirmed it, so who am i to question you.

      • That’s disappointing. It makes me wonder about the reliability of that speaker. WMUR did a lousy (or dishonest) job of editing the “cat in Manchester” video which made it look like it might be a mountain lion. One could accuse them of intentionally misleading the public to generate higher ratings. The full video was on youtube, and several of us checked it out after the “mountain lion” report. In that full video the cat was clearly a bobcat, there’s no doubt. WMUR edited out the footage that showed the short tail and clear profile of a bobcat, and only showed a short clip that neophytes might interpret as a mountain lion. Was the rest of Betty’s talk credible? JR

      • Its hard to believe what clearly isnt true. Keep in mind that the RI sighting, AND the CT road kill happened AFTER that was issued. At least Mark honestly reviewed RI, even after that release.

      • You can email me offline about that. Bill usually presents it. Which wildlife agency do you work for?

      • I prefer public discussion. I am a environmental consultant and self employed.

      • on April 3, 2013 at 10:24 pm Gadsden Gurl

        That Manchester sighting was definitely a bobcat. Mountain lions are not fuzzy or spotted. It may have even been a large housecat… but the sightings my friends have had in Bedford are not bobcats, as they are large TAWNY animals with long tails and are first mistaken for deer they stand so much higher than a bobcat. It’s time NH wildlife officials recognized the fact that those weird screams at night in the white mountains can only be coming from a cat.

      • John, you are reading the newspaper article. The report is much more in depth, and was done by the environmental police there. The evidence is very clear, and it was concluded by numerous experts that it was a cougar attack, based on the kill in the garden, the method the cat used to drag it, (witnessed), the size and methodology of the kill was clear. There are photos of the bite with pencils stuck in the tooth holes. If you find a bobcat that can drag a 100 lb deer over 1000 ft, with its head and shoulders off the ground, you have a world record bobcat my friend. Its physically impossible. The evidence is there, and the experts that verified it are in the report. They are people you cannot deny, sorry. Do your research and go get the entire report, with the photos, look at it, then come back and tell me the best experts in the US that reviewed this are wrong, and you are right. Then there were the tracks….. After you study that one, there is another down there not far from that one. Sorry John, the coverup period is coming to and end here in New England. Im not sure if this was a real coverup, or simply bowing to a slanted viewpoint like you appear to be doing. By they way, now that they admit it was a cougar, you want to guess what the next explanation is? Sorry John R, Im done ranting on this, its a closed case already.

      • Also for the folks here, The enviro officers report also mentions finding a small pool of blood in the yard the deer was dragged through, showing the kill was either done by the cat, or it was taken shortly after. There were no broken legs or evidence of an injury from a car. Nobody reported hitting the deer. So where did the hit by a car story come from?? The drag marks and fur originated in a garden in a backyard nowhere near the road.

      • I found the report from the Rhode Island incident reportedly written by a Game Warden. There are many puncture wounds photographed but none have hemorrhaging associated with killing wounds. None of the wounds appear to be dislocating the neck. There is no blood on the fur as well. This indicates the deer died and was moved after death. Scat was photographed and clearly deposited on the ground, not buried like cats do. The photographed track is difficult to identify given that it appears as one track is overlaying the other. The report says bobcats do not kill deer of that size. Bobcats kill deer of all sizes, a 100 pound deer isn’t a problem for a bobcat. Bobcats will scavenge deer as well. The report states a large animal moved the deer carcass because of what appears to be tracks next to the drag mark. The “tracks” look very much like marks made by hooves while a deceased deer is dragged. The witness claim the cat took up most of a lane on one side of the road. That description would indicate an animal much bigger than a mountain lion. Oddly, the game warden questions the departments judgement of how the deer died. None of the report reads as a cover up.

      • 84 reports, thousands of hours of deer hunter trail cameras but no pictures? Massachusetts needs to bring back trapping with footholds. A trapper is bound to trap one should mt lions occupy the landscape at the density indicated.

      • Claiming a cover up implies one’s theory lacks evidence.

      • So John, you wont respond, you disagree with the two well regarded experts that this was a cougar? Even though the RI officials REVERSED their finding?

      • Its actually 3 experts that have reviewed this also, all 3 said it was a cougar.

      • Do I disagree with the professionals findings? That is difficult to answer. The EPO’s report has some interesting information but also brings questions.

        The photographed track does not match very well to known mountain lion tracks. The entire basis of mt lion identification resides on caching, witness testimony, and bite marks.

        Chuck Anderson is a board member for the Cougar Network. Why doesn’t Cougar Network list this “confirmation”?


      • John, the DEM people have already admitted they were wrong since that was posted. I notice my post of the followup article was deleted…. so here it is:


        They gave in after the investigation, and the providence journal’s sumitting the incident to the experts.

        I think the people that read this board are smart enough to see the light on this one.

      • Are you sure its the same sighting? There have been others in Mancester over the years if I recall. Bill was great out here in Massachusetts.

      • Yes, I believe that is the report he was referencing. If that is not the report he is referencing, I would appreciate to see the evidence to “confirm” the report. I found the talk to lack facts. Credible is difficult to say with out report evidence to back up claims. I question why so many photographs displayed of actual mountain lions were from western states. With the number of NH sighting reports stated during the talk, I question why no NH photographs were presented and why no evidence was presented to confirm reports.

      • Do you agree with Mark Mcollough’s 2011 Eastern Mountain Lion media release?


      • John clearly you have an agenda. One Im not interested in persuing. Let people read that report and the conclusions. As to why they dont list it? There are numerous ones confirmed in the past that arent listed. The facts speak for themselves. Didnt you start this on another blog in the past?

      • I read the environmental police report and viewed the pictures in that report.

      • For those on here that may not want to dig, this is what two experts said about the RI cat:

        Mark McCollough, the lead cougar biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in New England, was one of the experts who reviewed DiPietro’s four-page narrative report and 35 photographs at the request of The Providence Journal. He says the 2-inch-wide puncture wounds in the deer’s neck that DiPietro uncovered were in size and location a classic cougar bite — and too big for a bobcat. Further, McCollough found one of DiPietro’s photographs equally telling. It showed how the deer’s abdomen fur had been nibbled short in that semicircle shape. Cougars “sort of clean the area and clip it with their teeth” before ripping open the animal, he said. “That is
        quite different from bears” or any other predators.

        Chuck Anderson, with the mammal research section of Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife Department, said: “After reviewing the report, I am convinced it is a cougar kill.” Anderson – who studies Colorado’s cougar population, estimated at about 3,000 animals, many living in the suburbs – said, “The caching, tooth punctures, carcass entry, tracks” are all “typical of cougar predation behavior.”

        I named the names, So John, these guys are both wrong??

      • John, this has been reviewed by some of the best cougar experts, their evaluations posted. You say they are wrong?? You are demonstrating the exact problem facing this issue, namely, no matter what is put in front of you, it didnt happen. John, it was a cougar attack. It was a poor investigation/coverup attempt that didnt work. How many others are there? Well guess what? More than you know :)

      • The Officer’s report has a higher number of facts than the third party rendition above. I have not had the time to measure the wound widths pictured but will do. Notice there is no bruising or blood clotting at the would sites. Despite the warden stating coyotes kill deer by the hind end, that is not true.
        Coyote kills deer (see for yourself):

        Rhode Island incident report (Officers report):

      • Just to clear up a couple inaccurate points in your response John, Male cougars OFTEN leave scat uncovered when trying to attract females. Also, the photo’s of the incident show blood on the fur. John, this is a closed case investigated by experts. You look silly trying to dispute them. If you have the actual final report, look at the names of the people that reviewed. this and tell me they all are wrong.

      • Since it appears now to be in the public view, this is the article Im quoting for the experts assessment:


        Its an article from the Providence Journal, based on interviews and the report by the Enviro Police in RI. Judge for yourselves whether saying this is a “road kill” dragged by a “bobcat” is accurate.

  286. My son saw one in our back yard yesterday after school…got so scared picked up a bat and ran down the street. My neighbor down the street had one in her back yard last week…both of these were in Newton, NH.

    • are you sure it was a lion? there are a ton of Bobcats around, 4 bobcats in the area of swings n things on rt125

  287. John – no problem.. I wanted to help you get your blog more bling. :-) I’m a web designer. Your blog does show up second in Google when I search on “NH Mountain Lions” but you can also ADD it to Google via their add a site. The other thing I would recommend I don’t want to say here…. I’d rather send you a private message about it.

  288. My last comment still has not been approved from last November! What gives? Anyway, there seems to be a LOT of sightings in and around the Sanbornton area. It’s perfect terrain for these cats.

    • Turns out I had somehow missed a half-dozen posts, yours included. I’m caught up now…

    • Geez, I’m sorry, I must have missed it. Sometimes it takes me a day or two to approve a post, but never (well almost never) 3 months. I’ll try to find it and approve it. JR

  289. Hello, back in 2000-2001 I was leaving my home in Sanbornton NH. I lived on Hale Road (a dirt road) there is a straetch of thick woods on both sides of the road and I saw a very black Panther run across the road. This was no small animal. It’s length was the road width from nose to the end of it’s thick long black tail. I don’t care what anyone says, this was a black panther and could have easily taken down a moose or a deer. I never went into those woods after that… They exist and they are in our backyards…

  290. Hiking in Erving, MA this moring on the M&M Trail. Coming down off of Craig Mountain saw some large tracks in the snow. Took couple snaps of it. My friends seem to think Mountain Lion or Cougar. We have had reported sightings of them in the area and I saw somwthing one morning crossing RTE 2. It was of the cat family and good size

  291. Route 4A between Andover and Springfield NH night time large cat 100 plus lbs creame in color,Long tail

  292. 2/12/2012..eixit10 at the edge of our parking lot..a clear sighting at 8:00 am as the cat moved along a chain link fence in deep snow attempting to reenter the woods..

  293. on February 11, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Reply Steven@gallerynh.com

    Ok…Two years ago, I saw an animal twice. Once the animal approached a small dog on our property and ran like a bolt of lightning when it saw my wife and I ten feet behind the dog. It ran really fast, long tail, right size, right color. The second time was just after dusk. It was hugging the side of the house across the street when it looked up and I saw the green eye shine. I later learned that cats have green eye shine. This happened in Peterborough NH, Rte 202 area.

  294. Anyone would please tell me where in NH has mountain loins?

    • If you read through the older comments on this blog you will see many reports, including locations (none confirmed as mountain lions). JR

    • on February 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

      I have collected over 1300 sighting reports (and tracks) in NH. They are in every county of NH, but mainly the SW and N (Coos County). They are usually seen crossing roads, so luck is big in seeing them, but they have also been seen one or more times within every city’s boundary including Concord, Manchester, Portsmouth, Nashua and Keene. These city sightings are very rare and usually in are located in backyards that also attract deer.

    • Yes, the wildlife zoo(?) in Holderness, near Plymouth has some. Squam Lakes Natural Science Ctr.

  295. who wants to find one with me in NH? Ferry8423@gmail.com

  296. was in the whites last summer. i dont do trails so i was off the beaten path and was 10 feet from a very large blackish cat had my 1911 and ill olny say more if asked ferry8423@gmail.com also have gps grids

  297. I saw this beautiful animal late last summer, and while it looked like a mountain lion, I didn’t believe there were any in New Hampshire, so I had no idea what I had seen. It crossed in front of me on Rt. 202 in Hancock, just north of the Forest Road intersection. Cat-shaped head, long tail, solid buff-color. Cleared the guard rails with an ease that looked almost like slow motion. Traveling east to west across the road. It was fairly early in the morning, and I woke up very quickly.

  298. I was driving through Milford, NH last night around 10:30 pm (just about to turn off 101, near the DMV). A large animal crossed the road in front of me. I wasn’t able to get a good look at it, but it had a noticeably long tail–longer than its body. It moved very quickly. The shape of the body was cat-like. I couldn’t think of anything it could be other than a mountain lion.

  299. Huge tracks in snow around our house and barn in Greenfield, NH. Size, shape, and walking pattern suggested mountain lion.

  300. About TWO YEARS AGO I SAW A MOUNTAIN LION ON MY ROAD NOTTINGHAMM 2 ft tail maybe a little longer,size of a shepherd hair like a mastiff and color. This cat ran with its 2back legs at even strides, together, not like a gallop it was in front if my car about 15 ft then turned 90° very sharply and bound into the woods from the center of road in 2 leaps.

  301. Last night (1/14/13) around 11:20 pm heading north on the spaulding shortly after exit 9. I would say 1/2 way between exit 9 and the Rochester toll booth it crossed over the median into the south bound lane into the woods. It was bigger than our labs so I am guessing it was over 100 lbs. Big! Light in color.

  302. Hi. Large cat with large tail was seen crossing turnpike near lyndeboro, nh. The tail was noted as distinctly long. Around 4:00 am last Sunday morning (1/13/13).
    I have noted in the past that deer are rarely seen there.

    • Just saw a large black cat in woods behind house in Londonderry around 3:45 this afternoon. It kinda looked like jaguar and was good sized, around 50 lbs I am guessing. It was walking in a southerly direction on the edge of the the woods, this large wooded area is directly behind the schools in the center of town.


      • on February 1, 2013 at 9:04 pm Linda McCracken

        Did the black cat have dark spots? Did it have long, skinny legs or short thick legs?

      • The tail was long and low, but I can’t say how long I was mostly focused on its muscular upper body and cat-like head as it cruised the edge of the woods, I had come upon the cat as I pulled into my driveway and I watched from my car as it continued walking out of sight into the woods. This was a particularly cold day, with the temps dipping into the single digits.

        A few days after I saw the cat, a neighbor told me of “screams” that had awoken three family members a few nights earlier. Her husband did not think it was a fisher cat and wondered if it could be. I don’t know if these screams could be at all related to the cat sighting?

      • The cat had long legs and a lean muscular build. It’s coloring was quite dark, especially against the snow. I did not notice spots, but I saw it from a distance of about 100 ft. It was definitely not a bobcat or fisher cat. Looking at online images of cats, the catamount images look closest to the large cat I saw. Deer can be spotted from time to time in the wooded area behind our house where I saw the cat. I guessed the cat may have been around 50 lbs., a conservative guess.

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  304. may have saw a mtn lion last night when i was driving home from work an came across what i first thought was a bobcat crossing the road but as i got closer the animal was at least 3.5 feet tall had a long body an lengthy tail with a black tip of fur an i stopped to watch it an the thing took off faster than any animal i have have ever seen an I am a experienced hunter. took place off of ossippee lake rd in freedom nh

  305. I cannot be sure at all of what I saw tonight, but fairly sure it was a LARGE cat, perhaps a mountain lion. We were driving on Route 171 in Tuftonboro, NH, a couple miles from Sodom Road (headed towards Tuftonboro 4 corners). It was about 7:30 pm and I saw something large and long and low to the ground entering the woods. Definitely not a deer or moose which are very common near us! I slowed the car and looked, but it was too dark and wooded to see anything. I am very curious as to what it could be!

  306. I have never seen a mountain lion, but last weekend I came across a fairly recently killed coyote. Its neck was clearly ripped apart and a hind leg had a smaller bite wound. No bullet wounds. I took some pictures and sent them off to NH Fish and Game because I could not figure out what happened – bears aren’t around now and the only other predator is a mountain lion…right? I live in Newfields, NH and just read the last mountain lion was killed in Lee (about 5 miles from here) back in the late 1800’s. I’ll let you know if I hear back – not holding my breath!

    • If we go by the dictates of Occam’s Razor, the likeliest killer of your coyote is a pack of dogs. Canids (dogs, wolves and coyotes) kill in this fashion – they are particularly likely to bite the hind leg of an animal they are pursuing, and then go for thenthroat when an animal is down (a cougar or bobcat typically goes for the back of the neck, and you would also see claw marks). And the fact that this coyote was not eaten also points to a pack of domesticated dogs, who are well-fed and usually not killing for a meal. There’s no easy way to be sure, but a pack of dogs would be my guess. JR

    • Small world!! Please email me at betsycoes@comcast.net and I can give you more details.

  307. NH F&G hasn’t 100% denied mountain lion/cougar not in NH,they are saying no proof “breeding pair”..to me at thats gray area.

    Just think what NH F&G would face if they were to say yes also the cost to protect mountain lion/cougar as well as peoples interest.

    Example..hikers etc. that visit White Mountain Park from spring to autumn,many parking lots are full plus any given weekend,one cat decides to raise little heck and certain few demand something to be done since they are paying fee..yikes,again if NH says there are no mountain lions/cougars they are somewhat off the hook…this work well for the western states until hard..hard facts were on the table…human live stock maulings killings.

  308. on December 14, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

    You are not crazy. I’ve collected over 1100 sightings trying to prove that cougars are here in NH. 20% of these sightings have been black. I’ve assumed they were melanistic cougars, black jaguars or jaguarundis out of their territory or escaped leopards.
    However, then I saw a black cat on two different occasions that is an unknown species. It looks like a black cheetah with a skinny body, long legs and a tail that curves up at the end, but it had a huge head of hair like a chow dog!
    I now believe that it is an unknown species that may also be hybridizing with bobcats, lynx and cougars as it’s the approximate size of a coyote between the smaller and larger cats.
    Now I ask very specific questions on black cat sightings and always get sometimes different, but overlapping descriptions (hence the hybrid theory). Some cats look like leopards, jaguars & jaguarundis, but many are long-legged, skinny cats with turned up tails, with or without a round head of hair (male and female like an African lion?). Some have tufted ears, some rounded. Some have short fat legs like a cougar. Some look like long-legged bobcats with a longer tail. It’s all bizarre.
    Please E-mail me at lmccracken2002@yahoo.com to give me further information on your sighting or if someone else has seen a black cat. I’m very interested!

  309. Lots of black cat sightings over the years. The “escaped pets” theory is 40 yrs old, irrevelant.

    • The “escaped pet” thing is an old line from wildlife people. They threw that at the mountain lion hit on the road in CT when it happened. It was disproved shortly thereafter.

      A wildlife biologist gave a talk on mountain lions a short time ago here, and when cat species inbreed, you will get an occasional all black one in many species. That may explain the occasional ones that get reported all over the Northeast. Throwing “escaped pet” at one of these is unscientific and unproven, and doesnt even belong in the conversation unless there is evidence to that effect.

  310. Bob Quick I live at the Bethlehem Exit off 93 in NH. Early spring I saw a big black cat on the side of the road. I thought I was crazy and that maybe it was a dog. So I turned the car around and rolled the window down. It was a big black cat about the size of my german shepherd dog. The cat was not afraid of me at all. ( I didn’t get out of the car) and let the cat cross into the Rocks Estate. To date I have not seen the cat and it has not bothered my chickens. Would love to know I’m not crazy.

    • Bob, there’s a lot of talk in the “big cats” world about how many people are keeping illegal exotic cats as pets. What you describe certainly fits that category. While there very well may be wild mountain lions in New Hampshire (although proof is uncertain) it’s certain that there are not wild leopards. My bet is that what you saw is someone’s pet. JR

  311. Thank you John! If you want this to show up, please email me and I’ll tell you what you can do. Will cost you $10 but it’s worth it.

  312. I have two comments waiting to be approved. Why are others after me approved and mine not? I want to find out more about the lions in this area to write about it.. waiting to hear from people here first.

    • My apologies. I really try to approve every comment within a day or so. Somehow I missed yours. I think they are all approved and posted now. Thanks for following up! JR

  313. I live in NY and saw one one run across NH Rt 89 south somewhere about 40 minutes drive north of Concord on my last trip over to visit family. It ran perpendicular across the road in front of me and was huge and very very fast. I was shocked because it looked just like a female lion so I am sure it must’ve been a mountain lion. It was mid November.

    • I am sure you did see one. Several have been seen in Bedford NH this past month and in 2006 as well. The people are seasoned NHerites and not dummies and not hunters looking for fame either. They know what they saw.


  315. A friend thought she saw a mountain lion in her yard in Bedford NH just this morning.

  316. Sunday 11/25/2012 I was traveling North on 93 just past the Bethlehem exit when I saw two young wild cats of some sort bounding across the road ahead. They were both golden in color and had long distinctively ringed tails. When I got home I searched my wildlife books trying to convince myself they were young bobcats. I know the tails were quite long in comparison to the size of the cats and the pictures that most resemble them are all of young mountain lions.

  317. I know many people, including my husband, who have seen mountain lions on Gorham hill, in Gorham, NH. My husband also saw one in Jericho, just north of Berlin. We both saw a huge wolf on Willard St in Berlin across the street from us as we were standing on the sidewalk this July. Easily 1 1/2 times as large as our 82′ Alskan husky.

  318. A friend of mine walked out to her car this morning a saw a huge cat ( she said not bobcat) but mountain lion( long tail) verY large, going through her trash, she lives in Milford NH

  319. My wife called me at work around noon on Tuesday Nov 6 2012 to tell me she saw a mountain lion in our back yard which borders the wilderness south of the manchester airport on the Londonderry / litchfield line. We have two large mastiffs. Large feline, tan with long tail. I’m a little in easy with my back towards the woods now.

  320. I was bow hunting on Freeman Hall road in Nottingham in 2008 and saw a mountain lion. I was about 25 feet in a tree and saw what at first I thought was a deer; the color was the same. Then I saw the tail and instantly realized this wasn’t a deer. The tail was long and the animal was much bigger than a bobcat. The body was long and lower to the ground than a deer. I told a few people in my family, but never mentioned anything to fish and game. I really didn’t want to hear I was crazy from people I didn’t know. I already got enough weird looks from my family.

  321. I’m not sure where you’re getting your information, but great topic.

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  322. hi, i got chased with my two golden retrievers from our morning walk to a field, all my light showed were two green marble sized eyes close together, around 5:30 am on mon oct 15, center ossipee nh. then on sun oct 21st i went to walk them at 5:45 pm ( before dark because i was so terrified mon) and my dogs pointed from the road up the hill and i saw a huge mountain lion, the tail was 3 ft or more( i use 2.5 foot trays at work everyday so have good idea of the length). it was walking away from the area where i came from with the dogs, and also our kids had been playing on the hill just 20 mins or less prior to this. later on the same night , around 10 pm i went out with a flashlite and saw the whole animal and it ran farther up the hill. i warned my older son that was out and he came home around 11: to 11:30 and he saw the lion up on the hill still. im very frightened of this one because it chased us right from our path and down the road until a car came,, the eyes reflecting is very distinctive. i got the usual response from f&g and the police. so now im on a mission for pictures of it. hope it helps you.

    • on October 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

      If you see the mountain lion, don’t run! The lion will see you as prey. Make yourself “big”, holding your arms and/or jacket over your head to make yourself taller, talk in a low, loud voice like “Go Home!” and walk slowly backwards.
      Don’t allow your kids back there to play, especially if small, as the mountain lion may see them as prey if they are running and squealing in high pitched voices. Most human deaths have been on young children, so do not take a chance.
      Be even more afraid for your dogs, as the cat is most likely hunting four-leggeds, not two-leggeds. Walk the dogs in the opposite direction, or get them in the car and take them elsewhere.
      Do get a picture if the lion is hanging around posing. Send it to the news media. It’s the only way to get NH Fish & Game to pay attention. They will probably still say it’s an escaped pet, but try. They have ignored confirmed DNA anaysis on scat from the Ossipee Mtns. in 1997 because it wasn’t done through their lab.

  323. on October 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

    I saw a young cougar (maybe 6 mos. old) going north following a creek near Rt. 123 in Stoddard, NH. It was tan, very uncoordinated (scared of my car with legs going in all directions) and had huge feet and long rope-like tail with a smaller, skinny body and thin legs. It was like it had just gone through a growth spurt and hadn’t figured out how to use it’s big paws yet. It’s body hadn’t caught up yet. It also couldn’t decide whether to slink, half crouch or trot to get away from my car so it was trying to do all three at once, hence the uncoordinated movements. This was on Friday in Stoddard. I later heard that a half grown kitten was seen on Rt. 31 in Washington, NH on Tuesday and again on Wed. near Millen Pond (also in Washington).

    • Thanks for the post! This is a classic description of a young cougar. Get some pictures folks!!

    • on October 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

      I saw my half grown cougar on Fri. in Stoddard, but someone else saw a half grown cougar the next Tues. on Rt. 31 in Washington and again at Millen Pond in Washington on Wed.
      If it’s the same one, it may have followed the creek up past Island Pond, Highland Lake and along the swamp to get to Rt. 31 and again following the waterways to get to Millen Pond.

      • You need to carry a camera!!

      • on October 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm Linda McCracken

        I always have a camera, but big cats don’t always hang around for pics. I saw one in CT while driving (it was night and I had to turn around, but it was gone).
        I saw one in Marlow and had the camera, but was in too much shock to push the button as the cougar raced in front of me while hunting.
        I saw one in Peterborough, but only for a second or two as it leaped over a hidden obstacle. It was faster than I was.
        I saw one in Stoddard, but was driving and by the time I turned around, it was gone.
        I also had a camera when I saw two black cats the size of coyotes, but no photos.
        I tried to capture a bobcat on film a couple of weeks ago, but although it stayed longer than the larger cats while it watched me, it kept going from tree to tree hiding, and I didn’t get a photo of it either!
        Unless the cat is lying or sitting in your backyard, it is probably on the move and very difficult to photograph.
        I will keep trying however!

      • I hear you, it takes time to grab it, turn it on, and get it ready. Cell phones just as bad! Its going to take luck for someone to get a photo, they don’t stand still for you.

  324. I live in Raymond and one of my neighbors saw one in his backyard on 10/5 which prompted me to do some research. We live near Pawtuckaway state park and are surrounded by conservation land 100 acres of private property. When he called the police they said there had been multiple sightings/calls along RT 156 in the area of the State Park.

  325. A mountain lion was see at my neighbor’s house yesterday. We live off Route 156 in Raymond. The animal control officer confirmed that Mountain lion’s have been spotted around Mountain Road within a week of this sighting. Our street is before Mountain Road. Parents be careful, and protect your pets as well as your children.

  326. I was out on my ATV with two friends up in Northfield N.H. We were deep into the woods after climbing some really steep rocky hills.When we came across some huge tracks in a strip of mud on the outskirts of the mud hole were some really big tracks. We took a few pictures with our cell phones. After looking at them and goggling Mountain Lion tracks they were a perfect match. C Shaw Concord N.H.

  327. I would love to see the pictures you have. It wohld be nice to compare them to what I saw. Can you email them? Colleengld@yahoo.com

  328. I saw a mountain lion crossing I-93 September 18 around 6:30 PM just south of exit 28. It crossed my path about 30-40 yards ahead. Could not believe my eyes. No time to take a picture… This creature had a cats head, was tan with long lean body and long, low tail. It bounded across the highway gracely… beautiful.

  329. on September 8, 2012 at 1:43 am | Reply Melissa Garlough

    I saw a mountain lion on Route 109A in Melvin Village. It was 11:30 am on Sept. 5th. It came down the embankment and crossed the road into the entrance of Copps Pond. It was about 2 feet tall and 3 feet long, beige in color with a long tail. I could not believe what I was looking at.The tail was very long and hung low. It’s head was rather round with short ears. I was in my car and it looked right at me ( I was about30 yards away) and kept going.

  330. Here is the raw video of the infamous Manchester NH bobcat that was identified as Mountain Lion.


    • Thanks, this is the full length video I saw elsewhere (not the edited WMUR video), clearly showing a bobcat. Here’s the description, posted by the person who posted the video:

      “Description: Looked in my backyard (in Manchester NH on the east side) on 5/16/12 around 7:00pm and saw a bobcat walk across our lawn. I whistled at it for a few seconds and it stopped to look at me. During that time, I began to take this video. We’ve seen deer in our backyard before and our neighbor has had a moose…but nothing like this! There’s been some controversy as to whether it’s a bobcat or cougar…definitely confirmed as a bobcat. Sorry for the confusion, I’m not a professional!”

      Again, thanks for the link. JR

    • This isnt the same incident I saw the video from. This I agree is a bobcat. You can see the entire tail clearly in that video.

    • It turns out that this was a bobcat. It’s not clear in the portion of the full video that WMUR showed, but there’s a longer clip of the same cat on the web – http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/18563455/2012/05/19/cougar-caught-on-video-in-nh-residents-back-yard. You can see that the tail is short (a foot long or less), which along with the overall profile shows it’s clearly a bobcat. What WMUR did – edit the clip to present this as a mountain lion with headlines and reporters getting all frothy – was very irresponsible. Lousy reporting, probably a crass attempt to drive eyeballs to their website. They lost a lot of credibility, with me…

      • Yep this is a bobcat. That most recent posting of a link was a far better video than I looked at. Its interesting how the low res version smeared the features that point to a bobcat. Nice animal, but its not a mountain lion.

      • Actually, if you look at the higher res version of this, the tail hangs DOWN and is long. There are no spots, and the head and face can be seen better. The higher res version looks like a mountain lion. The guy posted the full res version on his facebook.

      • I’ve seen quite a few bobcats and their tails tend to curl and stand up. The guy has a facebook page, you can find it by looking for his name. The video is posted there. I couldnt paste the link for some reason. Looking at it again though, it sure can be questioned either way.

      • I haven’t seen the higher res video, if you can post a link to that, it would be appreciated. In the video I posted (not sure why you can’t view it) it is clearly a bobcat. The tail twitches back and forth, and is a foot long or so. It is a big bobcat, but the face is clearly “bobcattish” (tall, pointy ears – as opposed to the very short rounded ears of a cougar). Also, the body is “bobcattish” – tall and not very long, as opposed to a cougar which looks “low to the ground” and long. WMUR edited out the portion of the video that shows the tail, which is clearly visible in the link I posted. Sorry it’s not working for you. You can also see that many outdoors folks commented on the WMUR story, and all agreed it was a bobcat. I would like to see the higher res video, please post the link if you can. Thanks for the feedback!

      • A lot of folks think a bobcat has no tail, or just a little nubbin. Most have a tail that hangs down, a foot or so. If you scroll down on this link to check out the picture of a bobcat in profile, you’ll see what I mean. http://www.wild-life-rehab.com/Education-Bobcat.htm

      • The video isnt on there that I can find how, but he has a still showing the thick tail hanging down, but away from the view. Its clearly a long thick tail. Coloration is wrong for a bobcat. The face shot in his full res video showed the ears and facial coloring real well also. Ive seen many bobcats, this is NOT a bobcat.

    • I knew that was a bobcat because of the little cheeky fur that sticks out. Mountain lions have a smooth head and don’t have that fuzzy look..

  331. Just came across this article, from the Union Leader, which details an encounter, in Alstead, with alleged photo verification:


    • There are comments that claim this is a fake, a stuffed cougar or something, due to the pose of the animal. Up for discussion I guess

    • Yes, I read that story, and the follow-up articles. I have to say, the story itself is less than rock solid. The photo was taken months (or possibly years) ago, and it’s just showing up now? It’s very grainy (hardly looks like a 35MM SLR photo). He only had enough film in his camera to get one shot? And the photographer insists on anonymity, and claims he won’t deal with Wildlife officials? Just a bunch of reasons to maintain a healthy skepticism. If you asked me to place a bet on whether or not that photo is genuine, I’d vote no.

      • What we really should be asking is, if there are so many cameras (one on every cell phone) and game cameras out there, why aren’t we seeing more photos?

  332. Colleen grenon.
    I was told years back by NH F&G for the state to say yes there are moutain loins/cougars in NH they must be breeding pair,other than that,moutain loins/cougars are passing thur…ummm..really don’t make much since.

    • Well having seen one, I didnt have a camera. But if I had, you get like 3 seconds to react, take the damn thing out, find the right button, and try to get a pic. I definately can relate as to why there arent many pictures. But that I suspect is going to change.

    • Well in Northern Massachusetts there were two Adults with cubs (2 different areas) seen this summer. So if they arent breeding how are there cubs? It will take about 8-10 years of sightings, and more (Yes there have been already) road kills before they will admit they are here. (maybe). In the meantime, they are not here. And if they are, they are allegedly escaped pets or “just passing through”. Not bad for an allegedly extinct species eh?

  333. Eric Baldridge.
    John HHarrigans devoted many years writting about NH mountain loin/cougars and butted heads more than once w/NH & FG,also writes articles for Manchester Union Leader news paper.
    John leaves north of where you hunt and may interested in your findings.

  334. on September 3, 2012 at 9:52 am | Reply Colleen grenon

    Good for you! We put a game camera up where I saw the one in Kingston. Fish and Game told me without a pic they can do nothing so that is the deal makers with them. I had a long chat Saturday with the Chiec of police too and he showed me pics of a local bobcat family. I looked at bim and said what I saw had no spots or stripes. Not to mention the tail…cant miss the tail. Moral: if you get a picture, maybe someone will pau attention!

    • Colleen i have pictures of one of the local Bobcats from Kingston. it is from the same den site as the one that got hit on rt 125 last month. It was about the fourth sighting I have had in the last 10 years so they are not easy to see but last fall i found the den but with no/little snow last winter i will not go in to close to the site, this year will be diffrent. As far as Mountian Lions go one of my co workers swears he saw one in the same area as the Kingston den site. I have not seen it but i did see one (from the chest ribs back to the twitchy tail) last summer in No. Andover,Ma, at day break looking across lake cochiwick by the Lawrence air port. i was up the looking for Eagles and noticed it jumping back into the wood line.It took me a minute to realize what i saw no mistaking that long tail and the tail twitching not wagging i was surprized to see it.

  335. Hello, I am a hunter from Connecticut. Yesterday Sat 9/01/12 I was hunting for Black Bear in Whitefield NH. I did not see any bears but I did see a Mt. Lion. I was born and raised in California and definitely know what one looks like. I was in a tree 25 feet off the ground overlooking a basin that was 30-40 feet below me. around 7pm i heard the sound of a twig break and looked over toward the sound. There was something walking through the trees. I thought it was a deer at first because of the color, I could see its body between the leave of the trees. Then I saw the tail and I knew instantly what it was. it was reddish tan and a long thick tail. It moved so fast with out making any noise. The cat then moved into a shooting lane i had cut in the trees and I got a full view of his head (white patch under chin, full ears not pointed or cropped). It was Beautiful!!! it looked to be 80 to 100 pounds and about twice the size of my full grown golden retriever. I told the guy who owns the property and he said he has seen it as well. He then told me that Fish and Game discounts any sightings because they would have to protect it since it is been declared extinct..Stupid!! So I am debating reporting it to NH Fish and Game because I don’t feel like being told what I saw was not what i saw..Here is the good news for you and this blog. I am going to place a game camera on his property to see if I can get it on video. If I do, I will give it to you to do what you want with. I will leave it out there for six months and then report back to you.
    Mansfield CT

    • I have seen evidence of mountain lions and even wolves in New Hampshire and Vermont while hunting. They certainly are around. However, Fish and Game doesn’t deny their existence because they would have to protect them, they deny it because if they are proven to be in the state then they would have to restrict all hunting within a 20+ mile radius of the animal’s habitat, which would probably make a few people upset. I’d be careful about sharing photos of them since I hunt in the state, too!

      • Back in the fall of ’96 my father took my brother and I partridge hunting in Piermont between routes 10 and 25C. I remember vividly the terrain, it was relatively open with mostly hardwoods, this particular area was somewhat ledgy, but not too hard to get around. Suddenly my dad stops and motions frantically to my brother and I to get behind him, when he did I saw a long tail (maybe 3 feet in length, light brown at the front, darker at then end) move up a large dead tree about 4′ wide at the base. Dad pointed his shotgun at the tree as we backed away. As soon as we could no longer see the tree we headed straight back to the house. My brother and I saw more than I did and they both said the body was much too large to be a bobcat or a lynx. I know a few others who have claimed to see them in Franconia, but I can’t prove it. As far as the wolf, I was hunting Mt. Gardner in Bath and came across some coy dog tracks. After following it for a while I realized there were some larger tracks mingled with the coy dog tracks. My first thought was, “those can’t be wolf tracks?” I realized it was probably unlikely and assumed they were from a feral dog. I told my hunting buddy about the tracks I saw and He said he saw a large dog on the same mountain about a few miles away from where I was. He thought it was a large german shepard. It was sitting down on a rock. As my friend started walking towards it, he sat up and as it took off, it had the “distinct wolf jot” as he put it. (if you’ve seen a wolf run you would know what I mean.) Again, I did not see the wolf personally, but I have seen scat and tracks of both, but honestly, I haven’t seen much in about 8 years. Regarding the 20+/- wildlife buffer zone, I didn’t assume, a game warden and friend of my Father told him that personally. Still, pretty awesome to know there are these majestic animals here in the northeast.

      • Thanks for the detail, great stories!

      • Can you explain in more detail what you mean by “evidence of mountain lions and even wolves in New Hampshire and Vermont while hunting”? As for any restrictions if mountain lions are proven to be living and breeding here in New Hampshire, who knows what NH F&G might do? It’s a little early to speculate, I think.

  336. on August 28, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply Colleen Grenon

    Ben – if you want us to show you where I saw the Mt Lion, email me. I would be happy to – we would be interested to see if there are tracks or anything else that indicates it was frequenting that spot.

    I guess the area is known for wild turkeys and was told by a neighbor to the property that he has seen something out there before. I told him to look for the tail and take a pic next time.

    I am confident in what I saw and spoke to Fish and Game today. They wanted me to check more pics to see if it could not have been a bobcat, so I went to a UNH website that shows pics of bobcats. I saw some colorings on the bobcat that is similar, but all had shorter tails – maybe a foot or less. It was the tail that struck me as odd last night…gigantic; easy 3-4 feet long…as long as the animal I would say. That was the dead give away. when researching. Had I not stayed long enough to see it get up and walk, tail flowing behind it, I would have went with the bobcat, knowing they are in the area.

  337. on August 28, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

    I’ve heard rumors of sightings at Pawtuckaway State Park. My database has the following sightings/tracks for the surrounding area: Deerfield, 5; Epping, 4; Northwood, 1; Nottingham, 3; and Raymond 2 begginning in the 1980s, but most have been in the last decade. Even Portsmouth has had sightings, but what towns on the seacoast are you interested in?

    • on August 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

      Specific locations don’t matter as they usually keep on the move and their territories are large, but keep your eyes open for tracks!

  338. on August 28, 2012 at 1:05 am | Reply Colleen Grenon

    I saw a mountain lion TONIGHT! I was riding my bicycle on Rt 107 on the Kingston/Fremont line. There is an old abandoned house there in in the middle of the field. As I cam up to the field, what I thought was an extremely large fox caught my eye so I stopped to watch. To my amazement, it was not a fox, but a huge cat! At first it was hiding behind a knoll, so I only could see its chest and head – broad face, with white chin. But when it started to walk, I was amazed at the length of the tail – easy as long as its body! He seemed to care less about me watching him, making me think he frequents the area and is used to cars coming by. I left as he was walking out of the field…not realizing exactly what I was seeing until I looked up photos.

    Unfortunately, I was riding with an ipod and had no camera – you better believe I will have it with me from now on.

  339. JR., talk to some long time NH native Rte 10 Lyme/Orford area..Dartmouth Skiway & River Rd…of sighting the last year an half.

  340. About three years ago I saw one In Barnstead walking across the road on rte 126 It was light brown with a long tail and walked slowly across the road. I was about fifteen away in my truck and could not believe the size of the animal Chris Shaw Concor N H

  341. I was camping on conway lake, ruturning from town with some supplies driving back to our camp site. The cat i saw was greyish, maybe 40lbs, head and face shaped like a like a florida panther, marking were more like the bark of a tree,stocky, very healthy and beutiful animal, but looked nothing like any of the pictures i’m seeing… told some people, most thought i was crazy, said they exisit but very rarely, if EVER seen.

    • on August 28, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

      There are some unusual, smaller cats out there that range in size from 40-80 lbs. Most are black, but some are gray. I am particularly interested in these cats as they are an unknown species (from what I can tell). Email lmccracken2002@yahoo.com . I’ve seen two black ones, but have 200 other sightings of unusual cats that I call “hybrids”. Their fur can be quite unusual… smooth, scalloped, long like an Angorra housecat, etc.

  342. my wife and I were driving down roberts cove road in east alton around 2 in the afternoon on saturday. A large, long bodied, brownish colored cat crossed the road in front of us. Not sure what it was but certain it was no house cat

  343. Tawny colored. Size of a german shepard. Was after my ducks at 7 am today in Sanbornton

  344. on August 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

    Had a camera, but the cat was only visible for a few seconds above the ferns during the broad jump over some unseen obstacle, then it disappeared very silently into the groundcover of the ferns. It was all too fast! The sun’s rays on its coat were gorgeous though.

  345. on August 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

    On Aug. 17, 2012, I was looking for tracks as two cats had been seen in the Peterborough area on Aug. 4 and Aug. 15th. I found small tracks that could not be distinguished as postive mountain lion near the beginning of the trail and one very large track towards the top of Raymond Trail which goes up to Pack Monadnock. The large track looked like a three toed cat and crossed the trail with one track in the mud. In between these two tracks, while walking up the trail, I heard a swish to my right and turned and saw a mountain lion leap and do a broad jump through a field of ferns. It was reddish brown and probably hunting whatever made the swish sound. There was no sound from the cat. The ferns were 30 in. high and hid both prey and predator except for the one graceful, powerful leap over some hidden object. This was around 5 PM. The cat was about 3.5 from the shoulder to the haunches. It was 150 ft. from me and running parallel to the Raymond Trail. I’ve collected 19 sightings of big cats in Peterborough since the year 1939.

    • No photo? Given how long and diligently you’ve been looking for cougar signs, you should carry a camera every time you go out. Not in a backpack though. Keep the camera around your neck, turned on, with autofocus and auto light detection set, ready to shoot.

      Of course, I should take my own advice. For the past twenty years I have carried a camera with me everywhere (which has paid off a dozen or so times, with shots of deer, moose, otter, mink and even a bobcat). Except…I missed some great shots of a black bear during one hike this summer, because “I was only going out for an hour, and didn’t need to bring my camera”. So, as a reminder to myself, and all the readers out there – when should you have a camera with you? Always, always, always…

      Sent from my iPad

  346. My sister in law was coming over to our house for a cookout about a month ago when she had what she describes as a mountain lion cross the road in front of her on Moultonborough neck road. I am a hunter and have lived here my entire life and the way she described it it certainly seemed like a mountain lion. I have seen a Canadian lynx on my game camera here two years ago. Over the last two evenings I have heard it in the woods outside my window where there is a large tract of woods. I listened to the sounds of mountain lion,bobcat and lynx and it is definitely a lynx.

  347. I just posted one comment but forgot to add two important things. A friend of mine saw a cougar crossing East Mountain Road in Peterborough on Aug. 15, (this year). Also last year on about October 15 we found a doe in our field who certainly seemed to have been killed by a cougar. Judging from rigor mortis, the doe was killed just at dawn, and her head and rump were covered with dry grass (the field had been mowed). Cougar kills I have seen in Utah and Colorado were covered with leaves in this manner. I set up a game camera but got only a photo of a bear’s nostrils when he came up to sniff the lens. He moved the carcass. Three days later all remains were gone.

    • Thanks for the posts! One sign of a mountain lion killed deer is a bite to the back of the neck. A mountain lion is about the only animal big and nimble enough to jump a deer and bite through the spinal cord. Do you happen to recall any bite marks?

      I’m surprised that, if there is a lion in the Peterborough area, we’re not hearing of more sightings. It’s a pretty populated and well-traveled area…

      • on April 1, 2013 at 3:21 pm Stephanie Wells

        Hello, I saw this blog for the first time as I tried to get info on a mountain lion talk that is happening at Fox Forest Tuesday night (4/2/13). In late September of 2006 I was driving home from work on Rt. 136 from Greenfield to Peterborough. About a mile east of Sunnyfield Farm in Peterborough a large buff-colored animal ran across the road in front of me. It looked like mountain lions I had seen growing up out west. The tail was quite long. I actually hit the animal as I was trying to serve and stop. When I got out of the car it was gone. Everyone I told about it laughed and said there were no lions in NH. That is until recently. I am taking a course in tracking at the Harris Center in Hancock. There are several people in the class who have seen mountain lions in the area.
        Keep up the good fight!

  348. Am quite sure that the WMUR photo of a “mountain lion” is in fact a Canada lynx. These are returning to NH, they’re taller than bobcats, have tufted ears and short tails. Their faces look like bobcat faces too, more than like cougar faces. But they are tan-colored, like most cougars. That could cause a misimpression. This is not to say that there are no cougars in NH–I saw one myself (I did a study of cougars in Utah and Colorado so I am sure of what I saw) our son saw one, and I know several other people who have seen one. I live near Blueberry Lane in Peterborough, site of the Aug 4 sighting. Liz T

    • Might be a lynx, although I have not heard of any south of the White Mountains. It looked pretty clearly like a bobcat to me, especially in the longer video. What struck me was how irresponsible (and ignorant) the WMUR newscasters were, in declaring this a mountain lion. I understand there are many people out there who don’t know much about wildlife. They shouldn’t hand those uneducated folks a microphone and put them on TV.

      • I saw a lynx in Amherst seven years ago early one morning. Larger than a bob cat with gray/tan/ orangey matted fur. The Fur near its mouth appeared much dirtier than ones in captivity. This was many years ago. When I saw this creature, I will not soon forget the manner in which it walked. It’s gaze was straight forward as it sauntered, like it owned the place- Not skiddish. The weight and size as well as color causes me to say it was a lynx. The animal appeared 50-60 pounds. The fur on the jaws of the face looked more like a lynx than mountain lion.

  349. It happened in the middle of May, before dusk in Hancock, NH. I saw something crossing 202 heading toward the woods near a swampy area down the hill towards Peterborough from the Forest Rd intersection. I was coming around the bend when I saw its hind 1/2, and long low swooping tail with black tip, book it across the road and jump over the guard rail. It just took a leap like a house cat would to jump up onto a table, and then it was gone. I did not bother to report it.

  350. on August 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Reply Lisa Davidson Grashow

    I’ve been to 2 talks by Bill Betty from RI, who has a huge database of lion sightings. Helped Linda McCracken set a camera in Gilsum, NH last week in an area off Rte 10 where there was a sighting. Linda has collected hundreds of anecdotal sighting reports for years. I ask everyone I see if they’ve seen a lion and have at least half a dozen stories. One was reported lounging on a woodpile last winter here in Keene.

  351. Today in Nashua I saw the most amazing big cat. Initially I thought it was a bobcat or lynx until I saw the tail. Good to see mountain lions are still surviving. Where I saw this mountain lion was once rural but now over developed. I am so grateful that God chose me to witness his magnificent creation. They may be wild, but to me they bring me closer to my creator like that of the site of a smiling happy child.

  352. on August 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply BlueberryResident

    Mountain lion spotted in Peterborough on Blueberry Lane over the weekend (8/4/12.) The road backs acres of reserve land. Critter was spotted in the driveway. Sounds from Mountain Lion have been heard by Blueberry residents off and on over the last few weeks.

  353. Saturday August 4th at 7:30PM Kimball Pond Dunbarton, NH saw a mountain lion at the edge of the pond. Was walking along the shoreline of the pond. Sorry, no pic. Too mesmerized.

  354. Yesterday August 4th 2012 around 7:30 in the evening while on a bike ride on Appleby road in Milton Mills I saw my first bobcat outside of captivity. It crossed the road in front of me about 50 feet away. It was quite fast once it noticed me. Its tail was about 6 inches long and i could make out tufts around its ears.It was pretty cool to see.

  355. I saw a mountain lion in Hollis, NH in Nov-Dec of 2009. I was standing, looking out over a field, and saw what I thought was a house cat sitting on a fence rail about 30 yards from me. The neighbor’s dogs started barking and the cat turned and took off from the field and into the woods. From its gait, I realized it was not a house cat but a very large wild cat that was actually 10-20 yards further away than the fence rail crouching on the ground. I was a little shocked since I didn’t think there were cats that big in NH. When I went home and Googled it, I found that there were no Mountain lions in NH supposedly. I’ve spend close to 50 years in the woods of New England and Canada. I’ve seen several bobcats and this was much bigger with thick legs, a long tail, tawny colored, and a smallish head relative to its body. My guess is it was probably 100-125 lbs and maybe 4-5 feet long without the tail. Nobody believes me but I know what I saw. I looked in the papers for a couple of weeks but no one reported a sighting. Then again, I didn’t report it either.

    • Brian, I believe you. I didn’t report it either. We should leave them alone. I live next to Hollis in Nashua. Although there has been a lot of development in Hollis, the town seems to value keeping the trust with nature. Coexisting with other creatures is what makes Hollis a special town. Although I am a conservative, I believe in preserving the trust. Most people don’t realize how our survival as a species is dependent on preserving all living beings.

  356. If the owner of the blog could contact me at my e-mail address I would appreciate it. I sent a report today which I do not see here.

  357. I am in Epping. I was doing some rather tedious work at my computer today and decided to take a break. I got up rather brusquely and went to the window to stretch and relax. This was early afternoon, about 1:15. As I looked out on a clearing some distance from the house, which is nearly surrounded by dense forest, I just barely had time to spot an animal with a golden coat. About the moment I positioned myself at the window, it bounded off into the woods, probably startled by my sudden movements. It never turned so that I could see its head. It moved deliberately and after taking a few paces was gone. It was able to move a short distance in a short time without actually seeming to be running. I think until a split second before it moved I hadn’t even identified an animal was there, as the growth in that section is rather more brown and parched than green and the high and bright sun helped it blend in very well with its surroundings. I would say it was about the size of a large golden retriever, except with a long body. The thing that was very distinctive, that was absolutely one of the most obvious things about it, was the very large and long tail that it had, quite unlike that of any domestic animal I know. It came to me that it might be a mountain lion, so I examined pictures on the Internet immediately and I would say it was almost certainly a mountain lion. My only hesitation is due to the fact that I would have liked to have seen the face and entire body before it ran away rather than identifying a fugitive.

    • Since writing the post, I looked at a Youtube video “Giant Bear Attacks Big Cougar” and from 44 seconds onward, that is precisely the type of body and tail that I saw on Monday.

      • I used to live in Glastonbury Ct where for years there were multiple sightings of Mountain Lions and for years DEP said no way. Wasn’t it amazing when tragically a Mountain Lion was hit around that area last year and proved it came from SD? I still live in Ct but was told a fascinating story a week or so ago about a Mountain Lion sighting not too far from you.
        My nephew’s wife was taking her almost daily walk with her 2 yr old and new 2 week old in a carriage. She walks all year and is quite knowledgeable about wildlife. They have pictures of bears coming on their porch and she has seen bobcats and lynx many times having grown up in the same house they are in now not too far from Bear Brook. She saw this big brown feline type animal walk out onto the road and was saying to herself too brown and big for a bobcat or lynx and then it turned a bit to look at them revealing a long low tail. There is only one animal fitting that description. I believe her because she is very level headed and not prone to stories.
        Personally I hope all the predators that have been persecuted and exterminated come back. It had to happen sooner or later.

  358. We had a woman stop in front of my house (rte 126 in Strafford, NH yesterday (7/26/12) all excited. I wondered why she was parked on my front lawn and went out to ask. She swears that a mountain lion had just walked across the road in front of her car. Very long tail. She was VERY confident in what she saw. We looked for tracks but it was a freshly hayed field so nothing was there. The coyotes were very excited overnight and howled a number of times. I wonder if they knew something was around?

  359. on July 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply John Harrigan

    Hello John—

    Pat Tate mentioned you in passing this afternoon, and I’m amazed that our paths haven’t crossed, digitally or otherwise. It might be good for us to share some experiences, and questions. I’ve just finished reading your blog, which not so surprisingly mirrors my own experiences and feedback from readers over a very long time. For instance, did Tony Barry ever come up with actual photos of the reputed breeding pair with two yearlings in the Cheshire/Sullivan region? Have you seen the Burgess trail-cam image, taken in the town of Sharon? I sent it down to F&G, and Mark Ellingwood and Steve Weber (a longtime friend of mine) and Pat concluded that it was a bobcat, a verdict that absolutely no one among the many savvy people I’ve shown it to can even begin to understand, and I don’t say this lightly, because I like and respect all three men. You perhaps saw or were sent the big Montreal Gazette headline three or four years ago, “Big Cats Are Back,” about three far-flung scented scratch-posts that yielded positive DNA, two on the North Shore, one in the Gaspe. The University of New Brunswick’s Bruce Wright did some pioneering (and lifelong) work on the Eastern Cougar, an effort that earned him little but thinly veiled scorn from his colleagues. This last is of some interest given the USF&W “extinct” announcement a while ago.

    It’s a fascinating topic. It certainly is not the be-all or end-all of my life, and I have no motive, need or desire to “prove” anything to anybody, because like the wolf the big cat is going to do what it’s going to do, nature abhorring a vacuum. As I’ve probably too often written, the table has long been set, so why should we be surprised when the guests appear? So I’ve been sort of a sideline observer of this small tick on nature’s long clock, and in the process must admit that I’ve grown somewhat impatient with the general public’s lack of knowledge (in that cougars were part of the natural scene here) and with Officialdom’s undiplomatic and sometimes downright insulting and/or demeaning manner in reacting to well-meaning people making earnest reports. Sure, a huge percentage of reports are muddled, inaccurate, or could lead to nothing anyway, but there’s a nice way to respond and a not-so-nice way, and I don’t like to see Fish and Game shooting itself in the public relations foot. And of course there’s that certain hard to explain number of sightings that do indeed deserve more attention, and respect. And so I’ve been more or less keeping track of things for more than four decades, with a winnowing-out process in place from which I report (i.e., print) only the best of the best, and as a result have some finely sifted stories that simply won’t go away.

    I wrote all this in this space because I couldn’t find a simple e-mail address. You can post it if you want.

    Give me a ring if you’ve a mind to, John—it would be fun to visit.

    John Harrigan, Colebrook (237-4445, 1237-5501, 331-4414)

    • How nice to see a post from JH himself! John once mentioned my experience with Blue Jays (yes not woodpeckers but Blue Jays) eating my composite garage doors, in his column :-)

      While some of these sightings can be attributed to mere Bobcats others cannot. I have heard from people who are more than outdoor-savvy and I trust their descriptions. You just don’t confuse a fuzzy little Bobcat with a large tawny beast that first fools the eye into thinking it is a deer….

      That said, NH is what, 85% forest? So, why not? The deer have sure adapted and I have herds of them all over my yard even though I live quite close to a bustling city.

  360. Hiked crotched mountain trails Gregg to Shannon and back on July 25, 2012. Saw three or four scat deposits on the shannon trail that appeared to be from a large cat or still possible-a very big dog. They were over an inch in diameter, long and smooth. Some older ones had white coating. Others were dark brown. They broke into segments. The trail is mountainous and rocky here with woods and some clearings.

    • Scat identification is tricky. In general, felids (cats) cover their scat. So cat scat will often be found with dirt and leaves partially covering it, and scrape marks nearby. Canids (dogs, foxes and coyotes) often defecate in the middle of a trail (their “calling card for other canids). Dog (domesticated) scat is quite smooth and even in appearance, coming from digesting homogenized dog food. Coyote scat often is full of fur and bits of bone. The book “Tracking and the Art of Seeing” has great information on scat identification, it can be an interesting subject (not for the squeamish, I know).

      • Thank you for the book recommendation. I will look at it, although i am not truly interested in scat. When I came upon the unusual large scat hiking, I was not interested in science but safety. Apparently, i need more pepper spray, just in case. these mountain lions should be well fed with the overpopulation of deer.
        Although squam lakes science center is a neat place, charming fare farm in candia has local animals to see up close. They have mountain lion, wolves, bobcat, fisher cats, black bear. Etc.
        Thank you for hosting this informative blog. I have seen no one else providing this information.

  361. I am a native born Californian …. I saw a mountain lion a number of years ago up at the Canadian border > I filed a report with NH Fish and Game and later worked with Fish and Game. Proving there are mountain lions in NH does not mean that mountain lions are breeding here in NH. Someone may be releasing them and or etc. You must have “scat” to prove you saw one and still they will not acknowledge that they are breeding here. I am afraid your work is in vain but it is interesting . As you may also know, they have been spotted for years in Vermont. They have a similar problem in that area. Not much we can do about it. I remember the days when they did not believe they were in CA either … today they eat dogs and cats in your back yard and attack humans and they still consider them an endangered breed and you cannot hunt or harm them (lions) without punishment.

  362. saw a mountain lion Saturday 7-21-12 at 4:45 am Route 10 Goshen NH just before Mummery road extension. It walked across the road stopped on the other side of the road looked at me and contnued going into the woods. This was no Bobcat real long tail, roughly the size of a medium size German sheppard, tan all over. Walked well like a cat. Ive been to Squam Lake observatory and there is no doubt i my mind what they have there in the cages is definately what I saw

  363. Just saw mountain lion on Wallace Rd in Bedford Nh. It ran across the road in front of me. This was a big cat that was traveling very fast. I came home and googled it and watch an WMUR video of a sighting that occured in Manchester in May. The cat I saw looked exactly like the one on the video. Very cool!

    • Thanks for the report. I just checked out the video from the Manchester sighting in May. While I can understand why some people might think this is a mountain lion, it’s a bobcat. Several things give it away, most clearly the tail is far too short. You can also see the tufted ears in some of the shots, and the overall height-to-length-of-body is wrong. A mountain lion’s tail would be 4 feet long, this cat’s tail is a foot or less in length. A mountain lion has shorter, curved ears, and a mountain lion would be much longer and sleeker. We have big bobcats in New Hampshire, some with tails a foot long (like this one). I think those bobcats are responsible for many of the mountain lion reports. It’s a shame that WMUR ran this story as a “mountain lion”, such misinformation hurts our cause.

  364. Milton Mills NH: Near Wakefield town line. Walking old trail – spotted something brown moving away from me in underbrush. Light tan- hard to see clearly. It Stopped moving away, and suddenly I was looking at it face- approx 20 feet away. It was distinctly a cat’s face, peering out of underbrush. Tan. I walked quickly away. It didnt make a sound & I didn’t see any details (like length of tail.) I suppose – possibly a bobcat? I have only the vaguest impression of size – nothing close enough to judge height from ground, etc.

    • Thanks for the report, and your attention to detial. Most likely this is a bobcat. Just in case, keep a camera handy! :)

  365. I heard a security camera from a Lincoln bank caught a mountain lion crossing the bank parking lot in the past couple of days.

    Anyone else heard of this report?


  366. 748 pm Manchester saw mountain lion walking through the woods outside my apt. Unable to capture picture

    • Where in Manchester? Can you provide an address? What makea you think it was a mountain lion?

      • Off of Hackett hill road. It had a very long thin tail with a black tip. I’ve never seen anything like it

  367. My best friend saw one a few days ago off a snowmobile trail on RT114 on the Bradford/Henniker line. Also I know of 2 mountain lions that were sighted off Jewett Rd in Bradford last summer by a local resident. Both of these sightings were by people who have spent a lot of time in the NH woods and know it was a mountain lion. Hope this helps with your tracking.

  368. A recent article (6/27/12) that details a sighting, in Lancaster, by a “Trained Observer”.Thought this was worth sharing.


  369. Second-hand report of a mountain lion sighted in the vicinity of Swain’s Lake & Mendum’s Pond in Barrington during the past week. Fish & Wildlife biologist dismissed it as not possible.

    • I understand that sometimes second hand reports are all that’s possible. But they are not as credible as first hand reports, so I encourage folks to ask the person who was involved in the sighting to make the report. Also, there have been several reports of a sighting being reported to a NH wildlife official, who then denied the sighting. If it’s possible, please provide the name of the wildlife official, so that they can be contacted for their direct opinion.


      • This man is only interested in the safety of his children and not in documenting the presence of big cats in NH. He did say that he started out by calling the animal control officer who referred him on to Fish & Game.

      • Okay, thanks for following up. i understand that not everyone is a cougar enthusiast…

  370. My husband and I have seen mountains lions a few times in the New Hampshire area. 2 of them were seen in Wakefield NH in the same area at different times. ( so it couldnt have been the same one). It had the long tail and all of the mountain lion features. My husband also saw one in Meredith NH. Wildlife is making a come back in this area lately. I saw a baby bear and a coy dog also in wakefield NH within the same week of each other in the same area.

  371. i work at an animal shelter in conway nh, and was just alerted to a sighting of a mountain lion at the foot of our driveway, i myself have seen two in madison just down the road. Was wondering if anyone else has seem any recentley in conway?

    • Hi!
      7 other people have seen cougars in Center Conway and North Conway in the following years: 1948, 1999 (2x), 2004, 2008, 2009 & 2010.
      2 other people have seen cougars in Madison in 2006 & 2010.
      Could you give us a more detailed report of your two sightings?

  372. On July 14, 2012 I was traveling on Oxbrook Road in North Charlestown, NH when a very large, muscular cat walked across the road in front of my car. It was a tawny color with a long tail. It was mid afternoon so I was able to get a good look at it before it ran into a wooded area. I think I saw a young mountain lion.

  373. on July 15, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply Jessica Neily

    I saw one 7/14/2012 at approx 5:30PM. It crossed the road directly in front of me on Route 4 in Canaan NH. It was larger than a golden retriever, was reddish/tan in the sunlight, had a long,muscular tail and large feet. It was def. a lion of some sort, not a bobcat.

  374. It was about six years ago in Washington N.H. on Mill PNd Rd. as I turned onto the road, there it was. As longs as the biggest dog you can imagine. It had a very long tail several feet long maybe 3 feet. A very distinctive cat head and it looked like it ate as much as it could all the time he was huge. It looked very healthy with great muscle tone. I was on my way camping with my son when we saw it. I watched it for about 20 seconds and in 2 quick leaps he was across the road and gone. We both saw it and know what we saw. Unfortunitly we had no camera. Ever since then when I hike or camp I have my Camera. It was a month or so after I’d say, in the road at night what looked like a huge kitten big paws very playfull but at least 2 maybe 3 times the size of a house cat. I couldnt believe what I was seeing. it looked like a baby mountian lion. we stoped the car and I opened my door I could have touched it if I wanted to. I watched this large cat play in the road for several minutes, until it just kinda ran and played off to the side of the road and out of sight. This was no house cat by any means! and def not a bobcat this baby mountian lion had a very long tail. Now after this ive been looking for them ever since. when I bradford about a year ago when I was looking to buy camp I spoke to an ex state trooper who told me he sees one right near his house at all times. while speaking with the trooper he told me a fellow trooper hit one with his patroll car and killed it. The officer put the dead mountian lion in his truck and had fish and game come see the lion. When fish and game arived and saw the cat he was told not to speak about this lion. I have no reason to doubt this man and believe that there are some people who do want to cover this up. I believe the state doesnt want to admit it because they would have to spend all kinds of money to do research and set up habitats for them. my question would be this.I hike all the time, and we dont have m. lions here. So if Im hiking and see one and feel threatend like hes to close or agressive I must be able to shot it because we dont have them here! Right? Id like to hear what the fish and game dept has to say about this.

    • Dwight, great story about your sightings. It’s too bad you didn’t have your camera when you came across the 2nd, young animal. But thanks for posting!

      As for the “ex-state trooper who has a friend who…” here’s the problem I have with such a story. Please understand, I mean no disrespect. But it’s a “friend of a friend story”, it’s third hand. And despite the dramatic claims, there seems to be no evidence. And it would be so easy to provide some evidence.

      Think about what you or I might do, if we had hit and killed a mountain lion with our vehicle. First off, we’d take lots of pictures. Not only to document the story, but also for insurance (a 150 pound animal is going to do some damage to a vehicle). Then we’d call friends and invite them over to see the animal. Then, (at least for me), we’d call the local paper. I’d want a reporter to come see the animal, take some pictures, and get the story out in the next edition. You know the paper would love it! At that point, I would probably send some pictures to WMUR’s website, or to the Concord Monitor. Then I’d call the NH Wildlife folks. And the wildlife folks that I know would be excited, they’d make a big deal of this. They’d test the animal to determine DNA origins, they’d file reports, they’d apply for a grant to study possible mountain lion populations. These wildlife guys are scientists, and animal lovers. They’d love to be part of the return of a new, charismatic species like mountain lions.

      The assumption in the conspiracy theory that mountain lion data is being suppressed is that there is some shadow group that benefits by keeping the information secret, and that they are very well organized and powerful. Who the heck would that be? Could there be some secret group that meets regularly to plan how to suppress mountain lion information? That is very far-fetched. And even if such an organization existed, how could they possibly keep such information secret? They can’t control folks like you and me. It’s impossible to contain this kind of story. If you or I had hard evidence of a mountain lion in New Hampshire, we’d make sure it got published. I know reporters at two local papers who would salivate over such stories. David Brooks at the Nashua Telegraph regularly publishes reports of mountain lion sightings (do a google search on “David Brooks, Nashua Telegraph, and mountain lions” to see what I mean).

      It sounds like this “friend of a friend” story has no evidence, no pictures, no story published in the local paper. Why not? That really makes me doubt the validity of stories like this. It’s just not human nature, either for the person who supposedly killed a mountain lion, nor for NH wildlife officials, to bury such a story.

      Sorry to be a wet blanket, I am very skeptical of mountain lion “conspiracy” theories. They make no sense.

      • I learned today from a reliable source that “USF&WS cougar survey team said ‘eastern cougars are extinct’. States are to go along with this. If they don’t, USF&WS will dispatch teams in to search the forests & wilderness areas, then charge the states for USF&WS expeditures. Such fake expenses would cause excessive financial burdens on the already cash-strapped states.”
        From what I’ve experienced personally, and from what others who do not know each other have said, this makes sense to me. I don’t know what the rationale is of USF&WS, but I do understand that the states are fearful due to financial concerns. They have told me as much when “not” checking on my info saying that they have no money and sending me to expensive places for DNA analysis when others will do it for free.
        Therefor, it is up to each of us to carry a camera and ruler (even a quarter will do) for checking tracks. I
        t’s no easy task to catch a cat on camera. Heck, I have trouble photographing slow animals like moose (although they can move if they want to).

      • As I understand it, what the USF & W means when they say the eastern cougar is extinct, is that the eastern sub-species of cougar, which roamed the eastern states (Maine to Georgia) for millennia, is gone. It died out in the late 19th century. When nearly all of the remaining cougars were killed in various eastern states from 1850 to 1900, the remaining loners were unable to breed successfully, and they disappeared. This is a genetic extinction, meaning that the particular breed of eastern cougar no longer exists.

        This is different than saying there are no cougars in those same eastern states today. There obviously are. The evidence is undeniable. The cougar killed in Connecticut last year is one of a number of accepted examples, the DNA test from the Quabbin in the 1980s, or from Cape Elizabeth in the 1990s are two other proven cases. But, these three cougars were not “eastern cougars” genetically. Two showed South American DNA (meaning they were released pets) and the other showed DNA of a western cougar (it had originally been tagged in Iowa, and had migrated east).

        This also happened, by the way, with the Peregrine falcon. The eastern Peregrine died out (went extinct, as a subspecies) in the 1970s, due to DDT. They were no longer able to successfully breed, and so there were no young to replace eastern Peregrine adults who died of old age. By the 1980s there were no eastern Peregrines left in the eastern United States. Today there are Peregrine falcons breeding up and down those same eastern states. Those Peregrines are all descended from western Peregrines, some introduced by wildlife professionals, some migrating naturally from western states and Canada. When we say “the eastern Peregrine is extinct” we mean that the genetic subspecies of Peregrine falcon that was once native to the eastern United States died out. But of course we have Peregrine falcons living and breeding here today (now that there’s no more DDT).

        So, when wildlife officials say “the eastern cougar is extinct”, they are not saying “there are no cougars in the east”. They know (and we know) there are some cougars in the east. What we don’t know for sure is if there is an established breeding population. That’s what we’re working on in places like this blog, to determine if there is a wild population of cougars living in the woods of New Hampshire (and New England).

        Searching for and reporting evidence of cougars in New Hampshire (and New England) is valuable work. And yes, always carry a camera! And post your sightings here :)

      • Dwight,
        I also reported to Fish and Game about our sightings. We were told that they are only in Canada and dont cross the border. I laughed and asked them if they didnt have the right paperwork to cross the border. LOL Canada isnt that far.

      • Can you provide the name of the Fish and Game person to whom you made your report? I would like to ask them to reply here. Thanks!

  375. on July 4, 2012 at 10:42 am | Reply Eula Stevens

    On June 22 i was watching the wild life out my kitchen window when i saw a huge cat crossing the field .We have bob cats here and it was at least three times bigger than any we have seen.It had a very long tail ,but still did not have the great color of the adult cat .i did not get a picture so went on line to see if i could find one .Found one of a young mountain lion that was just what I saw.We live just across the line from Vermont on the connecticut River in Orford New Hampshire We are very isolated on a dead end RD.I posted the picture on my Faceboo

    • There have been other reports of mountain lions in your general area. You might want to keep a camera handy, in the off chance that you get a chance to take a picture. If so, please send it to me. And let us know if you see that cat again. JR

  376. I was riding my motorcycle up the road into McDowell dam and a mountain lion dark tan in color larger than a bobcat walked across the road maybe 50 feet in front of me and went up the bank into the trees. Didn’t really seem like it acknowledged me as it crossed. Came home to look up pictures and I’m 99% sure it was a mountain lion. McDowell dam is in Peterborough NH

    • I know that area well, I live a few miles from there. My first guess would be bobcat, because they are common in that area. It’s a tough one to be sure of. Bobcats can get pretty big, there was one travelling around Jaffrey and Dublin a year ago that was the size of a German shepherd. Also, adult bobcats may show spots, or may seem to be mostly one color on their back, brownish gray to tan. The tail is generally a give away. A bobcat tail is a foot or so in length, whereas a mountain lion’s tail is as long as its body (4 feet or so in length). And a mountain lion is much bigger, larger by quite a bit than a German shepherd. Let me know if you see it again!

  377. My friend & I saw mountain lion dead on the side of Rt 89 June 17th 2012. Was wondering if anyone else saw it?
    Tan yellow with long tail. It was quite large. Wish we had turned around and taken a pic of it!

    • What town was this in?

    • One of the reasons state wildlife officials give for their position that there are no mountain lions in New England is the lack of road killed animals. I wonder what happened to this one? I have not heard any other reports of a dead mountain lion. Where exactly was this, do you remember an exit or a nearby town? I do wish you had had a chance to take a picture. But hindsight is twenty-twenty…jr

      • I have had reports of half a dozen dead mountain lions, all of which disappeared before people could get back with cameras or, if there with officals, they were told they didn’t “see” anything and photos and negatives were confiscated.

      • Linda, what kind of reports? Were they all at different times and locations? Over the past 3 years I’ve had two reports of a road killed mountain lion on this blog, both seem to be of the same mountain lion, on the same day. I don’t think there’s a conspiracy to hide evidence. I have talked to NH wildlife biologists, and the folks running the bobcat study at UNH. I believe they’d love to be able to prove there are mountain lions here, these are “cat people”. The thing is, they need hard evidence. Eye witness accounts by “civilians” (i.e. folks without training or extensive background in wildlife biology) may be actual mountain lion sightings. Or they may be mistaken identity. I’ve been following these reports for a dozen years, and I’ve yet to find much hard evidence. The trail cam photo is the most compelling thing I’ve seen.

      • The reports I’ve heard have been from people who see a dead mountain lion on the road or on a power line, but it “disappears” and officials say they aren’t there, although people swear they were there. I’ve also heard a rumor about a trapped cougar and two that were killed and buried on someone’s property. Also, I’ve heard of actual evidence (photographic and video) being destroyed by officials. I’m trying to get my own evidence, but have not succeeded yet other than tracks.

      • This is the problem that you and I have to deal with. So much evidence, and so many reports, are second-hand. Mountain lions are the stuff of myth, very powerful, and I think a lot of people like to make things up, or exaggerate things. Three examples:

        1. A person contacted me last year, very excited about a big cat that they had seen and photographed in their backyard in southwestern NH. They were sure it was a mountain lion, they said it was too big to be anything else. They sent me two photos. The photos were of a bobcat (one clearly showed the tracking collar that the state wildlife folks had put on it as part of our local bobcat study). I believe this person was sincere in thinking this was a mountain lion. I also believe that they told many of their friends about the “mountain lion” in their backyard. I’ll bet that their friends told friends, and the story of the “mountain lion” near Monadnock spread far and wide. I wonder how many of those same people found out that it was, indeed, just a bobcat? This is how myths spread.

        2. 10 years ago, a neighbor of mine (I used to live in north central Mass, near Mount Wachusett) called me in the winter to tell me that he had seen a mountain lion in the woods near his house, and he could show me the tracks in the snow. I contacted Nick Wiznieski, the tracking expert who worked with Paul Rezendes, to go check it out. He showed us the tracks in the snow behind his house. They were canid tracks, it was probably a coyote (too big for a fox). Definitely not a mountain lion, the pad pattern was wrong, and there were toenail imprints in every track, in soft snow.

        3. Last year there was a trail cam photo of a mountain lion, supposedly taken near Mt Monadnock. The photo was sent to two experts, one at the state wildlife org, and one at the Harris Center (a wildlife sanctuary near here). It turns out that the photo was taken somewhere out west, the vegetation in the photo was not New Hampshire vegetation, the stuff in the photo just doesn’t grow here. The person who posted the photo was faking it – I have no idea why. Perhaps it was like the photo that you debunked here, in the comments.

        No wildlife biologist I know would destroy evidence. First of all, it’s too hard. You and I can take photos and videos, and make copies of them. We can make detailed records, and get eye witnesses. So I get suspicious when I hear second-hand rumors like you’ve heard, but somehow the photos and videos have “been destroyed”, or the carcass just “disappeared”. Everyone carries a camera now, and people love quick fame and a good story. If there’s a mountain lion dead by the side of the road, somebody’s going to take out their iPhone and send the photo to WMUR or the Nashua Telegraph (a friend of mine at the Telegraph actually follows mountain lion stories, and writes about them – here’s one . There’s no way to suppress this news, “officials” can’t control you and me. Not that they’d want to, I may be wrong but I strongly doubt that there’s a conspiracy to keep mountain lions a secret.

      • Also, NH Fish & Game is not interested in tracks in snow, scrapes, urine or checking scat samples (although the two I checked came back canine), but I tried.

      • I just reread your question and realized I didn’t answer it. All except for two buried cougars were from different towns and different places and times. Fitzwilliam, Stoddard and Washington were three I remember without going over my database thoroughly.

    • I saw that too! I was driving home to Vermont and likewise wished I’d turned back to look again. I called my best friend who lives nearby to go check it out, but she wasn’t able to. I was pretty confident it was a mountain lion, and am so pleased you saw it as well. Thanks for posting!

      • I think the mountain lion was between exits 10 and 16, heading north on 89. I’m sorry, I know that’s a big area. I’ll ask my friends I was with if anyone remembers more specifically. Having just seen a bobcat last night (I’m currently in Sheffield, MA), I can confirm that it was not a bocat. I also have heard many stories in Vermont (from all over the state) about officials denying mountain lion reports, because it gets people to riled up.

  378. I don’t know if I qualify because I live in Barnard, Vermont. Barnard is the town where the last catamount was shot in the late 1800s. It is on display at the State House in Montpelier. Last week I was near home, which is a heavily wooded area near the Chateauguay wilderness and saw what I believe was a young mountain lion. It’s tail was distinctly long, therefore not a bob cat. I have spent many hours in the woods over the last 30 years and know the difference between the kind of critters you usually see…fishers, foxes and bot cats – this was not one of those. It happened very quickly and was at dusk, but I do believe it was a young catamount.

    • Interesting. If you read the other posts, you will see that there have been 2-3 other sightings reported in your general area (within a 20 mile radius) this spring. If you see it again, or have a chance to gather other evidence – footprints (if you take a footprint photo put something else in the picture like a ruler, for scale) or scat or a photo of the actual animal – please send it to me. And post here agin if you see anything else. JR

  379. I saw what I believe to be a mountian lion crossing Rt 101 between Milford, NH and Peterborough June 19, 2012 around 9:30am. There were 3 of us in the car at the time and we all agreed it was a very big cat with a long tail, therefore we figured it could only be a mountian lion.

    • Hmmm, this is the second report this month of a possible mountain lion in the Peterborough area. If you see a big cat with a long tail, that’s a pretty good indication of a mountain lion. The tail should be as long as the body, 4 feet in length (bobcats can have a tail up to a foot or so in length).

  380. I know I saw a mountain lion many years ago while driving along Temple/Greenville Rd. in New Ipswich in the middle of the day. It happened about 17 years ago, probably in the spring of 1995. I know that’s a long time ago, but I thought it might interest some of you that they were around here back then. The animal was moving at a quick, steady pace through the tall grass in a field close to the road. I slowed down and got a good look at it. It was long and low to the ground, golden tan in color, had a flat “face” and small ears, and what impressed me the most was its very long tail that curved down and then up at the end. I knew it wasn’t a dog or a bobcat. It looked exactly like the pictures of mountain lions I’d seen in books and on TV. I didn’t report it at the time because I thought nobody would believe me. I have heard that the state doesn’t want to know about any sightings because of the red tape that they will have to go through to place the animal on the endangered species list. I don’t know how true that is, but it makes sense to me. I still remember that sighting as clear as the day it happened. What an impressive animal!

    • Thanks for sharing, great story. There have been a few recent reports of mountain lion sightings in the Temple/Peterborough area, but nothing confirmed.

  381. on June 18, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply Vickie Parkinson

    A person I know said that they saw a mountain lion that had been hit by a car on Interstate 89 in Lebanon NH today about 6 hours ago. It was near mile marker 59 . They were pretty sure about what they saw. No pictures but there was a lot of blood on the Interstate when I came through and the “mountain lion” was gone in a VERY short time. Have been watching the news but nothing so far. Maybe someone else saw something? Good luck with the sightings, just thought that I would add this in case someone else knew if it was true….a small deer could be about the same size and color I suppose.

    • Thanks for the report. You are the second person to report that road killed mountain lion, and the detailed location is very helpful. This also fits with what have been 3-4 sightings of mountain lions in that part of Vermont/New Hampshire. I did a Google search for any report of a mountain lion killed on route 89, and nothing came up. JR

      • on July 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm Vickie Parkinsom

        should have mentioned that it was in the northbound lane of I 89 about 4 feet after mile marker 59 to be exact. wish someone had a camera when it was there!

  382. Deering NH about 2 miles from crotched mtn caught on trail camera feeding on deer carcus,Jan,2012 2am

    • Please send a copy of photo to lmccracken2002@yahoo.com as I am trying to prove that mountain lions are here in NH. Thanks!

      • I’m curious, why are you trying to prove this? I think it’s cool that mountain lions may be here, it’s been a hobby of mine for many years. Do you have a similar interest, or other goals? Thanks! JR

      • NH Fish & Game says the eastern cougar is extinct, that none of people’s sightings are “confirmed”. That Is what the USF&WS says in their Mar. 2011 report, yet I have easily collected over 900 sightings, a scrape and some tracks. Geographically, the cats are seen in the same places for decades. People see kittens and juveniles. Confirmed proof is difficult (hair, scat, etc.), but I have trouble getting officials to even look at my data. For the USF&WS study asking for public input, they would only look at photos if I had two cougar “experts” verify that photos were “real”. Isn’t that their job? I took a course specializing in tracking big cats. Have they? I care. Do they? I’m just frustrated, and when I get frustrated, I don’t give up! It’s a passion of mine, so I guess we do have a similar interest.

      • Linda, I’ve read that report, and I’ve spoken with NH wildlife folks. The report is very narrow. It doesn’t say that mountain lions are not being seen in New England. It says that the sub-species of mountain lions known as the eastern cougar, which lived here until the mid to late 19th century, is extinct. I’ve talked at length with these guys. They are wild cat lovers, they would be really happy to find a breeding, wild population of mountain lions in New England. I am convinced that they are not hiding or covering up anything. They are also scientists, and quite demanding of evidence.

        There is some evidence, such as you can see on this map . I was connected pretty closely to one of the DNA examples, the one from the Quabbin a couple of decades ago. I trained in animal tracking with Paul Rezendes, and met both John McCarter and Nick Wiznieski, who worked with Paul and spent a lot of time following up on reports of mountain lion sightings. This Quabbin DNA was clear evidence of a mountain lion living and hunting (at least for a while) in the Quabbin. But it wasn’t evidence of a wild, breeding population. The DNA was of a south American strain, which means it was a released pet (and not an eastern cougar). Our state wildlife guys told me that we’d be surprised how many mountain lions and other exotic predators are kept as pets. My sister lived next to a guy who kept and bred timber wolves, so I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised.

        As you can see from reading the cougar network information, most of the DNA evidence from Northeast mountain lions is of a south American sub-species. A few are from north american migrants, such as the cougar killed in Connecticut last year, and those in southeastern Canada. The eastern cougar may be extinct, but wild cougars may still be migrating into New England and repopulating the region. That’s what keeps me interested!

    • Thanks for the post. I’d love to get a copy of that photo, to post here. JR

  383. I just saw one about an hour ago. I recently moved to Jaffrey and am a little over a mile from the town center in the “rural” area. I went outside to water the garden. There are woods and a small brook beside my house, and the crows were going nuts in the woods. This always means they are upset about an animal, and I was curious what it was. I went to look, expecting to see an owl or maybe a coyote.

    Instead, I saw a large cat-shaped animal calmly walking parallel to my brook. It was a solid light-brown in color, no sign of spots or other obvious markings from the side view I had. It was about 4 feet long (absolute minimum body length would have been 3 feet)… not sure about its tail as the vegetation it was taller than was blocking any view of its tail if it was hanging down. It was lean (but not starving) and very good looking, no signs of injury or wear from living in the wild. It also looked like a juvenile to me, did not look like a fully grown animal. I got several glimpses of it before it walked too far along the brook for me to follow (woods is very thick and tick-filled).

    I’ve only seen bobcats in zoos but this didn’t look like one to me… no spots. Looks most like online cougar photos I find.

    • Thanks for the post, and the detailed observation. If you can keep a camera handy, in case it shows up again. If you’re lucky enough to get a clean footprint, take a picture of that as well (with a ruler or something else in the photo to give a sense of scale). The state of New Hampshire ran a bobcat study in our area 2 years ago, and there were a couple of big bobcats in the Jaffrey area. So, that’s a possibility. But there have also been several reports of mountain lion sightings in the Jaffrey/Peterborough/Temple area in the past few weeks, so a mountain lion is also a possibility. Please post again if you see anything else. JR

  384. I may have seen a mountain lion tonight, June 13, 2012. It was just before dark when I went into my Arrow Lane, Amherst side yard. Something ran from the bushes to my neighbor’s driveway. I did not see the head, but saw a large, muscular, tan animal with a long tail. It ran fast and was definitely not a dog.

    • Thanks for posting. Hard to say what it was without more detail. Please post again if you see anything else. JR

  385. My wife saw what appeared to be juvenile mountain lion (tan in color, small head, long tail, carried low to the ground, with very large paws) crossing highway 202A in Strafford, on May 9, at approximately 8:45. It jumped up from the roadway to the top of an 8-9 foot embankment and disappeared into the woods, just past Roberts Road.

    • Thanks for the detailed post. In past years there were a number of reports of mountain lion sightings in the general Barnstead area. Please let us know if you see anything more (and keep a camera handy, just in case :) !

  386. I am quite certain that I saw a mountain lion this evening. The animal was traversing my property in southwestern Concord near Turkey Pond, moving from north to south on a cool, drizzly evening at 6:15 pm on June 4, 2012.
    I was standing by an east facing window when I saw it moving at a fast walk. It just so happened at that moment my wife was driving home and coming up the long driveway also on the east side of the property. Her use of the automatic garage door opener elicited a sound that evidently caused the cat to stop and stare at the house—in other words right at the window through which I was looking at it.
    No bobcat, I’m quite sure. It was the size of a mid to large-sized dog, but had sleek brown-orange fur and an unmistakable feline head. I was too busy looking at that face to notice its tail.
    I rushed to stop my wife’s car, hoping we could both see it. But in the seconds it took me to go from kitchen window to garage it was gone, presumably into the woods to our south.

    • Thanks for the detailed post. There is still the possibility that it was a bobcat, given that you didn’t see the tail (and bobcats can easily get to be the size of a mmid-sized dog). But there have also been other reports of mountain lion sightings in the Concord/Contoocook area this spring/summer. So it fits a pattern. Please keep a camera handy, and let us know if you see anything else.

  387. There is a large black cat with a body about four or five feet long and a tail of equal length in farmingron N.H. It hopped over my brother’s garden with ease and then turned and growled at my nephew . My nephew is full grown and was scared to the point that he had trouble speaking afterward. I have also seen video footage of a tan mountain lion climbing down a tree by a river in downtown Rochester N.H. They are here and
    they do not fear us.

    • This is the first report of a black cat of that size. I know that when I spoke with state wildlife officials a year ago, they said that “we would be surprised at how many people keep big cats as pets, and then release them when they get too big to care for”. As far as I know, the only large black cat is a panther, which is not (and never was) native to north america. So a released pet is the more likely explanation (which also fits with it not being shy around humans, as wild mountain lions and bobcats are generally very shy and elusive).

      I’d love to see the footage of the mountain lion in Rochester. If you can get a hold of that, and send it to me or post it somewhere, that would be fantastic.

    • Hi!

      I would also like to see video of Mountain Lion as I am trying to prove that they are here in NH. lmccracken2002@yahoo.com

  388. on May 18, 2012 at 2:09 am | Reply dwight gould

    It was about 8 year sago now , but I was on my way to go camping with my 2 boys and younger brother. We were in washington N.H. on half moon pond rd. I watched this huge cat for about 30 seconds and it just stood there lookign at something. he was standing in the road. when he took off it was 2 leaps and he was gone. I would say he was a good 150 at least it looked like it was a body builder. Its a good thing I bring a handgun with me or I never would have gone camping that night. Now I would never harm an animal for any reason other then deer hunting or self defense. I have to say if I saw one from a distance I would get a picture if it was close and came near I would have to shot it. When I mentioned this to a local well knwn fish and game officier john S. he became angry and told me I didnt know what I was talking about. I was upset that he wouldnt even listen to me, its his job I thought. Well about a year later one night leaving washington I saw a baby it was the size of a small dog and you could tell it was a young mountian lion. He was playing in the road and wouldnt get out of the way of the car at first I got out for a closer look , but the realized a cub this young was proberly near mom so I got back in the car and watched it for about 3 mins befor it ran into the woods. If your a hiker or camper it doesnt hurt to carry a hand gun or pepper spray you pray you never need to use it, but youll be glad you have it if you need it. my story was in a local news paper and ive heard alot of other stories since and I belive most of them.

    • I believe you as I’ve heard of 26 other big cat sightings in Washington including a black kitten (wild, not domestic). Other reports I’ve had of dens, kittens or adolescents include the following towns: Acworth, Alexandria, Allenstown, Ashland, Barnstead, Barrington, Columbia, Franconia, Gilford, Gilsum, Hancock, Keene, Lempster, Marlow, New London, Portsmouth, Richmond, Stewartstown, Stoddard, Surry, Sutton, Swansey, Washington, Windsor, I-95, Mt. Monadnock and the White Mountains. Those who have dens on their property protect their locations and the big cats. I have sightings that date back to the 1930s & 1940s in Conway, Errol, Lempster, Peterborough, Swansey & Washington. My take is they’ve been here all along in small pockets, but sightings are increasing drastically, including juveniles,
      in the past two decades.

    • Dwight, great story. I haven’t heard of recent sightings in the Washington area. The baby mountain lion implies a breeding population, which is really interesting if that’s what’s going on. Post again if you see anything else.

  389. While I was traveling from Derry Nh on route 28, towards lake Massabesic area in Manchester I saw two mountain lions cross route 28. They had crossed from the east to the west. Their appearances looked similar in size and color and I knew that they were not bobcats due to the size of their long tails, and the large size of their bodies.

  390. Check this picture out on Facebook from a few days ago
    Mountain lion dragging a deer caught on ‘deer cam’.

    • Sorry, that photo is not local. It was taken on 2/15/09 on on ranch in South TX by Chet Markgraf, I believe.

      • Bummer. I’m glad you corrected me. I wish people would stop faking evidence.

    • (updated July 8). Turns out this photo was not taken in New Hampshire, but in Texas (see Linda’s comment just below). It did seem too good to be true.

      Thanks for posting. That is an amazing photo! No doubt about it being a mountain lion, and a healthy one at that. I’d love to post that photo here, can you ask the owner if that’s okay?

  391. We saw a mountain lion on our street 3 times in March, We are in the East Concord area. We lost 20 guinea hens, and chickens in less than 2 weeks.
    The actual sightings were between 1-5pm.

    • Can you provide any more details – such as size, physical characteristics, activity? There have been a couple of other reports of mountain lion sightings around Concord (Turkey Hill Pond was one), so this fits a pattern. Please keep a camera handy, in case you get a chance to take a picture. Thanks for posting.

  392. My friends and I spotted a good sized female mountain lion in Georges Mills, NH about one week ago roaming through the woods.

    • Thannks for posting. Can you provide any details – size, physical characteristics, time of day. What makes you say it was a female, could you see it that clearly and closely? There have been other sightings in that area this spring/summer. JR

  393. Talking to a friend right now (May 8, 12:15 AM) and he is seeing mountain lion(s) [mom and cub?} on the Kancamagus, Route 112, East of Littleton.

  394. I live in the middle of an open field in Canterbury, NH and this morning (8:00 am.) I was looking out the kitchen door into the field behind the house and noticed a turkey. Something orange caught my eye at the left edge of the field about 100 feet away. I had seen a fox (or at least I thought) the day before so I grabbed my binoculars. It was a big, orange cat with a long tail. Was not a bobcat or an overgrown kitty cat. Mountain lion, cougar, something else…I don’t know. It was walking along the edge of the field and then disappeared into the woods. The turkey didn’t even seem to notice it.

    • Thanks for the post, and the details. There have been a number of other reports this spring/summer in that general area. Please keep a camera handy, in case you get a chance to get a picture. JR

  395. on March 17, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply Gary MacKinnon

    Reading these blogs comfirms my suspsions of what I briefly glimisped last spring [April of 2011] was in fact a mountain lion. I own a slopeside condo on Crotched Mtn. There is an out cropping of rocks up above the ski patrol hut, at the “true” summit. Those rocks face north. I like to hike up there & take in the view from those rocks. From this location Vermont, Pitcher Mtn, etc is to the left [west] & Sunapee, White Mtns, etc are straight ahead [north]. That early in the Spring there’s always still some melting snow up by the top of the main chairlift & patrol hut, plus alot of mud. I remember on that particular day I saw some tracks in the mud up above the hut & thought to myself that someone must have been up there with their dog. In hindsight what should have jumped out in my mind, but didn’t at the time, was lack of accompanying footprints from boots! Anyway, by going past this outcropping of rocks, a hiker would be heading south & going in the general direction of the rehab hospital on the south side of the mtn. At that point the trail gets narrow. On my way down later in the afternoon, I heard a branch snap up ahead of me, it was then that I caught a brief glimpse of an animal, tannish in color jumping across the trail about 30 yards away. My initial reaction was that I had startled & flushed out a deer. Apparently not so because what I distinctly remember was that whatever bolted across the trail had a very LONG black tipped tail; almost as long as it’s torso. I am a commercial truck driver & just 2 months ago while driving across country thru Oklahoma in stopped to look at a dead mountain lion on the highway median. It was impressive to see, even as road-kill. It probably weighed 100 lbs, it appeared to be healthy & muscular, with the same tan color, plus that same LONG, black tipped tail. The tail was about equal in length to the lion’s body torso. GMac

    • Gary, thanks for the detailed report. There have been other reports of sightings in that general area this spring, so yours fits that pattern. Please post again if you see anything else.

    • Last night our indoor cat got out of the house and we searched our yard for hours looking for her. At around 9:30pm in Winchester NH we heard a cat scream like it was in a cat fight so we ran with flashlights to discover a big light brown animal running through the tall grass. We sadly found our cat dead with large puncture wounds to her head:( We chassed the animal off through our woods, what ever it was sounded very big! we have seen fox but it definetly was a lot larger!

      • I am sorry to hear about your cat. Based on going with what is most likely, the culprit was probably a bobcat. They are known to go after house cats, although it’s not all that common. This time of year, a mother bobcat has probably 2-3 small mouths to feed, and expands its hunting range. A year ago, a friend of mine who raises chickens had a bobcat coming to her backyard in the middle of the day, looking for an easy chicken dinner. During other times of the year bobcats generally avoid humans, and houses. JR

    • I just got back from a bikeride at the Gonic Trails in Rochester NH and about a quarter mile past the waterfall on the shore there was a deer carcus along with scat and a bunch of paw prints. I know this wasn’t fishercats because the deer’s head was missing all together. I’m not gonn jump to conclusions but I’m assuming it’s a bobcat.

      • A number of predators can and will take a deer here in NH – bobcats, coyotes and (if they’re indeed here) mountain lions. If you get a chance to take a picture of the scat of paw prints (I know, it’s too late now) please do – and put something else in the photo like a ruler for scale. Thanks!

  396. We saw mountain lion tracks in the snow this weekend in Dorchester. No actual animal, but we took photos of the tracks– about 3.5 inches in length and width both– with a tape measure next to it. Our neighbors down the road are also frequently seeing tracks this winter, same size, around their farm. The prints have the four pads on top, the lower larger pad, no claws visible.

    • Replying (better late than never) long after snow season. 3.5 inch tracks with no claws could have been made by one of several cats. That’s big for a bobcat, but not impossible. It’s perfect size for a Canada lynx which has been seen more frequently in the White Mountains area. And it’s on the small side, but possible, for a mountain lion. If you ever see such tracks again, can you take a picture, and put something to lend scale in the photo (like a glove, or ideally, a ruler)? Thanks!

  397. Hi,no doubt about the cat I saw,I live in Weare have 10 acres of woods behind me and this past summer I saw one at 4pm in the afternoon walk by very slowly at 90 yards,i was sitting in a chair outside it was very quiet and the long tail with the black tip was the key,i do have a pic from my trail cam that isnt the best but you can tell what it is when you look at it,im not the only one that has seen this I have 3 other people that live on my street that have seen the same cat,1 person seen it chasing a coyote in the field next to her house as well

    • on February 17, 2012 at 1:11 am | Reply Linda McCracken

      I do cougar research to try to prove cougars are here in NH. Could you send a copy of your game camera photo to NHcougars@gmail.com ?

      • About four years ago I saw a mountain lion around Greenough pond in Errol, NH. I was leading a group of friends snowmobiling when the large cat ran across the trail in front of me. I couldn’t believe what I saw but unfortunately nobody else in the group saw it. It was a tan cat and had a long tail, big paws, and small head. I estimated that it weighed well over 100 lbs.

        Just this past Thursday 2/23/12 I was snowmobiling with friends again in Errol, NH and saw another large cat. It was around 4:30 in the afternoon. This time though it was either very dark or black in color. I was riding just east of Clear Stream Road on Nathan Ridge Trail when this cat ran across the trail in front of me. This time two other riders in my group saw it as well. This cat took two leaps and it was up at least a 15 foot banking on the side of the trail. We were able to get a good look at it because on the second leap it sank in the deep snow and struggled to get over the top of the bank. Between the three of us we figured the cat weighed between 120-150 lbs and had a tail that was 3-4 ft long.

        I can guarantee that this was not a bobcat either. I saw two bobcats the day prior while riding with my kids and this cat was 2-3 times the size of the bobcats and the tail was much longer.

        The two areas where I saw these cats are less than five miles from one another.

  398. I saw one in Bath NH near end of January 2012 around 3:45 – 4:00 pm a little over 100 yards from me. I thought it was a lynx at first but then it turned to walk toward the woods and noticed it had a very long tail. A few other people saw it and said it was a bobcat but i know it wasn’t because the tail was way to long and It was larger than any bobcat, coyote or domestic full grown dog and I am positive it was a cat of some sort. I can’t say for sure i know it was a mountain lion but being as big as it was and having a tail that long what else could it possibly be? i believe it was a mountain lion.

  399. Feb 1 2012….My friend saw 2 mountain lions on RT 153 in Effingham, NH yesterday afternoon. She stopped and was watching them and didn’t know what they were until she saw the tails on them. They were definitely mountain lions

  400. About 8 years ago I saw a mountain lion near my vegetable garden in Grantham, NH. We live at the foot of a logging trail in a deeply forested part of town. I ran for my camera and almost got a shot. There is no way it could have been anything other than a mountain lion. It was long-bodied and had a dark tip at the end of a fairly thick tail. The tail was certainly visible and almost as long as the body of the big cat. It didn’t seem to be as solidly built as photos of western cougars but was absolutely longer than a bobcat or a lynx. A few weeks later my husband and I both saw it. This time it was on the stone wall bordering the woods. It was there very briefly, not long enough to get the camera.
    That year several other people reported sightings in town.
    This year, 2012, there is talk again about a mountain lion sighting on the other side of the hill behind us.
    I had a long look at it the first time and have never questioned what I saw. It was a very big cat with a body more than 4 feet long, tan colored with a long tail. What else could it be?

  401. on December 31, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

    On May 18, 2010 at 2:00 PM I was walking 1.5 mi. into the woods on a dirt road to cast some cougar tracks I had found earlier. At 1/4 mi. in, I heard a loud crashing in the woods, then a loud “hiss-saw”! A sandy beige mountain lion came flying out of the trees as I came over the hill. It was about 200 feet in front of me. Its body was 5-6 ft. long. It seemed to be moving at 50-60 MPH with its belly low to the ground and legs pumping hard. With its paws & legs extended straight out, it looked like it was 10-12 feet long. It had dark vertical line markings on its face and a long (2.5-3′) tail with a dark brown tip which seemed to hypnotize me as it swung the tail around to balance as the cat flew across the road. It went “hiss-saw” loudly a second time as it turned up a snowmobile trail. I heard more crashing in the trees and two very confused, scared deer came out, looked at me, looked where the cougar had gone and went in the opposite direction. I have photos of the tracks in the sand in the road, but they are just 6″ wide depressions in soft sand about 15″ apart. There were no pug marks. I made my first casting, which was awful! I had my camera with me in my hands, but was too shocked and scared to push the button. I only saw it for about 10 seconds. My guess is that it weighed 130-150# and was only 18″ high (but that’s because it’s belly was grazing the ground), so that was the width of its body. I assume it was chasing a third deer which I didn’t see.

  402. I saw one around 12pm today in my neighbors backyard. I suppose it was maybe 300 feet away. It was walking casually across the lawn and finally rounded the shed flicking its big long tail. I only saw it for a minute before it slipped away. It was awesome! I wish I had thought to take a picture. I live in Merrimack, and all the houses on my street back up to a woodsy area. We used to have deer in my back yard, but since the beginning of November they’ve made themselves scarce, and my dogs refuse to come inside now. They sit there with their noses up in the air in the same direction that I saw the cougar.

    • Emma, thanks for the post. JR

    • We had one the morning of 11-25-2011.
      He walked around our home in Jefferson N.H.as well as3 of our neighbors homes.I did’nt see him but the paw prints and the 7-8 feet between them speaks volumes . Our mail deliver did see him once from her vehicle.
      I tracked him for 2miles or more before giving up.

      • Scott, if you have a chance next time, take some photos of the paw prints. Place a ruler or yardstick in the photos, so that it’s easy to see the size of the paw print and the length of the stride. It’s easiest to take pictures of prints in snow when the sun is low, so that there are some shadows in the depressions.

        Also, can you include exact location, description of surrounding terrain, and (if possible) details from the other sightings (what exactly did your postman see, when and where exactly did they see it?). Thanks! JR

  403. on November 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Reply Lauren reilert

    Didn’t mention it was just outside of Keene nh in Surry…

  404. on November 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Reply Lauren reilert

    I was at surry mountain camp ground in july2011. At 12:30 am while in my tent with my 2 year old daughter I woke up to loud growling hissing and angry cat noises. It circled the tent several times and came to our heads and sniffed for a couple of minutes. It’s nose was inches away. I kept my toddler sleeping and stayed silent. I armed myself with a flashlight and waterbottle and tried to prepare myself for it to tear through. It sat for 15 minutes ther. I could hear it sighing and huffing marked by less frequent growls until it left at nearly 2am. I listened to soundbytes of animals and the noises were without a doubt, made by a mountain lion. I’m still shaking.

  405. A massive mountain lion crossed the OHRV trail directly in front of me in Woodsville NH during the Sep 2007 off-road dirt bike Turkey Run. It was raining heavily but the cat was less than thirty feet in front of me. It was dark tan, very muscular and I estimate it’s weight to be at least 175 lbs. It was running in a crouch, focused on something in the gulch to my right. It had a long tail and there is no doubt in my mind what it was. I have a 39 lbs stuffed bobcat in my home which was killed by a car in front of my house and this cat was nothing like the bobcat. The cat crossed in front of me and behind my friend who was riding ahead of me. I told my friend about the sighting at the next road crossing which is near the Ocean State Job Lot on RT-302 in Woodsville.

  406. Incredible sighting of a mountain lion, I still can’t believe it! I was on rte 116 just over the Fraconia/Easton townline. I drove past my house to drop off mail for my sister-in-law and turned the car around at the end of her driveway. When I was fully turned around there it was in the road, it was on the side walking right out, very calm and confident. Not in a huge hurry, just walking across the street and didn’t bother to look in our direction either. My car was probably 30-35 feet from it and I just stopped to see it and then drove slowly a bit closer as it began to leave the road. Going into the woods between our two driveways. It was just amazing to see, but I was very confused because my first reaction was – oh my God, that looked like a lion or a puma or something, what was that? It had a short and very tidy coat, incredibly muscular shoulders, a long body, a long tail and a cat head. It was beautiful! But I still couldn’t believe it! Of course we are outside all the time and see bears quite often crossing in that area, but to see that was really incredible. I ran into my house to tell my husband and he kept asking me about the tail and I kept saying – it was long and the body was long too. Just last night he said I think you saw a mountain lion and I looked up the photos this morning and saw this blog and a moutain lion is what I saw. I saw it on August 24th (at about 3pm) so we’ve been talking about it for a bit over a week. Just amazing! I have to say, I’m a bit nervous now because he was so calm and confident and we spend lots of time in the woods on our land hiking and walking to the river, but I suppose he’s not really looking for us. Yikes!

  407. Saw a mountain lion on August 2, 2011 in s charlestown nh. Was heading north on rt 12 next to the river, right before the 12a overpass about 5:30 pm. Ran across the road within 20 ft of my car.

    • I currently know of a breeding pair of mt. lions in Sullivan county with two yearlings and there are numerous sightings through out sullivan and Cheshire counties, I will be posting pics this weekend.

      • Tony- how would u have knowledge of this?.. I mean not to be a jerk.. But that’s amazing!.. I just fear for their lives from idiots that won’t allow them to breed and continue the eastern movement of these cougars that soo many sightings and reportings have shown us.. Part of me is happy to hear this where the other part is wondering how many lion hunter tourists etc will flock to that area?!?!… Tell me do u have photos, scat evidence, kill photos, hair samples?.. To actually kno of a actual breeding pair with cubs you obviously would have atleast those… Look forward to seeing that!.. And try to keep unwanted ppl from harming them thanks!

      • Tony, there’s a page here with a link for sending me photos, which I’ll happily post. It goes without saying that we’ll be surprised to see photos of mountain lions and cubs. I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve got! JR

      • Have you posted the pics somewhere online Tony? Would love to see them. I have a few friends who clain to have seen them without a doubt in SUllivan/Cheshire County near Fall Mountain/Cold River and would love to see proof.

  408. on July 31, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Reply Mark Bickmore

    I saw one yesterday morning 07/30 about 6:30 AM it ran across the road in font of me and I was astonished. I was traveling west on route 202 near the Rochester Barrington line / Ayes Lake area. It had a tail about 3′ long and made about 3 leaps and was gone. Very tall and lanky. I am familiar with a bobcat and no way it was a bobcat.

    • Mark, thanks for the post. Any other details? Color? Details about the location – wooded area, fields, other? Have there been other sightings in the area? We’d love to see a picture, if you can, keep your camera ready. JR

      • on August 1, 2011 at 7:27 pm Mark Bickmore

        Wish I had a camera with me, but the reality is that it was over in about 4 seconds as it was on the run crossing the road. I was so surprised it took me a minute to realize what I had seen. Color was deer like but on the dark side . Had kind of a round head from the sdie view. it was a wooded area adjacent to ayers lake. yes I have read about and heard about sitings in this area.

  409. jr, i looked up “mountain lions in nh” and your blog came up.
    i live 2mins away from 202, your right there have been many sightings here and in the surrounding towns. most of us have grown up here and have seen bobcats more times then we can count, although they are shy and not huge in population, they have still been thriving here in nh’s back woods.
    many hunters and hikers have spotted dead deer high up in the trees around bald mt and hedgehog. Many of us have lost livestock during the day, without our dogs noticing any commotion. these animals exist, thats clear, but why do we need proof?

    • Ruby, great to see your comments. I have also heard stories of livestock killings, and deer up in trees. I’d love to get a picture of a deer stashed up in a tree, there are very few ways a deer gets up there, besides a mountain lion. Or a clear picture from a game camera. I saw a game cam picture in Jaffrey, a couple of years ago. It was hard to tell what kind of cat it was at first, but I’m pretty sure after examining it for 10 minutes, that it was of a bobcat. But it’s often tough to tell. There are three possibilities here. One is that there are no mountain lions, and people are mistaking other animals for them. Two is that there are mountain lions, but that they are released pets. It turns out that a fair number of people keep exotic animals as pets, including mountain lions. Then, when they can’t care for them any longer, they release them. Three is that there is a breeding population of wild mountain lions, scarce but present. The reason we need proof is to differentiate between these possibilities. If we have a breeding population, this is very important news. It will impact all sorts of things – wildlife management, hunting, hiking and woodlot management, etc. I have talked to wildlife biologists – they would love to see a charismatic predator like the mountain lion re-establish itself here. But they are also scientists, and they need hard proof to declare that mountain lions are here. Despite 20 plus years of rumors and stories, there is still no hard proof. I posted this blog partly to help with that. Thanks again for posting. JR

  410. Hi JR,

    I live in Rochester, NH in a highly populated area but the back of my yard is marsh runoff from the river. Today, while some friends and I were cooking hamburgers on the grill, we saw a flood of about 4 cats (my own included) running through the yard being chased by a LARGE Bobcat. It stood approx. 3 1/2 ft., was approx. 4-5ft long. The largest I have ever seen. It did tree a domestic cat, which jumped from the tree when it screamed. Unfortunately, that domestic didn’t make it. The Bobcat drug it off into the marsh.

    I know it was a Bobcat due to the tail, off white belly and hairy ears/face. I also know their scream/growls very well. They have a scary, very uniquely loud hollowed out eerie sound. I use to live in AL where I was always chasing them away from my colts. I did make a report with the local PD and with Animal Control.

    Though you would like to know.


    • Traci, thanks for the report. There are some big bobcats here in NH. I’ve heard mixed opinions on whether or not they take domestic cats, there’s no doubt in your story. JR

  411. JR I know tis blog is dead but you may want to to talk to the satellite ( cell phone tower guys) that built the towers on cranmore. They fly helicopters to the top a couple of years ago. One of the supervisors is a close friend of mine they reported seeing a mtn lion several times sunning himself on peaked mtn rock shelf. My friend is an avid hunter and spent time in california and washington state and has had encounters with mtn lions in the past. Unsubstantiated but supposedly the local game warden went with them and took a pictures. I have no doubt that thier are mtn lions in this area.


  412. I have been told by a couple of people now that there are some pictures of a mountain lion taken from someones game cam. They are supposedly posted at a local antique shop. I have heard stories of this thing chasing deer and dragging up into a tree.

    The pictures are at Four corners antique shop in Rochester. I have not made it up there to verify. I heard of one in Barnstead acouple of years ago, and that isn’t too far from there, so maybe something worth looking into.

  413. Dec 25 2010 about 12:15 pm.

    Newton N.H. (Southern NH)

    My wife and I looked at a cat approx 24″ high at the shoulders. He was tan with about a two foot long tail that looked about 1 3/4″ round. I took pictures of the tracks (I will get them to you) he left in the snow. Compared to the tracks on your site they are most common to the mountain lion and not at all like the coyote. They do show signs of claws. They are as wide as my four fingers together (approx. 4″). One set is larger than the other.

    Animal looked to be very muscular with short tan fur. We were about 100 yards away, looking through a window with no screen. I have seen a fisher cat and this was not the same.

    I will contact my animal control office, but I don’t think anyone will think I saw a cougar.

    Let me know please.

    • Greetings, thanks for posting. My hunch is that you saw a bobcat, but it’s hard to be sure. If you can, keep a camera by the window, so you can get a picture if the animal returns. And please do send me the pictures of the tracks (if you can, when you take track photos, include a ruler in the photo for scale). My email is john.f.ranta@gmail.com.

      You might want to check out the pictures on UNH’s bobcat research site (check out the bobcat photo gallery) to see some great pictures and info on New Hampshire bobcats. Here’s the link – http://mlitvaitis.unh.edu/research/bobcatweb/bobcats.htm

      Thanks again! JR

  414. Thank you. I picked up a copy of the Monadnock Ledger Transcript from Sept. 2nd 2010 pg. 5 and it looks like “my cat” is a bobcat. I thought for sure the one I saw had a longer tail. Well…mystery solved!

    Thanks again! Nancy

  415. Hello,

    This past August I was driving on Route 124 between Jaffrey, Sharon and New Ipswich. The stretch of road past Millipore and before Nashua Road is pretty desolate and I saw a mountain lion run/leap across the road in front of me. The coat was sleek and reddish brown and it had a really long strong tail and small ears. I looked up what a bobcat looks like and that wasn’t it. I’ve contacted the Transcript/Ledger paper out of Peterborough because a friend told me they had a picture of one taken at the Jaffrey golf course right around that time. I hope to get a copy of the picture tomorrow. This has been on my mind for months. I own conservation property in Rindge between Rt. 119 and 202 and like to hike. Hopefully, I won’t come in contact with one while out there.

    Thanks, Nancy A.

    • Nancy, thanks for post. Your story is interesting, and similar to other reports from the Monadnock area. Regarding the cat that was seen at the Shattuck golf course, a friend emailed me the pictures the golfer took (and which later were published in the Ledger), a couple of months ago. That Shattuck cat was definitely a bobcat. It was big, the biggest bobcat I’ve seen, but nonetheless it was a bobcat.

      If and when you see your cat again, the thing to look for is the tail. A bobcat’s tail is about 1 foot long, whereas a mountain lion’s is 3-4 feet long (nearly as long as the body). It’s also helpful to try and get the scale of the cat by making note of objects near it, such as trees, rocks, etc (which you can use for measurement later). Of course, a picture is the best – hopefully if the cat shows up again you’ll have your camera handy :)

      Bobcats and mountain lions can be similar in color (both tannish-greyish on top with a lighter belly). A bobcat often has slightly darker spots, but these may be vague or hard to see. Both a bobcat and a mountain lion are about 3 feet tall at the shoulder, although the mountain lion’s body will be quite a bit longer. The head and ears of both are similar when glimpsed quickly, although if you get a long look you might think the bobcat’s face looks “hairy” and the mountain lion’s ears often have black tips and are more rounded. But these kinds of details are hard to pick out when you are surprised by a quick glimpse, so the tail is the best thing to look for.

      Please post again if you see anything more. JR