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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. Saw a Mt Lion crossing 93/3 in Franconia Notch near Cannon Ski area. No mistaking the long tail with the much longer and bigger body. I assumed it was a Bob Cat at first glance because I’ve seen a few but within seconds I realized it was a Mt Lion. Up until know I thought they weren’t around and people who don’t know their big cats were mistaken but I was wrong, they are clearly here.

  2. 2/28/2018 I saw a mountain lion run across the road in front of me on RTE 10 heading towards grantham from newport. The cat that looks exactly without a doubt like the cat you have posted ran across the road coming from Coniston tore to The Village School.

  3. I saw one yesterday, 1/31/18, on Beede Hill Rd in Fremont. It was about 8:30 am. I was headed towards the highway and it crossed the street from left to right and went into the woods. I’m unsure of the weight, length, etc. I did not get a photo as I was driving.

  4. We have a mountain lion roaming our area probably because of neighboring chickens on both sides of our home in Goffstown NH. I personally saw him about a year and a half ago late at night but didn’t get a picture. This morning I took my dog out and found fresh tracks in backyard from him/her again. Don’t see a way to post pictures here but feel free to contact me and I can post or upload with tape measure measurements for reference. Thanks.

    • Yes please post pics

    • You can post pics on Facebook directly. It’s a bit easier… Mountain Lions in NH

      • on January 29, 2018 at 3:10 pm Dominic Biscardi

        Posted to FB page and emailed to Mr. Ranta

        On Jan 29, 2018 10:07 AM, “New Hampshire Mountain Lion” wrote:

        > Gadsden Gurl commented: “You can post pics on Facebook directly. It’s a > bit easier… Mountain Lions in NH” >

  5. Is the blog still active? Haven’t seen messages lately. Any comment on the recent decree that Cougars are extinct in the east?

    • That is because we are covered in snow and they migrated south so no one can find their tracks. Don’t worry many posts and sightings will happen when the snow is gone if you catch my drift.

    • Seems like alot of the action has gone to the FB page of the same name.

      • I am not associated with the Facebook page, or with Facebook for that matter (not my cup of tea). I’ve hosted this site for 10 years, for people to post sightings and photos. And I’ve done my best to provide a scientific analysis of those reports. This site will still be here for folks. I’m still waiting for the first verifiable evidence.

  6. on January 27, 2018 at 6:22 am | Reply Thomas krawcztk

    Kings highway New Durham NH there was a mountain lion shrieking at 1:00am I’m the morning. My dog was in my house barking like crazy. I could hear it and when I looked it up online, it was a perfect match as to what I heard. Like a women shrieking in sooopp much pain, awful…gut wrenching sound. I looked out my windows but I never saw it.

  7. Hello all..saw a tan ghost cross the road in harrisville at around 930 at night. Tail was long and thick like nautical rope. My son was in the truck and saw it too. It was Jan 12 2018

  8. on December 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm | Reply Aristedes Poulis

    I spotted a Mountain Lion in Dover at 8:55 am on 12/15/17 off Sixth st. at Olive Meadow on the first house on the right.

  9. I just saw a mountain lion 15 minutes ago. I was driving home, it was on Shirley Hill Road in Goffstown NH just after Wallace Road and where the road curves. It walked across Shirley Hill Road as I was driving up and it crossed over to the left hand side and slipped into the woods.

    I can’t even believe what I just saw!! I’m pulled over now googling “mountain lion nh” and I feel like I should be calling someone to report this but I don’t know who.

    11:11 pm, Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    Jessica Vigneault-Rodriguez

  10. A mountain lion ran out in front of me in new ipswich on Ashburnham rd after the dog kennel headed away from the mass border the mountain lion was headed east. 10/29/17

  11. When I posted on this site about a year ago telling people how I saw a mountain lion at approximately 3:30 a.m. on the Merrimack Bedford New Hampshire line. I was still awestruck about what I had seen there is no mistake there is no doubt it was 100%a mountain lion that is the only thing that could have had a big tail like that and been a big chiseled cat that color and that size. All I have is my vision of it to share with you no proof no pictures I ask myself why me why was I the one to have seen that and have to explain it but I will never forget it it was the most unbelievable thing to see I wonder why no children have been attacked. I did call Fish and Game they did call me back and we discussed the tail they were very interested in the tail.

    • Jeff, it’s very possible since I get multiple sightings in Bedford every year. One woman has seen it twice in her own yard. The ones reporting are not dumb, they are not children and they know the difference between bobcats and mountain lions and even take photos of the bobcats. One woman had her story and pictures written up in Bedford Patch (look it up) She absolulely knows the difference.

      • Even though I did have my phone with me and it crossed the road in front of me it happens fast it is just not time enough to get your phone out and turn your camera on and take a picture although I wish I had tried

  12. Has everyone heard or read that a second lab has verified that the DNA from an animal attack on a horse in Petersham is from a mountain lion?

    I read that the lab determined it is from a male and is trying to locate the likely geographic source of the cat.

    Have the results of the DNA analysis on “the Nittany Lion” been released yet? The last I read was that the analysis was completed but the results had not been announced.

    Has anyone ever done a DNA analysis of the lion on display in Vermont?

    Interesting stuff.

  13. I entered 10/11/17. Not 10/13/17.

  14. I saw a mountain lion on 10/11/17 leaving one wooded area and entering the next by a tennis court parking lot in Bow, NH. There were people near, but don’t think they noticed, and it didn’t deter the animal.
    It was 5:40pm, dim out turning toward dusk.
    I saw it for about 20-30 seconds.
    It was dark brown, VERY long (5-6 feet long), shorter legs in comparison to body length….

  15. on October 8, 2017 at 3:54 pm | Reply mickaell watts

    there have been MANY reported sightings in greenville and new ipswich in about the past month. i heard one in the trees around 9 pm last friday. and im pretty sure it ate my cat.

    • on March 23, 2018 at 4:10 pm | Reply Gadsden Gurl

      This is the same as a report we got from Bedford.. sorry about your cat. The owner heard it screeching… 😦

  16. 9/2/17 at 1:30 pm I saw a mountain lion in my gravel pit at 224 Hurricane Road in Belmont, NH. I drove up on it as it was walking along an interior pit road and was able to see it for about 5 to 7 seconds. I was able to take several pictures of the tracks. It was a light tan, its body looked like a HUGE house cat on steroids (Very well muscled) it had a tail that looked out of proportion for its body- very long and very thick- On 9/4 after the rain on 9/3 I scouted extensively the area in which I saw the animal and didn’t find any new tracks.

  17. John your site is not working well… getting a lot of script errors. It needs updating badly. Do you know how? It’s very hard to use.

  18. I have a friend on Facebook who posted a very compelling video on his timeline. I don’t know how to save it to my phone to share here, but if you want to see it, I’ll be happy to send it to you via messenger. My name on Facebook is Adria French Tolman. The video was taken on 8/16 in Richmond, NH.

  19. I was driving south on Rt 89 yesterday and the traffic slowed because a State Trooper was on the side of the road and out of his car. As I drove closer, I saw a large black animal dead in the middle of the two lanes. It had a very long tail and the body was about 4ft long. I was stunned because my eyes were telling me that it was a mountain lion–but my rational brain told me that there are no mountain lions in New Hampshire. It was a mountain lion. No doubt. And, the state police certainly have a record of it because they were there…

    • I believe my location was in the Hopkinton, NH area….

    • Could it have been a dog?

      • I suppose it could have been a dog–I was driving slowly by it on the road, so I did not get out and examine it. Still, it sure looked like a big cat to me. It had a long tail that did not look like a dog’s tail. It also had thick, stocky real legs and big feet. Is there any way to determine if the State Police can offer up an account? Surely, the trooper knows what it was.

      • Here’s the email I just got from NH Fish and Game. I sent them an email seeking any information to explain what I witnessed on I-89 on Sunday.

        “No Police Officers have reached out to me about the event. Therefore I have no knowledge of the situation.”

        Patrick Tate, Wildlife Biologist
        New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
        11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301

  20. I was in North Monroe, N.H today on my way to Littleton, around 2 p.m. when a big black cat crossed in front of me up the road. It looked like a panther. It was jet black about as tall as a labrador but much longer and slender with a long black tail that curled up at the end. It did’nt run across the road but very gracefully sauntered across. I could not believe what I saw and I stopped the vehicle when I got to where it crossed so I could hopefully see it closer up. The woods were too thick and I did not see it again. What a very amazing sight!!


  21. Bedford

    On Thursday August 17, 2017 at just a little before 7:AM looked out my bathroom window saw what I believe to be a mountain lion, only got a look at the head no time for a pic it didn’t hang arround long. my neighbor around the same time had company and said he had seen a large cat cross there back yard.

  22. on August 14, 2017 at 2:29 pm | Reply Tim Contraros

    I just left a comment below. The mountain lion was in Bath New Hampshire Cross Road. The size of the mountain lion in comparison I guess would be four or five times bigger than a large pet cat. That’s just my estimate. I seen it for a good 10-15 seconds so once it made its way into the woods it stopped and looked back and stared at us for a moment then took off. It was definitely that goldish traditional mountain lion color. It was a Sunday sometime between 4 and 6 p.m. . It was summer kind of a warm day 85 Degrees or so. It was the 13th of August. Also I seen baby deer all over the fields. We have about 240 acres 200 of it is fields. They’re all divided into a little 20-30. We have roads that passed through all of them. I was just taking a ride through and I noticed lots of little baby deer. Possibly it was hunting probably the perfect size for that size cat I saw.

  23. on August 14, 2017 at 2:21 pm | Reply Tim Contraros

    I was up in Bath New Hampshire yesterday over off of Cross Road. I was driving a path into the field. Right before I got to the opening of the field a mountain lion past in front of me. My phone was dead I couldn’t get a picture but I’ve seen a bobcat before a few times, definitely not a bobcat. Mountain lion for sure.

    Also on a second note a friend of mine lives up in Wentworth New Hampshire and I guess his mom has a picture of a mountain lion lounging in her backyard. I will work on getting that picture for you.

  24. I have seen two mountain lions within the past two weeks. I know they were not bobcats because of the tail. The first sighting was two weeks ago on my way to work between the Littleton Pet Center and Two Bodies on the Saint Johnsbury Rd in Littleton. It was 3:30 a.m. and dark, but it crossed in front of me and I could tell by the size, tail, etc. that it was not an ordinary cat – this may be questionable because it was dark, but I am certain of what I saw. Last week on Tuesday in broad daylight on my way home from work at 10:30 a.m. in Twin Mountain just before the turn off area for the state trucks another one walked – not ran across the road in front of me, I was driving and had to come to an almost complete stop for it to cross. It was absolutely a mountain lion! No doubt about it. There was another SUV behind me that I know saw it too… It happened in an instant and I was in awe and my phone was in my purse, so you only have my word. I am thinking about getting a dash cam as I have seen so many “unbelievable” sightings in the 19 years I have been making the commute from Littleton to Twin Mountain! I also saw a very large black cat crossing by the big field in Twin Mountain about 12 years ago and shortly thereafter there was a story in the paper about another woman who had seen one in the same area.

  25. I didn’t see it but I woke up about 2 am and I heard loud screaming sounds from my back yard.i hit video on my phone bc I couldn’t believe the sound!this morning I tried bobcat first but that’s not it,soo I tried mountain lion and the video I watched you couldn’t see the mountain lion but you could hear it and BINGO!Same sound!I live in Franklin…..

    • Could you post the link to the recording you thought sounded like what you heard? Usually screaming is FOXES. It’s almost like a screeching puppy bark (I just recorded some very loud ones out side my house)

    • on February 24, 2018 at 6:38 pm | Reply Elizabeth S Hoyt

      When I first moved to Sunapee in 2008, I was going to sleep around 10:00 pm and there was this loud screeching animal sound. I didn’t realize until I happened to be trying to figure out what it was and used Google to find the sound. It definitely was a mountain lion. It made the screaming sound right by my door, then I heard it down the road a bit. The distance travelled between screams was pretty far, so it had to have been a larger animal. I could not figure out what it was until I listened to the mountain lion scream, a terrifying noise!

  26. on August 3, 2017 at 9:40 pm | Reply Angus macphail

    Saw two large black cats crossing route 153 about 3 miles south of conway nh approx 2 pm on wednesday august 2nd. They crossed the road about 100 feet in front of my car. Each Appeared to be about the size of a full grown labrador retriever without the weight

  27. Hopkinton Everett flood control area. 9:51pm. Visual sighting of a mountain lion

  28. A large black cat was caught on camera in Ontario five years ago. Black jaguars can’t live in the cold. But the photo not to scale they believe was a black cougar. Also Great Briton has had reports of large black cats roaming the countryside, two reports of attacks. The call it the phantom cat, maybe an exotic animal someone released.
    There is a good picture of a cougar in Maine, the woman lives within three miles of New Brunswick, Canada.

  29. Are there black mountain lions in New Hampshire because I saw a big black cat Crossing Route 109 and moultonborough New Hampshire yesterday afternoon I think it was around 3 pm

    • There is no evidence of wild black cats of any kind in North America, never mind New Hampshire. There are reported sightings of black cats (like yours and the one from yesterday) but just uncertainty as to what they might be. JR

    • on August 14, 2017 at 2:31 pm | Reply Tim Contraros

      Bobcats can sometimes be black I had a grey and blackish one living next to my house for the longest time.

    • I saw a large “black” crossing 109 about an hour ago in Melvin coming out of Wolfeboro and just before crossing into Moultonboro. It had more of a charcoal color than a true black color. It looked like a mongrol/pit bull mix of some sort from a distance but once got close it crossed in front of me and clearly was a cat of some sort. I saw someone mention the possibility of an exotic cat having been released by someone. This cat was 40 to 50 pounds with a short bobcat like tail. I looked at pictures online and they appear to have a lighter colored coat.

      • Clarification: Melvin Village and it was traveling right to left toward the lake. It had visible striping on its legs and looked beefy like the lyynx in this picture except darker.

  30. 7/26/17

    I kid you not, I was just driving home from New Boston to Goffstown on River Rd, and I saw a huge black cat – seriously mountain lion size. I know it seems impossible, but it crossed the road, moving like a cat and had a long tail. When I got to where it crossed I stopped the car and saw it’s huge paw prints. I drove on, not even thinking about taking a picture. Then I turned the car around to go back and take a photo of the prints, but couldn’t find them, as they had dried. Seriously. I was like shaking. This cat was huge… seriously, it looked like a black panther. I called the police when I got home.

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    • on August 14, 2017 at 2:35 pm | Reply Tim Contraros

      Might not have been jet black that you seen. But I’ve seen a hundred percent for sure a grayish almost black bobcat in Pelham New Hampshire. I grew up in Pelham there was a pond right next to my house. As a kid we would go down there fishing constantly. I seen that Bobcat a good hundred times. We’re going back 25 years at this point but it wasn’t a mountain lion it was a bobcat for sure it could definitely be easily mistaken for black. I would say it was more black than Gray. But it had a big gray spot on its chest. I’m guessing what you saw was a bobcat

  31. I don’t usually post on blogs but thought I would share as I was researching what I saw yesterday in Chester NH and have no doubt it was 100% a mountain lion. It was on at 3:00 p.m. on Fremont Rd in Chester NH right before the Fremont Town Line, the mountain lion came out of the marsh area on the left side of the road and crossed straight across the road into the right side of the woods were the march turns to a stream. The animal looked to be approx. 45-55 pounds and was about 4 feet long with a good size tail and was light brown or what I would describe as Red fawn. I have lived in that area for over 12 years and regularly see Deer, wild Turkeys and many other animals but this was a first.

    • Joel, I live off 121A and Wells Village. My husband saw one at the treeline in the field across the street last year and my son’s friend saw one in the treeline out front. Both have grown up hunting/not new to wild animals. Neither time were we able to scout the area for tracks, but no doubt in my mind they exist in NH.

      • I have pictures on this website of tracks found in those same woods. I’ve had mixed speculations some claim large bobcat but the people I showed and did not mention the location said mountain Lion. I figured if there was one back there it had moved on. This was last January. Off pomp road

  32. 99% sure this ran in front of my car both my son and I saw it on long hill in Bethlehem NH Tuesday 7/11/17 around 2 pm. Not huge in size but much biiher than a big fox. Tan in color long tale

  33. Mountain lion cited in Newton New Hampshire at 3:45 AM around my chicken coop July 9th 2017 roughy 50-70lbs (it was dark out) had a spot light rite on em. Light tan, beige, cream in color. It wasn’t afraid of me or the 3 other people that were with me. It sat at the end of the lawn when we came out and it stared at us swiveling it’s tail back/forth. It didn’t make any noises. We threw rocks, it didn’t phase em. Ended up leaving after I made a very loud bang noise that was aimed it’s way. It’s still out there. What should I do -Ricky

  34. On July 3 in Hudson NH I saw animal tracks roughly 4″ in height and width and the span of the stride for all four paws covered a distance of 8 feet! The animal seemed to go from running to walking

    I emailed the pics to John Ranta. He provided excellent feedback and will post pics. Not sure if the tracks were from a mountain lion, bit can’t rule it out either.

  35. Taking a picture of mountain lions. Ok, that’s not easy even with a cell phone. Think about pictures that have been taken in other states: Mt Lion killed by car in Conn, it was dead not moving, most pictures I’ve seen on news have been in people’s back yards by their security camera. Others were attacks on humans, by themselves, hiking, biking, but no picture of animal, just a mention it was caught and killed. Most people who live in the woods up here don’t have security cameras. Hunting camers normally don’t get the good pictures of the whole animal, Mt Lions if here have a lot to eat, don’t wander to close to the homes, they have small animals in the woods to eat. Our 22 turkeys this past winter are all gone, killed by unknown virus or animal. I found turkey bones in my yard. Most people keep their trash inside because of bears. When a mountain lion is around you might not see it and if you do their quick to move on or jump on you. When I saw the possible mountain lion they were moving in the woods, in a blink of a eye, they are gone from sight in the brush. The state don’t want us to think mountain lions are here, because most tourist come here for outside activities, camping, hiking, fishing, etc. it would hurt the tourist business. I watch the animal show on Saturday mornings, they helped a big black wolf back to health and put a GPS collar on him, they released the wolf in the woods up on Mt. Washington, NH. Don’t remember the date, but one night a month later news we’re talking about a possible sighting of a wolf and NH Fish and Game said there were no wolfs in NH. Why release one and no mates around. So you see, the North Eastern Cougar will stay as a mystery to prove, camera shot will be by accident, camera ready, security camera set, maybe a good photo on a hunting camera, or one hit by a car. Cats are sneaky, have enough to eat in the woods right now and just prowl around, That’s when we see them. Hopefully they don’t come looking for our pets, chickens, or us. Maybe we can blame the coyotes. Camers waiting!

  36. I have been on here for a number of yrs.now.has anybody submitted any pictures at alleast of the big cat?

    • Eugene, I (blog owner) have been sent many pictures over the ten years I’ve been hosting this blog. Pictures of bobcats, of house cats, of fishers, and pictures of mountain lions that were claimed to be taken in New Hampshire but which a quick search showed were from elsewhere. I have yet to receive a legitimate photo of a mountain lion taken in New Hampshire.

      • This was taken in claremont, NH in 2016

        On Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 6:18 PM, New Hampshire Mountain Lion wrote:

        > johnranta commented: “Eugene, I (blog owner) have been sent many pictures > over the ten years I’ve been hosting this blog. Pictures of bobcats, of > house cats, of fishers, and pictures of mountain lions that were claimed to > be taken in New Hampshire but which a quick search show” >

      • What was taken? Is there a photo?

      • i do have a photo but having a problem sending it i will try later

        On Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 7:24 PM, New Hampshire Mountain Lion wrote:

        > johnranta commented: “What was taken? Is there a photo?” > Respond to this comment by replying above this line > > New comment on *New Hampshire Mountain Lion > * > > > > *johnranta* commented > > on About New Hampshire Mountain Lion > . > > > in response to *Cory*: > > This was taken in claremont, NH in 2016 On Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 6:18 PM, > New Hampshire Mounta

  37. Almost certain I saw one in the neighbors yard around 11 at night in Gilsum, NH. Loomed to be 4 feet from head to tail and maybe 60 lbs. It was behind a tree a bit and I noticed his eyes watching me when I shined a flashlight on ir

  38. on June 27, 2017 at 10:32 pm | Reply Lisa Carpentier

    On June 9, 2017 at about midday on New Road in Lyndeborough I believe I saw a cougar/mountain lion crossing the dirt road. It seemed to be stalking something and wasn’t afraid of my car at all. It stopped and turned to look right at me from the brush as I pulled up to drive past. It was tan, about 2 1/2 feet tall, 4 to 5 feet long (not including tail). I’m still horrified that it was there. I had no idea animals were in NH.

    • on June 29, 2017 at 1:26 am | Reply Robert Rosen

      Over the years I’ve heard of several sightings in Lyndeborough.

      I think one was by a mail carrier.

  39. on June 26, 2017 at 4:47 pm | Reply Rick Frampton

    Wakefield, NH (just off of Route 16)
    On June 23, 2017
    approximately 16:45
    clear & sunny

    I saw a Cougar / Mountain Lion cross my property. I viewed this cat in a well lit, clear opening, at a distance of approximately 35-45 yards. I saw a full, left side profile of this cat (with the exception of it’s paws) it was light brown in color, it was approximately 2-1/2 to 3 feet tall, and appeared to be 4 to 5 feet long with it’s tail down (6-8 feet long, if tail were to be extended). This cat did not appear to be in a rush as it moved, but it move very quickly and smoothly through the clearing. The cat moved across the property so quickly that I would have been unable to get my camera and take a photograph of it.

  40. on May 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm | Reply Meg Alexander

    I saw a mountain lion while driving this sunny morning around 9am. Route 10 in north Grantham, NH about 1/2 mile north of Smith Hastings Rd. It ran across the road in front of me. I pulled over to watch it as it crossed a yard/field, maybe for 400 feet. It only stopped once it had passed into the edge of the woods to look back at me. Long, thick tail. Long body. Coloring like an African female lion. Big, strong, stout legs. I live up the hill, where it was heading, and have never seen one before. Bobcats, coyotes, moose, deer, and bears sure. But never a mountain lion before. Wow.

    megandearden at hotmail dot com

    • on May 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm | Reply Gadsden Gurl

      Wow that would have been great if you’d gotten a cell phone picture, even at a distance. I’m setting up a GoPro on my dashboard for trips. I do not want to miss one if that happens to me.

  41. Hello my name is Tom Sewell you can contact me by phone: 978.241.2921. So sighting og Mountain Lion was in Sandwich,NH JULY OF 2008. Mid day weather was perfect NO OVER CAST BRIGHT NEW ENGLAND SUMMER DAY. No question of it being a Mountain Lion maybe 100 lbs. Call me anytime

  42. on May 1, 2017 at 12:26 am | Reply Tracey Olafsen

    Location of sighting: Tuftonboro near junction of routes 109 and 109A. Around noon on April 29 2017. My son in law described what he thought was a bobcat, but his description was of a long tailed cat, the length of his dog (70lbs) but shorter in stature. Grayish in color. We’re not sure what he saw but it didn’t sound like either a bobcat or a dog-like animal. (Coy-dog, coyote, wolf)

    2001 my husband and adult daughter saw a mt lion cross Bean road in Center Sandwich chasing a deer. Very clear sighting.


  43. I saw a photo on Facebook today of a mountain lion. The photo was reportedly taken in Acworth, NH.

    Has anyone seen it?

  44. Wishing the very best in your quest David…keep the updates coming.

  45. Just wanted to let you all know I have seen a mountain lion in the Lakes region area a while back and I have been in the woods setting up game cams trying to get this animal on cam I have been tracking this cat all over wolfboro nh Alton nh and ossipee New Hampshire and also effingham nh Tuftonboro Nh i have game cams all over the place I have spent 2500$ in trial cams to prove this cat is here I have gone out on atvs to set cams up in all towns in the woods and all I have got so far is pics of bears moose fisher cats bob cats cyotes Links pine Martin turkeys but have not got this mountain lion on cam but when I do I will post pictures of it I will be out all year long with my go pro cam on in the woods at alll times in the white mountains and lakes region I hope I got this cat this year on cam ..wish me luck 😎

    • Good luck – we look forward to your reports. JR

    • Hey Dave when you say you have been trackin it across those towns are you talkin tracks or reports?

    • Hey, I live up in Center Ossipee. I told my neighbors I saw two animals in the woods across the street. First I thought dogs. One was bigger than the one behind it following. I went out to porch to see closer. They were walking West, sorta light brown, maybe tan, didn’t see the ears, no long mussel but what stood out was the very long tail. I called out to them, they kept moving. I sat back and said that tail was long, it might have been a female cougar with a young one following. Neighbor said maybe hunting dogs, I said no, I didn’t see collars, don’t remember ears up, it could be coyotes. But I think it was cougars. So I decided to see if anyone has seen any in NH recently. One night last year, a very strange loud cry from a big cat from outside my front window. I told people it wasn’t a bob cat. That’s when some people said they have heard people say the have seen cougars in our area. We had at least 22 or more turkeys during this winter. We fed them, during winter. We have maybe two left. I found large wing bones in my front yard and other bones. Neighbor told me he found five or six dead in the woods. He didn’t know how they were killed.
      I really want to find out if that was cougars I saw a few days ago. It was before lunch, I had been working in yard. Heard neighbors dogs barking for several minutes I looked out back. Didn’t see anything and took a break. Across the street in the woods there they were heading West.

  46. LP

    My teenagers and I saw a very large, tan colored, wild cat with a long tail (bigger than a Bobcat or Lynx – believed to be a mountain lion) on Main Street in Ashland NH as we were leaving for the airport between 4a – 5a January 8, 2017. We followed the cat by car across the street and watched it’s backside stroll behind the neighbor’s house into a wooded area up a hill between other houses. My daughter (18), son (15) and myself couldn’t believe what we saw and discussed whether or not mountain lions exist in NH? Thanks for your blog – glad to hear others have had a sighting experience ; ).

  47. back in 1980 I worked at the Mt Washington Resort and was living in Twin Mtn, NH. I walked home one night about 10 pm and walked to the back door where there is a small porch. I stepped up on the porch and low and behold there was a full grown Mt. Lion with his extra large head in our trash barrel … He popped his head up and stared right in my eyes. I of course stared right back, showing no sign of fear, although I was extremely concerned as you can imagine. I said one sentence to the big cat and that was “Take it easy big boy, I’m not going to hurt you” While still keeping eye contact I slowly backed down the stairs of the small porch and back out of sight ,,, Once out of sight I darted for the front door. When I entered the small cabin, I quickly told my room-mates that there was a Mtn Lion in our trash! We turned on the back light and he was already gone, but he left evidence,,, trash everywhere and the can was knocked over… Never been so excited in my entire life!

  48. on March 19, 2017 at 4:06 am | Reply Robert Rosen

    I was talking with a fellow dog enthusiast today at a training session in Manchester, NH.

    She said she lives in Barnstead. During the course of conversation she said they are definitely up there and that someone had gotten photos of one on a trail cam several times.

    I’ve heard of other sightings in Barnstead over the years. Has anyone spoken with locals and/or investigated the area at all?

    Just curious.

    • Hey Robert barnstead has been investigated. And te locals interviewed about the sightings most recently this past summer it was in a couple of the local newspapers in nearby Pittsfield. There was a fish and game officer I believe that was following up on a sighting in barnstead that had allegedly seen it if memory serves me correct. Perhaps John could correct me on any of this?

    • I live in Barstead and there is definitely mountain lions, I’ve seen a few driving to work in the morning

  49. I have pictures of tracks…Not sure how to upload?

  50. Just saw one on 93n between exit 16 and 17 walking along side of highway!!!

  51. I also got a look at one of these mysterious black cats. Clearly, feline and very elusive. I’m certain it wasn’t a fisher the tail was completely wrong and the legs were longer. Tracks about the size of a bobcat, but this fellow had a long black tail. I have no idea what it was???

    • on February 13, 2017 at 6:49 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

      Yes, mine had very long legs and a skinny waist. It looked like a black cheetah except it’s hair was odd: lots of long fur around the head and three inches long from the knees down. The rest of its fur was wavy like a Kerry blue dog rather than smooth like a cat’s fur.
      I personally believe it’s a Miracynonyx Trumani or the American Cheetah, which supposedly went extinct 12,000 years ago, but I have no idea what else would have that build.
      I have seen long legged, thin black cats with curved tails online from here to NC and CA, but no one knows what they are.
      Where did you see yours? Mine were in Cheshire County.

      • Linda, your description reminds me of a Chinese Crested. A type of dog that has long hair around neck and on legs, but not on body. Or possibly a black Maine Coon cat? They’re really big. You said you have pics you only share with professionals. Why only professionals? Of the 3,000 cougar sightings you’ve had, you never got a pic? Cyndi, why didn’t you take pics of the cat you observed for 15 minutes, and only the tracks? Someone needs to get pics.

      • on February 15, 2017 at 8:01 pm Linda McCracken

        A Chinese crested dog is small. The black cat is 30 in. tall, 30 in. long plus a 30 in. curved tail. I’m sorry, but photos are difficult to get of any cat. They are secretive and gone in seconds. There is a misunderstanding. The photos I have are of tracks, not cats. Since the professionals disagree, I don’t want to get started on everyone disagreeing.

    • Okay folks, let’s not start a “black cat” Bigfoot mythology here. Real facts only. You can make a claim about a mysterious wild black cat in New Hampshire IF you can provide solid evidence. Sightngs are not enough, because sightings are brief, unreliable, and unverifiable. The existence of wild, black cats in NH is merely conjecture, unsubstantiated. It’s enough of a challenge to provide evidence of a known species, such as a mountain lion, as I’ve learned over the past 10 years on this blog. Let’s not introduce mythical wild cat species for which there is zero evidence. I maintain, citing Occam’s Razor, that such sightings of medium sized “black cats” are most likely fishers. Which are cool animals, proven to exist but rarely seen.

      • on February 15, 2017 at 5:31 pm Linda McCracken

        I’ve seen many fishers in real life, but especially on my game cameras, which I use for researching mountain lions.
        That is how I also saw the two black cats while researching cougars.
        I have photos of their tracks, but I only share with professionals, who so far haven’t been able to say what they are (answers ranged from coyote to snowshoe hare to cougar). I’ve collected 300 sightings of black cats and 3000 of cougars, so all I can do, is to keep at my research, but they are real, if very rare

      • There’s no scientific evidence of a species of wild black cats in North America. Claims of sightings are not evidence, for a couple of reasons. One is that sightings are subjective, and often unreliable. Two is that sightings are not reproducible, or testable.

        For evidence we need pictures or videos (that can be verified), scat and/or hair samples (for DNA analysis), or a carcass.

        Over the past 10 years I’ve been running this blog, many people have sent me pictures of the “mountain lions” that they’ve photographed. Not one of those photos has proven valid. Some are of fishers. Some are of bobcats (including an irresponsibly bogus story from a local TV station, that edited bobcat footage to make it look like a mountain lion because it got them more website clicks). A couple were of house cats. A bunch were taken in the west, or in Canada, and then claimed to be from New Hampshire. I have received one set of photos of tracks in the snow that fit all the criteria for mountain lion prints. That’s it, so far.

        Over the past twenty five years there have been a handful of verified mountain lion sightings/visits in New England. One, that I was indirectly involved with, came from the Quabbin Reservation in Massachusetts, and was verified by dna testing of scat. One was a wild mountain lion killed by a car, in Connecticut. There are a couple of other highly probable sightings in New England, verified by game wardens and/or dna. That handful is all of the confirmed sightings, from over the past 25 years. Yes, there have been thousands of claims of sightings, and some portion of those might be valid. But they do not provide scientific proof.

        As a naturalist and outdoorsman, I have long been excited about the possibility of mountain lions in New Hampshire. That’s why I created this blog in the first place. As a scientist, I remain skeptical, awaiting hard evidence. Despite all of the game cameras and smart phones that we have today, we don’t have photographic evidence. That makes me wonder.

      • on June 22, 2017 at 1:53 am Don filkins

        I know a reliable person, who saw a black panther on top of arrowhead mt. In claremont nh while snowmobiling. It jumped a cross the trail 20 ft in front of her.she has hunted her whole life. She said head to tip of tail 8 ft long. Easily 100 pounds plus. One out of every mt lion cubs is born black.

      • on June 22, 2017 at 1:58 am Don filkins

        I know a reliable person, who saw a black panther on top of arrowhead mt. In claremont nh while snowmobiling. It jumped a cross the trail 20 ft in front of her.she has hunted her whole life. She said head to tip of tail 8 ft long. Easily 100 pounds plus. One out of every mt lion cubs is born black.i mean one out of every 15 mt. Lion cubs is born black

      • There is no scientific evidence of black mountain lions. This is a common topic, but so far it remains hearsay. JR

    • Mel – I do appreciate the importance getting pics. You misread my post, however, the dark/black cat was in sight for only a dozen or so seconds. “I waited 15 minutes before going out to take pics of tracks” in order to feel safe in the woods. My cell phone was upstairs on my nightstand when I saw the cat out my kitchen window. I did go into the woods and took pictures of the tracks, which were not perfect with the fluffy falling snow, and I forwarded them to John. That is the best I was able to do under the circumstances.

  52. In the morning on Feb 1 I saw a large dark (black?) cat slowly walking at the edge of the woods beyond my backyard fence in Londonderry. It paused with its front paws on a stonewall. I could clearly see the tail which hung down and the turned up at the end. I waited about 15 minutes then went out and took some pics of the tracks. It was snowing so the tracks are not perfect, but are about 2 in. I am not sure what kind of cat it was.

    • It’s hard to say for sure what you saw, but a likely possibility is a fisher cat. Here are links to a couple of photos, one to give a sense of how they look in the snow, http://vtecostudies.org/blog/walk-with-the-fisher-on-outdoor-radio/ and the other to give a sense of scale http://www.heraldnews.com/article/20160130/SPORTS/160139705. You’ll see the dark, almost black, fur, the long tail and the cat-like face. Although they have a very cat-like appearance, they are actually members of the weasel family.

      • This dark/black cat had long legs, a long tail (2-1/2ft?) that curved up at the end, and was thin through the midsection.

        Thank you John for the links of fisher cat pics. We have seen fisher cats and even photographed one at the edge of the yard a few years ago (I can email u that pic taken by my son). The dark/black cat I saw last week did not have the appearance of a fisher cat. I appreciate your guidance and information.

      • on February 15, 2017 at 5:24 pm Linda McCracken

        I’d love to talk with you further. It sounds very similar to the cat I saw. My email is lmccracken2002@yahoo.com

    • on February 13, 2017 at 5:49 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

      I would like to hear more information about this black cat. How tall and long was it, the tail lenth, etc.? What did the legs, belly, fur and face look like?
      There is an unknown species of black cat whose tail curves up at the end. I’ve seen it twice. It’s got two claws only on the middle toes of its paws and they are 1 7/8 in. long. They are retractable. The front tracks look cat-like and the rear look like a canine.
      A fisher’s tail does not curve upward, nor does it head look like a cat as it is in the weasel family.

  53. From Windsor NH the kits born in my back yard are like 3 years old now
    I have pitchers of mountain lion tracks going in and out of my yard the track’s are 4to5in long wish I could post them for you

  54. I am a student a UNH and after I heard about all the mountain lion sightings around NH (some from fellow classmates) I decided to make a mapping program for it to track them all to see if there are any trends. You can add a report here :


    I started the map for a class, but I will be up-keeping it and am open to any suggestions or comments you may have to make it more user friendly.

  55. on February 3, 2017 at 8:16 pm | Reply Peter Belliveau

    I just saw a mountain lion in Hopkinton on thain road at about 3 o’clock on Friday, February 3, 2017. No mistaking this beautiful animal it was only 15 feet behind my truck

  56. on January 10, 2017 at 7:42 pm | Reply Sargent Collier

    Several days ago I was visiting a friend on Dublin Road in Jaffrey. He has a large field behind his house. Two days before that he saw a large, tawny colored feline taking a drink out of a stream about 75 yards away. The lion then bounded into the woods. He was described as having a 3 1/2 to 4 foot long tail and muscular haunches. There was a Verizon service man there who witnessed the entire episode. I was going to look for tracks but in the last two days it had rained and then snowed so I considered it unlikely.

  57. My partner and I both saw a bobcat from our kitchen window yesterday. It visited a “wildlife habitat” I had built in plain sight from our kitchen window in the woods. I built it for smaller woodland creatures, to hopefully attract a larger hunter some day. We both saw it clearly and said “boy that was bigger than we expected a bobcat to be”, but we saw the short tail. Location was just off Hill Road in Temple, decided to share just in case anyone else has seen a big cat in the area. If 35-45 lbs is a big bobcat than this was a big one for sure. I got some track photos in the slushy snow.

    • EXCELLENT! It’s fund to see a wildcat no matter what kind it is. I was listening to a podcast about another ‘cryptid’ the other day and the person was from Maine and said there have ALWAYS been Mountain Lions there, he finds pieces of their bodies that have been chewed up by some unknown predator. BTW, this website is very hard to use. Considering the traffic it gets, I wonder if the owner would let me make him a more professional site?

    • on April 20, 2017 at 9:06 pm | Reply Kate Bergquist

      I also live in Temple and spotted a big cat in my backyard in February on West Road against the ridge so we’re not far from you. At first I thought it was a bobcat and it was tan and somewhat spotted. I believe it was a 35-45 pound cat. But the tail was not short at all. It was quite long and dark at the end. Possibly a juvenile mountain lion? Or maybe a lynx?

  58. Maybe I didn’t explain clearly. Back in the 60’s when F&G was denying coyotes in NH, they were calling the animals which people had seen “coydogs.” The coywolf is a new breed, often a loner, brash, stands up to people, can be the size of a yearling deer. There was a TV show about them showing that they come down from Toronto area, but they are here in NH, seen in Keene and in Alstead that I know of. One ate my cat. Ate 5 cats in my neighborhood, one right in front of a neighbor.

  59. Re. Robert Rosen’s post about coyotes, I saw a 1966 Yankee Magazine story in which F&G officers debated the presence of coyotes in NH. It featured a picture of a dead coyote which was called a “coydog,” intending to mean a cross with a domestic dog.

    • I confess not to know the difference between a coyote and a coydog, but the ones in my yard are definitely not dogs and should not be approached especially in the daytime. The ones I hear howling at night down in the holler are healthy but I would not want to meet them during a night hike!

      • They are coywolves…larger than what once once known as the eastern coyote. I actually had one follow me while walking my lab and it was barking aggressively. We made it into the garage and he stood in the driveway and continued to bark.

      • Like Al, I have had encounters with large, aggressive wild canines. I know that DNA studies have shown wolf genes. I didn’t refer to them as coywolves because I wanted to make a different point.

        I lived in Peabody, MA at the time and the local government officials were saying coyotes hadn’t arrived in our area yet despite the fact people were seeing them.

        BTW, I had a run in with a large, aggressive wild canine a couple of years ago when walking my large, aggressive German Shepherd boy at night through a Danvers, MA neighborhood. The wild canine was not impressed with my big boy. He circled around us with an attitude that seemed to say, “not only am I not afraid of you, but if you didn’t have that other critter with you I would have you for dinner”. It’s hard to accurately judge the size but he had a large head and a real chest. He looked like 80 lbs but maybe was only 60. I don’t know. His boldness was somewhat disturbing.

        Another BTW. There was a book titled In Search of the New England Coyote in the early 1980s. I guess this was before the advent of modern DNA analytical techniques. The author said the scientists took head measurements of known specimens and boiled the measurements down into a number and plotted them on a graph. He said the Eastern coyotes fell somewhere between wolves and western coyotes, supporting the hypothesis they were hybrids.

        Interesting stuff. Good book if you can find it. Interviews with people who had claimed to have seen Eastern cougars too.

  60. I just had an interesting exchange with some people in Goffstown, NH. I had been over at the slaughterhouse and saw a stuffed lion they had on the wall. I asked about it and the man behind the counter said he shot it in Wisconsin because it was harassing his chickens. A random customer in there however, said they see them all the time in that town, and one of his friends took a clear picture of one and notified Fish and Game who just accepted it without saying a word.. They know they’re here, and they are becoming quite common… apparently in that town. This second man was a hunter so I’m sure he knows the difference between a wildcat and a lion.

    • It reminds me of the coyote situation in the 1980s.

      People reported seeing them and the government kept denying they were here.

      Then, in the 1990s the coyote population grew to the point that the government couldn’t deny their presence anymore.

      At some point, and it likely won’t be very far in the future, the government will have to fess up that lions are here.

      • Oh yes! I have PACKS of coyotes howling on a summer night down below me where there is water and they regularly run through my yard. My Dad hit one in Kennebunk Me. 20 years ago… on Route 1. I have bobcats in my yard too. There is a nice story on Bedford Patch about bobcats and the pictures ARE real and were taken in the woman’s yard.

      • Also the man I spoke to in Goffstown owns a ‘sugar shack’ and says while someone was INSIDE, a lion was pacing around the building because he came out and saw the tracks. These guys are all hunters, outdoorsmen and probably can identify tracks properly. The slaugherhouse even had a moose in the front yard and it’s a busy street.

  61. This is an interesting topic and you would think with the 1000s if trail cams in the woods this time of year someone would get a pic.. Mountain lions typically shun civilization and live in very remote areas though, they also have ranges that can span many 1000 acres.

  62. on December 4, 2016 at 4:24 pm | Reply Sean McInerney

    This was mentioned a few days ago here on this blog. I’m surprised there were no replies. Petersham, MA is only about 20 miles from New Hampshire’s southern border. In summary, a horse was injured back in June. The owner suspected an animal attack. The horse was injured when it ran into a fence/gate trying to flee from whatever was spooking or attacking it. Fish and Game said it was probably a bear or coyote and that the horses injuries were from running into the gate. After F&G left the scene, the owner found more hair and blood evidence on a lower fence post near the gate. She sent it to a lab. Here is a link to the article.

  63. FYI
    WMUR-TV NH Chronicle show on Monday, December 5th at 7 PM is “Mountain Lions in New Hampshire? Are these big cats back?”


  64. summer 2015.. my wife and I driving on rt 109 in Moultonborough.. saw mountain lion.. i know the difference.. the bog round face, no points on ears, long thick tail.. it was coming out of a vacant under construction house lot, i stopped, it looked in our direction at my truck about 50 yards away, crossed the road without a big hurry, and went into the woods across the street. thick cover, never saw it again on this road.

  65. It’s only a matter of time before a picture shows up. I know firsthand they exist here in NE. As I posted last year, there was one directly in my front yard. I stood on my porch and watched it walk across the yard 30′ away from me. A neighbor behind my house saw it as well. Channel 4 news was onsite and did an interview with my neighbor. Of course F&G gave every excuse as to why their existence in these parts isn’t possible. Laughable. The ironic part is that an employee of F&G came across one as well but didn’t get a picture. Everyone involved knows the animal has migrated back to NE…only a matter of time till F&G will have to acknowledge this fact.

    • People have to remember that a Bobcat has the long fur coming off the cheeks, black points on the ear tips, and striped or spotted face and coat, with a tail that is no longer than around 12″

      A lion has a round face, rounded ears, tawny even color and a very long tail that looks as if it were dragging on the ground. Friends have sighted them in Bedford NH often. There are plenty of turkeys and deer in their yards, herds of deer are seen feeding off ornamental shrubs in suburban neighborhoods, much to the chagrin of the homeowner!

    • Didn’t a MT Lion get hit by a car here in NH a while back, maybe in 2014? I thought I remember seeing that story. I do remember one being photographed in Barnstead 2 or 3 years ago…”experts” said it was a pet Mt Lion that must have escaped lol. If you think about it, southern NH with the exploding deer population is perfect habitat for a Mt lion. I have found partially eaten dead deer while out snow shoeing…they could have died by starving, or brought down by a bobcat or coyotes but, it’s a ready and easy food source.

  66. Why, when people mention they have posted pictures they never show up here? This is a tease, really.

    • With this WordPress site, I’m the only one who can post pictures. I always contact folks who say they have photos, and post them if you send them to me. Often I don’t hear back from those people.

      • My bad.. I do see now that you have them on a separate page. The only way to get a picture of something you are looking at without having to fumble for your iPhone is to have a GoPro attached to your headband while hiking!

  67. worcester telegram 11/30/16 page A3 mountain lion tested from attack on horse last June in petersham mass. Dna results from university of florida Gainsville. What is fish and game to say now??

  68. Second hand report, spotted today 11/21/16 Newport NH,. Large, bigger than Rottweiler, mid afternoon. Coyote and turkey are abundant.

  69. 11/11/2016 1am EST a light/medium brown mountain lion, stood at least 3′ from ground to shoulders, 4-5′ nose to tail, within 30 yards of my position on my back garage steps. Neighbor recently bestowed me with a large container of chicken waste for my garden, and i’ve had it in my garage until i can dry it; he was stalking my garage thinking i had chickens, saw him on 3 separate occasions using my headlamp shining directly at him he just calmly stared back at me in curiosity, it was unmistakable, i’ve had coyote, bear, fisher, fox etc. in my yard and woods behind, but this was a large cat, i heard him clearly because of all the leaves being down; he was noisier than normal. I live in Goffstown, NH

  70. on October 31, 2016 at 1:24 pm | Reply Fernanda Harrington

    I forgot to write the date of my sighting described below: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 around 2:45 pm.

  71. on October 29, 2016 at 1:59 am | Reply Fernanda Harrington

    I saw clearly a large cat, about the height (or slightly taller)of my dog- 2′ to middle of her back, but more muscular with larger paws and a long tail. The animal’s fur was uniformly light brown, no spots, and its head was round with small ears held back, not pinned closely to its head, as it loped across the road in front of my car. I’m guessing it was 75′- 100′ away. I drove south on the West Hopkinton Rd., a dirt road in the northwest corner of Hopkinton. The cat crossed the road from a heavily wooded area along a stream (Hardy Spring Brook) to a marsh on the other side, heading west. It was around 2:45 pm.

  72. on October 25, 2016 at 12:33 pm | Reply j todd kimball

    As i was driving on 28 in Alton just about to hit the Wolfeboro line. A road I have driven countless times. about 2:30 p.m. Very windy and after 2 days of rain. Cold at elevation. I was immediately shocked at the size of the cat slinking across the road in front of me, giving me a look as it crossed. I had a clear line of sight at about 100 ft.I pulled over immediately and it paused at the tree line to give me a second look at its beautiful eyes. I have seen bobcats in the wild and have a Great Pyrennes dog which it looked just smaller then in my mind anyway.

  73. Sap house road Sutton NH.
    My daughters friend lives there and they have seen a “cougar” on their property.

  74. Last week I spoke to my next door neighbor who claims to have seen one cross in front of her car next to her house last winter (Dec of 2015) Large Mt Lion with a long tail. They claim to have later seen it in another neighbor’s yard while with a small group of friends. Knowledgeable outdoor folks. This would be Kings Hwy New Durham. Our property borders 35k+acres of conservation/state land. Second hand report I know, but I found the Lilly pond/rt 28 Alton sighting below interesting since that is just a few miles through the woods. I have a trail cam and will keep my fingers crossed, so far I have photos of every other large and medium sized animal living in the state after just 6 or 7 months. The fish and game comments make me smile, unless you have a body or a photo with a lion holding the local newspaper with the days date…

  75. I saw a large animal that looked like a mountain lion in Walpole, NH at Alyson’s Orchards on Thursday, Oct. 13 at around 11:30 p.m. I missed it crossing in front of my car by about 20 seconds. I saw it at the base of the hill and it was bounding up the hill at a rapid pace.

  76. I spotted one on Four Rod Road in the summer of 2003

  77. While hiking the back side of RT 2 last weekend, we came across several large cat prints. We hiked the ledge trail then headed straight across to lookout ledge. Lots of prints imbedded in the thick moss near the lookout. We looped around descending down Sargent path and there were several spots with claw marks on the rocks. The paw prints had three clearly defined pads. We saw marks the year before wet on a dry day on a flat rock while hiking down from mossy falls via the amphibrach trail which is almost directly across RT 2 where we spotted prints this year. Not sure if it is bobcat or mountain lion. Fish and game should definitely check this area out the trails are more remote and not heavily traveled.

  78. on October 7, 2016 at 12:49 pm | Reply Patrick Magistro

    Oct. 7, 2016. 8:40 am. Just saw a good size mountain lion cross the road on Old Sutton Road, Sutton, NH.

  79. I was driving rt 16 in ossipee NH when I seen a big cat cross the road by big moose rv and walk in the woods I stopped my car and watch this thing go in the woods it was not no Bob cat this was for sure a mountain lion I have seen them before at swam lake Science Center and in Montana so I know what I have seen I have seen this cat now twice with in the last three days ..I put up a trail camera and I am hoping to get pics of this big cat soon ..

  80. on October 4, 2016 at 1:52 am | Reply Jon champagne

    On September 27 I was hauling my bulldozer up ragged mtn fish and game club in Andover when a black panther mtn lion made two leaps across a 20 foot road approx 50 ft in front of us As I let off the peddle Ryan my passenger and I both looked at each other and said did you see that The tail was as long as the body and the head looked to be wider then the front shoulders

  81. on September 24, 2016 at 8:45 pm | Reply richard dickinson

    Full grown mountain lion crossed rt 13 Milford NH ,1/2 mi before Lull farmstand about 3pm today 9/24/16

  82. Today, at about 4pm, headed home from work on Rt. 3 North, between Whitefield and Lancaster I saw what appeared to be two juvenile mountain lions. I was traveling about 50, and noticed something crossing the road. I was able to bring the car to a stop before a second one followed the first, about 20ft. in front of my car. They both kind of took their time, so I got a pretty decent look. They were a solid fawn color. No spotting. The second one looked right at me as he walked across the road. They were identical to one another. Size wise I would say they were about the size of a 3-4 month lab pup.

  83. Hi. About 8:00 this morning I was looking out the kitchen window when I saw what I first thought was a large tan/brown dog moving through the yard and up our hill. The more I looked at it and saw its walking gait, I realized it wasn’t a dog, but a very large cat. I could tell it was not a wildcat/bobcat because it wasn’t grey and it was much bigger. I had no idea cats of this size lived in NH. In any case, it went up our hill and I watched it with its slinking kind of gait as it walked occasionally stopping and looking back. I kept staring at it amazed at how huge it was. We are only about a mile from route 4 in Epsom, yet here is this big cougar or mountain lion. Wow!

    • I hope both you and Lance reported what you saw to the Fish and Game dept? Folks have your cell cameras ready for when this happens!

    • on November 13, 2016 at 1:19 am | Reply Jessica stevens

      Where in epsom?

    • I live about a mile off route 4 in Epsom as well, and I’m 99% sure what I saw in my yard was a mountain lion based on its size, gait, eye spacing, and the color of the reflection of the eyes. It was about 1:30AM and it’s killed some of my chickens 2 nights in a row! My house cat was not afraid of it at all, which was also strange. Using my truck’s headlights and a headlamp we lit up the yard and I could tell it was very large and tanish/brown. I had to yell at it repeatedly to make it leave and it stared at my for a while and slowly walked away, stopping every so often to look back at me. A few minutes after it left I looked out and it had come back! It did this a couple times until I decided I really needed to get back to sleep. It’s very unnerving though.

  84. I was training my dog with a group in Killingly, Connecticut today. As I usually do when meeting new people who “live in the hinterlands”, I asked them if there are mountain lions.

    Every single one said it’s well known that they’ve been in the area for at least the last 15 years.

    One gal said that someone she knows personally in an applicable government agency told her they know lions are here but not in great numbers and they don’t want to scare the citizens.

    Nothing you haven’t heard before but just interesting stuff.

  85. I saw what I think to be a mountain lion today, in Campton, NH. I was sitting by the Mad river off route 49 in a secluded area I like to go to. It came out to the other side of the river to drink. It was less than 100 feet away and out in the open. It was a little taller than my 25 pound dog, all grey or brown, no markings. It’s tail didn’t quite reach the ground but was longer than a bobbed tail.

  86. Derry NH 1055 AM Thursday September 8, 2016 walking across a field into forest off of Bypass 28. A beautiful sleek tawny colored mountain lion with long tail just meandered into the forest.

    • Where specifically on bypass 28? Past pinkerton? Closer to whispering pines?

      • I have followed this site for some time and am convinced that at least some of the sightings are indeed of Mt. Lions. Especially as the grandfather of a small child and the great uncle of several others I’d very much like to know if there have been any attacks on children reported.


      • To Paul, In general, no, a wild cat (bobcat or mountain lion) will not attack people. Such attacks are very rare, even out west where there are thousands of mountain lions.

      • Somebody else in Derry and Wyndham NH had to see this animal. It was spotted same time very close area last summer Aug 15 for 3 weeks. It was during the day. I think it was looking for water. The brooks and ponds are dry in all the areas surroundings.

      • I am starting to believe now it may be a large bobcat that I saw. The same day that I saw the cat going into the forest near Humphrey Road in Derry NH , a woman’s rabbit cage got attacked on Humphrey road and she has photos of the animal. You can see them on Facebook Bringing Derry together. The cat does look very similar to what a saw but I really thought I saw a long tail but I could have been mistaken since it was far enough away.

    • Near Humphrey Rd. Bypass 28

      • Yea last year around aug 11 but there never came anything of it however fish and gamr actually came out to check on it which is unusual. They reported all they found was fox tracks. My belief is it probably wouldn’t stick around tbat long if it was infact a cougar and if it did it may be seen more or atleast we would pick up on. Signs of a resident cat. Again that’s just a thought

    • Humphrey Road area

  87. I saw a large black cat walking down my street! It was definitely a cat. All Black, large green eyes, and a long heavy tail. I was thinking it was a black bob cat but the picture in this blog looks just like the cat I saw only black. No doubt at all, I did not mistake it for another animal. It was broad daylight and the cat was walking down the street! I live in Epping NH

    • Where in epping did you see this? Are you close to Holt Rd?

    • Was this near Holt Rd/Mill Pond Rd area?

    • I did a paper route for the Union Leader and Concord Monitor for about 8 years and covered the Sunapee region. While going up to deliver to Mount Sunapee ski area, a big black cat (long tail) ran right in front of my car going quite fast across the street. It had a Mountain Lion body but was black. Immediately I thought it was a black panther. I had told many people about the sighting but nobody believed it could be one since they are not in America. This was some time ago. Sometime in 2011.

      I also have seen many bobcats in the Bradford, NH area. I used to see them every night on my newspaper route but never saw any mountain lions.

  88. Did you get pictures of the prints? If not could you sent a better description of location so I could

  89. A few days ago I was riding in New Ipswich, NH and I stopped to allow the horse to stretch his neck and rest a minute. I caught motion out of the corner of my eye. When I looked there was full grown mountain lion standing watching us. It was ~75 feet from us. Close enough that I could see the yellow eyes, long tail, facial features and tan color very clearly. I estimate it to be about 100 -120 lbs and about 24-30 inches at the shoulder. It stood and watched us for 15-20 seconds. The wind was at our backs so the horse did not catch the scent or sight of it thankfully. I watched with my mouth literally agap as it slowly turned and walked back up the trail with it’s tail swishing in an annoyed fashion. We see bobcats and coyotes frequently.. No doubt in my mind whatsoever about what it was given the size and 2-3 ft long tail. The tracks in soft sand were 4-4.5 inches across. I have caught glimpses a few other times, but in each case it was so fleeting as to be highly questionable. Not this time.

  90. on August 31, 2016 at 6:52 pm | Reply Valerie Burwell

    i would like to report that I saw a mountain lion last night in Alton,NH
    I was walking down Rt 28N at dusk, last night and one crossed rt 28 near Lilly Pond Road about 200 feet in front of me. It took a minute to register as I have never seen one before and I have lived in Alton pretty much all my life.
    it was both neat to see and a little scary as I reversed my direction and headed home maybe a little faster than normal but watching to see if I could spot it again. I did not see it again.

  91. on August 31, 2016 at 1:19 pm | Reply Valerie Burwell

    Last night 8/30/16 I saw a mountain lion, in Alton,NH, I was walking south on rt 28 from Bowman Road to Lilly Pond road when about 200 feet ahead of me I saw an animal run across the road, it took a minute to register what is it? too big for a bobcat but still a cat…..a mountain lion, which might explains why the deer population is not as abundant as previous years.

  92. on August 30, 2016 at 2:19 am | Reply Colleen Perry

    I was walking in Pittsburg NH on the Deadwater atv trail on August 23’rd around noon. I was about 3 miles in and turned around on the trail to make my way back when I saw it. I was about 100 feet away and it took me about 20 seconds to register what I was seeing. I’m not an avid hiker but I love to walk in secluded areas and have thought about all the animals I might run into. A mountain lion never crossed my mind. I’m 55 and they were around when I was a kid growing up so I know what they look like, but I thought they were pretty much gone. I would say it was about 3-4 feet long, a long tail, the color of a deer and very muscular looking. We looked at each other for about 30 seconds and I picked up some rocks (I was sort of at a loss as to what to do) and it slunk off into the woods. I had my camera but was surprised and scared and needless to say I didn’t get a photo. I glanced over my shoulder frequently the whole way back.

  93. The picture was taken from my kitchen window! I want to say I saw a long tail, but not sure if in the picture it is bring wagged to the side ? I watched it for a minute… It was up against my neighbors deck wall… My 2 year old daughter whom I was holding said, “look a cat” and I turn to look out the window and realized that was no car! Next, I watched it saunter up a wood hill in our backyard… I wanted to go outside to get better pictures, but I was afraid to get attacked!

  94. Yes, I have a photo! How do I share it with you? It was less than 100 ft away. It had tan color fur…. It was HUGE! It was in my neighbors yard beside her deck/wall I would say it was 3 feet tall, over 100 pounds. I wondered if it was in my neighbors yard because she has cats inside the house that it might of smelled? I am nervous because the time was only 5:45 pm my kids sometimes play outside at this time! Please advise… Do we not go out ever again to play in the yard? Would it attack? I called animal control but they weren’t very helpful?! 🙁🙁

    • Email the photo to me at john.f.ranta@gmail.com. I can post it here. Thanks!

    • Where was this?

    • In general, no, a wild cat (bobcat or mountain lion) will not attack people. Such attacks are very rare. They might attack pets.

    • Michelle (emailed me a photo, which I will post in photos), that’s a bobcat. It’s a great coincidence, someone else emailed me a similar photo of this bobcat, in Salem, a couple of hours ago. A beautiful animal, and big for a bobcat. It’s acting pretty bold, to be in a backyard in mid-day. Likely a female, hunting for her cubs. A friend of mine, here in Hancock, had a female bobcat stalking her chickens in mid-summer a couple of years ago, and took several pictures. Impressive, and a bit scary to have a big predator in your backyard.

    • on March 23, 2018 at 4:13 pm | Reply Gadsden Gurl

      Michelle, there is a FB page for ML sightings where you can post your pics directly. It’s called Mountain Lions in NH.

  95. I was startled when I looked out my kitchen window to see what I thought to be a Mountain Lion in my neighbors yard! It was hugeeeee! At least 3 feet high easily over 200 pounds! I am nervous about this because it was 5:45 pm, light out and I have 4 young children that play outside! Could you tell me if in fact it is a Mountain Lion ? And do they attack? Thx!

    • Michelle, it’s hard to say, without more evidence. Where was this? What time? What did the animal do? How long did you see it? How far away was it? Can you give us details on its appearance, in particular, its tail? Did you get a photo?

    • Try to be more exact with reports. The reason most reports are ‘laughed off’ are due to these types of misrepresentations or exaggerations. A 200 lb cat is more like an African lioness or Jaguar.

  96. Please show us!

  97. on August 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm | Reply Stephen Paulo

    I just saw a mountain lion in my back field. I live in South Sutton 03273. It looked exactly like your picture. It is 8:50am and he was about 100yds. away. I was able to get a picture, which is a little blurry but good enough to tell what it is. It was about 100lbs give or take. Same exact color as your picture. I spooked it when I tried to get closer. He was just walking north to south, very slow.

  98. Tuesday August 16, 2016 NH route 89 north near exit 8 at 6:15am mountain lion crossed the highway safely and alone.

  99. What’s the deal with big black cats? I have been under the impression there are no black Panthers in truth or no black Cougars only melanistic Jaguars and leopards which are not wild in north America. So what’s going on with black cougar claims ?

    • Good question! Seems like it would be tough for a 150lb+ animal, black to hide out all winter in the New England snow.

      • That’s for sure, my rottie is 145lbs and this thing that went across the road was defiantly bigger than him. The only black cougars I’ve ever heard of are in the everglades and very scarce. Im looking into a dash cam to capture all my driving, in the last year I’ve seen bear, a wolf and now this. My wife thinks I’m crazy!

    • I had read the Black Puma is in the everglades, but no freakin way it would make it to NH without being spotted!

    • Large, wild black cats in New Hampshire are exceedingly unlikely. Worldwide they are very rare. In North America, large wild black cats are non-existent. I’ve received two photos over the past couple of years of large “black cats”. One was a house cat, the other was a fisher. With all due respect to the person who made this report, it’s very doubtful. JR

      • on August 17, 2016 at 1:44 pm Linda McCracken

        Professionals say there are no black cats except for jaguars and leopards, however I’ve collected hundreds of sightings reports of black cats. Most look like black cougars (one person saw a tawny and a black cougar together), two had spots like a jaguar and a smaller number were long-legged, skinny waisted cats (like a cheetah) with long curved tails that may also be interbreeding with both cougars and bobcats from some of the stranger descriptions of a few of the cats that don’t fit into any category!

  100. I was driving a truck from Moultonborough to Center Tuftonboro today. I was headed south on Sodom Rd. at approx 11:30am. In front of me about half a football field from right to left a big black cat walked across the road, when I first spotted it I thought it was a dog, but it was to big with a small head and no pointed nose. This thing made my rottweiler look small. It had a long sleek tail curled at the end. As I went by the wooded area that it went into and I stopped, it had vanished into the woods.I haven’t told anyone for fear there gonna think I’m nuts. Has any one seen a black cat like this in that area? I couldn’t get my phone out fast enough!

    • on August 16, 2016 at 3:06 pm | Reply Linda McCracken

      Hi, you’re not crazy. I have seen two black cats in SW NH. Also, in my database, about 20% of big cat sightings are black. I don’t have any sightings of black cats (tan and yellow though) in Tuftonboro, but in Moultonborough, one was seen on 8/30/92 and another on 1/19/00. I’d love to hear more lmcracken2002@yahoo.com .

  101. Aug 10, 2016 I was driving home from work on Baptist Rd. in Canterbury, NH and spotted a medium size cat cross the road in front of me. it was larger than a house cat, was tan in color and white on the ears. it happened so fast that I didn’t see the tail area. The fur was sleek, perhaps a young mountain lion.

    • Given Occam’s razor, as well as the size and color, it was likely a bobcat. Still a rare, and cool, sighting. JR

    • It was a young Bobcat.

    • I live off Hackleboro Road in Canterbury and I have caught several glimpses of what appears to be a cat (bobcat or young mountain lion) tan color, long tail, short fur. It has a path near the edge of the property and have seen it pass through the same spot several times. I am planning on getting a video camera to record it.

  102. Thank you all for your responses and for the posting of the red fox screaming. If I hear the sound again maybe I’ll be able to get it recorded on my phone. Who knows what it was but I appreciate all of your responses.

  103. Yes, I’ve heard a red fox scream before, which is a rather startling sound, and I’ve heard the yelps and cries of coyotes out in the woods, but this scream was very different. It really sounded like a woman screaming. We saw a video of a mountain lion screaming on you tube and what we listened to and saw was a clip of an actual mountain lion making those sounds. I don’t have any idea what we heard screaming in the woods, but it sounded just like the clip of the mountain lion screaming.

  104. Could have been bobcat, fox or coyote. I’ve heard all three at one time or another make banshee like screams.

  105. The other night, at around 8:30, my husband was in our backyard taking our dogs out, when he heard a loud sound coming from the woods which he said sounded like a woman screaming. I heard that same screaming a few nights ago around 9:00 pm when I was outside with the dogs. We listened to recordings on the internet of mountain lions screaming and what we heard sounded just like the recordings on the internet of mountain lions. We live in Gilford and our house abuts the woods. I have no idea if it was a mountain lion or not but the internet recordings and what we heard coming from the woods sounded exactly the same. It is a very scary sound, freaked us both out and the dogs.

    • Tamara, the scream sound in the woods is most likely either a fisher cat or a fox. Both have a very scary sound in the night that resembles that of a girl being attacked. The first time I heard it in the neighborhood I used to live in, people started opening up windows in the night and calling out “hey anyone need help”, etc.

    • Tamara, of course we too have no way of knowing what you heard either, but wondering if it was a red fox, which fits the description of what you described. The sounds of a mountain lion that you found on a Google search, did they include an actual picture of the cougar crying out? I ask because I have found many red fox calls attributed to cougars, fisher cats, and more. Here is a 10 second link to a red fox scream with the visual proof of the sound coming from a red fox. I have red fox denning in my yard (4 acres, heavily wooded) and have had dens in my yard for over 10 years so I hear the screams frequently and have actually seen the fox screaming and have communicated with them. Is this what you heard? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk1mAd77Hr4

    • Could be a fisher. When I first moved here 40 years ago, I called the police a number of times to report a girl screaming in the woods. It was a fisher, more than once.

  106. Michael Bean,
    Very Cool! I saw one on Osgood Road in Sanbornton at about 9:45PM in February 2015.

  107. on August 7, 2016 at 8:32 pm | Reply Michael A Bean CE

    Was sitting on the Farmers Porch last evening at my Farm in Sanbornton NH
    Had just fed Cows & Lambs . It was 6:30 pm on Saturday the 7th of August
    I have several pastures that border 93 southbound . All of a sudden I see this
    Suede looking animal run through 1 pasture cross the nearly dry Brook and run into another pasture . It stopped behind a rock . I had to look twice as I’ve been here 30 years and never saw an animal like this . I thought a dog but too tan . A face like a cat but big as a dog and a tail that was very long and curved . It stayed only a second and continued running . No doubt in my mind it was a mountain lion . Luckily my cows were on the farm side in the meadow . My 2 Border Collies saw him and we’re just as shocked as I was . Plain as day , a dog with a cat face and one hell of a tail . This animal moved so fast and so sure footed . Wow !!!

  108. No photos? No video? Set up a trail cam of some type or security cam outside your chicken coop, or aiming towards the coop.
    That will be proof positive.

  109. on August 4, 2016 at 6:01 pm | Reply Nancy FENTER

    8/4. our mountain lion is back. This visit was from the woods behind our chicken run around noon. I guess he’s hoping for a quick meal.
    The only concern is that he’s not nearly as frightened of us as he should be. My daughter yelled and waved her hands at him and he slowly walked back into the woods. Not sure if we need worry?

  110. on July 30, 2016 at 8:56 pm | Reply Nancy FENTER

    This is the second time that we have seen the mountain lion. Same time last year July 30th.
    It is small/medium, Carmel color, and a long tail.

    We have chickens that were free ranging around 3:30pm this afternoon and it was hoping for an easy meal.

    New Boston, nh

  111. on July 30, 2016 at 11:40 am | Reply Roy E Fanjoy

    07/30/2016 @ 12:15 am

    My motion light in the back yard turned on. I thought it maybe the racoon’s or the black bear again. Saw a very large cat. Bigger than a bob cat. Also had a long bushy tail. Brown in color. It only stayed in sight for maybe 30 seconds.
    Roy F. Webster NH

  112. My husband saw what he truly believes to be a mountain lion last Wednesday. It walked in the road in front of him only 5 ft away and turned to look at him and then proceeded to walk into our yard. He didn’t have his phone on him at the time to take a photo. He describes it just like the photo above. It was no bobcat. Our neighbor saw it two days later coming out of our yard. We contacted Fish and Game and were basically laughed at but the animal control officer in our town was intrigued and believes they are here. My husband gave an interview for NH1 and was on the news about it tonight. -Sara, Pittsfield, NH

    • This is a hot area right now another woman in barnstead saw what she believes is a cougar and was in nh1 a couple days ago. Right down the road from Pittsfield

  113. John have you ever read in 2002 that cougar scat was found in the ossipee mountains ? I’ve seen in a couple times through out my reading but wonder why it’s never treacly acknowledged in terms of confirmations in northeast

  114. on July 27, 2016 at 8:35 pm | Reply Lisa Berghaus

    In the past month Mountain lion on Route 31 in Washington. Another sighted near the airport in Deering, NH. Large beige cat long bushy tail around 40″ tall head to foot.

    • The week before July 4 a large tan cat with a long thick tail was sighted by 2 people in Windsor, NH near White Pond (during daylight hours, on an unpaved road. The two people that saw it are well known in the area and reliable, not prone to “telling stories”. They both stated it was tan with a long tail, definately not a bobcat. I didn’t post the report here when they (both) told me the story on July 3, since i did not personally see the animal.

      It’s a good bit of information. Eventually someone will get a good picture. Perhaps with hunting season approaching and more cameras in the woods?

  115. I was driving on Rte 101 West about 4pm tonight, I saw what looked like to me to be a mountain lion run across the road from Labelle Winery into the woods by the K9 Country Kennel dog park area. Long tail brown and ran low to ground and fast. No picture…sorry.

  116. Hi. We had a sighting in New London NH. I’m not sure how to upload the pic? I can email it to you. Unfortunately we didn’t get the tail in the photo but this big kitty had a long tail with a black tip. We had a really really bad microburst go through and then he/she appeared in the yard.

    • Email me the picture. john.f.ranta@gmail.com I’ll post it here…

      • on August 4, 2016 at 9:25 pm cory williams

        Here’s a picture taken in sullivan county NH on june 3 2016 at 5.14 am fish and game called it a bobcat don’t think so.
        ps john this is cory i will email you the photo

      • Roy E Fanjoy, bushy tail? Not long tubular tail? Bushy tail makes me think Eastern coyote, which has wolf DNA and is much larger than a typical western coyote. Or, a mottled-colored red fox?

  117. on July 23, 2016 at 8:52 pm | Reply Cinda Wentworth

    Yesterday morning around 10:30am my parents were traveling south on Rte. 3 in Whitefield NH and another car had it an animal. It had ran out in front of the car and traffic had come to a halt. My parent said it was not a bobcat because it had a long tail and was too big to be a domestic cat. They believe it was a young mountain lion and the poor things back was possible broken because it was trying to crawl away.

  118. My husband and I were driving last night in Amherst nh. We saw a large cat like animal in cemetery field on Merrimack rd.
    We reversed and parked to get a better look. We watched this reddish brown, sleek, cat like animal with a long tail. The tail was white at the tip and came down to the ground. We were far away but got to watch it roam around in the grass before it walked into the woods. It walked like a cat not like a dog and was definitely not a fox. It moved slowly and gracefully. About the size of a medium size dog
    We thought maybe a bobcat but the coloring and tail Are not bobcat like.
    Did not get a picture. We just enjoyed watching and wondering what it was! I’m pretty sure it was a mountain lion.

  119. Mt. Lion spotted in back yard on 7/20/16 in the morning off Hoit Road in Concord, NH near the intersection of Graham Road. NTB.

  120. My husband just saw a mountain lion come across our road in front of him as he was pulling into our yard. It went into our yard. I don’t have any other details because I didn’t have long to talk to him about it. I’m assuming this is something we should report to Fish and Game..?

  121. on July 18, 2016 at 7:36 pm | Reply John Mcgrail

    This morning July 18 2016 at 4:20 am on my way to work, I saw this large animal run in front of my truck on Mitchell pond road in Windham NH. This was not a cat or a bobcat or a fox. After researching the internet I believe this was a mountain lion.

  122. on July 18, 2016 at 7:28 pm | Reply Nicole Mason

    Hi, I just saw a large feline with short brown fur crossing Route 10 in Northern Grantham, NH. It was too large to be a house cat. It looked back at me and it definitely looked like a wild cat in the face and not a domestic cat. It was moving quickly. I am relatively new to New Hampshire and don’t know much about the wildlife so I made a few phone calls and started looking online. My conclusion is that it was a mountain lion. I don’t know what else it could have been. It definitely wasn’t a bobcat because it was solid brown and not spotted and the hair was shorter.

  123. I read the Worcester Telegram articles and those who saw the mountain lion are sure it was no housecat. It was reported to be the size of a german shepherd. It’s reasonable that a lactating feline, or an older one would have a droopy paunch. This is clearly not a hoax. Seeing is believing.

  124. I saw a wild large cat running across Grant Road in Newmarket late yesterday. After doing some research, I believe it was a younger mountain lion.

    • on July 19, 2016 at 11:59 am | Reply Marian Reilly

      Not a Bobcat, Pam? There are definitely Boboats in NH. The greatest distinction is made with regard to their tail.

  125. on July 5, 2016 at 11:31 pm | Reply Laura riddle

    We spotted a large cat on 7/3. It walked across our driveway at 9-9:30AM while we sat on our elevated back deck. I originally thought it was a brown grey hound when spotted out of the corner of my eye. However, once we made a sound it turned in my driveway and I had about a 30 second view of the animal, alerting our friend there was a mountain lion in our driveway. There was a second adult who witnessed the animal then saunter off through the woods over several minutes. We had a 70lb boxer and a 35lb mutt in the back pen. Neither reacted. We were more concerned about the dogs than photographing what we saw. We hoped it was a large bobcat!?. But, after reading descriptions, the long tail (long tail down the back of the leg) size (15-20 lbs bigger than our boxer) and coat (brown, short haired, no spots) describe a mountain lion. Either way, it is a 90-100 lb cat in our midst. We called the authorities. However, I must attest the cat was calm and none of us felt he/ she posed a threat. He/she was calm and could’ve hurt the dogs if he/she chose. But let us get them in safely w/no incident. It was maybe 50 yards away and never threatened any of us. We alerted our neighbors as they have small children but otherwise feel very safe. After reading posts, I wish we had it photographed. We had a 5-10 minute view. We are 100% sure what we saw. I was reluctant to report what we saw because I wouldn’t want him/her hurt. We have had a lot of development in our neighborhood which may be pushing him/her out of her den . Whether it is a large bobcat, lynx, or a small mountain lion..there was no ill intent. He/she was just a large, beautiful animal. Once in a lifetime sighting.

  126. on July 5, 2016 at 12:15 am | Reply Sarge Collier

    That Webster photo was not a Mt. Lion. Having seen one clearly myself you never forget that thick heavy tail. That skinny tail just wasn’t right. No disrespect meant.

  127. Had a lion scream a bit before midnight in North Woodstock last night 7/3. Wasn’t able to actually see it besides the two cat eyes on the edge of the dark forest 30ish feet away – but the call was without a doubt that of a cougar. Gave me and my friends a good jump!

  128. That Webster Ma cat looks like a domestic cat to me. Just by the flabby skin on it. I have never seen a wild animal with that much loose skin on it. Even just after it gives birth. Idk do I have a good opinion?

    • I agree, the webster cat is not a mtn lion, its too short and as you say, the tail is wrong.

  129. Folks, I just posted two photos of the cat in Webster, MA. On the photos page. JR

    • Hello! I was so excited to see pictures of a mountain lion! But I would have to agree that the cat in the picture looks to be like a domestic house cat. I have twice seen what I believe was a mountain lion and it looked nothing like that. The cat I saw was very sleek, thin and muscular with a very long thick tail. Oh well! We will all keep hoping for that great picture of a real mountain lion in NH!

  130. on July 3, 2016 at 4:54 pm | Reply Karen Shackett

    July 3rd 2016

    I was traveling back on Rte. 11 towards the Walmart mall and right before the Laconia Airpport, a large, muscular reddish brown cat with a long tail ran in front of my car. I had to apply my brakes, but it was very fast. I wondered what it was…..at first I thought it might have been a bobcat….but it had a long tail. It’s’ fur was much sleeker. When I got home I did a little research on the Internet and I think it may has been a mountain lion.

  131. Worcester Telegram 7/1/2016 front page picture of mountain lion taken in Webster Mass.Looks good to me!

    • I saw the article, and two photos. What’s not clear is how big that cat is. You can see behind it some ox-eye daisies, and other weeds. The daisies (which generally grow 20-30 inches tall) are taller than the cat’s head. It’s hard to know the camera position and angle, but it looks like it was about level with the cat. If so, the top of the cat’s head might be as low as 16-18 inches, or up to maybe 26-28 inches. So it could be a housecat. It would be very helpful if someone stood a yardstick up where that cat was, and took the same picture, for scale.

  132. on July 1, 2016 at 5:23 pm | Reply Tina Manougian

    I think I saw one of these yesterday morning. Little smaller but looked just like this

  133. In Sanbornton on Hunkins pond road just before 8 a.m. saw a small, probably juvenile, mountain lion. Got a good, side on view. Color, body, tail…everything fit.

  134. I saw a mountain lion while walking my dog about 8 weeks ago. It was def a mountain lion. Mountain lions are in NH.

    • Sylvia, can you provide more detail? Where exactly? Time of day? Mountain lion behavior – what was it doing, how long did you observe it? Anything else noteworthy? Thanks, jr

  135. Approximately 3:30 today, on Long street in Webster, NH saw a tawny gold cat standing almost as tall as the hood of my Chevy Sonic. Smooth coat, long tail, solid in color w/ no markings. Probably got 5-10 second look @ it. Ran out of a field in front of my car. It got spooked and froze briefly looking like it was considering going back the same direction it came from but then continued across the road heading in a roughly northern direction.

  136. I saw a mountain lion cross my path about 100 yards in front of me, in the woods of Loudon, with the street borders of Route 106, Staniels Road, Ricker Road, and Chichester Road, on Monday June 20th, at 6:30pm. At first, i thought it was a loose dog, and kept walking toward it. It kept moving along its path amd I froze, realizing it had a head like a cat, and walked like a cat. It had a long body about 3 feet tall, with a long upward curling tail. I quickly backed uo amd returned home without incident.

  137. hello my neighbor saw one this morning around 8 am in our back yard,he said it was at the edge of the lawn and walked to a small opening in the brush and was gone, this opening is about 40 yards away from the house, we live on the campton/ thornton line in the waterville estates area. This makes me very nervous because that is where my kids play…

  138. on June 25, 2016 at 8:26 pm | Reply John Bellavance

    One in Lebanon crossed on Rt. 120 a few days ago.

  139. Just last week as I passed through Chester heading toward Auburn, a large black animal cross road appx 75 ft in front of me. As I got closer it appeared to be a mountain lion…certainly too big to be a Bob cat.. he ran into woods.

  140. on June 22, 2016 at 12:38 am | Reply Helen mulley

    We live in Chester New Hampshire and have seen two mountain lions we believe. We have chickens maintained in our yard and a very secure coop but we feel that they are interested in them. It’s June 21 at 8:30 pm is when we spotted them and they were lurking in the woods behind our coop. We could see the size, possibly about 3 feet long. they were a gray-ish brown.

  141. June 13th, returning from Laconia in the motocycle via back roads, was on rt 13, just south of rt 130 around 1:40 pm. Saw a large tan animal on the side of the road heading into the woods. Very long, slightly puffy tail, large body and its head was down so I couldn’t see any features from the front. Having had nearly 9 cats in my life, its movement was absolutely cat like. No doubt in my mind it was a mountain lion.

  142. I have a neighbor who saw one cross his yard in Ossipee ( yard boarders effingham ) through his windows while he was doing his dishes at his kitchen sink.
    Last year (2015).

    • on June 19, 2016 at 9:49 pm | Reply David Williams.

      june 19 2016 9.15 am traveling east rt 25 in freedom between 153 an the new brige had to slam my brakes on one cat running very fast across rt 25 have hunted an followed the migration of animals over the years this was eather a very large bobcat or a 50 pound or so mountin lion I don’t believe bobcats get that large its was crossing toward Effingham it happened so fast I didn’t notice if it had a tail but I had a good look at its head an it didn’t have the color off a bob cat I have one mounted an this was lighter an looked to be one color . Seems to be a few sightings in this area . I might be wrong but I don’t think bobcats get this big . Wild life population is growing at a fast rate since the ban of DDT an so are the ticks

  143. Tuesday, June 14th, 1:40pm riding back to Mass from Laconia on my motorcyle on rt 13 just south of Rt 130, saw a large tan colored animal on right shoulder heading into the woods. Had a very long cat like tail, head was down so I couldn’t see any facial features. Damn sure that was a mountain lion.

  144. on June 12, 2016 at 12:08 am | Reply David B. Keith

    Since the last verified kill occurred many years ago, it’s probably true that so-called sightings of mountain lions in New England are a product of an overly-active imagination or a misplaced desire for fame and notoriety leading to the posting of photos taken in other parts of the country. But what if there actually were mountain lions repopulating New England forests? The knowledge that these beautiful animals are no longer extinct in this area should be cause for celebration, but it should be a quiet, personal celebration, rather than one where you rush to tell the world. Are all the people who have posted comments so naïve as to think that there aren’t trigger happy hunters that are following these conversations and are willing to travel anywhere to gain the distinction of having brought the only remaining mountain lion to the local taxidermist? One of the earliest of these comments was from Marie, who wished that someone would “do something” about an animal that might attack her pets or children. I’m sure that there are a large number of hunters that would be willing to oblige her by “doing something”, whether it were legal or not. With centuries of practice, humans are pro’s when it comes to upsetting the balance of nature, and haven’t a clue that predators are essential for the health of any ecosystem… or, if they do, they don’t give a damn. Typical of the flawed logic displayed by “Great White Hunters” is their assertion that predators must be killed to, for instance, preserve the deer population. What they don’t admit, is that they want no competition when they go into the woods each fall with their weapons locked and loaded. If asked why they hunt…sorry, “harvest”… they say the deer population is too large to be supported by the food supply, and they are simply saving the poor deer from a horrible death by starvation. Hypocrites!

    • My friend and I saw a mountain lion June 14, at about 10:30 AM in Lyndeborough. It crossed the road in front of the car and ran into the woods. The large, chunky tail was outstanding, as was the gait, low and cat like, not at all like a bob cat’s. It was tan, about 110 lbs. or so.

    • Wow David,
      That is well stated however your description of people who hunt and their view of nature is quite twisted.
      I know many who hunt to provide healthy food for their family, and have a great deal of respect for nature as well as a high regard for the animals in the forests.
      Most are very well educated stable minded individuals who have no desire to assist with the extinction of any species.
      your racial remark ,”Great White Hunters” is not only distasteful and hurtful, it demonstrates a high level of ignorance, and bigotry.
      This closed minded thinking you share fuels an industry that teats animals with extreme cruelty, and chemically induced unhealthy meat for the public to consume by the tons with a gilt free consciousness of denial.
      The commercial meat industry is built and sustained by folks spouting such statements as you do.
      I suggest you do a little research into these industries before judging the naturalist who obtain food in humane healthy ways.
      Regarding the Last Mountain Lion Killed, It is the last reported Mountain lion killed in the state. if you do a little research into sightings in New Hampshire, you will find a confirmed and documented sighting by a Fish and Game officer In the State of New Hampshire just a few years ago.
      As many accurate sighting that have been reported, as well as Mountain lions killed by motor vehicles in areas where they believed to have been extinct , the Fish and Game responses have varied from escaped pets, and animals that have traveled outside their range.
      If you look back 40 years ago it was unheard of to have wolves reported in New Hampshire, and over the past 10 years there have been documented findings of those animals as well.
      Check out the Eagles

      • Okay, I’ve approved your comment, so each of you have expressed your opinion. If this escalates into a blog war, I’ll delete and block further posts. So please play nice. JR

  145. Just one in ossipee crossing rt 25. Awesome!!

    • might be the same one I saw in Effingham a couple months ago. Going through these blogs it seems to have a range of Sanbornville all the way up to Eaton

    • Looking at a map I see that I was actually in Effingham on rt 25. 7am it trotted across the road. It is very clear that this large cat is a mountain lion or the like, NOT a bobcat or Lynx. When you see one you know it!! I regret not having the where-with-all to take a pic. It’s a bit awe inspiring to see!

  146. June 3 just after dark my wife and I saw a mountain lion cross the road in front of us as we drove through Eaton, NH. It was tan in color, lighter than a deer. It was a long animal with thick legs and a long tail. It had a very flat movement. I don’t see how it could be anything other than a mountain lion.

    • on June 6, 2016 at 8:18 pm | Reply Elizabeth H Wood

      I saw a large cat cross 153 just n. of Eaton Ctr. yesterday–I couldn’t distinguish the tail or features as it was raining and I was 50 yds. away. At first I thought it was a deer but immediately realized it was a cat. It was either a large bobcat or a small mt. lion.

  147. on May 28, 2016 at 1:47 am | Reply Robert Rosen

    Biologists at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado apparently believe mountain lions do cache kills in trees, at least occasionally.

  148. IMG_1021.MOV.mov
    Are you able to hear this? Does it sound like a ML to you? It was recorded during the late evening last week in Amherst, NH. A visit from Fish and Game is leaving the videographer to believe he’s recorded a bobcat.

    • on May 26, 2016 at 3:54 am | Reply Sean McInerney

      If you tried to attach that .mov file to your comment, it did not come through. At least I cannot read/see it.

  149. on May 25, 2016 at 9:40 pm | Reply Marie Kirker

    Dear Andesitetech, the only response i have for you that over the many years there has been speculation regarding mountain lions and their behavior as it relates to treeing kills. Unless NH has an issue with Leopards killing and treeing…..something large is killing dogs and deer and treeing them. My husband and I are in the process of purchasing surveillance cameras for our property, and a camera to keep in our car. We hope to be ready for the next sighting and be able to prove the existence of the mountain lion — once and for all.

    • Marie, all I can say is that dozens of wildlife biologists, who study mountain lions in Florida, Colorado, Arizona, Texas and California, are on record as saying they’ve never seen a deer (or other prey) cached in a tree by a mountain lion. They don’t deny the possibility, but in their accumulated hundred or so years of study, they’ve never seen it.

      Are you certain of your sources? This would be such an easy thing to photograph. Did they show you pictures? If not, I’d be very skeptical.

      As for putting a game camera in your backyard, that’s great! We look forward to seeing your pictures, please keep us posted.

  150. It has been documented that mountain lions DO put kill in trees occasionally if there are other scavengers around. That being said though, if they are present, get some track pictures, or pictures of them and submit them to John. Include some kind of verifiable scenery around them to show where they came from

  151. As reported to me by my neighbor at notch view farm, it attacked his donkey and goat, bit donkey’s tail off, not sure if large goat going to make it through the night, goat was put on anti-biotic, several neighbors on Randall Road in Moultonborough have reported seeing it, one person (Ralph) has pic of paw prints. FISH AND GAME DENYING EXISTENCE WITHOUT PROOF.

    • Yes, of course Fish & Game seeking proof. Do you have proof that this attack was a mountain lion? Can you send photos of prints?

    • on May 25, 2016 at 5:31 pm | Reply Marie Kirker

      Lou, I spoke with my neighbor who owns the donkey and goat who were just over the last couple of days attacked by a mountain lion. We had the siting of the mountain lion on our property in March, and then again another separate smaller mountain lion was hunting our property in April while we were working in the yard. The smaller mountain lion looked like it could have been a female and it jumped on top of our yard dumpster in an effort to get to the contents.

      We live less than 1-2 miles from the farm owner who just suffered the mountain lion attack to his livestock. I don’t know about everyone else, but we are very tired of the fish and game teams telling us that mountain lions do not exist in NH. We are very concerned that it is going to take a child being attacked before anyone takes this threat seriously. So far, dogs and deer have been found in trees in the immediate area. Mountain lions hunt their prey and are known to take their prey into trees. We should lobby for an acceptable response and action from our state. thanks, Marie

      • Mountain Lions do NOT put kills in trees.

      • on May 25, 2016 at 5:53 pm xxxthebuddhaxxx

        Yes, some large cats like leopards have been known to bring carcasses into trees. However, there is NO verified account of any cougar / mountain lion bringing a kill up a tree

      • Marie, Fish & Game need evidence. Did anyone take pictures of the deer found in a tree? Has anyone taken pictures of claw or bite marks on the donkey? Did they take pictures of tracks?

        I sympathize with Fish & Game. There have been hundreds of reports posted here over the past 5-6 years. I have yet to receive one valid picture of a mountain lion (I’ve received many invalid photos). I did receive a couple of pictures of tracks that are likely (can’t be certain) from a mountain lion. Until Fish & Game has solid evidence, they can’t issue reports that mountain lions are here. That would be irresponsible.

      • on May 25, 2016 at 9:07 pm Marie Kirker

        John, the issue is that most people don’t walk around with cameras on their body, nor does everyone have surveillance cameras in the yards…..unfortunately,

      • Marie, pretty much everyone walks around with a Smartphone, and hence a camera. And there are thousands of game cameras in the woods behind our houses, including mine. We’re still waiting for the first confirmed mountain lion photo or video. I’m hopeful, but still waiting…

  152. We are located in Raymond, and caught what seems to be a smaller cat on a trail camera we had out back in the woods behind our house. Sighting was on May 21st, didn’t believe it was a mountain lion at first but the size and its length of tail are that of a mountain lion

  153. I live on Depot Street in Antrim and this morning- Sunday May 22,2016 10am. I was working in the Yard. And I saw a big black cat with a very long tail cross the street by the river about 50 yards away from me. Size was a little smaller then a German Sheppard. I know there are plenty of cougars in NH, and Ive watched plenty of videos on them and the they way they move, this was definitely a cougar but I researched black ones and couldn’t find much. And it definitely was more black than brown. Any thoughts?

    • I measured the distance later, it was about 100 feet away from me. I set up a game camera along the river where it came from……Fingers crossed I get a few photos of it! Oh and the sighting was actually water Street in Antrim, I am on a corner lot. Again any thoughts on a blackish one would be great! Thanks.

    • HI Scott, I have a place in Windsor and a couple years back we had a big black cat show up, it’s also been seen in Bradford. Check this blog ,I posted a picture a while back. It was definately a big black cat, with a long tail.

      • Hi David, Thanks for your reply and feedback. I couldnt find the photo of it though. I looked under the photos section. When did you post it? Maybe I am not looking in the right area. Id really like to see it. Thanks again.

      • David I found the video. Nice job on your comparisons and measurements! The one I saw didnt have any white under its chin, and was by my guess a bit bigger. The tail was definitely longer. Again I really hope to get a few photos of it, assuming it will follow the same path by the river. If I do I will post them for sure.

  154. May 21, 6am, Chester NH. I’m glad I came across this posting site! My husband saw an animal in a field across from our house. At first he thought it was a deer from the color, light tan, but when he saw it moving it was definitely a feline. He didn’t have his glasses on but he grabbed the binoculars and said it couldn’t have been anything else than a mountain lion. Unfortunately, he didn’t have time to take a picture and this field is surrounded by woods that abuts conservation land and water and we witness all kinds of wildlife here.
    Two years ago, my son and his friends were playing in the yard when they witnessed what they thought was a mountain lion, this one gray with a long tail. They said they could see the muscles in its hind quarters-it was that close! I called Fish/Game who disputed they exist in NH, and discounted it due to no evidence and perhaps the young men were mistaken. There is no mistaking the beauty of these creatures. Thank you all for your posts. You are not seeing ghosts!

    • Where in chester. I found prints off of rt 121 mile before the center that I believe we’re lion tracks. IM curious approx. where in chester this was

      • Wow! Less than a half mile from the 121 junction at 121A, right off the main route!! Backside of a huge field surrounded by woods and wetlands. It’s not my property to search for tracks.

  155. It is so frustrating when people who claim to have a picture do not email it to John. It reminds me of the time I received a forwarded picture of a ml on a deck and it was claimed that a homeowner in Stoddard had taken it at his home. I forwarded it on to John and he showed me that this picture had been around on the internet for a good long time and was from out West. I would hate to think that some of our posts are make believe. I saw my (gray) ml on Jan 8, 2014 at 11:45 a.m. in Keene, the same day a teacher saw one (tan) north of town. Both of these had been sighted over time by others. Keep your cameras handy.

    • Oftentimes people report a photo, but then don’t email it to me. I report on, and post, all the ones that people send me. So if you don’t see anything here, it’s because nothing was sent to me. JR

      • I can probably speak for all of us when I say we all assume that’s how it works I just wasn’t sure if they reached out to you with anything pertaining to that sighting.

  156. on May 19, 2016 at 11:23 pm | Reply Franklin ubhaus

    Hi there I saw a mountain lion May 19th 2016 while at work (logging) in deering nh. I was in a skidder and saw something light brown running and thought maybe it was a big coyote so I stopped my machine to get a better look when it stopped on top of a stone wall for half a second before running off and realized it was a big mountain lion with a long thick tail. It was during the afternoon, pretty amazing seeing one in the wild. I’m just glad I was in my machine when I saw it

  157. Rollins State Park Auto Road – This morning around 11:30 a large cat shot across the road and into the woods. It was the size of a German Shepherd, short tan coat and long tail. We immediately thought mountain lion but then when I got online I found out they aren’t here….hmmm. If it wasn’t a mountain lion I have no idea what else it could have been. Definitely not a Maine Coon as I have one of those, it had a tail so not bobcat, but it was definitely a feline.

  158. We just moved to Brookline last night and while drinking my coffee this morning a brindle colored Cat walked right through my yard. The cat skirted my drive way and didn’t care about my truck which he walked within 50 ft of. I’m from the South and used to seeing Bobcats, and initially that’s what I thought it was. This cat had a long tail and was twice the size of any Bobcat I’ve ever seen. Welcome to New Hampshire!

  159. 5/12/2016 7:30 am, Merrimack – near to beaver ponds in the Grater Woods Forest 480 acre parcel. Looking into the woods behind the house from a second floor window, I saw movement between the trees. I waited to see what emerged from the other side of the tree. It looked like a plain tawny colored very big cat with a small head and a long tail shaped like a hockey stick. That reminded me of the shape of the lions tails that I saw in Africa. The animal was walking about 30 feet into the woods. What I saw appears to be very similar to the images of mountain lions on the web.

  160. on May 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm | Reply Anne Luker

    I “enjoyed” my second mountain lion sighting two weeks ago today, April 17, just before dusk. I was sitting on my back steps enjoying the sounds of the turkeys in the woods that surround our field, our dog was with me, snoozing on the grass. Suddenly the dog perked up and started sneaking towards something that I could not see, I was thinking porcupine or skunk and began to discourage his advance.He paid no attention to me, instead taking off at a gallop across our field and toward the bottom of the field next door, with me in chase. Then I heard this weird “bark ” that sounded like it came from something big! I still saw nothing, but my dog kept going towards it. I was now worried that it might be a bear or a coyote? Never heard a sound like that before… Then I saw it stand and shoot into the woods! I mean it was big and fast! My dog went in after it and I figured that was not good. I kept screaming for him to come back and he suddenly came charging out of the woods and headed for the back door, leaving me in the middle of our field feeling pretty scared! Thankfully, it did not follow the dog!!
    This took seconds, less than a minute or two, and it was over. It leaves you wondering if you really saw it at all, yet they are unmistakable, nothing else looks or moves like them. Here is what I have taken away from my two experiences. 1, They are around. 2, They like early dusk. 3, Both of my sightings have been on 123 in Hancock, between Pickering Farm Rd and Link Rd. 4, Be very careful in or near the woods and keep your dogs leashed early in the morning and in the evening. (I don’t mind saying that I am feeling a bit spooked. ) 5, They blend in really well! It was hiding in plain sight, I literally was looking right at it and didn’t see it until it shot into the woods! I don’t have any idea how long I was sitting outside with a mountain lion in the field with me!

  161. on April 29, 2016 at 2:00 am | Reply Denise Thompson

    My neighbor just watched a cougar in their back yard for almost an hour. Got pics and found a whisker from where the animal was lying down. Our platform bird feeder had been disturbed the previous evening and we found some hair caught on one of the screws. Giving all to biologist to check out. April 28, 2016, Springfield, NH

  162. Glad to have found this blog. I thought I was seeing things last night (early AM). Around 12AM or a little after. This tan, long tail cat like animal ran across the highway in front of me! I was so surprised. Not canine like….feline looking! Shocked! It was 93 north I want to say somewhere in the same general vicinity that Kacy Gomez had her sighting. It looked ‘highway’ savvy in it’s approach to crossing….just amazing! Will certainly keep my eyes open for any other possible sightings in the area. Make this drive frequently at this time of the early AM. Amazing!!

  163. We were on our way home from Dartmouth Hospital on Rt 120 about 100 yards from the light going down the hill when we saw movement to the right. At first we thought it was a deer because of the coloring, but, as soon the animal moved we knew it was no deer! My wife and I both got a quick look at it and both believe we saw a mountain lion based on the way it moved, the size of the head to the body ratio and the coloring.

  164. saw a large mt lion heading 93 northbound windham hudson exit. Very healthy looking looked to be 175 to 200 lbs. Very proportionate. Beautiful animal. Appeared to be waiting for the perfect opportunity to cross the hw. Seems very smart maybe thats why there is no evidence for fish and game via road kill. Feeling blessed to actually see such a magnificent animal in NH.

    • Mid September of 2012, around 9:00pm, I was traveling along rte.125 heading towards the Lee circle from Rochester, an animal that looks exactly like the photo above crossed in front of my vehicle, from the treelines, right to left, into the treelines on other side of roadway. It was large, tan, long thick tail, and although it was moving at a rapid pace, each stride it took was elegant. This was just after I passed the Barrington elementary school and movie theater plaza, but before the pond area. The speed limit increases and I remember being very surprised at the sight, as I glanced down at my speedometer then back up to the road, he/she was there and then gone just as fast. There was no doubt in my mind at that moment, or now, my mind instantly connected the image to the name, mountain lion.

  165. 100% positively seen one 15 feet from me in my backyard in Whitefield NH I was on my ATV came up o. Him or her fast and it junp across the trail that was a good 10 foot leap it took. I say maybe 150 lbs or so. This is the 2nd time I have seen this in my yard the 1st time I was like what was that it happened do fast. But this time 110%. It is always the same time of year early spring. I will be putting the game cam out to see if I can get it on camera.

  166. This morning at 615 am I saw a mountain lion on Perkins pond rd. In weare nh. If I had to guess weight it was 110 lbs. I have a Doberman and the cat was way bigger then my dog.

  167. I saw one in madbury when I was driving home from work around 11:30pm. This was during the summer of 2010. It was crossing the street and stopped right in the middle of the road stared at my car for a second and then walked in to the woods. I told a few people about it but they said there was no way it was a mountain lion but there is nothing else it could have been. Identical to the picture at the top of the blog.

  168. on April 2, 2016 at 12:12 pm | Reply John Harrigan

    Hello John et al—

    After 40-plus years of writing about mountain lions / cougars / catamounts and reporting, in print, on only the best of the best reports, I’ve pretty much seen it all. It’s a good dialogue you have going on down there, John.

    With all those trail-cams out there and their quality and ease of operation always getting better, and especially people’s informed interest gaining traction, I think it’s only a meter of time until a good, clear, crisp, daylight photograph of a cougar is obtained. If that occurs I’d urge the image’s owner to come forward with it. Over the years I’ve found that people who have images or information are reluctant to go public because of fears that their privacy will be violated or someone wanting to harm “their” animals will find out the location. There are relatively simple ways around this.

    There are of course conspiracy theories out there as to why Fish and Game is reluctant to discuss the mountain lion matter or rush out to investigate every report. My take is that it is not that biologists don’t want to “admit” that cougars are here; it’s just that they and COs are already overburdened with other matters and don’t have the means to chase down every encounter. And it is not that they don’t want the burden of writing a management plan for a new and endangered species. That’s a federal issue and there is federal money available.

    Let me put the “escaped pet” business we’re always hearing about to rest. Twice in my 47 years of newspapering—37 years of them as a statewide outdoor columnist—I’ve asked readers to csll me or write to my addresses, which are at the end of everything I write, if they’d ever heard of anyone in New Hampshire harboring a mountain lion, and have received not a single response. Why did I ask the question? Because I would stipulale that it would be impossible for anyone to have a “pet cougar” without everyone in town knowing about it—friends, family, neighbors, and very soon, the police chief and local Conservation Officer.

    The more likely “escaped pet” theory would involve someone in a city, say, Manhattan, who managed to find and buy a cute and cuddly little cub (kit) and then, when it approached adulthood and began pissing all over the furniture and tearing the woodwork apart, became desperate to get rid of it, selected “one of those big green places on the map where Nobody Lives (that would be us), drove up in the dead of night, and let it go. This is at least plausible. A “pet cougar” in small-town, small-city, rural New Hampshire without everybody knowing about it is not.

    Finally, we can cut down a lot of wasted time on sighting repots by noting that there is only one thing out there that a big animal with a long-rope-like tail could be. This leaves out the bobcat (so-named for a reason) and such other ridiculous explanations as coyotes, Great Danes and fisher (cats). When I get a report and am listening to what someone has to say, I never, ever mention the tail; I wait for the person to mention it instead. And if, when I ask about the most remarkable features about the animal, and there is no mention of the size and/or the tale, then the report pretty much goes into the dust bin.

    So, as someone said back there a lot of entries ago, get a good trail-cam photo and come forth with it. If you find good tracks, in mud or snow—gravel and dry sand are worthless—take photos of the best, with a pen or something or preferably a ruler or tape to show comparison, and cover them up with a couple of buckets, and call not only your local Conservation Officer but also your conservation Commission, Fish and Game (all departments available through the State House switchboard, 271-1110), and even the science teacher at your school.

    It’s only a matter of time until a cougar is killed in the road here in New Hampshire or one is killed by someone defending livestock. Then the real fun will begin, which is its DNA and other evidence as to from whence it came. There is not one whit of doubt in my mind that mountain lions are out there; too many good, solid, smart people have been seeing them, for year and years. Proof of that will be vindicating for all of you kindred believers out there who have been so patient with Officialdom, but I hope I live long enough to hear something about origins. My believe is that the Eastern Cougar is not extinct, as Uncle Sam has pronounced from on high, but has hung on for all these years in remote parts of northern Maine and the Maritimes (see Bruce Wright, University of New Brunswick, et al), and now that its habitat and abundant food have rebounded, is back in its ancestral range.

    John Harrigan

    • Great to hear from you, John. Your tip about Bruce Wright led me to find some of his writing online. I just downloaded his book “The Ghost of North America” and am looking forward to reading it.

    • Couldn’t have said nor wrote it any better Mr. Harrigan.
      Time is on our side,sooner or later hard proof of sighting.

    • John ,
      I like how you recommend and urge others when they come across a track to take a picture of the track with something to scale. I agree strongly on this matter and I am in disbelief that no one has furnished a legitimate track with todays technology that everyone has readily access to. With the amount of trail cameras in our woods, security cameras, and personal sightings I am always reading about, I am having a hard time believing they are here at this time. I am not saying 100% they are not here but with the odds are telling me they are not. I do want to believe it and be proven wrong honestly. I see many of posts stating they are in southern NH, where as we know is more heavily populated then northern parts of our state. During the fall they’re hundreds if not numbers in the thousands of cameras in the woods to scout animal activity. As a outdoorsman and hunter myself I run 10 cameras in towns that one has been “seen”. I also know others that run up to 20 or more cameras. I can name 5 of us alone have over 150 cameras in the woods at any giving time.

      Others state they are “in shock” to see one, as I would be shocked to in seeing one but I rest assure you my camera would be trying to get a picture of it regardless of how long I seen. If I didn’t get a picture I would be spending time looking for a track. There was also a sighting stated in the past of seeing one for over 20 mins. Really? no picture from that has surfaced.

      I currently live in southern NH where rumors of one has been spotted in my town and in fact said to be in the woods on the rear of my house. Deer are their favorite food source and I must state I have a buffet of deer in a fence behind my house (yes legally fenced in deer farm) Not once have I had an issue with any deer missing or killed by a predator. I have had coyotes walk by my fencing, flying predators, and even bears in my yard. My fence is the 8 feet tall that is required by our Fish and Game commission. The fence fastened to some trees and would be really easy to be scaled by a bear or a mountain lion.

      We see multiple encounters a month if not some weeks. However we still have not solid proof. Why not yet if we have that many encounters? Is it because many want to believe they seen one and are “seeing things” out of hope? Looking to be in the spot light for a couple minutes? Who knows, but till one is killed by car, person, or a carcass is found, I find it hard to not chuckle at some of the stories I read. I read every single comment that comes through this feed. I do want to be proven wrong and have people laugh at me like I have laughed at them. Till then I still say “let’s see the proof”

      I hope I didn’t offend anyone in my thoughts. I wouldn’t want someone to be “butt hurt” over someone disagreeing in what they saw or said. Then again we are in that time where words hurt thin skinned people when they don’t see eye to eye on a topic instead of agreeing to disagree on something.

      Best regards

      • Eric what town are you near? I can say with certainty Ive seen/ documented a lion track in southern nh. I know people here that will disagree but any professional that sees the track without me mentioning its location has called it what it is. So they are here however few that may be. Most of these people on here are not outdoorsmen like yourself and not all but some have in fact probably had a real cougar sighting. Any lion around here is not resident and there for continuously on the move looking for a sign of a mate so if someone saw one in your town it probably doesn’t live there and has moved on by now. Just something to keep in mind when you’re questioning things

      • Following up on Ryan’s comment – I placed his photos of tracks on the Photos page of this blog. Check them out, they’re convincing.

      • Ryan,
        I reside in Greenfield. Sorry it took me so long to get back, I was unable to respond from my mobile. Great picture you took of a cat track. I kinda have mixed feelings about them traveling so much for a mate. They’re so many sightings in this state that sooner or later a male and female would run into each other. When mated and a female carrying kittens that female would have a pretty close home range for awhile that it felt safe to raise its offspring. With that being said the males would be on the move in search for another breeding chance during that season. On the opposite side of the year (6 months) when testosterone is not driving an animal to breed a male would also have a home range where it felt safe and had a food source to sustain it. Is it plausible yes, but with that being said it’s still tough to believe with so many sightings in a giving year.

    • Over this past weekend my friend and business partner Matt was shooting video footage for an upcoming promotion video we’re putting on for our turkey box call business. we believe that he has captured a rare sighting of a NH mountain lion…on video. Before we risk releaseing a poor abandoned house cat, we have forwarded to experts for authentication using a lot of the provided guidance in this forum. We will keep ya’ll posted! This animal was was the size of a german sheppard and was a 70 yards. It was without a doubt when I viewed the video just looking at the gigantic tail and color…but what do i know!? -Eric of Plymouth, NH

    • on March 23, 2018 at 4:45 pm | Reply Gadsden Gurl

      John Harrigan is awesome. He published my story about the blue jays eating my garage doors! First thought they were woodpeckers, but no, I caught them in the act. Seems they liked the glue in the composite wood… needless to say now I have new doors.

  169. Might be the same one I saw this past Sunday on 153 south of route 25. Same general area

  170. I am so glad I found this blog. On Friday March 4, 2016 around 5:00pm my friend and I were driving north on 153/Eaton Road between Ossipee Lake Road and Cushing Corner Road. It was not yet dusk. We saw a large tan animal with pointy ears, huge paws and a long tail cross the road ahead of us and start up the hill towards the woods. It looked exactly like the picture of a mountain lion you have on this site. As we passed (in shock!) it stopped and turned around to look at us. At that time I had no idea what it was, but my research has led me here. It sounds like James was in the same general area!

    • on April 2, 2016 at 5:45 pm | Reply Geraldine Fraser

      Sounds just like the cat we saw back in October in Sanbornville, NH. “He” walked across our front yard and he too, stopped and and looked back at us then walked on. Beautiful!

  171. Today at about 11 am I was travelling north on 153 in Effingham just south of Route 25 East. I saw a large brownish/tannish animal cross the road about 100 yards in front of me from my right to my left. When I got to the area where the animal crossed looked to my left and 20 feet from me was a mountain lion sitting a rock with its tail curled up the side of its body staring back at me. This cat was clearly bigger than my dog (70 lbs) and may have been about 100 pounds. When it crossed the road it had some length to its body and its stomach hung low. I AM 100 PERCENT SURE IT WAS A LION. I just regret being a little slow in grabbing my cell phone to take a pic I was very startled when I realized what it was

    • I saw this lion on Moulton Rd in Freedom NH on the 3rd Sunday in March at around 10:00 A.M. My IPhone was shut off because I just left church and going home. I would of been able to get a picture. He was coming across the street and he stop and turn around and was standing there watching me for a few seconds. I watched him just walk away but kept turning around at me. I told a few friends and they told me it was a bobcat but the pictures I saw I knew it was not a bobcat. I thought to google and ask about mountain lions and was glad to see your website. Now looking at your picture I know it was a Mountain Lion.


  172. on March 14, 2016 at 11:28 am | Reply Cynthia Deysher

    Where did you see it in GIW? We have a house on upper suncook lake and would like to know if it is near there. Did your mother take any photos?

  173. on March 14, 2016 at 4:38 am | Reply Michael Gallant

    Saw one yesterday, 3/12 in Gilmanton Iron Works. My mom watched her for an hour , I caught a good 20 second glimpse. Beautiful animal. Went looking for tracks sfter, but, to no avail.

  174. Last night I was woken up by the sound of what I thought was a screaming house cat being attacked by something, then thought it was a fox, then went online to do research and it sounded exactly like a mountain lion! Didn’t see anything out the window though. I’m in barlett nh. Plus, over the summer I actually spotted one crossing the road late at night in Fryeburg maine.

  175. ML crossed in front of my truck on RTE 27 traveling E in Candia NH 3/4/16 8:10am. It was very majestic and quick. Very surprised on how big it was. Def not a fisher cat or bob cat. Long thick tail. Long body and lean muscular shoulders. It made my day. To be honest I am thinking of telling the police or the folks there because that cat was no joke. I was alone in a truck but if I was out in the woods with my children or something like that I would be pretty alarmed if I came across that animal. A good reminder to maybe think about always being armed hiking in NH? Great exp.

    • This is not too far from where I found my tracks. Where on 27 Id like to look for tracks there

    • I also saw a mountain lion on 12/21/15 in Nottingham… it was a clear sunny Sunday morning and it was on Poor Farm Road. I saw it cross the street to my right while I was driving and then I pulled up next to the woods where it had crossed into and watched it go after a pack of turkeys. I have seen bobcats and fisher cats and this was much larger, with a long curling tail, red in color. Definitely an awesome story to tell!

    • on March 21, 2016 at 6:01 pm | Reply Chris Tilton

      I live in Hooksett near the Auburn border just off exit 2 on 101, in the vicinity of where you saw the cat. My wife was out walking with the kids yesterday, 3/20/2016, and she told me she saw a cat, bigger than a dog, cross the road up in front of her, about 100 yards away, right in our neighborhood. I asked her a few questions and showed her pictures of a bobcat and mountain lion and she said what she saw looked like the mountain lion.

  176. on March 10, 2016 at 2:20 pm | Reply Marie Kirker

    We live in Moultonborough NH and have a massive boulder mass that looks like a glacier boulder masse from centuries past. Our first mountain lion sightings commenced about 15 + years ago when we were walking our dogs around this boulder mass and heard hissing and then saw several “paws” reaching out from inside a cave in this boulder mass. We saw 1-2 heads look out from underneath the boulders – they were definitely mountain lions. We reported the family of mountain lions to the game wardens to ask that they relocate the family of lions and were told that mountain lions didn’t exist in NH. We knew that the game wardens were wrong….. Since our first report 15+ years ago, we have seen these mountain lions crossing and hunting our yard 29+ acres repeatedly. Our recent sighting was yesterday when we were out with our dogs and something caught the corner of our eyes, and our dogs immediately froze and looked straight at a very large 250 lb. mountain lion who was crouched down in a hunting position. After the sighting, we put our dogs inside our home, and tracked the mountain lion. We found very deep pad marks in the dirt where we tracked him/her for as long as we saw the pad marks…..when they disappeared into a heavily wooded and leafed area. The sighting happened so quickly and we did not have our phones on our body in order to take pictures. However, from now on we will carry our phones on our body in our acreage in an effort to take pictures of the lions.

    • So for 15 year’s you see them repeatedly plus paw prints and location of a den and not one picture lol gimme a break

  177. on March 6, 2016 at 2:23 am | Reply Simplymaitri

    Summer of 2014 we spent a week in Maine on the NH border in the Fryeburg doing genealogy and ancestry work. My family settled a small town in the area and we were lucky enough to work with an old timer/local historian. I asked him if there were Mt Lions in the area and he said yes but few will admit it to it because f & g would descend upon on and close the few roads that cross from Maine to NH. Just a thought.

  178. on March 3, 2016 at 12:14 am | Reply Stephen Babineau

    Saw a mountain lion cross Rt 123 a few miles west of Hancock NH on saturday morning 01/27/2016 about 10:00 AM . Big cat with long tail.

  179. on February 18, 2016 at 11:46 pm | Reply Demetra Blanchard

    we have been trying to catch our mtn lions on camera for about 8months. yes, I said lions with an s. last year my husband said he believed we had one on several occasions in our yard. nobody would believe him-at first. then several of our friends have had encounters in our driveway and we have had several instances of clear tracks in the dirt. our neighborh has also laid eyes on them apparently we have a mother with 2 kits. our localf&g has actually acknowledged their existence and had come around and spoken to several neighbors about keeping an eye on small children and pets, esp. at dusk and dawn. there’s an old logging trail that leads from the power lines, right behind our house and across the street up the mountain. we have surveillance cameras on the property but have not seen them. but we don’t usually check the footage of every night unless we hear a disturbance. though one night this paat summer I was out in my driveway painting at about 1am. I kept hearing an animal noise I didn’t recognize from different points around the property but all circling about the area in was in. I was extremely jumpy that night and felt like i was being watched. I even ran Pell Mell into the house at one point when i heard a loud screech, convinced I was about to be attacked (my husband had turned on his power drill lol). later my husband had me listen to Mt lion sounds and sure enough, it was the same as I’d heard while painting. some of the guys around here want to shoot it but I will not allow it. our property is an animalhaven, not hunting grounds, even though I suspect it got one of my cats in august. if I ever capture a pic I will be sure to pass it along

  180. Fransestown NH, February 13, 2015 I spotted one as it ran across the road ahead of our car. We stopped the car at the spot to see if we could see it in the woods but we didn’t. We have returned to the spot several times since and have been walking the deer trails there. There are lots of tracks of the mountain lion fallowing the deer. We found places where the deer have been yarding up and the mountain lion has gone through. It likes to walk along stone walls we noticed.

    • It would be great if you could put a game camera on that trail. If that’s not possible, can you get some pictures of the tracks, with a ruler or something else in the photo for scale? JR

  181. I’ve seen just about everything sence ive moved to Enfield new hampshire I own a small piece of land 15 Acer,s on bog road but behind my land is state land large piece of property so no houses I’ve seen wolf’s mountain loins bobcats ect..

  182. My husband found tracks and we are really leaning towards cat. I have pics of the prints in comparison to My own hand print and ruler. Prints were found on a walking trail in the woods behind our home in Berlin New Hampshire 3 days ago. They are almost 5 inches wide. 4 inches tall. There’s 4 toes and the pad. No claw marks registered.

  183. Talked to nh fish and game. Gentleman said there us not enough scientific evidence of a breeding population.However I beleive this is baloney.

    • Ha, standard procedure. They want nothing to do with the subject. We received the same treatment and the cat was directly in our front yard. Someone needs to get a clear picture submitted

    • The Fish & Game is not spouting baloney. They did not say that no one is seeing mountain lions. They said “there is no scientific evidence of a breeding population”. Scientific evidence would be photos, videos, carcasses, etc of said cats. Even if we do provide valid photos or videos (none of which have appeared) that is not proof of a native, breeding population. It only means that a mountain lion has been here. Said cat could be a transient (like the Connecticut cat) or a released pet. A breeding population would be multiple cats that are living here year ’round, and having litters. Fish & Game has certain scientific standards they must live by. Come on folks, produce the evidence!

      • It’s not that they’re full of it, they just don’t want to give anyone the time of day to talk about it. The average person would think F&G would be very interested in hearing about sightings and possibly researching the locations. Yet the opposite is true…they give you every reason as to why they don’t exist here and then quickly dismiss anything contrary. They’re NOT full of Bologna, they’re just quick to tell you why you didn’t see one. So you’re right, that is the solution, show them a picture or don’t even bother calling them…waste of your time and theirs.

      • Without “evidence of a breeding population” there is no funding to support it. We can’t have our already taxed F&G running around looking into sightings that have no proof other than only a visual sighting. Where would that ever get us. Get a camera, game camera or track one down on your own. Provide the F&G with some rock solid evidence and if they don’t work with you on that then maybe then it’s worth bitchin about. Think about it….

      • “Get a camera, game camera or track one down on your own.”
        Exactly. What is NH F&G supposed to do? Spend money and resources chasing down Bigfoot sightings too? Bring a 44 mag with you and a couple of dogs and plop one down on the NHFG office steps in Concord. They are very afraid of dogs (and people) and will climb the nearest tree. Just follow the tracks in the fresh snow that is finally falling!

      • I don’t think trying to tree a lion or shoot one is sound advice. Shoot it wheb a camera if you wanna get crazy

  184. 11 pm last night driving north on 106, it was walking into the forest. Small male or possibly full grown female.

  185. Driving north along Route 10 today in Marlow about at the swampy area north of the town, I was behind a small car going very slowly due to what at first I thought was a loose dog running along the shoulder of the road for about 100 yards. It was only after it veered off at a mobile home and into woods that I realized it was no dog. And the next thing was the small car ahead of me pulled over to look at it – this is the lightbulb moment when I realized for sure it was no dog, nor my second guess of a small deer. It definitely did not run like a deer. I saw one (mountain lion) up close in South Carolina (ran across road directly in front of my car) and this was the same size, shape and tail. The oddest thing of all was one day ago, I saw a bobcat, also near my home base in Acworth, NH. This cat was running across 123A just at Vilas Pool (dam) where it runs into 123. Neither time did grabbing my phone camera cross my mind due to the disbelief you first experience when you question what you are seeing (or just saw) and also because I was driving.

  186. I don’t have much for details, since this happened a few years ago and at the time, even though I was 100% positive it was a MT lion, I was told that it was impossible as they don’t exist in NH. Anyway, in Concord NH, at the intersection of Lake View Dr and Carter Hill Rd, there is a beaver pond, within 5 feet of the road. It was just after noon time, in late April, when I saw a MT lion walking across the beaver dam, which is about 15-20 feet from the road. At first I thought it was a large dog, but the tail gave it away as a MT lion. It didn’t seem to be hunting, just passing through, and didn’t seem to at care about traffic on the road.

  187. I was driving down route 31 on the Grenville/Wilton line and what I could only describe as a mountain lion ran out in front of my car. I had no idea there were large cats up here but i know what a cat looks and moves like. I started looking online and saw all the other people who say they have seen something similar.

  188. on February 2, 2016 at 12:10 am | Reply Chuck Cunningham

    I posted back on AUG 7 about my sighting of a MT Lion on the Chester Sandown town line on RT121A.

  189. Thanks Ryan. It’s only a matter of time before the state recognizes the animal as being in existence. As I posted previously, I viewed one for 45 seconds or so directly in my front yard, about 30′ off my front porch. Clearly a mountain lion…no disputing it. Several neighbors around us also saw the cat over the next week. The reason most of us don’t get photos is because we’re so taken off guard and spooked that we’re figuring out a way to move away from the animal, not snap a picture of it. They’re on the rise. Good luck to all those trying to get that illusive picture…I imagine it will happen soon. Thanks again for posting.

    • The recent comment(s) about why no photos of a Mountain Lion makes perfect sense.

      A suggestion: when paw prints are photographed it would be good to include an object of known size in the picture. A ruler would of course be ideal, but any object of definite unchanging size (e.g. a quarter or even a penny) would serve.



    • Yes Chuck I remember that and have referenced your sighting as to the tracks o found in just. Few miles proximity to there. I recall asking if I could come check for tracks or scat but never got a reply.

  190. I’ve taken pictures of tracks from chester nh. They have the obvious cat track features and measure approx. 4 inches wide and long. I found them about a mile into the woods on the side of a atv trail I took my truck out to a field for target practice and saw smaller cat tracks in the fields which then drew my attention to keep scanning other tracks. That’s where I found the bigger ones

    • Thanks to Ryan, his photos can be seen on the Photos page. They are cat tracks (not dog or coyote) and very large for a bobcat. I’ve received a lot of photos of tracks over the years I’ve run this blog. These are the first to be possible mountain lion tracks taken in New Hampshire (the GPS data on the photos check out). Kudos to Ryan for the quality of these pictures.

  191. on January 25, 2016 at 11:22 am | Reply Jeannie Zmigrodski

    On 1/22/2016 at 2 pm my husband & I were taking a walk in flintlock farms
    In Dunbarton, NH. A large cat came out of the underbrush & crossed the
    Road to woods on the other side. We were about a 100 yards from the cat
    & had a clear view as it crossed the road. We both noticed the long tail about
    Three feet in length. This development has underbrush, swamp &
    Ledge. The exact location Birchview (facing mailbox 20 on your right) the
    Cat crossed between the telephone pole & next mailbox.

  192. It just snowed out so theres gotta b tracks kills scatt something!

  193. How do I post a picture from my gamecam. Got a picture from it a couple days ago that sure looks like a mountain lion. Have shown it to a bunch of guys I know are outdoor types and hunters. All think it’s a mntn lion. Unfortunately, the snow is frozen solid from the rain last weekend, so didn’t see any tracks. Lot of game in Bedford nh area. Within 2 weeks of gamecam being in woods behind my house, got a few good deer, fisher cat, eastern coyote, gray fox, bobcat. got a good sized black bear on it last summer. love the gamecam. very very cool seeing all the wildlife in the area.

  194. I set up my Bushnell gamecam in the woods behind my house in bedford nh and found this pic on my gamecam. Unfortunately, the snow and rain we got a week or two ago followed by cold weather has frozen the snow solid. How do I post a pic here? Would like to hear comments and opinions. Thx

  195. on January 15, 2016 at 3:51 pm | Reply Felicia Phillips

    I think I have cougar tracks in my backyard in Walpole. Is there a way for me to forward you a photograph?

  196. Here’s a very intriguing report – https://naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/cougars-in-new-england/

    Too bad there’s nothing in the photo to give a sense of scale. These are clearly cat prints.

    • on January 15, 2016 at 3:20 pm | Reply BOUCHER, KENNETH R MSgt USAF AFRC 439 MXS/MXMP

      Took a picture (Jan 2014) of this track with my cell phone in Fitzwilliam, NH. It was walking in my 4 wheeler track (Must have just missed seeing it). Measures approx. 4 – 4.5 inches wide.

      johnranta commented: “Here’s a very intriguing report – https://naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/cougars-in-new-england/ Too bad there’s nothing in the photo to give a sense of scale. These are clearly cat prints.”

    • on January 15, 2016 at 11:53 pm | Reply Sean McInerney

      Seem to be legitimate. Read all the comments at the foot of that article. Many others, including you, asked about a scale of reference. Hopefully she can respond with some measurements.

  197. I saw this mt lion on 12/31/15 tracked into lost valley. It has returned twice since then, the latest was Jan 9 2016. While tracking it I lost its track. While backtracking to find where I lost it I found its print in my track. On Dec 31 I measured its right paw it is 4 1/4″ wide x 3 7/8 long

  198. There was one spotted on 1/7/16 in Brookline NH. Early afternoon in a neighbors back yard.


  199. I just seen a mtn lion this morning and I am 100% sure of it! I was driving on my way to work passing through henniker NH and I just passed the sign 202 east it was about 845 ish. The mountain lion was MASSIVE, about the same size as my full grown Great Dane if not even larger. It ran right infront of my vehicle, I had to slam on the breaks. After that it wondered the front lawn of a home near by.

  200. on January 4, 2016 at 8:37 pm | Reply Chris Demanche

    Last year I had seen a mountain lion on route 101 at about the Peterborough temple line cross the road in front of me approximately 6 feet long with tail early morning early spring it’s a very wooded area and had hills on both sides of the road 1 going down on one side and up on the other I kept doubting myself but there is nothing else it possibly could have been being the length of the tail it was golden like a yellow lab

  201. on January 3, 2016 at 3:22 am | Reply Terrie Hamlin

    My daughter swears she just saw a mountain lion on the side of the highway between Manchester and Bedford. We just left the airport.

    • Details, please. How old is your daughter? What were the lighting conditions? How long did the sighting last? Etc.

      Happy New Year!

    • on March 5, 2016 at 3:12 am | Reply Gadsden Gurl

      This is about the 6th sighting in Bedford/Merrimack area. THEY ARE HERE!

  202. I saw a mountain lion crossing the top of my driveway- but only saw it once. It was in 2013, mid fall around 11pm. I lived in Strafford NH at the time on Roller Coaster road. The area has large hills and my house was up a steep incline. As I was cresting the hill of my driveway the large cat strolled in front of my car, jumped onto a boulder and then disappeared into the woods. While fish and game said it was a bob cat- NH doesn’t have mountain lions- this was inaccurate. The cat stood very large on all 4 legs- guessing about 3-4 ft tall, was slightly slender, it had a beautiful face with lines similar to that of a cheetah on the face, the rest was a solid color light tan/ brown and the tail was long- almost the same length as the cat. Bob cats are much smaller and their tails are not long and slender. For what it is worth- there are definitely mountain lions in NH!

    • Once you see that long heavy tail it stays with you all your life. I saw mine in June of this year. I just regret that I didn’t stop my car and tried to photograph some tracks or scat.

  203. on November 13, 2015 at 11:46 pm | Reply Kimberly O'Regan

    I saw one jetted out of the woods on 93 south. Luckily I was not going so fast, it was very quick. It was long, tannish in color with long whiskers and a long tail. That is all I could see.

  204. 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.

  205. 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.

    • on March 5, 2016 at 3:10 am | Reply Gadsden Gurl

      Bedford is a hot spot for these critters and my friends there have set up game cams and intend to get a picture of this animal!!!!

  206. 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

  207. (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.

  208. Test.

  209. 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!

  210. 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.

  211. 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.

  212. 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!

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

  214. 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?!?

      • on March 4, 2016 at 9:57 pm GadsdenGurl

        Funny that I grew up in that town now I live in New Hampshire and we see plenty of them here

  215. 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.

  216. 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.)

  217. 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.

  218. 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

  219. 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..

  220. 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.

  221. 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.

      • on March 4, 2016 at 9:52 pm GadsdenGurl

        So why not post the pictures here’s the zoo skin them?

      • on March 4, 2016 at 9:53 pm GadsdenGurl

        Whoops that didn’t come out right sorry what I was trying to say was it is easy to scan pictures so why not post them here?

  222. 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.

  223. 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.

      • on March 4, 2016 at 9:51 pm GadsdenGurl

        Oh yes I once wrote to John about the Blue Jays that we’re picking my garage door to death I thought they were woodpeckers until I finally caught them they were just plain old Blue Jays I haven’t seen a Bluejay in ages now

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

  225. 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

  226. 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

  227. 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.

  228. 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.

  229. 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.

  230. 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

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

  232. 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.

  233. 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.

  234. 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.

  235. Jefferson nh right down road from santas village

  236. 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

  237. Thank you. That needed to be said.

  238. 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.

  239. 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.

  240. 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.

  241. 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

  242. 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.

  243. 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.

  244. 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.

  245. 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.

  246. 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.

  247. 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.

  248. 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”.

  249. 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

  250. 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.

  251. 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.

  252. 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.

  253. 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

  254. 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.

  255. Shane call me 978 376 2549

  256. 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?

  257. 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.

  258. 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.

  259. 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.

  260. 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

  261. 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

  262. 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.

  263. 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.

  264. 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.

  265. 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!!

  266. 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

  267. 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.

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

  269. 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

  270. 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!

  271. 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

  272. 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.

  273. 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….

  274. 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

      • 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.

      • 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.

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

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

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

  275. 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.

  276. 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.

  277. 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

  278. 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.

  279. 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

  280. 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.

  281. 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.

  282. 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.

  283. 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!

  284. 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,

  285. Oops correction. May 13,2015

  286. 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

  287. 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.

  288. 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

  289. 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.

  290. 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.

  291. 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

  292. 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,

  293. 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.

  294. 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!

  295. 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.

  296. 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.

  297. 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!”

  298. 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).

  299. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  300. 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


  301. 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!

  302. 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.

  303. 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.

  304. 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.

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

  306. 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).

  307. 12/30/2014 9:15 Route 202 A infront of Strafford elementary school, saw full grown lion clear as day.

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

    • 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.

  308. 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

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

  310. 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.

  311. 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.

  312. 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,


  313. 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?

  314. 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.

  315. 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.

  316. 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.

  317. ~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..,

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

  319. 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

  320. 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

  321. 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!

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

  323. 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?

  324. 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?

  325. 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..

  326. 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

  327. 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.

  328. 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

  329. 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

  330. 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.

  331. 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!”

  332. 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.

  333. 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.

  334. 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!)

  335. 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.

  336. 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

  337. 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 ???

  338. 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.

  339. 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.

  340. 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.

  341. 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′

  342. 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.

  343. 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.

  344. 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 !

  345. 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.

  346. 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.

  347. 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.

  348. 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.

  349. 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!

  350. 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.

  351. 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.

  352. 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!).

  353. 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.

  354. 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

  355. 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

  356. 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.

  357. 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.

  358. 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

  359. 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.

  360. 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.

  361. 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.

  362. 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

  363. 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.

  364. 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

  365. 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

  366. 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

  367. 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!

  368. 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.

  369. 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.

  370. 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

  371. 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

  372. I have pictures of the prints

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

  374. 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.


  375. 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!

  376. 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.

  377. 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

  378. 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.

  379. 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.

  380. 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.

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

    • 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!

    • 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.

  381. 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.

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

  383. 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.

  384. 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.

  385. 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.

      • 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 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

      • 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.

  386. 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?

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

  388. 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.

  389. 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.

  390. 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.

  391. 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!

      • 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??

      • 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.

  392. 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! 🙂

    • 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

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

      Where was this?

  393. 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.


  394. 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.

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

  396. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  397. 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!

  398. 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.

  399. 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.

  400. 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.

  401. 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..

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

  403. 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

  404. 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.

  405. 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).

  406. 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.

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

  408. 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!

  409. 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

  410. 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.

  411. 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.

  412. 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.

  413. 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.

  414. 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.

  415. 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

  416. 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

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

    • 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 .

  417. 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

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

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

  419. 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

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

  421. 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

  422. 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?

  423. 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.

  424. 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.

  425. 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.

  426. 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.

  427. 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.

  428. 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.

  429. 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.

  430. 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 .

  431. 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.

  432. 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!

  433. 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?

  434. 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.

  435. 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?

  436. 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”.

  437. 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.

  438. 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!!!!

  439. 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?

  440. 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…

  441. 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.

  442. 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.

  443. 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.

  444. 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

  445. 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.

  446. 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.

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

  448. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  449. 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.

  450. 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.

  451. 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.

  452. 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

  453. 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

  454. 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.

  455. 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.”

  456. 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.

  457. 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.

      • 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

      • 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

  458. 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.

  459. 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?”

  460. 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.


  461. 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.

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

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

  463. 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.

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

    Today about 4;30pm on