Police received a report of a mountain lion sighting at about 6 p.m. Saturday, officials said.
The sighting on Gerdes Road is the third in the past month and very close to the most recent one, on Aug. 8 on White Oak Shade Lane.
Animal Control Officer Allyson Halm said the cougar was seen at the edge of a resident’s yard and that the sighting is credible based on the eyewitness descriptions.
Yet another mountain lion sighting had been reported Friday night on nearby Brookside Road, Halm said, though it was too dark outside at the time to be classified as credible.
Halm said she is encouraging residents to always be prepared with air horns to haze any predatory animal and is urging those who have seen mountain lions to contact the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection directly.
A man told Halm that he’d seen a mountain lion pass in front of him while jogging on Hoyt Farms Road on the morning of July 20 .
Also known as ‘cougars’ or ‘pumas,’ mountain lions are reclusive creatures that feed mainly on deer, raccoons, rodents and various small mammals, experts say. Ten years ago, a mountain lion made regional headlines after it was photographed in Greenwich and later struck and killed by a motor vehicle on the parkway in Milford—a young male that DEEP officials determined through DNA evidence had traveled east all the way from South Dakota. That’s a distance of more than 1,500 miles—one of the longest journeys ever recorded of a land mammal in North America, and more than twice the distance ever recorded for a dispersing mountain lion.
According to the Mountain Lion Foundation, a nonprofit conservation and education organization, the animals seek to avoid humans, though unprotected pets can make for easy prey.