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Liverpool , Nova Scotia

August 27, 2003 - 9:50pm
Cougar Sightings

I used to enjoy reading the cougar sightings on Speaker's Corner. Hopefully, this new format will provide a forum for a whole new series of cougar sightings around Atlantic Canada and the New England States.

Bring 'em on!

Stuart Kenn
Beeton , Ontario

December 17, 2003 - 2:38pm
Please visit the Ontario Puma Foundation website at www.ontariopuma.ca

The Ontario Puma Foundations status on the North American Puma (Puma concolor couguar) in Ontario is endangered despite COSEWICs status of indeterminate. To date the OPFs calculated population (based on several criteria) is 250-300 animals. Once this number reaches a population of 800 animals we will feel confortable changing our status to vulnerable.

Unfortunately, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and COSEWIC still refer to this animal as felis concolor - a name outdated several years ago. Therefore, the current puma in Ontario doesnt even have a classification and this error makes it very difficult to receive funding for research, rehabillitation and recovery projects. Once these agencies catch up to the current scientific information we will be able to move forward together to recover Ontarios population.

The OPF currently has 40 members made up of biologists, zoologists, ecologists, trappers and other people interested in the recovery of this animal. We are currently collecting more data on the puma so that we can determine the distribution and territories of individual animals. This data will be used to determine how this animal disperses and as a result we will be able to pre-determine what habitat and corridors should be protected.

Please contact us if you have any further questions.


Stuart Kenn, President
Ontario Puma Foundation
Centreville , NS

March 10, 2004 - 1:47am
I believe I have an Eastern Cougar range nearby and have followed its tracks for some distance. Others claim to have made sightings over the past 3 years. I know little about establishing if the animal is a long term resident of the particular area but there has been some indication there could be at least two kittens seen in the last 3 yrs. Not everyone is excited about this but I find it fascinating. Would like to discuss repercusions with someone in the know.
Mineville , Nova Scotia

August 8, 2004 - 12:38am
Hi, My family and I sighted an Eastern Cougar in Fundy National Park, New Brunswick (in 1986). We were driving along the highway, enroute to on of the lakes for an evening of canoeing, when the animal stepped out on the highway approximately 100metres in front of us. I stopped the car and grabbed my camera but the animal simply meleted into the bush on the side of the road before I was able to get out and take the photo. we reported the sighting immediately to Park staff.

Additionally, I know of a cougar sighting (by an observer whose was not given to exageration) along the Salmon River, approximately 3 miles from the town of Guysborough (NS), which occured in the winter of 1962.The animal crossed the river and was visible for some time before disappearing into the bush. Unfortunately, the ice conditions at that time did not permit further investigation.

As well, a close friend (also not one given to exagertion nor to telling tall stories) sighted what he believes to have been a cougar crossing a swamp in the area of Sheffield Mills (NS).This sighting took place about three weeks ago.
John A. Lutz
Maysville , West Virginia
United States of America

September 6, 2004 - 11:12pm
Having been involved with cougar, mountain lion, puma or black panther reports since 1965, I would like to say, the big cats do exist and are continuing to breed in some eastern states and Canada.
In those last 39+ years, we have investigated & collected over 7,000 reports, with the majority from credible witnesses with forestry, law enforcement & wildlife backgrounds.
Contrary to popular belief, much evidence has been collected & confirmed by scientists associated with Earth Science Fields.
We are seeking people interested in serious discussions of sightings between the 1920s thru today in the eastern U.S & Canada.
Halifax , N.S.

February 17, 2005 - 9:31pm
I'm a big fan of the Cougar, and have seen a wild one at a distance of less than 3 feet, it was stalking a foal at a horse ranch in the Annapolis Valley when I happened to walk by with a friend. It was near dusk and we saw something break cover towards the horse paddock. The horses started making a lot of noise and running in circles. The cat covered the 50 yards between the fence and us in a few seconds. It jumped 15+ feet to land right in front of me, it turned bared its teeth, snarled, and swiped the air. Then it bolted off into the undergrowth.
My friend turned and looked at me and said "Was that what I think it was?"
I replied "Yeah, we may have just seen one of the elusive Eastern Cougars."

It was a real treat, I spent a lot of time out with my camera trying in vain to catch another glimpse of the cat. I found trace of the cat, but was never fortunate enough to sight the cat again.
Coeymans Hollow , New Yok

March 28, 2005 - 4:46am
Hi all, I have been very interested in the Eastern Cougar for over 2 years now. It started with a horse in the neighborhood that was killed and eaten. In this area, and many here in New York cougars are spotted, and there are "HOT SPOTS" The problem is the DEC denys they exist. I have seen one myself, and it was not a good situation because it was in my horse pasture, and some of my horses broke through the fence when I had arrived. I have been taking sighting reports for these two years and studying there habits. The high number of reports from very credible people, and great details. I also do alot of work with field cameras and tracking. I do not believe these are EASTERN cougars but cougars that now live in the North East! How they got here I am not sure, what I am sure of is there is a population,that is breeding and doing very well. My biggest concern is that there is no education on this cat living in this area, and folks are told over & over they are not here, and if you are encountered you are not to harm them! These predators will not only eat your livestock they will eat you! People should be warned of there existance and what to do to protest themselves and livestock. They are on the "ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST" here which if you kill one it comes with a fine and possible jail. I have a huge problem with that! You should be able to protest your self from any thing that can cause you harm or kill you, then be threatened with the law just adds to the danger! Officals ask for that "hard proof" and there is a site Easten cougar.net that ask for proof but when you try to offer tracks, pictures or evidence it is a dead end, and the test for scat is $200.00 out of my pocket?? So does any one really want the help or do they already have there answers and don't know how to present to this State, we have a predator here that can kill you. All of the sighting reports I have, other than the ones seen passing by in a car, the cat was very, very bold!! Just strolling through property of homes in mid day, with not a care or scare of a human being! So what is this cat we have here? And why does DEC deny they are here?
Linville , Virginia

April 1, 2005 - 6:13am
On March 28th, at about 12:15am, I turned into our subdivision road. I was on my way home from working the 3-11 pm shift on Sunday, when a large object pounced past the headlights of my truck. It ran up a slight hill between two homes and stopped. When it turned it's head, I could see the light reflecting off of it's eyes. I backed the truck up a little and pointed it up hill to see what it was. Well, it was the biggest cat I ever saw! It was as big as a large German Shephard and its tail was very large. It turned broadside, sitting down and wrapped it's tail around its side. I live .4 of a mile up the hill from the incident. I watched the cougar for about 2-3 minutes, drove to my house and notified the sheriff of the sighting.
My family lives approximately 10 miles north of Harrisonburg, VA in the Linville/Edom area,
Coeymans Hollow , New Yok

September 6, 2005 - 3:17am
Visit us at http://Trackincats.com we are interested in your sighting reports, and we have loads of cougar information for you to read.

Everyone should READ: "What to do if Encountered"
Melvern Square , Nova Scotia

February 27, 2006 - 11:16pm
I've been told that there has been sightings of a cougar (mountain lion) just outback of my home, in one of the farmers fields. I guess somebody took a picture of the paw print and took in to Oaklawn farms and they confirmed it as being the print of a cougar. I'm thinking that they may have made a mistake. I see bears, fox, cyotes, fox, deer, etc. around here. Just wondering weather they may have spotted my dog, as he tends to wonder from time to time, and took a pic. of his paw? I don't see how the Zoo can identify a paw print by picture, maybe by a plaster mould, but not a picture.
Auburn , Nova Scotia

January 10, 2008 - 11:41am
Hi on tuesday night my husband was comming back from a late hockey game.And as he was comming up the front deck something startled him and he look to see a large animal jump over the deck rail about 10ft in the air and run across the front yard.The animal disappeard in the woods toward Oaklawn farm zoo and my husband went to view the prints,saw the size and came into the house and woke me to tell me there was a bob cat on the deck outside my window.I was freaked at that.8am the next morning I went outside with camera and measuring tape in hand and took tons of pics.Called Dept.of Natural resources and they wanted me to forward the pics to have a tech.look at them.Some of the measurements of the prints I took were a paw print appox8inches in length to 5inches wide,pretty big to me.And as the animal was running away the distance between each set was 8ft..They called me back at 2pm and told me they believe it was indeed a cougar and my pictures I took were very valuable and good quality and that I have nothing to worry about.They are more afraid of me and not to worry about putting my dog out to go pee(pomerian too).I have to small kids and are terrified about it comming back.My husband says I am just getting worked up and that it won't come back.But this morning as I took my daughter to the bus stop the grounds are all muddy from the rain last night.Well what do you know but the same size prints as what was in my yard yesterday and each paw print are about 2ft apart..I did not take pics this morning.But the DNR said they would send someone to take them...What is on the go?I know for a fact they are the same prints nothing makes them that big do they??posted Jan10/08

May 17, 2009 - 9:10am
I`ve seen two in NB now in the last few years,good look at one recently 38 KMS North of Moncton on the 126 Hwy,dark brown/black tip on tail,beautiful cat,
Denis Desjardins
Grand Falls , New Brunswick

June 21, 2009 - 1:26pm
Back in late May of 1988 on a warm Sunday morning, my buddy and I were coming back from a camp we rented from a local guy. The camp was located on Sutherland Road in Drummond, New Brunswick. There's a private dirt road that is in the woods leading up to the camp that is roughly 1 Km long. Anyway, we were heading back home slowly driving when a HUGE black cat (bigger than a german shepard!) walk past my pick-up in front of us. We knew it was a cat right away because it had its belly low on the ground like it was sneaking on something and the tail was pretty long as well. The cougar/panther was approxiamtely 100 feet in front of us. When we got to the point where it had crossed the road we could see it running in the woods, jumping over brushes. We could not beleive it! I'm so glad I had someone with me. To this day we still remember that sighting!
Sault Ste. Marie , ON

June 1, 2010 - 2:39pm
I've been bush-whacking for close to 40 years and finally seen my first set of cougars last year north east of Echo Bay Ontario, not one but a pair of cougars. I've seen plenty of Lynx, Bobcats and even Fishers throughout my lifetime but never any cougars until 2009. There is nothing like it! The first thing that catches you off-guard and attention is the long-tail and muscular body. These cats are long and low-riders, kind of reminds me of German Sheppard dog stance. Quick as lightning! There is no time to get out the camera. These images will be with me for the rest of my life. Others have spotted the same two cats in the region. The terrain is rocky and a river is close by.

Chapel Island , N.S.

June 5, 2010 - 12:48am
Haha so glad i found this site.So glad someone else saw the same thing I saw. In 1996 I saw a black cougar crossing the highway just outside River Bourgeois. I wasn't alone that day, there was a man on a motorcycle in front of me. He got a closer look than I did, by the time I slowed down to where the motorcyle was the cougar was just entering the woods.

A few years ago my cousin had a cougar sighting at her home in Chapel Island. It ripped apart her screened gazebo on her patio and left a huge claw mark in one of her seat cushions.

Just this winter another cousin of mine got a picture of a cougar in the woods behind his house, he also got pictures of pawprints.
Eastern Passage , Nova Scotia

July 1, 2010 - 11:52pm
I just saw a cougar tonight(Canada Day 2010) in Eastern Passage at 7:40 pm. It ran across the road in front of me while I was driving. What a beautiful animal. Glad I found this sight to know there are other people who saw Eastern Cougars.
John Earle
Dartmouth , Nova Scotia

August 6, 2010 - 8:59pm
I know many people in Shelburne County near Barrington Passage who have seen cougars to convince me that they are indeed alive and well in this province. A friend of mine told me his uncle was digging a well up in Inverness and turned around to see a cougar watching him from the edge of the forest some 40 feet from where he was digging.
Brian FitzGerald
Kentville , NS

August 21, 2010 - 9:51pm
Tonite there was a large cat spotted in our yard travelling up our lane, it had short legs approximately 3-4' feet in length with a long tail, dark ears but with a tan/ dark coat; it was seen by three people, we think it may have been the eastern cougar, it was located near Dundee Cape Breton, the next door neighbour saw the same cat in 2008. I now believe that the eastern cougar exists in this province.
sydney blum
Tatamagouche , Nova Scotia

August 28, 2010 - 7:34am
Around 5:30 yesterday afternoon, in full daylight, my husband and I were driving along the beginning of Sand Point Road near Tatamagouche in Colchester County, Nova Scotia when we saw a cougar standing in the road. It started to move into the woods so we approached slowly in our car to try and get a better look. It then disappeared from our view. it was tawny in color with a definitively cat-like head and a long tail. It was about the size of the local coyotes.
Lori Herod
Musquodoboit Harbour , NS

October 24, 2010 - 9:42am
Just last week my son and I happened to look out our dining room window at lunchtime and there was a cougar in our driveway. Unfortunately I did not get a picture before he moved off into the woods. We left a message with Natural Resources but no-one ever called back. Cougars are definitely alive and well in Nova Scotia! Some people we've told are skeptical but there isn't any other animal that looks like a cougar - certainly no house cat gets that big lol.

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