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Mountain lion sightings reported in eastern CT

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NORTH STONINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Mountain lions are the talk of the town in eastern Connecticut since residents in one town have reported several sightings of a big cat. 

North Stonington residents have been reporting a big cat, 5' long, weighing 100 pounds, with a long tail. 

Community leaders believe there have been at least 15 credible sightings of the big cats in North Stonington alone. 

Conservation Commission Chairman Bill Ricker has been tracking the sightings.

"They're not after people's dogs and cats, they're not after children. If you're hiking through the woods in our state, they'll go in the opposite direction and I dare you say you'll never see them if they see you," Ricker said. 

The Connecticut DEEP isn't so sure the big cats are actually here. Spokesman Dennis Schain said DEEP has not seen what they consider credible photographs, footprints or scat to confirm the cats' presence.

According to naturalist Steven Sarnoski, anything is possible. 

"There could be one in the state, maybe it's another traveler or maybe it's more commonly the bobcat, which is our most found and distributed wildcat in Connecticut," Sarnoski said. 

If you see a large cat, take a picture of it. State and local experts said they need to see evidence of a paw print or fur to prove mountain lions are in the state.

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