If wildlife officials were hoping that the mountain lion killed on a Connecticut highway a week ago were hoping that would put an end to reported mountain lion sightings, they were mistaken. Several more sightings have been reported, including some deemed credible.

The most recent reports come from the Fairfield, Conn., area. Local papers are reporting that a gentleman named Paul Hiller, that town’s chief fiscal officer, was on his way to work this morning when the large cat crossed the road in front of him.

Hiller described the animal as about four feet long, with a yellowish coat. He said he has seen bobcats, a much smaller species, and said it was definitely not a bobcat.

On Tuesday afternoon, also in Fairfield, a woman reported seeing a mountain lion.

Given the steady rate of sightings over the years, it seems likely that there is a resident population here in New England. It could well be that some were originally released or escaped. There is plenty of food for the predator, and areas of remote terrain are a suitable habitat for them.

Another possible explanation is that some individual animals have migrated eastward from their traditional western range. Their food of preference is deer, and with the explosion in the deer population here, there’s plenty for them. This is a similar explanation for the development of the coyote-wolf mix that has been discovered in what had been previously regarded as the eastern coyote.

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