SUV Kills Mountain Lion in Milford [Updated]

Crash occurs after midnight on Route 15; DEP investigating whether this is the same one seen in Greenwich.

Update 12:35 p.m.

Greenwich police are confirming that a 140-pound male mountain lion killed on Route 15 in Milford Saturday morning "may be the one" sighted in Greenwich on Sunday.

The animal "has been transferred to a DEP facility for further examination," according to a press release from Lt. Kraig Gray, public information officer at the Greenwich Police Department.

"This incident is still under investigation by DEP EnCon [Environmental Conservation] Police, part of which will be to determine if in fact the cat killed in the collision is the same cat seen in Greenwich," Gray said.

"Mountain lions can travel long distances and may have found its way to Milford," he said.

Earlier story:

State Police are investigating after troopers say an SUV struck and killed a mountain lion on Route 15 in Milford, according to CBS Connecticut.com.

The crash occurred on the northbound side of the parkway near exit 55 around 12:40 a.m. Saturday, according to the website.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured, and the animal was pronounced dead at the scene, CBS Connecticut.com stated.

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection confirmed the animal to be a mountain lion and responded to remove the animal, according to CBS Connecticut.com.

It isn’t clear whether the mountain lion is the same one last spotted on Sunday in the King Street area of Greenwich.

Officials with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Greenwich police and state police could not immediately be reached for comment.

Greenwich police reported Friday that state officials from Connecticut and New York are working together to investigate the status of two permitted mountain lions in New York state that “are reasonably close to Greenwich.”

“Given that these animals can (and do) travel great distance reasonably close does not mean [they necessarily came to Greenwich from] the town right next door,” Lt. Kraig Gray, public information officer at the Greenwich Police Department, said in a press release.

Though the Greenwich now has its own , the beast has eluded further .

The lion hasn’t been seen since Sunday and police haven’t received any calls of the outside of the King Street area, Gray said..

Reports emerged last weekend of sightings of a mountain lion, and Greenwich Police on Wednesday released a photo taken of the elusive animal, taken June 5 on the King Street campus of .

Officials of the private all boys school have placed the campus—which abuts the Westchester County Airport—off limits to activities and are allowing only faculty and staff on the bucolic acreage that is across the road from the and just up the road from the town-owned .

DEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette, has said it's very likely "a mountain lion that has been held in captivity and either escaped or was released."

Natalie Jarnstedt June 15, 2011 at 04:21 PM
MOUNTAIN LION: http://www.greenwichtime.com/default/article/Only-one-mountain-lion-state-insists-others-not-1423074.php http://www.greenwichtime.com/default/article/DEP-Conn-mountain-lion-likely-was-captive-animal-1422155.php
Natalie Jarnstedt June 15, 2011 at 04:41 PM
I've already heard of a conspireacy theory that the DEP has released mountain lions in CT secretly...
Susan June 15, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Good grief, I wish the DEP would talk to the public with honesty because we are not stupid people. This whole thing makes them look unintelligent. Why is there a need to be dishonest? Of right politics.
Darlene Woodman June 15, 2011 at 08:05 PM
If we have coyotes and bobcats, and bear, then really, why is a mountain lion such a big story? I understand that they "are not supposed to be in CT", but obviously they are (I believe the sanity of the people who claim they saw the animals). I know mountain lions are dangerous, I do have small children and a small dog, our fenced in backyard would not keep the animal out, nor would it keep out a coyote or a bear. I, for one, think the animal should be respected and treated like any other wild animal. If you KNOW they are in CT, keep your children safe, don't tie your dogs up outside and leave them unattended (you wouldn't do that to your kids, I hope), and don't get upset with the DEP for their naive comments, even when they seem totally clueless. Safety isn't dependent on whether or not the DEP says, "Yeah, wow, you people were right, it IS an Eastern Mountain Lion". Just be safe and stop taking away all of the animals' natural habitats.
Natalie Jarnstedt June 15, 2011 at 08:28 PM
You couldn't be more correct! Thank you! Even without mountain lions, it never ceases to amaze and surprise me how people, knowing of other wildlife, can casually allow their pets outside day and night! The DEP's response(s) shouldn't shock anyone, after all, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" - Upton Sinclair


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