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Large Cat Spotted on King Street in Greenwich

Three sightings of a large cat have been reported in the King Street area of Greenwich since May 31, police said.

On Sunday, several Brunswick School faculty members saw what they described as a mountain lion on the school’s King Street campus. The cat was seen near the wooded area and walked into heavy brush. A crew from Greenwich Emergency Medical Services also spotted the cat. Thus far, the animal has not confronted any person or domestic animal.

“Healthy wild animals are rarely aggressive toward humans,” said Rick Jacobson, director of the state Department of Environmental Protection's Wildlife Division. “We simply recommend residents remain vigilant in supervising children and pets when outdoors.”

According to Denise Savageau, conservation director for the town, the type of large cat was being investigated. According to the DEP, the mountain lion was eliminated from eastern United States more than 100 years ago. Most reported sightings of mountain lions turn out to be coyotes or bobcats.

DEP wildlife experts and Environmental Conservation Police were working with local officials to examine information to determine the type of cat spotted. The only naturally occurring large wild cat in Connecticut is the bobcat. If a mountain lion or bobcat is seen in the wild, stand up tall and wave your arms, make loud noises and be aggressive, including throwing sticks and stones. Make sure to remove all food sources, including pet food and garbage. Police recommend Greenwich residents be extra vigilant in dealing with large wildlife.

What do you do to protect your home from wild animals, from bobcats to raccoons? Comment below or send your responses to ahelhoski@thedailygreenwich.com.

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