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Mountain Lion Spotted Near Audubon Greenwich

That mountain lion may still be wandering around Greenwich after all. A homeowner reported one in his backyard Sunday morning, police said.

Another mountain lion, thought to be the one seen on King Street several times since May 31, was struck and killed by a motorist early Saturday on the Merritt Parkway near exit 55 in Milford. However, a Greenwich homeowner on John Street reported seeing a large tan cat in his backyard at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Four other members of his family, who described the animal as a mountain lion, also saw it.

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Police was contacted, and representatives responded to the area near the Audubon Greenwich to look for signs of the animal. No photos were taken of the cat, and it had no contact with people or domestic animals. Audubon Greenwich has closed its trails until further notice.

On Saturday, State Police notified DEP at 1 a.m. that a mountain lion had been struck by a 2006 Hyundai Tucson SUV. The 140-pound male lion died. The driver was not injured. The big cat’s body was taken to a DEP facility for an examination. The DEP police are trying to determine whether the animal was the same one seen in Greenwich.

There is no native population of mountain lions in Connecticut, and the Eastern mountain lion has been declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

On June 5, several Brunswick School faculty members saw a mountain lion on the school’s King Street campus. The cat was seen near a wooded area walking into heavy brush. A crew from Greenwich Emergency Medical Services spotted a mountain lion in the same area.

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