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Greenwich Big Cat Confirmed: It's a Mountain Lion

The big cat sighted on King Street in Greenwich is a mountain lion, says the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

The department is working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police to obtain a trap for the animal, according to Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Dwayne Gardner. The department says that in states where mountain lions are plentiful, contact with humans is rare. Three sightings of the mountain lion 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.

Greenwich Relay for Life changed the location for its event this weekend from the Brunswick School King Street campus to the SoNo Field House in Norwalk because of the sightings.

If you encounter a mountain lion, the Department of Environmental Protection suggests standing tall and waving your arms, making loud noises and acting aggressively, 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. If anyone sees the animal, don't hesitate to contact the Greenwich Police Department.

Will you be taking any special precautions because of the King Street sighting?

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