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Mountain Lion Fever Comes to New Canaan

Animal Control investigates a report that a mountain lion killed a deer in town.

Reports that a mountain lion killed a deer in New Canaan are not true, according to .  She said the animal was hit by a car, and eviscerated by foxes and raccoons.

Residents at Old Norwalk Road called at about 1:15 a.m. Friday morning, after being awakened by the sounds of animals fighting, police said. Officers were dispatched, and found the carcass of a buck that Kleinschmidtt said weighed about 150 pounds.

Kleinschmidtt said she was told the homeowners were concerned it was a montain lion, because the sounds of the fight were not familiar to them, and she was asked by police to investigate. She spoke to Patch after returning from the scene. 

“People are thinking about ,” Kleinschmidtt said. DEP officials are working with Greenwich police to locate a large cat that has been identified as a mountain lion, in the vicinity of north King St., near Brunswick School.

Kleinschmidtt said she is not familiar with patterns of behavior of a mountain lion, so she called Chip Stahl, from Animal Wildlife Solutions in Stamford, to help her investigate.

“He said this was definitely not a mountain lion,” Kleinschmidtt told Patch. “A mountain lion would have taken the rear haunches. The only thing that was taken out were the innards. The trapper said this is probably small animals, raccoon and fox.”

Kleinschmidtt said the animal’s injuries were consistent with a run in with an automobile.

“One thing was determined is this animal was hit by a car and it wasn’t a mountain lion,” she said. “It definitely wasn’t a mountain lion.”

Canaanite June 10, 2011 at 04:23 PM
This just goes to show you that people who don't know shouldn't speculate and cause panic about suspected mountain lions killing deer or other animals until that fact has been established by experts.
NCMom June 11, 2011 at 05:28 PM
Ah ha! Now that the mountain lion from Greenwich was found killed in MILFORD, on the Merrit Parkway/Route 15 , maybe the Old Norwalk Road residents were quite correct! Certainly New Canaan is on the way from Greenwich to Milford! Why not give a little credit that the people could probably disctinguish the sounds of a racoon ... from something much, much larger?
Canaanite June 12, 2011 at 04:44 PM
Are you kidding? Did you even read the article? It was proven the dear kill was not caused by the mountain lion. That aside, I doubt very much that the Old Norwalk Road residents are animal experts or know what all wildlife sound like in the throes of death. . . Thus, just because they heard something they haven't heard before hardly means that by default, it must have been the mountain lion. The size of the beast, by the way, has nothing to do with the sounds it makes . . .
360 Fitness July 11, 2011 at 02:31 PM
There is a confirmed (by NC Animal Control) coyote den in the immediate Old Norwalk Rd. area. A pack of coyotes would make mince meat of a deer carcass and perhaps the sounds they made were not familiar to the neighbors. Four coyote pups have been seen frolicking around the area in recent days...
NCFamily July 27, 2011 at 02:42 AM
Let's see...the deer allegedly was hit by a car yet no driver reported the accident in New Canaan nor in any surrounding towns. The deer was found several hundred feet off Old Norwalk Road near the Five Mile River on a neighbor's lawn. The marks left behind on the lawn were similar to something being dragged across it. Seems to me that the deer was dragged after being struck by the car. At a weight of 150 pounds neither foxes nor raccoons could not drag it. The next night the mountain lion was struck by a car in Milford within the same time frame as the time reported to the New Canaan police. Since New Canaan is between Greenwich and Milford, it is quite possible that the mountain lion passed through New Canaan. Now we know that the mountain lion that was hit by a SUV in Milford, CT actually traveled from South Dakota. I agree with you NC Mom! The mountain lion did not board a bus to get from Greenwich to Milford within a few days. It walked and probably ate something during its travels.
NCMom July 27, 2011 at 03:43 AM
yep!

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