Cougar sighting reports in New Jersey keep coming through my email.
For nearly a year now, I’ve received dozens of reports from across the state from people claiming to have seen a mountain lion, also known as a cougar.
I have attempted to chronicle these reports and many of them can be found here.
I will definitely report that there is no way to positively authenticate these reports – no way to know if the “witnesses” actually saw anything, or are just trying to “pull a quick one”.
The reports I’ve received recently seem to focus on two main areas: Sussex County in North Jersey and the Cumberland and Cape May County areas in South Jersey.
I actually spoke to a rep from the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife last week, who told me the official state line, “There are no cougars in New Jersey.” He admitted, however, that it’s possible mountain lions are making their way into the northern parts of the state, but he doubted there were any in the South Jersey area.
Despite this, the emails keep coming.
In the past two months, I have received a couple of reports of an animal being seen in the vicinity of the Millville airport.
Now, we have a report of a cougar near the Cape May Airport, which is located in the Lower Township of Cape May County.
My latest report came Monday night from a witness who said they had just seen an animal, literally minutes earlier.
The last email is from someone I’ll identify as “C”. Here is part of C’s email that he sent me. C says this happened around 6:38pm on Monday 30 January 2023.
“I think we just saw a puma down at the Cape May airport on Breakwater Road. No photographic evidence because it was dark. But two rides – it looked like the shape of a cat. My initial thought it was a coyote but it had the markings puma facials.” He went for a third pass and another truck had pulled up with a flashlight and disappeared.
I’m interested in whether anyone else saw what C saw.
If you have, or have another sighting to report, my email address is [email protected].
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