The tales of mountain lion sightings seem to take on mythical status anywhere east of the Mississippi, but especially in the Northeast where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in March declared the eastern cougar extinct. Well it seems as if someone has some explaining to do. First, residents of the tony Fairfield County community of Greenwich reported a big cat roaming their woods late last week and now Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection officials report that a mountain lion was struck and killed by a car in Milford.

Although the D.E.P. suspects that the cat(s) was an animal that somehow escaped captivity, they were unable to locate anyone who had a permit to keep one anywhere east of the Hudson River. They are also investigating whether the cat that was killed in Milford is the same one seen in Greenwich located about 60 miles away.