Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 9th, 2010
John Lutz’s Eastern Puma Research Network lists the following as confirmations
of known cougars/mountain lion encounters in Maine:
1) near Paris, Maine, in Dec. 2005,
2) near Waldoboro, Maine, in 1996,
3) near Whitneyville, Maine, in 1995,
4) reports by retired Maine Game Wardens near Masaardis & Baileyville, Maine,
5) a 1995 videotape on Long Lake, Maine,
6) a 1994 videotape by retired Game Warden & Trail Guide Dean Wiggens, and
7) a report just two weeks ago near Kennebunk, Maine.
Now comes forth a new sighting from Kip Yattaw, sighted on August 2, 2010, at 7 am. The sighting occurred very near the Owls Head Transportation Museum, which is located at 117 Museum Street, Owls Head, Maine. This specific sighting location would be off Rt. 73 in Owls Head, Maine, two miles from U.S. Route 1. It is two miles south of Rockland, eight miles south of Camden and about 85 miles north of Portland, Maine
Here is Yattaw’s report:
I don’t have a gps, but, I can tell you that it was almost directly across from the entrance to the Owls Head Transportation Museum. There is a series of small fields with little strips of woods between them. They are very close to the road, so when I got to the field that the lion was in, I was quite close to it, and got a great look at it.
I would guess that it was about three to four feet long, not counting the tail, which was two of three feet long itself. It was about the size of a German Shepard dog. It was a light buff color; the tail was the same color, not very long hair. I would say the hair was less than an inch long on the lion.
I am an ex-registered Maine Guide, and have spent a good portion of my 62 years in the Maine woods. But this is a first for me.
The lion that I saw [on August 2, 2010] was the exact same lion that you would see in the rocks and mountains of a western movie.
Another thing is that when I was the closest to the lion, it turned it’s head toward me, and looked directly at me. So I also had a great look at it’s face (about 175 feet).