Mountain lions used to roam all across the United States, but now are generally found in 14 western states, with a small amount remaining in Florida.
And one of them may have stopped off in New Jersey.
According to NJ.com, a man reported seeing a mountain lion walking across his front yard in Princeton this past Saturday. The Princeton man said the animal had a four-foot curved tail, which can be found on mountain lions, animal control officer Mark Johnson said.
Could a mountain lion have paid a visit to Princeton? Yes, and we’ll tell you the reasons why:
1.) The mountain lion populations are starting to grow again, and they’re on the move. NJ.com reports that wildlife officials have put up theories that the cats will eventually be heading to the eastern states.
2.) The Princeton sighting was not an isolated incident. There have been more than a few mountain lion spottings in New Jersey. Late in 2012, NJ.com reported that a mountain lion was seen in the Hillcrest Avenue area of Morris Township. Police did not spot the mountain lion on this occasion.
3.) They prey on deer. According to mountainlion.org, a mountain lion kills a deer on the average of every ten to fourteen days. And there is no shortage of deer to be found in New Jersey.
Carnivore specialist Dan Thompson said mountain lions don’t usually attack humans. Thompson said according to Cody Enterprise Local News, “Mountain lion attacks on humans are extremely rare.”
But Thompson advises any victims of an attack to fight back. The cats can weigh between 75 and 180 pounds.