Corner Brook man insists he saw a cougar

Jamie Bennett
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Lorenzo Reid knows cougars aren’t supposed to be found in Newfoundland. But that doesn’t change what he’s convinced he saw early Thursday evening on his property behind Stepping Stones Day Care on O’Connell Drive.

“It’s not I might have seen one — I saw one,” Reid said.

“It was still light out and the cougar was stood up on my land watching me as I was watching it. It was cream-coloured or orange, with a big tail on it and white under its belly. There was no mistaking it.”

Reid said he saw the cat at around 9 p.m. Thursday and described it as approximately three feet tall and between five and six feet long from tail to nose.

“It’s not like it was dark or I saw it in a flash ... this thing stopped, looked and walked a little bit before looking again,” he said.

“Then it just walked casually into the woods. It didn’t run or anything.”

Reid, who operates and owns the daycare, was standing near his trailer on the property when he saw the cat standing a little more than 100 feet away from him.

He immediately woke his 11-year-old daughter and asked her to come outside to confirm what he was witnessing. Neither were able to get a picture before the cat disappeared into the woods.

Since seeing what he’s convinced was a large feline, Reid has done some research online and found that sightings of cougars or other big cats not native to the island have been reported in recent years in places such as Springdale, Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor.

He also called the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary last night and police came to area to investigate, but were unable to locate the animal.

While shocked at what he saw, Reid said he’s most nervous about children playing in the area and as a result, staff of the daycare will keep a close watch for the animal.

Still, the sighting wasn’t expected to spoil a planned outdoor movie night on the property Friday.

“Tonight is movie night but I think I might still have it. I don’t know if they stay in the same area or not,” he said.


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Geographic location: Corner Brook, Springdale, Western Star

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Recent comments

  • Trish
    June 23, 2014 - 10:12

    Yes they are out there, have been for years. People shouldn't be going crazy or scared over them, because it's nothing new. Not everyone reports their sightings, only a few :)

  • Christa
    June 21, 2014 - 08:12

    I believe Lorenzo Reid ... last weekend (June 14th, 2014) my boyfriend and I seen a cougar in Conception Bay South (Long Pond), NL, we were just coming out from Sobeys, and we were in the rear corner parking lot getting ready to get on our motorcycles, and we seen a cougar slowly walk down over the embankment, across the back edge of the parking lot, and then it went back into the woods. I walked over to the side of the parking lot and could see across a clearing, and could see it walking through the area, behind a row of houses. We were about 10 feet from it, and it never paid any attention to us at all. We have had many people doubt us also, but there was no mistaking that it was a way possible was it a house cat or a lynx as people keep trying to convince us of. It was such a beautiful looking animal! We never felt any threat from it at all, so we were able to just enjoy the sighting knowing that we would probably never get to see it again. They are definitly out there!