Cougar in Toronto?

by Mash
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

This picture looks closest to the animal I saw, in terms of shape and colour. I hope this helps.

This picture looks closest to the animal I saw, in terms of shape and colour. I hope this helps.

Yesterday I saw an animal that looked much like a Mountain Lion.


Historicaly, Mountain Lions have never been spotted in the city of Toronto. I am wondering as to what I might have seen.

It was minutes past 5:00 pm, close to sun-down and I was walking near Black Creek, on the west side of York University. It is the northern most part of the city of Toronto.

I am a nature enthusiast and often take a walk in the woods where I have seen other animals, larger migratory birds, song birds, a deer family and fox in the area.

The animal I saw yesterday had an appearance very much similar to a cat, only much larger.

It seemed to be just under a metre long. It had a redish/browinsh/yellowish colour and almost seemed to be glowing. It was standing on top of the creek, but i did not see it drinking. It had a large round tail. It crouched and moved away.

I went back to the spot today hoping to photograph its tracks, but did not see any clear paw prints or any other signs.

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May 26, 2017
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Possible Sighting in Tottenham
by: Anonymous

My 2 dogs and I saw a very large cat, approx. 90- 100 lbs walking along the treeline of our woodlot this evening. I am missing 2 hens. The cat heard the dogs barking but was in no hurry and sauntered back into the bush.

Apr 06, 2017
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401 mountain lion
by: Anonymous

My husband and I are certain that we saw a dead mountain lion on Sunday, on the side of highway 401 east just passed the Deseronto exit. It was off the road a bit but we both noticed the long tail.

Apr 03, 2017
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RE: auto collision with cougar
by: Investigator

Amazing story and I'm glad your wife is okay.

Did you collect any hair from the front of the car?

I would like to get more details on this.
Could you please email me?

tim.owfr@gmail.com

Apr 01, 2017
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auto collision with cougar
by: Anonymous

I think my wife's car collided with a cougar this past Thursday morning around 7am on Hwy 401 Eastbound in Scarborough. It ran in front of her car out of nowhere, and she was unable to avoid contact with the animal.

She got a good look at the animal before hitting it, and said it looked like a tiger, so I showed her a picture of a cougar and she said it looked exactly like the picture. Traffic was heavy but going at high speed and she was in the middle lane so she just kept driving. She couldn't tell what happened to the animal, as she didn't see the animal or any further traffic disruption in her rear view mirror. The animals look pretty strong, so hopefully it was able to survive the collision.

When she arrived at her destination she realized her lower left front bumper came off from the collision, so the car is currently in the body shop awaiting repairs.

Feb 02, 2017
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Beeton Ontario
by: Anonymous

Following Coyote Watch Ontario on FACEBOOK - Someone posted an encounter on her property with a Puma/Cougar. Other people in the area of Alliston, Tottenham, and Beeton have seen similar or same animal.

Jan 02, 2017
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Cougar or Lynx sighting?
by: Anonymous

I live in Bowmanville Ontario. I was coming off Hwy 401 at Waverly rd exit by the Shell gas station and I witnessed a very large Cat crossing the off ramp in front of me. I seen the animal in the ditch area as I slowly passed. I swear it was a Lynx but it was dark out so it could have been a Cougar. This was no dog or large size house cat! I know we have Coyotes in the area and this was no dog! it moved like a cat. I tried to scan the area to see if I could see it again but there is too much brush.

Dec 16, 2016
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Have seen and heard cougars over the years
by: Anonymous

I lived in Uxbridge for over 20 years in a rural area outside the town. Occasionally, you would hear a horrible scream that I have never heard before and made your hair stand up.

We were walking in the forest one day and my dog just stopped walking, up on the hill was a massive cat. Looked like 170 pounds, I was horrified and turned around. Many times I saw their prints in the mud while walking. They have a 200 mile radius they can cover in a day so possible they are venturing closer to Toronto with all the new housing developments

Nov 17, 2016
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Cougar
by: Anonymous

Just hope they leave them alone a hunter neqd by just took a pic of one hope he does go after it

Nov 17, 2016
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Cougar sighting
by: Jordan McAllister

Feel free to call im going out with a friend to explore again next weekend end of Nov 2016 I seen a few years ago a cougar in was fown in a valley edge of the tree line .two deer came galloping behind me so i was in between it and it's prey cooliest thing of my life of if anyone is formullar with highway nine and 27 . Hydro fields! Email me please jj_Jordan _3@hotmail.com thanks

Nov 14, 2016
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Cougar sighting GMH 65 near Chesterville
by: Patgioia

I am 99% sure that I saw a cougar this Sunday November 13th 2016, near Chesterville Ontario on Beckstead rd. I was coming out of the woods around 10h30am when I saw something walking along the buchline across a field. I looked through the scope of my muzzleloader (9X) and I saw it. I could not believe my eyes. my guess is that it weighed about 80 or 90 lbs, light brown with a long tail. the way it walked and the tail is how I determined what it was, plus it was longer than it was tall. I heard about them being sighted in souther Ontario and Quebec but I did not believe it,,, now I believe it!

Aug 24, 2016
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I want to hear about your sighting
by: Investigator

Cougars, like all cats are very stealthy. They stay out of sight and stalk. They are also very fast so most witnesses are slow to get out their phones for a picture. When following up on a few of these reports I did find some prints in West Humber Parkland. Other than that, I haven't found many more signs. If anyone has a sighting they want to tell me, you can find my email address in the posts below.

Thanks

Aug 24, 2016
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Cougar Sightings?
by: Anonymous

Why is there never any evidence of these so called cougar sightings?

Aug 05, 2016
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Brampton sighting
by: Anonymous

Friend of mine claims to have seen one on the Etobicoke Creek trail at Bovaird approximately 2 weeks ago.

Aug 03, 2016
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Brampton sighting
by: Anonymous

My friend was walking on the path at Williams Parkway and Hurontario Street a few nights ago. She came back and said she saw a Cougar.

Jul 26, 2016
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Many moons ago
by: Anonymous

When I was younger in Toronto, there was a wild cougar caught. Probably about 60 years ago now. It was a big deal then.

Jul 10, 2016
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Toronto Cougar sighting
by: Anonymous

Just saw what looked like the grey Cougar image - Martin Grove Road south of Dixon. 10:30 pm July 9
- Craxy! Didn'tknow there are native to Ontario.

Jul 02, 2016
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Large cub cats in Mount Pleasant Cemetery
by: Anonymous

We saw cats that looked like this 1 or 2 summers ago while walking in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, rolling & playing together on the grass close to the roadway. We thought they must be cats but close up they were larger with large paws. They were more curious of us than afraid, but ran off before we could get a picture You can see something similar to what we saw, here.



Jun 12, 2016
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Cougar in Markham
by: Anonymous

On Friday morning I was stopped at a red light on 9th line at Coppercreek. Approximately 100 meters ahead I saw a dark colored animal cross from the east side to the west into some brush. It was fairly dark outside so I basically saw a distinctive dark silhouette. It was bigger than a dog with a long and thick tail. I only saw it for less than 3 seconds but I'm 100% positive it was a large cat. Difficult to tell colour because of the light but it appeared to be black. A few years ago I was lucky to see a Lynx near North Bay while snowmobiling, this animal was bigger with a thick tail.

May 31, 2016
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Bobcat loose in Scarborough
by: Anonymous

I just saw a Bobcat in Scarborough tonight. I was at the intersection of Daventry Road and Amberjack Boulevard in the wooded park area (Woodsworth Park). I am concerned since another person on this thread saw one in Scarborough too! Should I call animal control?
Yes, I'd call them and let them know what you saw.

May 11, 2016
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Photo?
by: Anonymous

Could you send over pictures of the prints?
Would love to see them. Thanks!

May 11, 2016
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Large prints
by: Anonymous

I've heard rumors of cougar sightings in my area but have not seen one first hand. However, hiking in the woods 2 days ago we came across a very large paw print in the mud by a creek. Too big for a dog and looks very much like a cougar print from images I've now looked at on line. North of highway 7 near Green River.

May 04, 2016
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Mississauga Sighting Eglinton and Miss Rd
by: Kim

Walking east on Eglinton, just west of Mississauga Road at approx. 6am, I spotted a large cat heading into a marsh/grass area. At first I assumed it was a coyote, but saw a round long tail. It turned in my direction and saw pointy ears with tufts. I was with my 60 pound dog and totally panicked. I had no idea these kinds of animals existed in the city.

Apr 23, 2016
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Toronto Zoo area
by: Anonymous

Just saw a cougar near Toronto zoo. Was walking dogs and saw 2 deer. A little further down the path in the forest area I heard something in the leaves and spotted large cat that jumped up on a fence to look at us. We have also spotted a large darker colored, almost black, cat off Liverpool North of Finch near Pine Ridge Secondary School. I thought I was dreaming until I found this website.

Apr 04, 2016
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I want to hear about your Big Cat sighting
by: Investigator

Thanks for another great sighting! I wouldn't recommend reporting them to the Ministry though. They have a mandate that requires them to report it to the OPP, which then has to shoot and kill the animal. It's exactly what I'm trying to prevent. If anyone out there would like to elaborate on the details on their sighting, please email me at the OWFR address below. I was out this past weekend following up on reports NW of the city.
Please keep your reports coming in!

Apr 03, 2016
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Cougar
by: Anonymous

Sunday, March 27, we saw what looked like a young cougar. It looked like a large house cat except for its larger size and muscular appearance. My 10 year old grandson had a good look at its face and said it had two black lines going down from the inner corners of its eyes. As it slowly retreated from our yard, I saw that it had a long rope-like tail which would rule out any other wildcat. Several members of our family saw the cat and agree that it was clearly not a domestic cat with its larger size, large paws and long, heavy looking tail. We reported the sighting to the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Mar 27, 2016
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Cougar in Orono, off 115
by: Anonymous

I saw the exact same thing as the description below. A light brown/tan colour, long tail, strong, large body like a dog, but smaller catlike head. Walking slow with head bent down, like creeping. This was off the 115 in the Orono area today, it was in an enclosed yet open type brush field.

Mar 16, 2016
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Large cat sighted in Mississauga
by: Anonymous

I saw a large cat that resembled a tabby, but with beige tufts at the top of its ears. I was driving and only saw it out of the corner of my eye quickly. It was sitting along the ramp at Hwy 403 and Winston Churchill. It could have been a large Maine Coon Cat, but I'm wondering if it could have been something else too?

Feb 14, 2016
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Large Cat
by: Anonymous

1:30 am large catlike animal bolted out in front of vehicle I was driving south on Whites Road just a bit south of Taunton.

Jan 25, 2016
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Cougar sighting - Downsview Dells
by: Anonymous

My mother told me that she thought she saw a cougar today while out. I started quizzing her & showing her images of cougars to make sure it wasn't a large dog, or large house cat that she actually saw. She said she was parking the car, around 11 am, on the side of a residential street when she noticed something large cross the street behind her she looked & noticed a large animal, with a long tail (the color of a Lion) etc. She said it stopped looked at her & kept going on a path that went to the park. By the time she got out of the car it had disappeared into the grass. This park path connects directly to Downsview Dells. She thought she was crazy & didn't want to tell anyone but I made her go over the story a few time & after reading about the sighing at Black creek it seems really possible as the cat could have easily traveled through from the Black creek area to the dells. Sadly she didn't take a picture with her phone it was gone to quick. Wondering where it came from & where it may go...so many questions! Also a little envious I wasn't the one to spot it. While this is incredible I hope the cat stays safe & hidden so authorities don't go on a hunt for it.


Nov 30, 2015
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I want to hear about your sighting
by: Investigator

For those who have posted about sightings in the north end of Toronto recently, (specifically the sighting at Weston & 401) I am interested in hearing your story. Please feel free to contact me at: tim.owfr@gmail.com

I put your email address here Tim, but if you get spam or too many emails, just let me know and I'll delete it.

Nov 30, 2015
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Black Cougar
by: Anonymous

We live in Niagara on the Lake and have spotted a large black Cougar several times on our property and its foot prints around our chicken coop. We have since set up trail cameras to try and get a picture of it.

Wow, if you ever get pictures or footage, please send to us so we can share with our readers!

Nov 17, 2015
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Cougar sighting - Weston and 401
by: Anonymous

Today around 2 pm my sister in law and I took our dogs to the back of the condo facing Humber Valley Golf Course and saw what appeared to be a large, tan coloured, cat-like animal with a long dark tipped tail which looked much like the picture above. It moved very stealthily and was larger than my yellow Labrador. It was in an area where we see deer and Coyotes daily.

Sep 28, 2015
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Saw Big Cat today
by: Anonymous

Hi all - I saw a big cat today Monday September 28th at 1 pm near the Rexall tennis court at York University, unfortunately I wasn't quick enough to take a photo. I was walking over the Black Creek Bridge on Shoreham Drive, west of the Rexall Center when I spotted it sitting by the edge of the walkway. Is it dangerous?

Jun 28, 2015
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Black Creek animal
by: Anonymous

I was out at the creek too today for a run then I saw a very big cat like short ears small head and it was really big for a cat I would say it looked like a lioness but darkish in color almost gray or it was because it had been raining. I got very scared ran like a kalenjin. and reported to the school security who advised me to call the police. I went to google to see if there had been any escapes or warnings and found this post.

Jun 15, 2015
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Saw LARGE wild cat this evening
by: lengould

Was walking 2 puppies along field trail between tennis courts behind WhiteOaks Ave, going toward bridge to Lorne Parke Secondary school tonight about 6:15PM. I spotted a very large cat eating something about 20 meters off the trail in the field. It was much larger than Bobcat or Lynx, as large or larger than a German Shepherd. It ran into the woods as soon as it saw me. Long tail, but fur too dark (I thought) for natural cougar. Had sort of "camouflage" markings, deep brown patches on medium brown fur with lighter rings inside the dark patches then dark center. I was too concerned with unruly dogs to get out cellphone for pictures. Will see if I can find tracks for photos tomorrow.

Apr 23, 2015
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Send photos to the MNR
by: Anonymous

Anyone with photos/videos of a cougar, or even pawprints, should send them to the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Feb 23, 2015
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I saw huge wild cat prints yesterday in Swansea
by: Anonymous

I think that there is a very large cat living on the west side of Toronto. The prints were huge - in the snow beside a park. They went up the street and into a drive way. I'm not sure what it was but the paw prints were so big that I noticed them and asked a home owner if he saw them too. He said he saw them in his back yard and wondered if they were from a Bobcat.

Jan 31, 2015
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Large Cat prints seen
by: Peter

I saw large cat foot-prints on my driveway in the Kingston Road / Markham Road area about two three weeks ago. A pathway about 40 - 60 feet long. Really did not think much about it at the time, other than the size about 4" to 5" in diameter. Now I am really wondering if a large cat is in the neighbourhood. Does any one else have a comment?

Jan 09, 2015
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Halton - GTA Cougar sighting
by: Anonymous

I believe I saw a cougar behind my house, It was evening around 9:15, I first saw the white heart shaped face then watched it strut slowly with caution away as my German shepherd stood at a stance staring at it not knowing what to think of this big cat!! A link fence separated the cat and my dog, my heart pounding as I realize what I'm seeing !! I ran into the house to ask my husband to come see fast and he thought I was crazy and laughed it off and never came outside , I took pictures of the prints left in the snow in the morning!! Wish I could post my pics here somehow. Winter 2014.

Thank you for sending this - you can send pictures! Just go to our Canadian Animals page, scroll down, and where it says "Do you have a favourite animal of Southern Ontario" put a title in the space below, and under there you will be able to upload pictures.

If you do that, you can cut and paste this report and your pictures will show on that page, once I have edited it.

Please do this as I would love to see your pictures and I know our readers would too!


Dec 07, 2014
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Eastern Cougars not extinct after all
by: Anonymous

Yeah. the Eastern Cougar was considered extinct, but there were fairly frequent claims of sightings since the fifties. It was only recently that there was substantiation that wild Cougars are indeed in Toronto area (Rouge Valley), and that they are not transplanted Cougars but actually Eastern Cougars that survived somehow. I do not think many people would mistake a Bobcat for a Cougar. Bobcats are not much bigger than an over-sized house cat. Maybe 10-12 kilos at full maturity, and no more than 60 or 70 centimeters long.

Apr 10, 2014
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Not a Bobcat
by: Anonymous

I'm not sure why "Bobcat" is the go to answer considering how timid and rare they are. As for cougars /mountain lions, there have been rumours of them being reintroduced to quell a wild turkey problem north of Toronto. I have driven that way at night and it use to be a way too common occurrence to have to avoid hitting wild turkeys. One night I hit 3 in less than 45 minutes. Around 2009 I started hearing these rumours from locals and also noticed a massive decrease in wild turkey encounters on the road. I have not found any official reintroduction program information but it would not at all surprise me.

Apr 09, 2014
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Lets find Cougars
by: Anonymous

Who wants to prove Cougars are in Toronto, I saw one just north of the city, highway 9 and 27, has anyone else seen one near that area?

Nov 26, 2013
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Bobcat in Scarborough
by: Anonymous

Yesterday I saw a Bobcat right behind my work in Scarborough. It would not let me get close enough to get a picture, but I got some really cool pictures of its tracks in the snow.

Aug 17, 2013
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Something's out there!
by: Anonymous

I'm speaking with my husband on the phone and he is in the Valley by Orton Park Road and Lawrence, and he is trying to keep an eye out for one. Its following him or stalking him. Its freaking me out but my husband doesn't seem to mind, I think he's enjoying it.

Fast update; something was just behind him and took off before he could see it.

May 31, 2013
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Black Cougar
by: Anonymous

I was walking my dog yesterday around a forest near Eglinton and Jane, when my dog suddenly stops, and I see in the distance a huge black cat, so I start to video tape it with my phone, after the cougar I guess moves, I can clearly see its really big and muscular.

Apr 20, 2013
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Mississauga
by: Anonymous

I heard a Cougar around 7pm in Mississauga while playing near the Dr Martin L Dobkin Park

Dec 19, 2012
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Couple walking Bobcat
by: Dog walker

For all you dog owners walking at the park at Beechgrove and Copperfield Road in Scarborough. I was walking the other night, along the wood chip trail with my dog on leash and spotted a couple walking a Bobcat on leash and it was bigger than my husky dog.
It was cool to see but it could have been a dangerous encounter.
What if you had your dog off leash(which isn't allowed)and it ran up to the cat? These are wild animals, why is someone walking it in a public park?
Laws, hello???
Just feel it wasn't safe for the Bobcat, my dog and us humans.

Oct 04, 2012
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Saw a Cougar this morning in Etobicoke!
by: Anonymous

I saw a cougar this morning at about 6:50am riding my bike to the GO station. The sighting was at Royal York and Leland Ave (about 1km from Bloor). It crossed the road fast to the other side of the Bend Manor park. I was shocked. I heard its claws hit the road when it ran and was about the size of a big dog. Wish I had a camera.
When I got to work I googled "cougar" and that is what I saw. not a Bobcat or anything else.

Oct 01, 2012
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Spotted large cat in Scarborough
by: Anonymous

I was driving this morning around 6:30 a.m. when I spotted a large cat bound across the road in front of my car. It was using the Hydro Corridor to move in an easterly direction towards Scarborough Golf Road.

It was not a Bobcat because it was not spotted and it was bigger.

Seemed like a young Mountain Lion to me.

Oct 01, 2012
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Spotted large cat in Scarborough
by: Anonymous

I was driving when a large cat bounded across in front of the car on Brimorton Road in Scarborough, Ontario, around 6:30 a.m. this morning.

It was travelling east along the Gatineau Hydro Corridor towards Scarborough Golf Club Road.

It was not a Bob Cat because it was larger and did not have any spots.

Aug 22, 2012
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Saw a Cougar or a Mountain Lion
by: barbara

My mother and I think we spotted a large Cougar that was crouching in the long grass of a nature area near our apartment in Etobicoke.

It was tan color and short fur, very large (size of a large doberman)and we saw it twice in one night.


Apr 17, 2012
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Me Too!
by: Anonymous

I saw something similar, albeit slight smaller, last fall around the Warden Ave & Bamburg Circle area (Scarborough north).

Apr 09, 2012
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Large cat spotted on April 6, 2012
by: Ravine Resident

Very similar sighting, around 5pm also, in Birkdale Ravine (Ellesmere Rd & Brimley Rd area of Scarborough), behind fence in backyard (backs onto ravine)...was definitely NOT a domestic cat, as it was much larger.

It was brownish-grey in colour. It took off as soon as it realized it had been seen. Very surprising for this area, known for silver/red Fox & at least one resident Coyote.

Mar 19, 2012
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I have your answer!
by: Anonymous

Its a Bobcat

Sep 25, 2011
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cougar in toronto
by: Anonymous

When was this seen? I just heard of someone seeing on in the woods near 401 and Yonge Street, Toronto?

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