Bennington County, VT. Fall 2011 Sighting. Greg Van Houten.
Bennington County, VT. Winter 1993. Anonymous.
My personal experience with a mountain lion. Initially the first time I was driving home at night in December, it was probably 1993 & the road I live on is rural & I saw for less than a second and a half an animal cross the road in front of me that came out of the side of the road and it touched the yellow line and was gone in a flash. It was long, lean and had a three foot long tail.This was at night and the headlights were on the animal & I would have gone back to look for tracks but there wasn't any snow.
Bennington County, VT. Summer 2013. A. Mishkin.
Adirondacks, NY. 2000. R. VanOrden.Cat sighting: It was about 13 years ago, in the Adrondacs somewhere between Long Lake and Tupper lake. It was just after dark (I forgot the month but it wasn't in the winter) and the cat ran across the road in front of my car. At first I thought it was a deer because of its size, but then I noticed the tail. There is no mistaking that tail. It was a catamount. And then it was gone.
|The Barnard Monster. Williams Tefft Schwarz. Bennington Museum Collection|
-Send In Your Catamount Stories-
To The Bennington Museum
-Artist and Bennington native Daniel Richmond has devised a conceptual, community based art project to collect stories from local residents of recent catamount sightings. In addition to a call for catamount sightings, which will be shared with museum visitors, the exhibit will include fragments of recycled Vermont marble sidewalks carved by Richmond with disjointed accession numbers, vestiges of the museum's formal cataloging system.
After the exhibition is over Richmond will give the markers to individuals who share their story of a catamount sighting with the museum. These individuals will then be asked to place the markers at the location that their sighting occurred and provide a photograph of the marker in situ to the museum. In doing this Richmond draws upon Bennington's rich legacy of historic markers and Vermonters' love of their land and its native flora and fauna, while simultaneously validating the stories, which are so often dismissed as lore by the public at large-
-Jamie Franklin, Curator Bennington Museum. 2013.
Bennington Museum 75 Main Street, Bennington, Vermont 05201
A project in collaboration with Jamie Franklin, Curator of the Bennington Museum and People of the New England Region.
2013. Marble Story Marker. Re-purposed Sidewalk Fragment.