It's been a while since we published a fresh story of a mountain lion story.

Over the past couple of years, we've published a number of stories detailing alleged mountain lion sightings from far North Jersey to the Southern part of the state and Cumberland and Cape May Counties.

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Dozens of people have reported seeing mountain lions, or cougars, in New Jersey and there's even been a photo or two.

Meanwhile, New Jersey wildlife officials continue to contend that "there are no mountain lions in New Jersey."

Our latest report of a sighting is from a woman - we'll call her S.A. - who reported seeing a mountain lion in the northern part of the state in "mid-2020."

S.A. says she encountered an animal around 10 or 10:30 am in "probably May or June" of  2020. Here's what she wrote:

"I was driving out of the Watchung Reservation by Coles Ave when I saw one approach my car from the woods. It was very large. At first, I saw the body from a distance and it looked about the same size and color as a deer. Then I noticed the legs were much shorter and as I approached slowly I saw it had the face of a lion."

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S.A. says she hikes every day and she's very familiar with all species of animals in the area: " It definitely wasn’t a bobcat." She says she hopes that "one day the state of New Jersey stops pretending we don’t have mountain lions!"

Have you seen a mountain lion in New Jersey? We'd love to hear from you if you have. Please drop me an email:

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