NJ.com Reports of “large cat” sightings in Winslow Township near the Hammonton border are under investigation by state officials. Winslow officials said Monday that the possible mountain lion sightings — including a grainy video and photograph taken with a hunter’s game camera — have been sent to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s fish and wildlife division. “It is not possible to determine with certainty what the animals are but we can’t rule out the presence of a large cat or cats,” Winslow Township officials said. “Mountain lions were indigenous at one time in this area but have not existed naturally here for many years.” Officials say there have been no reports of contact between the animals and people and it would appear that if the sightings are true, the animals are avoiding contact with humans and do not presently pose a threat. However, it is suggested that those in the area of the sightings use “sound judgment and reasonable precautions” for pets and themselves. Readers are asked to report sightings or evidence by calling Winslow Township’s animal control department at 609-567-0700 ext. 1500.
This video is currently going viral, it was captured by a hunter in Winslow Township, New Jersey which is in the South Central portion of the state, and it seems to show a large cat which resembles a mountain lion. There was a time when mountain lions existed in New Jersey, but that was a long time ago, there have been zero confirmed mountain lion sightings in New Jersey since around 1840. Since then, the only native wild cat in New Jersey has been the bobcat, however the animal in this photo has a long tail and limbs which are consistent with the description of the mountain lion. It is known that that male mountain lions will travel great lengths to establish their own territory, and the a mountain lion returning to New Jersey would make sense, because New Jersey is more densely populated with whitetail deer (a favorite food source of mountain lions) than any other state.