Mountain lion causes a stir in ritzy Conn. suburbs

By BY JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | June 17, 2011 | 3:58 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Police in Greenwich, Conn., have begun offering a daily update on cougar sightings as the wealthy New York City suburb buzzes with talk of mountain lions a week after one was found dead nearby.

Officials say there's no evidence that a second mountain lion is stalking Connecticut, and experts say such sightings are notoriously unreliable and contagious.

State officials believe a mountain lion killed June 11 on a highway in Milford was the same one spotted earlier more than 30 miles away in Greenwich.

Since then, residents have been seeing cougars everywhere: perched on a wall at a golf course, traipsing down a scenic parkway, being chased by dogs.

Some experts see a reason deeper than the power of suggestion for the phenomenon: A desire to believe in a comeback by nature.