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“Catamount” Redux August 16, 2007

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, Politics and Society.
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As a loooooooooooong-delayed response to PhydeauxSpeaks‘ comment Back In The Day about my use of the word “catamount” in reference to Mountain Lions:

In the Town of Colrain, Massachusetts (the Commonwealth’s largest, f.y.i.) there used to be a community called “Catamount Hill.” It’s now deserted and largely razed, being part of the present day Catamount State Forest. But a few remnants of its past glory can still be found if one walks deep enough into the woods on a rainy day, including this:


The inscription on the stone reads, “The first U.S. flag raised over a public school was floated in May 1812 from a log school house which stood on this spot.

“It was made by Mrs. Rhoda Shippee, Mrs. Lois Shippee, Mrs. Sophia Willis and Mrs. Stephen Hall and was raised by Amasa Shippee, Paul Davenport and the Loyal Families of Catamount Hill.”

These are all still prominent names in the local community and are doubtless active members of the Colrain Historical Society! 😆

And yes, there used to be beaucoups “catamount” up in them thar hills!



1. sherry - August 16, 2007

truly amazing photo! i heard that word used when i was young, actually read it. we call em mountain lions here. don’t have anymore that i know of, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few. we have coyotes here now. i never ever thought i’d see one here. have turkeys that strut around downtown pittsburgh as well.

2. Frau Biergut - August 17, 2007

The rumor is that they are back, but no one has seen one yet. I’ve had Canadian Lynx outside the window before and they are an impressive sight. Herr Kat, my tomcat, wanted no part of watching them that morning, however.


3. Phydeaux Speaks - August 17, 2007

You, my friend, seem to have a habit of delayed response! Don’t let that interfere in your personal life!

(btw, thanks for the corrections on my “secret” project – and the compliment!)

4. littlebangtheory - August 17, 2007

More to come, ‘Dawg. Even if it is like watching plutonium decay 😉

5. Robert - June 26, 2010

I have seen a large cat in Colrain near the corner of W. Leyden Rd and Greenfield Rd cross at Greenfield Rd from the west side to the east head toward the old cemetery. On June 17, 2010. The cat stopped in the middle of the road for about 10 sec about 20 feet away from my position parked on the side of Greenfield Rd facing north. The cat continued across and into the woods and up the rocky slope.

The body of the cat was about four to five feet long and the tail about three feet long. The coat was tan with very shades and some white. The ears were more rounded at the top and the head large.

This is my obsevation and appears to me to be a mountain lion.

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