Two Strange Stories


A mountain lion was killed in a car accident in Milford, Connecticut, on Saturday and authorities say the cat may have been the same one spotted this week in nearby Greenwich.

Maybe not so strange.  SW Connecticut (and the adjacent palisades-y part of Westchester Co. NY) is one of the minor hotbeds of cougar sightings in the Northeast, for reasons that aren’t totally clear to me.  Proximity to NYC vis-a-vis released pets?  Who knows.  Context around cougars in the Northeast here.  And it’s of course worth saying that “mountain lions are not native to Connecticut,”as the AP article states, is quite incorrect.  They’ve been there since the last ice age at a minimum and were extirpated by European colonists in the 1700’s.

But this is really strange:

Police say a man was carrying a dead weasel when he burst into an apartment and assaulted a man in Washington state.

The victim asked, “Why are you carrying a weasel?” Police said the attacker answered, “It’s not a weasel, it’s a marten,” then punched him in the nose and fled.

Further reporting reveals that the animal was a mink, not a marten.  Which makes a lot more sense bioregionally, since martens have also been extirpated from the Olympics and the Puget Sound valley for many decades.

I did have my hopes up that they were making a comeback!  Too bad.  I also wonder how many degrees of separation there might be between me (!) and the mink-wielder.  Not that I’m at all connected to the Seattle burglary scene.  But how many people can there be who carry around forest carnivore carcasses during a home invasion?  I await any and all developments on this story.

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3 Responses to Two Strange Stories

  1. bizarre. . . fun, educational read. . . thnx connor. . . hope to see you sometime in the near future. .

  2. Rafe Rosen says:

    Ha! That reminds me of a likely entry in the Hatfield, MA police log:

    ‘Officer questioned a man outside his car stopped on the shoulder of I-91 Northbound. When asked what he was carrying, the man replied, “It’s a Long-tailed Weasel, sir.” Officer advised the man of the illegality of leaving one’s car on the interstate and the danger of handling dead wildlife, and let him go with a warning.’

    When I checked my field guides when I got home, it turns out it was actually a mink I had been carrying. But I know nothing about the Seattle Mustelid Burgler, I swear!

  3. grousedrum says:

    That is hysterical. Moral of the story: be careful out there with your weasels.

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