Denise Civiletti has provided us with more information on “The Bayview Beast”. I would consider Denise a credible source because she interviewed an expert on mountain lions and performed her due diligence to write an article for a Long Island publication, “The Suffolk Times” in October of 2008.
Please see Denise’s comments below:
“The Suffolk Times first published this story on Monday Oct. 20. Unlike Newsday, which relied on interviews with officials and records, we went to the site and spoke with two eyewitnesses who saw this big cat on three different occasions, and we saw the places where the cat was seen. The guy who didn’t want us to use his last name really is named “John.” (We have his name but withheld it on his request.)
Newsday did a great disservice by making light of this sighting and likening it to the bloated carcass of a raccoon or something that washed ashore in Montauk and caused a big media sensation — your “Montauk Monster.”
In my opinion, this big cat is real and it’s probably an abandoned pet— yes, pet! Don’t make light of this! This is not uncommon. Stupid people illegally try to domesticate wild animals like this all the time. Then, when they can’t handle them, or when the novelty wears off, they release or abandon them. It’s inhumane. And potentially dangerous. This is no joke.
I interviewed one expert on mountain lions (aka cougars, pumas) this morning who said it’s not impossible for this to be a female puma living in the wild, but he thought it more likely it is an abandoned pet.”
See our story at: www.suffolktimes.com.