On May 21, 2018 830 am while walking my dog in Thos Howe area about a km east of Gander I came upon a tan colored animal rolling on its back in the trail. My dog was behind me and didn't see it. The animal detected me and when it looked I saw the cat face and thought it was a lynx that had been reported, but when the animal jumped to its feet and bolted into the woods I saw it has a long tail that would have dragged on the ground except for a curl about a foot back from the tip. My first thought was "whats a young lion doing out here?" The tail and color reminded me of a small lion. It was without a doubt a young cougar about the size of a mid size dog - 40 - 50 lbs maybe.
Wildlife in Gambo was skepical "If you saw a cougar your'e the first one to see one it this area'. I have looked at pics online and what I saw matched exactly, a young cougar tan color with a dark color long tail. May 21st was a holiday, I reported it to wildlife next day May22 and offered to meet them at Thos Howe and show them exact spot but they declined.