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Bobcat Sightings!

Local Pictures of a Bobcat off Shewville Road

Claire Brennan and Sara DiBiasi were driving home a couple of weeks ago when they spotted what they thought was a deer in a field by Town Farm Road and Shewville Road.

When they slowed their car down they were very much surprised to see it was NOT a deer but a Bobcat. The Bobcat appeared to be eating his/her dinner and not really minding the car that had stopped to admire it.

Bobcats are most active just after dusk (this was almost 4 p.m.) and right before dawn. They are very secretive, solitary animals that are seldom observed. They do not mate for life and have a travel radius up to 20 miles for a male, 1-4 miles for a female. They specialize in catching rabbits as their main food source, but when food is scarce they have been known to take down a sick or injured deer.

Bobcat attacks on people are virtually unknown, (but be cautious as they are wildlife!) and not a significant vector of disease. They rarely contract the Mid-Atlantic strain of rabies that is the one raccoons contract.

Enjoy the Wildlife we are so lucky to observe since we live in a rural area. And please share here any pictures of wildlife in the area you have taken.

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Fred Allyn III January 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I've had a bobcat or two around too. They mind their own business and are great to see!
Sharon Stegall January 31, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I saw one around our place a few years ago. It was the size of a large cat and really cool. Good reason to keep your house cats indoors though.
Andrea Trout January 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I often wonder about the bobcats/fishercats as there seem to be many missing small animals in our town. I'll be on the look out and will certainly enjoy seeing one if I am lucky enough!!!
Andrea McKenzie January 31, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Considering the circumstance of surprise, these are some great pictures. Thank you so much for sharing.
Larry Erhart January 31, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Last month I saw a bobcat late in the afternoon walking across a field into a wooded area near the intersection of Shewville and Gallop Hill Road. I wonder if this was the same animal. Good to see these beautiful cats.
Bill Saums January 31, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Great to see, thanks for reporting!
brittany lehouillier July 25, 2012 at 03:31 AM
thanks for posting this my friend and i are sleeping outside tonight bc it cooler out here question is it still loose??? bc im in north stoningtion ct and i really like to know even though this picture was taken in jan
Ryan family October 28, 2012 at 07:11 PM
We saw a bobcat today on Oxoboxo Cross road in Oakdale CT, beautiful animal. We watched it for sometime before it walked casually away.
clinton harley November 14, 2012 at 02:27 PM
i think that the bobcat is a gait animal and i seen on in Lebanon ct

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