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Bobcat Spotted Near City Hill Middle School

Kelly Ruggerio Dilley snapped this photo of a bobcat.
Kelly Ruggerio Dilley snapped this photo of a bobcat.
A resident who lives in the Ruela Street area of Naugatuck spotted a bobcat in the woods behind house on Wednesday.

In a post on the Naugatuck Patch Facebook page, warning area residents to keep an eye on their pets, Diane Budzilek Smith said her husband saw a bobcat eyeing their golden retrievers. As a point of reference, Ruela Street is near City Hill Middle School.

In response, Kelly Ruggerio Dilley said she saw one last week in her yard at work on Great Hill Road, right behind Beacon Valley Animal Hospital. "He was big and just hanging around in the sun," she wrote.

It's not surprising that bobcats are around, but they are rarely seen, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Bobcat attacks on humans are virtually unknown, but they have been known to go after smaller animals, including rabbits, fowl and cats, the DEEP reports.

"Bobcats are most active just after dusk and before dawn. They are secretive, solitary and seldom observed, tending to hunt and travel in areas of thick cover. Bobcats rely on their keen eyesight and hearing for locating enemies and prey. They are very patient and ambush their prey. Their sense of smell is not acute," the DEEP's fact sheet on Bobcats explains.

"Compared to many wildlife species, bobcats rarely cause conflicts with human activities. Infrequently, they kill livestock, especially fowl, and attack domestic cats," the DEEP says.

Read the complete Fact Sheet on the DEEP's website.
Marcy P January 09, 2014 at 08:44 PM
I could have sworn I saw a bobcat while sitting in the backyard with my toddlers...but it ran off so fast, I thought I might have imagined its size. Anyway, I was told to use a hose if they get close...no harm but they hate it...just a thought for anyone who might feel the need to shoot first...
barb January 09, 2014 at 11:48 PM
No 1 has any reason to hurt any animals, just leave them be. Eventually they will go away..
Thomas S. Groth January 10, 2014 at 12:23 AM
My cat would totally try to chase that bobcat out of my yard. He always tries to chase to get out and chase off bigger cats from the neighborhood (and succeeds) I believe this would be no different. I gotta make sure I keep my eye on him when bringing the groceries in..
Catherine Fiehn January 10, 2014 at 01:00 AM
That is one big kitty Kat! I too live in the woods and over 50 years here have enjoyed and watched the cycle of new friends join our rooster as near by construction moves them to us (I live on the edge of a protected water company property. Recently turkeys are abundant for the most part but we have deers, raccoon, skunks, foxes, opossums and coyotes and near by friends have seen bobcats and well as various feral cats. (Our are kept inside). No bears yet and I'm glad about that, but there will be a day soon I'm sure.
chuck January 11, 2014 at 09:14 PM
Kemba was back in Connecticut?

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