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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.
Lauren January 09, 2014 at 06:54 AM
Sooo if we can't shoot them, how else are we suppose to protect our animals from them?? Coyotes, fisher cats, lynxes, foxes and now bobcats roam our neighbors and DEEP's not doing a thing.
T. Smith January 09, 2014 at 08:46 AM
That's right, Lauren. All these animals were here long before we were and we humans keep taking away their habitat. Protect your animals as best you can if you want to keep them, but don't do it at the expense of the life of a wild animal who has done nothing to you or the rest of the human population except try to survive while we encroach into THEIR territory.
Lauren January 09, 2014 at 09:08 AM
I try to protect my dogs as best I can, but if someone that happens out of my control like one of these animals tries to attack us, I'd shoot it without reservation. I'm protecting myself and my pets, THAT poses a threat & we shouldn't have to live in fear because we live in THEIR territory. There's more of us, then there are of them.
Susan P O'Bernier January 09, 2014 at 09:20 AM
I agree T. Smith.
Don Carten January 09, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Bobcats are not new to our area. We have had a family of them in the area of Rubber Ave. Extension for several years. My cat, Sidney, had a run-in with one one night about two years ago. The Bobcat had him pinned to the ground and was about to go in for the kill when I ran around the corner of my house. The Bobcat took off on the run but there was blood everywhere. To my cat's credit none of it was his. In fact, after taking him in and cleaning him up, he wanted to go back out and resume the fight. Not the brightest idea he has ever had !! My best advice, although I don't disagree with Lauren, is to get your pets in at dusk.
T. Smith January 09, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Thank you, Ms. O'Bernier. Lauren, we have to agree to disagree. Just because, as you say, 'there's more of us than there are of them' doesn't mean we have the right to eradicate them just for trying to live. Wildlife is thriving here in Connecticut because of appropriate habitat management. The safety of your pets are YOUR responsibility, but you do NOT have the right to eliminate an animal just because it is inconvenient to you. By the way, I am a dog owner who takes the safety of my pets VERY seriously. It's thinking like yours, Lauren, which has led to eradication of animals such as the Eastern Cougar, the Newfoundland Wolf and the near-eradication of many predators in North America. Think Globally and Act Locally.
Susan P O'Bernier January 09, 2014 at 11:22 AM
I'm smiling T. Smith, again I agree.
Jordan Audette January 09, 2014 at 11:52 AM
I saw a bob cat on city hill street as well, it ran across the street right in front of my car!
naugyresident January 09, 2014 at 01:16 PM
Anyone who chooses to live in a wooded area chooses to live with ALL wildlife. To say anything different is ludicrous.
Allie N January 09, 2014 at 01:26 PM
T. Smith said everything I would have. :)
barb January 09, 2014 at 05:34 PM
Bob cats won't bother u , as long as u leave then,I walking last yr near my job he just look at me then walk away, there just as scare I think, but I would never bother them I was told they just pass by and go there way,I agree also if u live near a wooded area u will see wildlife. I love all animals and would never hurt Any.
Chris Yannielli January 09, 2014 at 06:35 PM
What a great photo of a Naugatuck bobcat! A bobcat ran in front of my car to retreat into the woods on Webb Road. The bobcat came to a halt when in the forest and looked back to make sure he was safe and uninjured. So, I too agree with T. Smith and here is my Mantra: Protect Wildlife. Keep it safe and healthy. Support the preservation of wildlife. Appreciate nature and make a difference by understanding the beauty found on earth. Bobcats and all wildlife are irreplacable. Try loving earth's creatures not fearing them and make a positive difference in the natural world!!!!!!
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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