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Bold Bobcat has Some in Northampton Concerned

bobcatNORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — A bold bobcat seen several times in broad daylight near a Northampton school is making some residents nervous.

Kathy Kochapski who lives on Redford Drive says she was concerned about the size of the bobcat.

Two houses over, Ed Doyle’s wife and Kochapski spotted the car roaming around.

“Kathy…next door…had her two dogs out there and they got a little nervous when they saw that animal out in the back,” says Ed Doyle of Northampton.

Doyle says he’s a little concerned.

“[Are you a little¬†concerned that a bobcat is roaming the neighborhood?] I am during the daylight,” says Doyle.

At the nearby Ryan Road Elementary School, there have been no sightings of the bobcat, but because the bobcat has been seen in this general area, school officials are taking precautions.

“We’ve sent a letter home to parents so they can make sure they’re telling their children not to go towards any unknown animal,” says School Principal Sarah Madden.

In the letter, the principal has included a drawing of a bobcat and a mountain lion, so people could see the size difference with a bobcat being much smaller than a mountain lion.

Outside in the school playground, the children are well supervised.

“We have at least four to six adults out in the playground always watching for anything that might be unsafe, bobcats are on our list now to be aware of,” Madden adds.

In the meantime, neighbors are keeping their eyes open as an unwanted visitor is checking out the landscape.

If you see a bobcat, don’t approach it. If it’s walking erratically, it could be rabid.



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