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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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  • scrublink

    Get over it people. If you leave it alone it will wander away. This cat is not exhibiting any signs of disease yet. All you city folk need to realize that all the wildlife is becoming more acclimatized to the presence of humans due to our continuous encroachment on their territory.

    If someone lets their child get close enough to get bit by something like this then they need to examine their parenting skills. You are not going to get close enough unless you surround it. Dogs will be perceived as a threat or a food source and dealt with accordingly. Smarten up

  • doggone

    Normally these creatures are timid and difficult to find in the wild. An animal that exhibits behavior such as friendly or aggressive could be suffering with rabies.
    Call animal control and let them decide how to handle the situation so that no one gets hurt. Also make sure your pets are vaccinated for rabies.

  • Potter

    This bobcat got one of my chickens. I was letting them free range in the yard while the kids and I were outside too. The chickens were visually out of my sight, but very close by. One sounded an alarm, so I called them out of the brush. One was missing. I stepped just a few paces from where I was and made eye contact with the bobcat which was just a couple of yards away. This cat is bold. We were very close by, and my neighbor was making quite a racket with machinery and is also very close to where we were. Normally I’m a hands off kind of parent especially in my own yard. Now I’m nervous about the toddler when she’s not right next to me. I believe strongly about living with wildlife, but I’ve never felt worried about the bears that we have regularly seen on our yard, or any other wildlife. I hope this continues to be monitored.