Woodbridge residents warned about bobcats
WOODBRIDGE >> Police are urging Woodbridge residents to be careful after reported bobcat sightings in town over the past several weeks.
Bobcats have been seen near Rimmon, Peck Hill and Newton roads, police said recently on their Facebook page.
The Police Department said people should keep their distance from the animals.
If people see a bobcat, they should:
• Immediately protect children and pets.
• Back away from the bobcat slowly and deliberately.
• Avoid running to prevent triggering a pursuit response.
• Make a lot of noise, if possible, to scare the animal away.
Police also urged people to call them at 203-387-2511 if they see a bobcat that appears to be sick, hurt or roaming in an area frequented by humans.
Police and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection say bobcat attacks on humans are extremely rare.
But one did attack three women at a group home greenhouse in Colchester in mid-January. The animal later tested positive for rabies.