GREENWICH – A Glenville resident got a surprise visit from a bobcat late last week.
The photo he took depicts what appears to be a bobcat streaking across his backyard.
The bobcat population has been growing for the past several decades, and the sighting of a big cat in Greenwich should not come as a surprise, said Pat Sesto, the town’s director of environmental affairs.
She said there was no immediate concern for public safety.
"Bobcats and people rarely, if ever, have contact. They stay clear of us," she said. Small pets, especially domestic cats, can be viewed as prey, so it was advisable to keep them indoors at night.
Bobcats typically weigh between 18 and 35 pounds, and males can reach weights of 45 pounds. They are notable for their short tails, roughly five inches long, as well as tufts of black fur on their ears.
The regrowth of Connecticut forests "support the habitat they prefer," said Sesto.
The predatory felines eat rabbits, woodchucks, squirrels, chipmunks, mice, voles, deer and birds. The big cats, which are named for their "bobbed" short tails, are most active just after dusk and before dawn. Secretive and patient, they rely on keen eyesight and hearing for locating prey. Once endangered, they have grown in significant numbers, and bobcats have been sighted in every section of Connecticut , as well as in New York state.
The bobcat is the only wild cat found in Connecticut, and the species is the most common wild cat in the country. Sesto said her office got calls about coyotes on a regular basis, while a bobcat sighting was far less common.
Greenwich Police Lt. John Slusarz said th
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