Bobcat spotted in Fairfield
By Genevieve ReillyUpdated
FAIRFIELD — There was a bobcat sighting near Eleven O’Clock Road on May 2, but local officials said there is nothing to worry about.
Sightings are fairly common of bobcats,” Animal Control Officer Paul Miller said. In addition to Eleven O’Clock Road, Miller said they have received reports over the last few days of bobcats on Sturbridge Lane and at the Ash Creek open space. “There is no need for concern, however residents should be aware that this is a very active time of year for wildlife and should remember to never approach wildlife, but to observe from a safe distance.”
Any immediate concerns about wildlife, such as bobcats or black bears spotted in a populated area, should be reported to the Fairfield police non-emergency number at 203-254-2800, or Fairfield Animal Control at 203-254-4857, Miller said.
Attacks on humans by bobcats are extremely rare, and they “infrequently” kill livestock like chickens and domestic cats, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection website. Town officials said there have been no reports of bobcat attacks on domestic animals.
Animal Control officials said people should back away slowly and make noise if they encounter a bobcat, and should never approach the animal or try to feed it.
The DEEP Bobcat Project
Residents are asked to report any sightings of bobcats to the state DEEP via the iNaturalist app, by emailing email@example.com or post to Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CTFishandWildlife.
Provide the following data, and any photos:
If using the free phone app, search for “CT Bobcat Project” page and select “add to observations”
If a bobcat is spotted, residents are asked to help the DEEP with its Bobcat Project by reporting the sighting either via the iNaturalist app, email or the department’s Facebook page. The project began in 2017 in order to evaluate bobcats’ habitat use and diet. According to the website, bobcats were live-trapped and all were marked with a yellow ear tag. Fifty of the animals were also fitted with a GPS collar.
Bobcats are most active just after dusk and before dawn, and they are seldom seen. A bobcat’s kittens are usually born in April
The prey of choice for bobcats are cottontail rabbits, woodchucks, voles, white-tailed deer, mice, chipmunks, squirrels and birds.