UPDATE: DEEP Confirms Bobcat In Bozrah Attack Had Rabies
UPDATE: The bobcat tested positive for rabies.
DEEP Environmental Conservation Police and wildlife experts released the following information about bobcats:
Bobcats are common in Connecticut and found in most towns throughout the state. They are secretive, solitary and seldom observed, tending to hunt and travel in areas of thick cover. Compared to many wildlife species, bobcats rarely cause conflicts with human activities and rarely contract rabies. For more information visit: www.ct.gov/deep/bobcatfacts
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A woman was attacked by a bobcat in Bozrah on Saturday, Aug. 30, according to Cindy Chanaca, a spokeswoman from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
She was attacked in her backyard on Stanton Hill Road, and was then taken to Backus Hospital in Norwich for treatment, but there’s no word on the extent of her injuries.
DEEP did not find a bobcat in Bozrah, but on Sunday the department’s Environmental Conservation Police responded to reports of a bobcat sighting in Lebanon on Sunday. The calls came from the area of Norwich Avenue and Waterman Road.
ENCON euthanized the bobcat. ENCON believes it is the same one that attacked the woman because of the close proximity to Stanton Road and because the bobcat had injuries consistent with the attack on the woman.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.