UPDATE: DEEP Confirms Bobcat In Bozrah Attack Had Rabies

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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

NOTE: The photo at the end of this post may be too graphic for some users.

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.

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16 comments

  • Jeff Esposito

    Was she able to give accurate description of the bobcat? Missing a tail? Tattoos? Wearing a hoodie? Car it was driving?
    Do not enter a cat’s lair.

    • lindsay

      Why is everyone complaining about the picture? Didn’t you read the post? It warned you about the picture at the very beginning. How about concern for this poor woman who got attacked in her own backyard? It could have been you or your family.

  • Lynn Wells

    Why would they kill a bobcat they aren’t sure attacked the woman. How stupid are the DEP. They can’t be sure so why kill an innocent animal? Why is it kill before you know?

    • John

      Rabies is very serious. The only way to determine whether a wild animal has it is to kill and examine the brain. It is the only approach recommended by the CDC. The location of the bobcat and the cat’s behavior likely signaled to DEEP that it might be the one.

    • John

      I agree, there is NO WAY that the DEEP can be sure they have the “right” cat! We have multiple bobcats in our woods here in Wilton, CT. I have photos of two together eating a dead deer this past winter. Sorry DEEP….unless you are going to kill them all, this is no different than how sharks are aggressively hunted following an attack, in the hope of getting a Man Eater! It rarely catches the right animal, that was doing it’s God given “animal” behavior.

    • revman

      When an animal has Rabies they act aggressive also erratically and most of the time Bobcats will not show themselves to humans especially in day light hours so the DEP makes a judgment call as they were trained to do. The picture is shown for people that have never seen one and YES want to pet it or feed it.

    • Ray Gattus Sr

      Well,,, Lynn,, you’re obviously not up on rabis attacks. The animal does have to die for the test,, and in such an obvious situation that is what needed to be done. If this was about one of your children,, I am quite sure you would be the one shooting the animal to find out,, if not,,,maybe you shouldn’t have kids then. Innocent,, these animals are not, they will attack if you are walking through the woods, or resting on a bench, or anything to do outdoors. Even weeding your garden, if they spot you kneeling there,, they will attack. Do not be fooled by their looks and think ohhh How cute.

  • drew

    let me guess here, you people are probably the same folks that watched the towers/gaza/iraq/afghanistan get leveled on live TV, glued to the screen, and slow down at accidents to catch a look and clog traffic, and then cry about seeing janet jackson’s nipple and dead wildlife photos, while stuffing your freezers and faces with dead animals and bi-products of them, your so far detached from reality you are beyond help. please seek professional assistance.

  • meme me

    Did they really feel the need to post the image of the dead animal ? & are they reall that dumb to think theres only ONE roaming around these parts ? Yeah that makes sense smfh

  • Joe Poudrier

    I saw this same Bobcat in Baltic, ct one day when u was down by the river fishing. Just looked like a really big cat. It stared at me fir a good 10 min for across the river. But no one believed me, they said probably a fisher cat.

  • Destiny Gilebarto

    i have had a mountain lion walk right up to the bumper of my truck and stare at itself, in Bozrah….And DEEP SAYS THEY ARE NOT HERE….BOLOGNA CAUSE I KNOW THE DIFFERENCE!

  • Rita

    There was no reason to post the dead and bloody bobcat. I truly believe it just minimizes the value of animals. Regardless if DEEP believed it was the right thing to do; to put the cat down. I don’t agree with their decision but won’t question reasoning. Just stop with the need to highlight dead animals.