This bobcat was recently spotted by Bethel resident Christine Lawlor â€" in her back yard. The property borders the Plishner Land Trust.
Bobcats, which are protected from hunting and trapping in Connecticut, can weigh up to 40 pounds and stand up to 2 feet at the shoulder. They prefer to eat rabbits, birds, cats and small dogs, although they have been known to also take sheep, goats and deer.
There are an estimated 2.5 million to 3.5 million bobcats in the United States, with an estimate of 1,500 in Connecticut. Residents are advised to keep a close eye on small children and pets.
Photo by Christine Czyz Lawlor