Authorities warn public after bobcat spotted in Methuen

METHUEN, MASS. (WHDH) - Authorities in Methuen are warning the public to beware of a bobcat that was recently spotted in a resident’s backyard.

The bobcat was photographed on Tuesday afternoon on Worcester Street behind the Howe Street Superette, according to Methuen Animal Control.

Animal control says it’s not unusual to see bobcats wandering around yards and public places.

“It is not abnormal to see these guys passing through as their natural habitats are shrinking, forcing them to pass through residential areas,” Methuen Animal Control said in a Facebook post. “They mean no harm and are usually just passing by.”

Bobcats tend to be shy and they typically avoid people, according to animal control. They eat a variety of animal species with their main diet consisting of mice, rats, squirrels, chickens, wild birds, and rabbits.

“This is a great time to remember that we do share our space with a variety of wildlife,” animal control added. “Families should keep their pets up to date on their rabies vaccines and always supervise small children and pets while outdoors.”

 

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