Proof of bobcat presence found in Dartmouth

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — Researchers in Dartmouth can now confirm that bobcats have infiltrated the town.

There has been an increased curiosity over the animals’ whereabouts since they were recently captured on trail cams in Rhode Island.

Unfortunately, the first confirmed bobcat in Dartmouth was found struck and killed on the side of a roadway this week.

Over the years, there have been only a few bobcat sightings in Massachusetts, including one in Carver in 2009 and one on Cape Cod in 2013.

Bobcats tend to come out after dark and a few hours after sun-up. Researcher Chris Michaud says they’re reclusive, shy animals and should not be feared.

“They should be respected,” he said Tuesday. “And like all wildlife, injured, young, appearing sickly – don’t handle them.”

Michaud also urged not to encourage bobcats or any other wildlife to come into your yard.

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