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12-Year-Old Attacked By Bobcat In Backyard Of Fairfield Home, Police Say

A picture of the bobcat believed to have attacked a 12-year-old Fairfield boy.
A picture of the bobcat believed to have attacked a 12-year-old Fairfield boy. Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

Police and wildlife officials are on the lookout for a bobcat after a 12-year-old boy was attacked.

The attack took place around 7:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 16, in Fairfield in the area of Brett Road, police said.

According to Fairfield Police, a caller said that his son was in the backyard of their residence and encountered what he believed to be a bobcat. 

The child suffered a minor scratch to a finger and a torn shirt during the encounter. The bobcat then ran off into the woods, Fairfield Police said.

"This is a very uncommon occurrence and not the typical behavior of a bobcat," the department said.

Fairfield Police Animal Control requested the investigation be followed-up by ENCON Police who confirmed that the attack was likely a bobcat. 

Bobcats are typically very elusive and rarely allow people to get close, which is the opposite of what happened in this incident.

During an investigation, Animal Control officers were able to obtain a video recorded by a neighbor near Brett Road seven days prior to this incident that shows a bobcat that frequents the area.

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