Family Of Bobcats Takes Over Backyard Of Home In New Canaan

A family of bobcats visited a Fairfield County home and made themselves at home.

<p>Two of the bobcats checking out the yard at a New Canaan home.&nbsp;</p>

Two of the bobcats checking out the yard at a New Canaan home. 

Photo Credit: Christine Yang

The incident took place in New Canaan on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

The three cats, two smaller and one larger, didn't cause any trouble and just wandered around the yard checking out the trampoline and other items.

The State Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) said that at times the mother cat is looking for a new home for little ones -- they are known to frequently move their litter -- or is searching for food. 

DEEP said the number of bobcats in the state has increased in the past several years. So far this year, more than 4,000 reported sightings have been reported across the state.

In Connecticut, bobcats prey on everything from cottontail rabbits, woodchucks, squirrels, and chipmunks, to mice, voles, white-tailed deer, birds, DEEP said.

On occasion, DEEP said bobcats may also prey on unsupervised domestic animals such as cats, small livestock, and chickens. 

If you see a bobcat in your yard do not approach them and make sure your animals and small children are inside.

The department studies the number of bobcats across the state and requests that residents report any sightings to the department.

The process is very easy and can be done here. 

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