Bobcat Spotted In Kennedy Twp.

PA Game Warden Says they don't pose a threat to humans but need to be respected

April 24, 2018 - 12:15 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A bobcat has been spotted in Kennedy Township. Police dispatch tells KDKA Radio a resident on Windriver Drive in the Apple Hill section of Kennedy spotted one this week.

Pennsylvania State Game Warden Dan Puhala tells KDKA Radio bobcats are not a likely threat to humans but need to be given their space.

“They’re known to run as soon as they’re in any kind of a close proximity to people and I think that may even be around, not necessarily here, but they be around people in different parts of the state more than they realize but they’re pretty elusive.”

Adult bobcats can grow to a relatively small size of 20 to 30 pounds and “are not known to be aggressive toward people under normal circumstances." Puhala adds it's more of an opportunity to see a wild animal not typically seen by people.

If you do spot bobcat acting strange or not afraid of people call the PA Game Commission at 724-238-9523.

Bobcats feed mainly on small rodents like mice, chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits, “so if you have your property attracting those types of wildlife, that would be something to think about.”

Puhala says while the chance of being attacked by a bobcat is extremely low, “they deserve some respect and space just like any other wild animal you see.”

Another bobcat was caught last month on a Gateway Clipper boat. That cat was released back into the wild.

For more information visit the PA Game Commission's website.