According to Officer Mary Ann Kleinschmitt, New Canaan has at least one, but possibly two bobcats moving around within town lines. It's been difficult to pin down which scenario is accurate because the sightings have occurred on opposite sides of town and she's only been able to obtain photographic documentation of a single sighting.
- On Thursday, August 15, a sighting was reported along Hickory Drive at approximately 8:15 a.m.
- On August 5, a sighting was reported on Skyview Lane near Ponus Ridge.
- On June 10, a bobcat was sighted in the backyard of 308 North Wilton Road. It was the first and only incident Kleinschmitt as able to verify with a photo.
"It was a two-week period and we had sightings across town," Kleinschmitt said. "I'm not yet sure if it's one animal traveling all the way across town, or two separate animals."
Kleinschmitt said male bobcats can reach 45 to 50 pounds, while females can reach 35 to 45 pounds. Knowing the size of a bobcat when one is spotted could help her determine how many are moving around in the area, she said.