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Bold bobcat has some in Northampton concerned

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — A bold bobcat seen several times in broad daylight near a Northampton school is making some residents nervous, but wildlife experts say there’s no need to worry.

Resident Kathy Kochapski says she’s seen the wildcat several times, and it’s not shy like most bobcats. She tells The Daily Hampshire Gazette ( ) she had a five-minute standoff with the cat while out walking her dogs recently.

City Councilor Marianne LaBarge says she’s concerned that a child may not understand that a bobcat is a wild animal and attempt to pet it.

Ralph Taylor of the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife says unless the bobcat is rabid, there’s little need for concern.

He says bobcats are usually shy and avoid humans, but if they are hungry will be a little bolder.

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