A bobcat was spotted numerous times in downtown Hope on Sunday, near Third Avenue and Park Street.
According to the Hope Mountain Black Bear Committee, bobcats don’t usually attack humans or pets. However, residents are encouraged to keep little dogs and cats indoors or supervise them when out in the yard. Kids should also not be left alone in the yard, especially during dawn and dusk.
The Hope Mountain Black Bear Committee issued a warning immediately online about the bobcat sighting on Sunday, pointing out that “bobcats are typically shy, but it could be that somebody has been feeding it or raccoons, and that’s maybe why it is hanging around and is not scared of humans.”
If a bobcat is spotted, residents are encouraged to scare it out of their yard by making lots of noise or throwing objects like water bottles at it that won’t hurt.
For regular updates about wildlife sightings in the Hope area, visit the Hope Mountain Black Bear Committee page on Facebook.