Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Bobcat on Staten Island may be escaped "pet"

Bobcat startles residents of Staten Island's Grasmere section

by Staten Island Advance
Wednesday February 04, 2009, 2:50 PM

A large cat -- Animal Care and Control officers identified it as a 45-pound bobcat -- that has been spooking residents and pets in Staten Island's Grasmere section for months, was captured by a resident this afternoon.

The animal, which neighbors said has been roaming the residential area since late November, was drawn into a metallic game cage at 26 Delphine Terrace using raw chicken liver as bait.

Officers from the 122 Police Precinct were summoned, as were Animal Care and Control officers. The animal was taken to a facility in Brooklyn where an officer said it will be evaluated and potentially given to a wildlife rescuer.

Neighbors told the Advance the cat was actually a pet, but would not divulge the name of the owner.

-- Reported by Deborah Young


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