COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are warning Coventry residents of a recent bobcat sighting.
The Coventry Police Department posted several photos sent to them from a resident to its Facebook page on Friday. The resident told them the bobcat was hanging out in her driveway on Torch Lane.
Police said bobcats, though rarely spotted, can sometimes be seen traveling through backyards or walking across roads in rural areas.
While bobcats don’t necessarily present themselves as a danger to humans or pets, police are urging residents to take precautions.
Police said residents should keep an eye on their pets while they’re outside, especially during dawn to dusk when bobcats are most active. Free-ranging poultry and domestic rabbits are most susceptible to being attacked by bobcats.
Residents should also secure unintended food sources, like garbage, to reduce unnecessary interactions. Bobcats will scratch and bite if threatened, posing a danger to any resident or pet that provokes one.