Officials: Bobcat allegedly attacked 12 year old boy in Fairfield

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A bobcat allegedly attacked a 12-year-old boy in Fairfield, officials say.

The incident happened Monday in the backyard of a home on Brett Road around 7:30 a.m.

The Fairfield Police Department says the boy's father called police to report the incident.

 

Police say the boy was in the backyard of his house when he encountered the bobcat.

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The boy suffered a minor scratch to a finger and is expected to be OK.

Police say the boy's sweatshirt was also scratched during the encounter.

They say the cat then ran off into the woods after the incident.

"This is a very uncommon occurrence and not typical behavior of a bobcat," police commented.

Fairfield Police Animal Control say they requested the investigation be followed up by ENCON Police, who confirmed that the attack was likely a bobcat.

"Bobcats are typically very elusive and rarely allow people to get close, which is the opposite of what happened in this incident," police say.

During the investigation, Animal Control officers were able to obtain a video which was recorded by a neighbor near Brett Road just seven days prior to this incident.

 

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