July 1, 2014 4:58 pm

Bobcats attack Calgary dog, worry southwest residents

CALGARY – Residents living in a southwest community are concerned about a family of bobcats that have moved into their neighbourhood.

Two adult cats and three kittens are now living in the backyard of a home that sits vacant in Oakridge, close to South Glenmore Park.

No one seemed to know about it, until a neighbour’s pet was attacked over the weekend. Now, people who live in the area say it’s time for Fish and Wildlife officers to step in.

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“[The bobcats] did grab a dog Saturday night,” says concerned neighbour Sherri Nadeau. “Had the owners not found the animal from its screaming, he would have been killed.”

She’s worried children in the neighourhood could be injured by the cats.

“They are not supposed to be aggressive towards children, but you don’t know,” adds Nadeau. “They are wild animals”

“[They’re] very cute little animals, but they’re a concern in a residential neighbourhood.”

Fish and Wildlife officers told residents they can’t act until they talk to the owner of the vacant home.

“They did come and identify what kind of animal it was,” says Nadeau. “But because there [are] no owners in the home, they’re not allowed to go into the backyard and remove them.”

Officers also told neighbours they are concerned moving the bobcats may hurt them, or prove fatal for their kittens.

Area residents say they don’t want the animals hurt, but its unnerving to know they’re living right next door.

“Some people are okay with them being here, because everyone was unaware that they were living in that yard,” explains Nadeau. “The majority would like them removed and put back into the wild, or somewhere safe for them and safe for the residents.”

Global News did contact Fish and Wildlife officials for a statement or comment on the issue, but have yet to hear back from them.

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