Are Bobcats Dangerous?

A stray house cat or free-roaming dog is an astronomically larger threat to your family than a wild bobcat. Bobcats are naturally shy animals and do not naturally prey on humans, and a typical bobcat is the size of a very large house cat (about 18 pounds). Bobcat attacks on cats and dogs are rare, and normally occur when the bobcat is cornered or sick. If you do see a bobcat that is unusually aggressive or appears unafraid of humans and pets, contact your local wildlife authorities or animal control, since these may be symptoms of rabies.

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