HUNTINGTON – A property owner, who caught a “very upset” bobcat in a humane trap Tuesday, received a helping hand from state wildlife officials with its release.
The property owner set the Havahart-style trap because he wanted to safely catch the bobcat which had been killing his chickens, according to a post on the Massachusetts Environmental Police Department Facebook page.
The bobcat had other ideas, however, and attempted to claw the property owner and the others, whenever they attempted to open the door to the trap.
“With a little ingenuity and some rebar,” those working to free the wild cat were able to create a false door to the trap.
Once they determined the bobcat was uninjured, the actual door to the trap was zip-tied open.
“When all persons were clear, the rebar was lifted, and the bobcat ran off into the woods with its tail in the air,” according to the post.
Katie Groendyke, spokeswoman for the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said the bobcat was released in a wooded area some distance away from where it was caught.
MassWildlife personnel also aided in the effort.