Have you ever seen anything like this? These two bobcats went back and forth in a restaurant parking lot Wednesday afternoon, seemingly oblivious to the onlookers who gathered to watch.
The camera was rolling when the cats went head to head outside the Olive Garden restaurant near Buckland Hills Mall in Manchester. Evan Shaw-Mumford captured the encounter around 4 p.m.
According to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, bobcats have been spotted in all eight Connecticut counties, but are most common in the northwest corner of the state.
Bobcats are usually stealthy and most active at dawn and dusk. They tend to stay hidden, so spotting them out in the open like in Manchester today is unusual.
DEEP spokesman Dennis Schain said heavy snow accumulations may have prompted the cats to leave their comfort zone in search of food.
Photo Credit: Evan Shaw-Mumford