Park City police investigate sighting of a bobcat carrying off rabbit |

Park City police investigate sighting of a bobcat carrying off rabbit

The Park City Police Department in March received a report of a bobcat sighting along a street that borders the Park City Golf Club on one side and is close to the Park City Mountain Resort terrain on the other side.

The Police Department logged the report on Three Kings Drive at approximately 8 p.m. on March 24. The police were told the bobcat had a rabbit when it was seen. Public police logs did not provide details and the Police Department did not gather substantial additional information at the scene. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said an officer saw the bobcat run away as the officer arrived. The Police Department did not have details about a rabbit.

A report of a bobcat sighting is unusual in Park City even as the police regularly field other wildlife cases. Another predator, the mountain lion, is reported to the police more often than bobcats.

Three Kings Drive stretches from Thaynes Canyon to the PCMR base area parking lots. There are residences, the Silver Star development, Park City waterworks buildings and the golf course along the road. The PCMR slopes are just off the road, providing a large swath of land for wildlife.

The Police Department since mid-March continued to receive reports of wildlife sightings, another in a series of cases that has stretched through much of the winter. The heavy snow has forced wildlife from the higher elevations to the lower ones in search of food, leading to many of the sightings and a series of collisions between drivers and animals on Park City-area roads this winter.

Wild Aware Utah, a program of the state Department of Natural Resources, Utah’s Hogle Zoo and Utah State University Cooperative Extension, says bobcats “have adapted to living in close proximity of humans and can be found near urban areas.” The organization also says bobcat conflicts with people are uncommon. Bobcats, though, sometimes see small pets as well as poultry as prey.

Wild Aware Utah recommends people not get close to a bobcat or feed one and stop pets from playing with bobcats.

Other cases involving wildlife reported since mid-March include:

• on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:58 p.m., a moose was seen somewhere along Norfolk Avenue. The police were told the animal was close to one of the PCMR ski runs and appeared to be preparing to spend the night at the location.

• on Tuesday, March 19 at 5:15 p.m., a moose was seen walking along the street at or close to the intersection of Bonanza Drive and Kearns Boulevard. The person who contacted the Police Department was concerned since the animal, according to the caller, appeared to be in “poor condition.”

• on Monday, March 18 at 8:11 p.m., two moose were seen in Prospector. It was not clear whether the animals were seen at the intersection of Kearns Boulevard and Buffalo Bill Drive, nearby Sidewinder Drive or both locations.

• on March 18 at 5:39 p.m., a moose was seen on Monarch Drive. The person who contacted the Police Department was concerned the animal would move into Kearns Boulevard.

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