Police say residents in the area of Jelliff Mill and also Gerdes Road spotted bobcats in their neighborhoods this past weekend.
Animal Control Officer Maryann Kleinschmitt said she believes the separate sightings are of the same animal.
“I am excited we now have a picture,” Kleinschmitt said.
Bobcats generally avoid developed areas, officials say, keeping one main den and perhaps additional ones—making them very difficult to photograph.
Last summer, a kitten was sited on Deep Valley Road in the last week of August, and then two weeks later, three adult bobcat sightings were reported on upper Smith Ridge Road.
Kleinschmitt said New Canaan has had two different sightings in the Lukes Wood Road area in the last three years, and prior to this weekend, just twice in five years has anyone been able to photograph a bobcat in town, she said.
“We are probably going to have more, because we know we have at least one kitten and so we have at least one male and one female,” Kleinschmitt said at the time.
The animals rarely cause problems for humans, officials say, though they may sometimes prey on smaller animals such as shrews, as well as rabbits, raccoons and deer.