Bobcat on the loose in Goddard

A large bobcat reported roaming a Goddard neighborhood early Friday morning poses no threat to humans, officials say.

A Sedgwick County dispatcher said someone called 911 after seeing one of the animals shortly before 7:45 a.m. Friday near Maple and Spring Hill Drive.

That’s north of Maple and east of 199th Street West.

It’s also just east of Tanganyika Wildlife Park, but a Tanganyika employee said the park has no bobcats in its collection.

Matt Peek, a furbearer biologist with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, said bobcats are common in Kansas.

“It’s a neat animal to see, but it doesn’t pose any threat to people,” he said.

However, bobcats sometimes do eat housecats and small dogs, he said.

With coyotes also common, it’s a good idea for people to watch smaller pets, he said.

Bobcats primarily eat prey such as rabbits, he said.

About 6,000 to 7,000 bobcats are harvested each year in Kansas for their fur, Peek said.