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Mass. environmental officials assist landowner in releasing captured bobcat

The bobcat released Tuesday night by MassWildlife and Massachusetts Environmental Police officers.
Massachusetts Environmental Police
The bobcat released Tuesday night by MassWildlife and Massachusetts Environmental Police officers.

Massachusetts environmental officials assisted a Western Massachusetts landowner in releasing a bobcat from a live animal trap Tuesday night.

The Huntington landowner had set up the wildlife trap to “catch, but not destroy” the creature that had been killing his chickens, the Massachusetts Environmental Police said in a Facebook post.

MassWildlife staff, along with environmental police officers and the landowner, attempted to open the door of the Havahart wildlife trap to free the “very upset” bobcat, but the animal repeatedly clawed at them through the cage.

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To free the animal, environmental personnel used rebar and “a little ingenuity” to build a false door into the trap to block the main gate, environmental police said.

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Once the team was able to determine that the bobcat was uninjured, everyone involved was cleared of the cage before the release of the animal.

Three hours after police arrived on the scene, the trap’s main gate was then zip-tied open, the rebar was lifted, and “the bobcat ran off into the woods with its tail in the air,” environmental police said.

Ben Thompson can be reached at ben.thompson@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Globe_Thompson.