9-Month-Old Bobcat Escapes from Northern Indiana Zoo

In Michigan City, Indiana, zookeepers are on the lookout for Grace, a 9-month-old bobcat who escaped from her enclosure at the Washington Park Zoo on Wednesday morning.

Grace and her sister, Hazel, arrived at the zoo in December. The staff discovered the escape when they noticed Hazel alone in the enclosure. To ensure Hazel’s safety, she was moved to another building while zookeepers started searching for Grace.

Washington Park Zoo Director Jamie Huss has reassured the public that there is no need to worry. “Like coyotes and foxes, bobcats are native to this area,” Huss explained in a Facebook post by Michigan City officials.

“Due to her age and size, Grace will likely not be a threat to humans or most animals as long as she is left alone. Bobcats are quiet, secretive, and active from dusk to night; and, like all wildlife, a bobcat’s natural response is to move away from humans.”

Grace is about the size of a large house cat, with prey ranging from chipmunks to rabbits. To locate her, zoo staff have set out trail cameras and live traps.

If you spot Grace, please contact the Michigan City Police Department’s non-emergency number at (219) 874-3221. Michigan City Animal Control and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are also assisting in the search. The police department’s number is monitored 24 hours a day, ensuring any sightings can be promptly reported and addressed.

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