If 2016 in Connecticut was defined by one thing, it was animal encounters. Bear sightings were coming in an insane rate, moose and bobcats were roaming around town, and a fisher cat invasion created widespread panic.

It was officially the year that nature made clear that it still owns whatever it wants to own. We are just guests here.

We’re less than a month into 2017, but we may be seeing a second act already. Most bears are still hibernating, but towns are already warning about increased sightings. And with less than 3 weeks in the books, we already have our first terrifying animal attack.

According to WFSB, a bobcat attacked a group lunch in Colchester. It jumped on one woman and scratched two other women who tried to pull the animal off their friend.

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to the scene and found the bobcat. But when it took “an aggressive attack stance,” officials had no choice but to shoot and kill the animal. Probably a good thing since it tested positive for rabies.

All three women are ok, but will now need to be tested and potentially treated for rabies.

I’ve only lived back in Connecticut for a couple years now, but this does not seem like normal animal behavior to me. I don’t know if it’s just overblown coverage, the increasingly weird weather and warm temperatures, or something else entirely, but it feels like nature is getting a little too close for comfort.

2016 may have been the official year of animal invasions, but 2017 already looks like it is hungry to take that crown. Be on the lookout, people. Nature is here and it does not seem very happy with us.

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