Bobcat caught hunting in our backyard!

Bobcat! in our backyard in Mohawk

Early Monday morning (Columbus Day 2009) we spotted a Bobcat walking out of the back field alongside of our small pond. He took a leisurely 10 minute walk, checking out the pond, a mole or mouse near the pond and then cleaned and preened himself in the early morning sun. We have a spectacular video of this event. Unfortunately I was not brave enough to step outside to capture the photos and they were taken through the windows of our kitchen and bedroom.

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Molly says ... on Sunday, Nov 15 at 5:50 AM

Bobcats are native to the area and were not "released" as an exotic animal. Lynx, on the other hand, which look similar to a bobcat but are much larger, where released into the Adirondacks 20 years ago.

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Hillbilly21 says ... on Thursday, Oct 29 at 7:55 PM

Not a PrettyKitty! You need to grow up and be responsible. If you had a kid you would know how important it is to protect your children. At least we can say Mountainmomma cares enough to report this and give us pictures to see it.

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daisy says ... on Friday, Oct 23 at 9:41 PM

"J", Maine Coons have very long hair and are about 30 ponds lighter than that bob cat. Mountainmomma, trying to get the DEC to remove that cat from your area is wrong, you chose to live that far into to country live with the wildlife.

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magpie says ... on Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:10 AM

you'll know if you have a bobcat close..the smell is unbearable...but they,along with cyottes will avoid you..this is why DEC will not admit to releasing such exotic animals here...because people panic...i'd worry more about the neighbors dog.

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magpie says ... on Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:05 AM

why bash mountain mom..she has ever right to feel concerned..or bash her over her pond..i have never met this lady..but i can assure you that her grandchild is not unattended near the pond..why not just say thanks for the pics...

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yo momma says ... on Tuesday, Oct 20 at 8:00 PM

ugghhhhh are you serious? its just a animal. It's not trying to hurt anybody. It just wanted to take a walk. :) delete this LAME article asap

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PRETTYKITTY says ... on Tuesday, Oct 20 at 5:58 PM

TO:MOUNTAINMOMMA79..You are as pathetic as the balloon boy's parents. What a way to get your face on the news.

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PRETTYKITTY says ... on Tuesday, Oct 20 at 5:56 PM

Your afraid of an innocent harmless cat and state in your article to the news that you are afraid to let your daughter go outside but yet you have a big deep spring fed pond in your backyard that is dangerous for your grandaughter. Get a life!!!

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wondering minds in laurens want 2no says ... on Monday, Oct 19 at 10:29 PM

what does a bobcat sound like? --I believe i had one in the back of our yard in the creek last year --erie sounding

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mountainmama says ... on Monday, Oct 19 at 4:59 PM

Our intention was to bring nature at its best to the eyes of everyone...not to alarm or frighten...yes we do have a young granddaughter and will be very cautious when outside with her...it was a beautiful sight indeed

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magpie says ... on Monday, Oct 19 at 2:11 PM

nice looking pics..great job...my wife saw it cross the road saturday..she told me she couldnt believe what she was looking at...my feelings...it would look great stuffed and mounted in my living room...

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SMart A says ... on Monday, Oct 19 at 12:09 PM

Look it... Somebody here wrote that the cat was here before them. That is unlikely because cats only live an average of 4-9 years. By the Way - I like nature too, And I like wild cats. But the strongest survive - It doesn't matter "who" was here

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J says ... on Monday, Oct 19 at 12:04 PM

Its a maine coon cat dummies. It is a domesticated pet dah

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d wiggins says ... on Monday, Oct 19 at 11:43 AM

northerner i didnt want to alarm anyone but they actually are mountain lions and here by choice of the dec because of coy dogs being a problem. they are being tracked and watched at all times.if they had not been released coy dogs worse.

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d wiggins says ... on Monday, Oct 19 at 11:35 AM

two years ago several bobcats were released in upstate ny with collars for tracking by the state in order to kill off the coy dog population this was printed in a local artical and denied by the state but admitted by some eviornmentalist .

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renee = dimwit says ... on Monday, Oct 19 at 10:31 AM

You and you dog are afraid of a bobcat? please...get a clue

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Renee says ... on Monday, Oct 19 at 9:48 AM

This is actually not to far from my house. With a small dog and kids that go outside it makes you feel like a prisoner in your own house. I bet if DEC had it in their backyard they would do something about it. How long has it been around? Anyone know

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anointedma says ... on Sunday, Oct 18 at 7:25 PM

Some one needs to cut that haness off this animal soon ,before winter comes.It will cut into him as he continues to grow.I hope help comes before it's too late...

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Matt says ... on Sunday, Oct 18 at 10:42 AM

We have seen them near our farm in Jordanville for couple years. Not many people believed us because we didn't get pictures of them. They are around more than people choose to believe. They won't bother anyone as long as no one bothers them.

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kindman says ... on Sunday, Oct 18 at 9:42 AM

I seem a bobcat about 20 years ago over in Frankfort along the canal, I though I was seeing things but I guess it was a bobcat . they are allusive aminals and not agressive, I hope people leave him or her alone. By the way, good pictures.

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Ginny says ... on Sunday, Oct 18 at 7:31 AM

He is a beautiful cat!! I hope I see him. There are lots of Bobcats in that area or up over the hill. My sister saw them all the time up in Springfield Center. Hope he and my Gray Foxes won't meet. Had two families here this summer.

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slydog0217 says ... on Saturday, Oct 17 at 6:47 PM

Ohh No ! What are we going to do, put all of the animals in a zoo? but we live in the woods. Lions and Tigers And Bears,Oh My!

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wolfwoman says ... on Saturday, Oct 17 at 6:46 PM

nature -- well put -- "This was their home long before yours." Enjoy the previlege of seeing and leave him alone.

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nature says ... on Saturday, Oct 17 at 3:25 PM

Bobcats are native to this area. They are very shy and fearful of people. They are not dangerous and should be left alone. This was their home long before yours.

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Marvins Martian says ... on Saturday, Oct 17 at 2:22 PM

We live near Shoemaker off of 168 and we saw a very similar animal stalking mice/moles near the back of our property--even found a mole's "remains" on our well cap.Seeing this confirms what I thought, it was a boibcat! That was back in 04/09.

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harleyhoney says ... on Friday, Oct 16 at 6:45 AM

What a magnificant animal. Admire his beauty and leave him be, not the first time they have been spotted locally.....nature at it's best!

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northener says ... on Friday, Oct 16 at 4:58 AM

Bobcats are native to New York and there is actually a trapping season for them. Why DEC would say " it is released animal" is odd. Mountain Lions are a different story, DEC will never admit to them because of public fear.

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Zoology says ... on Thursday, Oct 15 at 4:34 PM

Next Time I Would Call The Utica Zoo As Quickly As Possible To See What They Can Do To Dart(Anesthesia) The Bobcat And Relocate It Further Into The Wild Or Let It Be In The Care Of The Zoo. There Are Many Problems Regarding DEC I Personally Have!

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sprite says ... on Thursday, Oct 15 at 9:15 AM

If he has been subjected to human interaction, his encounters with people could be very unpredictable. IMO, he should be captured, have that harness removed and have an expert determine if he is releasable to the wild. If not, rehoming opt. available

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Mountain Mama says ... on Thursday, Oct 15 at 6:09 AM

called the DEC and they can't do anything and as usual they deny any Bobcats or mountain lions in our area! No it's not an exotic pet...it's a released animal that has been called in and spotted before..an animal specialist has been called

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wants to know says ... on Wednesday, Oct 14 at 9:07 PM

i believe the DEC should be called in for this, think goodness its not in my backyard, how dangerous.... think of the dangers here people....duhhh!!!!!!!!!

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daisy says ... on Tuesday, Oct 13 at 8:19 PM

It looks like there is a harrness on him, maybe someones exotic pet that got loose?

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Anonymous says ... on Tuesday, Oct 13 at 7:33 PM

a nice looking kitty

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