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Bobcat Sighted in Southington

Patrice and Frank Clynes captured photos in their backyard Thursday - have you spotted a Bobcat nearby?

With the attention given to Mountain Lions over the past year, one forgotten cat in the area has quietly continued to find life easy to live behind the scenes - the Bobcat.

"Bobcats are elusive and noctural," according to a description provided in National Geographic. The animals, also known as wildcats, are not commonly spotted in Connecticut, although they are native to the area and can often be found in the northeast and are known to roam throughout North America.

Patrice and Frank Clyne received a rare treat Thursday morning when they witnessed one of these large animals walking through their backyard, which is located just a short distance from .

"We turned around at about 7:15 a.m. and it was right there," Patrice Clynes said. "I rushed inside to get my camera and take a few pictures."

If you see a Bobcat, be careful: they are fierce hunters and can kill prey much bigger than themselves. These hunters usually eat small game including rabbits, birds and mice, however.

Have you seen a Bobcat? Have your own pictures? Add them to the photographs above and be sure to mark your sighting on our interactive map.

nancy voisine March 23, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Didnt get a pic but we had one in our yard on monarch dr. Off of jude lane.
Anne Murphy March 23, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I had one in my yard on De Fashion St, recently...didn't get a picture, but it was beautiful to see ...Anne Murphy
Ruth Stanley March 23, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I see one now & again near the Cheshire/Southington line. I love watching the wildlife! And yes, there has been a mountain lion over here as well. We are hoping one of us gets a good pic next time either feline shows up!

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