Bobcat Sightings in the Southern Tier

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Although rare to see, bobcats are not that uncommon here in the Southern Tier.

One of those sightings happened recently in a resident’s backyard on Veteran Hill Road in Horseheads. This sighting has a few neighbors on edge.

“Well, I have little kids,” neighbor Angela Hansen said. “That concerns me more. I have a five-year-old who loves to play way out back. So, I am more concerned about him than anything else. So, I am going to have a talk with him about different animals.”

“They will pick through your garbage,” neighbor Denise Strait said. “You noticed we had to put a garbage pail outside because they were getting into the bag of garbage and stewing it all over the place. The way I feel is it’s their territory.”

Around 12 to 20 pounds in weight, bobcats have a few distinct features that set them apart from any other wild animal.

“Look for the tail” McLaughlin said. “The tail will go up. There will be a fluffy white patch just underneath. The tail can be anywhere from three inches, and stubby, all the way up to six inches, but it’s usually flat on top.”

Although seeing a bobcat in real life is a rare sighting, if this was to happen, the best thing to do is just keep your distance.

“Make sure your cats get home at night, at some point. What the bobcats hunt and the cats hunt are similar, and domestic cats are smart enough that if they see a bigger predator, to back off and let them have whatever they are hunting.”

It is believed that bobcats like to live in areas like Elmira and Horseheads, and that they usually prefer tree hollows or rocky cliff areas for protection.

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