Florida Bobcat Images and Information
About the photo above: Look at this one I just saw
It was behind Home Depot on University Blvd., Randy 9/20/06
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Excellent photos from Randy, thank
you to him for sharing them
Bobcats are reclusive and not often
seen. They normally do not want to be near people. This bobcat was
across a parking lot from a 6 lane state road, and a block from
I-75. Bobcats are beneficial, eating rats and mice.
Bobcats in Florida are neither rare
or endangered, as a limited bobcat season exists statewide. Their
density runs as high as 80 individuals per 100 square miles. But
they are reclusive creatures. The bobcats tend to stay out of the
developed areas, but they often aren't far away.
According to Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) regional public information
director Joy Hill, “Most people living in Florida will never see
one.” Weighing in at less than 35 pounds, the average bobcat sticks
to a territory of between five and six square miles. Primarily
hunting at night, they track down rabbits, rats and other small
mammals along with small birds.
PANTHER PHOTO & SIGHTINGS IN SARASOTA
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in Manatee / Sarasota
5/3/09 This lovely animal wandered
through my back yard on May 2 2009. I only managed to get some
photos through a window before it wander off across my front lawn,
across the road and into the scrub on the other side of the street.
It was an exciting interaction and I hope to be lucky enough to see
NEWEST 1/2009 My Son and I got
this video from one of our
last month. I had never seen two grown cats together before and
comes along. The date was the first week of Jan., 2009. - Carl T
Myself, my sister and 5 children
saw a bobcat just as you pictured on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2005
about 4:30 p.m. in Lakewood Ranch Country Club. So cool!
We feel so lucky and thought you might want to know. M. Bush
1/16/06 Hi just thought you might
want to know that we saw a bobcat in our back yard last Wednesday
(01/11/06) it was about dusk and my three dogs started to bark I
walked on the lanai and there he was about 15 feet away beautiful!!!
but I think he was wanting the dogs for dinner!! We live in panther
ridge (East Bradenton) off of SR70.
2/12/06 I was looking outside my
back yard and saw a bobcat walking right across my yard and
into the woods behind my house. We are located off of Toledo
Blade and Price Blvd. This cat was pretty big! He was
beautiful. He was more spotted with a yellowish brown marking.
I was so awed!! I have never seen anything like that coming
from up North. I wish I had gotten my camera! Next time.
Just saw a bobcat this am crossing through our yard to go into the
thickly wooded empty lots behind us. this is the 4th time I have
seen a bobcat while living in Port Charlotte. When I lived on
Forrest Nelson Blvd, I saw a pair of bobcats walking down the
pathway, in front of my condo at about 6 pm. I did take a picture,
but lost the film. Might not be as rare as you think... S. Knapp
2/17/06 My wife saw a Bobcat last
evening when she went to turn on our sprinkling system. He was tan
in color and had a short tail. Our house is adjacent to woods on one
side and a ravine on the other. We live in Heritage Harbour in
Bradenton off Rt. 64. This is the second sighting near our house.
The tile guys saw one last November behind our house. P.
2/28/06 This morning I saw a bobcat
that was killed on the road on 98N (South Florida Avenue) in
Lakeland. The carcass was on the right shoulder 1/4 - 1/2 mile south
of Barry Motor Sports. Interestingly, I saw a bald eagle lifting off
with a rabbit at the same time of day in the same area two months
On the way home from work, I saw another bobcat (live) in Bartow.
The cat was walking through a recently cleared field on the corner
of Clower and 555. There is no question in my mind that both animals
I wanted to share with you because I have never seen a bobcat or
panther or anything like that in the wild and am very excited...
Brad from Bartow
I saw a bobcat this morning on an off road mountain biking trail in
Hillsborough county north of hwy. 672, east of Boyette
Rd. I saw him about 10 to 12 feet ahead of me just around a curve
in the trail. I stopped my bike and watched him run about 20
ft or so further down the trail before cutting into the
woods. Needless to say, that was the highlight of my day!
April 18. 2006
I had a young bobcat chasing a squirrel up and down my oak tree in
the Manchester Waterway area of Port Charlotte. He looked as if he
had been in the canal. Missed the outcome of the play/meal.
Hello!~ I was reading your web site
because I saw a bob cat this morning. So I will say that was a
huge surprise and I do wish I had my camera nearby. But alas!
He (or she) was a tawny beige color
and not as heavy as I would have expected a bob cat to be, but it
was about 2 feet high at the shoulder and a little longer than that
from chest to rump. It had large ears that stood straight up
when I stopped short to look at it standing in my neighbor's
yard here in Clermont. He (she) then bolted for the wooded
area diagonally across the street, bounding as it went. Very
impressive and awe inspiring to see it free and natural.
I think it really was a bobcat,
although it was lighter in weight and slinker than I would have
thought and lighter in color. It did not have spots.
This was way too large a cat to be
an oversize house cat. It actually looked like a young
panther, but it had a bob tail, which I do not think panthers have.
The shape of the head was more like a lion or panther, but I do not
imagine that we have panthers/lions here. So I can only guess
that it was a skinny bob cat.
There are baby rabbits in the
neighborhood. So it may have been hunting here when I
surprised it. Beautiful creature. Save our green areas
and we will have more wildlife in our environment. - Anita K.
I saw a
bobcat in my yard last night. At first I wondered what kind of
domestic cat would have big ears and a large head and then I
realized that it was a bobcat. It ran off into the woods
behind us. What a rare sight! I live in Gates Creek (Hwy 64 & Upper
Manatee River Road).
I also saw a bobcat on 6-23-06 in
North Fort Myers (near Charlotte county line). I didn't know what it
was a first. It ran out in front of my truck on a dirt road
and I thought what kind of animal is that. Long legs with
bobbed tail and tall pointed ears! How beautiful the creature
was. I am from California and our bobcats are shorter and
furrier. Never thought I would see one up that close and about
3 miles from my house. Thanks for letting me share with you.
7-15-06 I noticed your site
on the net and see you are looking for bobcat sightings! We are
located in Arcadia, FL, and we have around out ranch which
love to go off @ 3AM when the wild animals are out prowling. After
one alarm we where lucking enough to see a bobcat come up to the
house, prance around our cars, then stroll off to the barn. Sighting
Our wild animal sightings have been
few since Hurricane Charley.
9-17-06 Hi I came
across your site and wanted to tell you I just saw a bobcat outside
my window. Beautiful! he was sitting just watching me through my
window. When I made a move he ran. I am located in Port St. Lucie in
a neighborhood beginning development. I love your site and I'll be sure to add it to my favorites.
next-door neighbors and I sighted a Bobcat on Beckham
St. off of Toledo Blade Blvd. in North Port on 11/29/06
in our back yard at 5:00 PM. He wandered into the
backyard and lay down under a palm tree.
I realized that it was
a Bobcat when I saw his characteristic black tip short
stubby tail and long legs. It was at least twice as big
as our domestic cat. What a treat to see one. It’s
good to know that they’re around keeping the rodent
population in check.
Rich & Sheryl
Hi John & Nancy,
I was driving up the new part of Lakewood Ranch Blvd this
afternoon and saw a full grown bobcat cross the road about 200
yard in front of me.
My husband and I live off of Chamberlain Blvd in North Port.
Today a full
grown bobcat walked right in
front of our car. We were in front of our
house. It was beautiful! I
never realized how big they are. Just thought you
might want to know!
We see this one
frequently in NW Port Charlotte. Nice that it
"posed" for me.
We live in North Port and have seen this Bobcat on
several occasions. Today, we were finally able to take
these pictures around 11:00 a.m. We
live off of Chamberlain on Marasco. Thank you, Kevin
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I saw a pair of bobcats in south Venice at the corner of
Macon and Jack Streets on 6/4/07. They trotted up Jack
St. together then into someone's back yard and into a
wooded area. Saw them a few minutes later emerge from
the wooded area walked right toward me and my dog then
back into the wooded area. - Jeff
We live in Riverwalk Ridge in Lakewood
Ranch and with our binoculars just got a great view of a
mature bobcat. He was walking along the top of the dyke
next to the pond. What a beautiful creature. Cream
colored with a black spotted belly. This is the second
sighting we have had in this same location within the
last nine months.
Maribel and George
Hi we have just come back to
England from Port Charlotte, we were staying in a villa
on Kola Ave.
The family was just in from
the swimming pool and we saw a large cat as we thought
walk by the caging but as we can see now after looking
at your web site.
it was a Bobcat it was very
lovely and just looked at us, we feel very lucky to have
seen one, just didn't manage to get a photo.
We did sit hoping that it
would come back but no.How lovely to have wild life like
that you are lucky in Flordia.
Regards Pat Thompson and
7/29/07; My wife and I saw a bobcat this morning
around 8:15 at the corner of The Masters Ave. and
Muirfield. It just walked across the street like it
owned the place and went down into a pond full of pond
flowers and then disappeared. This was the first time I
had seen one in probably 2 years. John and Lou
Hi folks, Just to let you know, we spotted two adult
bob's in our back yard today. They posed for us as we
rushed to get our cameras. Just totally awesome!!! We
are on tower road in Bonita springs and thought you
might like these pic's. - Ian W
Found your web site when I queried about Bobcat photos.
I had to report that I saw one today on Rutland Road
about half way between US 301 and Rye Road. (Manatee
county east of Parrish) The critter ran across Rutland
road at one of the larger creek areas (bridge there)
heading north. It was about 4:30 in the afternoon.
Definitely a Bobcat!
We have seen a large bobcat tonight 6/29/08 behind
our house near cattleman and proctor. It was standing on
its hind legs with its front feet perched on our
tray-style bird feeder. It is quite large and seems at
home. We also saw what we believe to be the same cat in
Mid May lying in the grass behind our home. He also saw
us at that time and was not phased by our presence and
did not seem to be sick or ill at all.
Susan and Rob
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These photos were taken in the backyard of my North Port home on
6/2/08. This same bobcat has been spending a lot of time
sunbathing in our backyard. It is not one bit afraid of my dog
but as i snuck around the back of the house to shoot these it
headed off into the woods.
An update on the
North Port bobcat sightings from last year...
We live off S San Mateo, and I've been seeing tracks since last
September, when we moved here... but today (6/21/08) was our
first sighting. Quite a large bob, maybe 4-6 feet, short dark
coat with spotted marking, running like a leopard across the
NOW maybe people will believe me :-)
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