Photos show bobcats in Southern Indiana

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by Adam Walser

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 16 at 4:33 PM

WHAS11 has a correction to make concerning this story, which was originally posted on Monday about reports of a mountain lion spotted in Scott County, Indiana.
It's come to our attention that the picture we showed has circulated around the country and was in fact not seen in Indiana.  WHAS11 and WHAS11.com regrets the error.

 

(WHAS11) - Bobcats have been spotted in Kentuckiana in recent weeks.

The shots are incredible - bobcats caught on camera in the woods of Southern Indiana.

Sylvia Kruer has pictures of big cats posted on her fridge; proof for when her family arrives next week for thanksgiving that bobcats are creeping through her neck of the woods.

The pictures were taken in recent weeks by her neighbor's tree mounted trail camera.

“Yesterday they said, you know, they're probably more scared of you than you are of them. I said, I don't know. I'm pretty scared of them myself,” said Kruer. “I wouldn't want to see them walking around out here. Would you?”

Plenty of Kruer’s neighbors have seen just that.

Keith Parrish says he saw a bobcat in the woods. 

“At first I wasn't even sure what I had seen,” said Parrish. “I just knew it wasn't something like I’d seen before. “

While local residents say that bobcats have been in the area for decades, there's much more photographic evidence now, thanks to cell phones and trail cameras mounted on trees in deep woods.

“They don't have human scent, they're not moving around or making noise, so they'll walk up to those unsuspecting. A lot of times, the cameras will be on deer trails or where they’re feeding animals,” said Parrish.

Neil Scholl says a friend gave him a picture of a mountain lion attacking a large buck near Scottsburg.

Scholl says there have been reported sightings of a mountain lion in the Salem area as well.

They say that bobcats were near extinction until 2002, but have made a huge comeback in recent years.

“I think they're coming into this area because there's so much food now,” said Scholl, remarking about increases of populations of deer, turkey and other animals.

Conservation officers say they haven't received any reports of predatory cats harming humans or domestic animals.

But Kruer does have a theory about why four grown cats have disappeared from her barn in the past two months.

“If they get hungry, they'll eat anything, right?” she said.

Bobcats normally grow to sizes of up to four feet long and can weigh up to 40 pounds.



 

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