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Bobcat Spotted in Backyard of El Cerrito Home

Photo of a bobcat. Patch photo archive.
Photo of a bobcat. Patch photo archive.
A bobcat was seen as it passed from the backyard of a home Vista Road towards Club View Drive on Tuesday evening around 5:20 p.m., police officials said.

According to a Nixle Alert released by El Cerrito Police, the sighting is the second time the big cat has been in the span of about 48 hours. A bobcat was also reported on Monday night in the 1200 block of Contra Costa Drive. 

Police officials recommend the following tips if residents encounter a bobcat:
  • Scare off with loud noises or spray with a garden hose. 
  • If the animal is confined, open a gate, have all people leave the area, and allow it to leave on its own. Contact the El Cerrito Police Department: 911 or 510-233-1214 
  • Check for kittens in the area, and if kittens are there, then consider tolerating them for a few weeks until the kittens are large enough to leave the area with their mother.
According to the Arizona Fish and Game Department, bobcats are attracted by food sources and water. Dense brush and shade provide potential for dens. Fish and game officials say residents should be aware that "shelter for bobcats can include rooftops, attics, and the space underneath decks."

Bobcats are the most common type of wildcat in North America, easily identified by its stubby tail and tufted ears. The big cats are crepuscular and are most active during dawn and dusk, according to Wikipedia.

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