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Of course, when you least expect it... an unusually large cat spotted crossing my yard. The black and white ears and "bobbed tail" were a dead giveaway. Grabbed the camera and snapped this picture of a Florida bobcat who seemed very interested in some snapping turtle for dinner (not shown in this cropped picture).
The full image is in on my Flickr page
Is this the "Hunters Green Mystery Cat"?
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As our developments expand farther into these and other wild animals' habitats, our encounters with wild animals will continue to increase.
Trapping and removing these animals is not the answer. Common sense will do just fine. If you should happen to see a bobcat, alligator, poisonous snake, rabbit, or whatever, leave it alone. Don't feed it, try to pet it, try to kill it, or let your kids play around (or with) it. Appreciate wild animals from a distance....
|Bobcat video 4-12-05:
I shot this video on a Canon ZR-20 miniDV camcorder. Click the button to see the video (mp4 format).
Video taken around 9am:
About 3 hours later, the bobcat returned. This time, he's just 9 feet from my bedroom window! He grooms a bit, then sits down by the neighbors' fence and has a nap.
Video taken around noon:
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I've also heard of bobcat sightings on the Hunters Green golf course and again around Tampa Palms. What this means is that there's plenty of wildlife out there. Just don't mess with it. See a bobcat? Keep your distance. Don't try to feed them or play with them! They can be dangerous!
Like the Loch Ness Monster, Yeti, and Bigfoot, another, lesser known myth stirs the fears and imaginations of mankind. Perhaps true, or just an illusion, there is the legend of the Hunters Green "Mystery Cat". Claimed to have been spotted several time in the Hunters Green subdivision of New Tampa, this "Mystery Cat" appeared to be a larger, wildcat version of it's cousin, the common housecat. Presumed to be a panther or cougar, stories of its appearances made the local papers and television. Locals were on the lookout and traps were set, but alas, no "Mystery Cat". Years passed and talk of such an animal subsided.
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