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Bobcat roams Boston Heights backyard
Homeowner catches cat on motion triggered camera
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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A bobcat is captured by a motion-activated camera in the backyard of a Boston Hts. homeowner. Wildlife officials say it could be the first verified sighting of the cat in Summit County.
Courtesy of OhioTraveler.com
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The bobcat was once common in Ohio.  But hunters drove the predator from the state during the 1800's, and like many native species, was thought gone forever. In recent years, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the bobcat has made a comeback.

They're now known to have populations in the Appalachian region of Ohio, but rarely seen in Summit County.  However one intrepid homeowner in Boston Heights, whose backyard borders the Cuyahoga National Park, caught a bobcat on camera.  Once verified it will be the first official sighting in Summit County.

The homeowner could not be reached for comment, but Frank Satullo of OhioTraveler.com vouches for its authenticity.  He says it came from a family friend, and that's why he posted the picture on his website.

Wildlife officials are happy the bobcat is back.  Biologist Jeff Westerfield of ODNR's District 3  office in Akron says he'd like to see a breeding population of the elusive cat established in the national park. 

 


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ODNR's bobcat page

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