Bobcat and two kittens spotted near Williams Elementary School

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A bobcat and her two kittens were spotted near an elementary school playground on Friday. After about an hour of searching, several Huntsville Wildlife Services were unable to find the cats.

“We received a call from a gentleman who had spotted wild lynx, a mother and her cubs near an elementary school,” said Michael Treat, Alabama Wildlife Rescue. “He was worried there was a playground nearby and he was worried about the kids.”

The man’s property backs onto the Williams Elementary School playground. He first spotted the bobcats around 7:30 a.m. Friday morning. He called Alabama Wildlife Rescue about two hours later.

“We know the mom bobcat and her cubs are somewhere in the area at this point,” Treat said.

Huntsville Animal Control, local Fish and Wildlife Services, and Alabama Wildlife Rescue answered the call and conducted the search. Treat said if they had located the bobcat during the search, she and her kittens would have been sedated and moved to a local wildlife sanctuary.

Treat says bobcats are usually skittish around people, but because this bobcat has kittens, she can get defensive. He said you should never approach a bobcat, but if you happen to be nearby you may be able to scare it away with loud noises.

“I always say when you encounter a wild animal, do yourself a favor,” Treat said. “Shout, clap, and they’ll usually run away.”

If you see the bobcat, you can call Alabama Wildlife Rescue at 256-801-1345.


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