Bobcat seen on the west aspect of Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – New Mexicans are no stranger to wildlife, but an Albuquerque woman was shocked to see a very brave bobcat in her yard. Renee Sanchez was having her morning coffee at her house near Irving and the golf course when she looked out the window and saw a bobcat loitering in her yard.

Sanchez explains: “We have lived here for 21 years and we see coyotes all the time, we see other creatures, but we have never seen a bobcat. That’s not to say I didn’t know they were there, of course they are, but we’ve never seen one so it was shocking. “

She says that there is a large hill in her garden where she often sees rabbits and squirrels. She believes the bobcat came out of the arroyo and went down the hill into the yard.

The family believe the big cat even killed one of those rabbits. Sanchez called 311 and was referred to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. They told her that they could not send anyone to relocate the cat because it is a protected animal.

A Game and Fish spokesman says things like this happen in urban New Mexico and shares why this bobcat might have been so unmolested. “Bobcats are very carefree animals in nature, and so they show this front when they move. You can also get very used to the presence of people in the area and look for sources of food and water, ”explains Tristanna Bickford.

Sanchez says the bobcat loitered for about 40 minutes before she turned on the sprinklers and the bobcat took off. Officials suggest that if you encounter a wild animal, it is best to give it some space to leave the area. They also encourage people to keep their small pets indoors and remove any sources of water or food that might attract wildlife.

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