Bobcat spotted in Overland Park backyard

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas - An Overland Park homeowner saw a bobcat in his backyard Monday morning.

Chuck Sinks saw the bobcat around 9:30 a.m. in the 9700 block of West 144th Terrace. He took a couple photos of the bobcat.

Sinks said the bobcat was around long enough to stroll through his yard and into the neighbors’ backyards.

Sinks said the bobcat acted like he owned the area.

Eric Thompson with Animal Control says there are quite a few bobcats in that area. He said the last report of a bobcat was three to four months ago near 119th and Quivira.

Thompson says bobcats usually stay close to the golf courses and creeks. They are usually out early in the morning or late at night. They naturally prey on rabbits and mice and not likely to attack a small dog or cat.

In July, a 3-month-old bobcat was spotted in the backyard of an Independence homeowner . The cat was captured and later transferred to the Lakeside Nature Center.

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