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Video Shows Bobcat Closing In On Bunny Rabbit In Hudson Valley

A bobcat was caught on camera in Putnam County shortly before he took out a rabbit.
A bobcat was caught on camera in Putnam County shortly before he took out a rabbit. Video Credit: Contributed

Someone let the bobcat out of the bag.

A bobcat was caught on camera on Wednesday, Aug. 26 making the rounds in Putnam County, prowling through some backyards near the intersection of Wayacross and Vineland Road around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26  in Mahopac before taking off.

In a video shared by a Mahopac resident, the bobcat can be seen slinking through the fenced-in yard before it grabbed a bunny rabbit, whose fate is uncertain.

The homeowner said that the bobcat waiting around a minute before pouncing and attacking the bunny. 

It remains unclear how the bobcat made its way into the fenced-in yard.

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, “Bobcats are about twice the size of a domestic cat and usually smaller than the Canada lynx. 

"Their fur is dense, short, and soft and is generally shorter and more reddish in the summer and longer and more gray in the winter. 

"Spotting occurs in some bobcats and is faded in others. The face has notable long hairs along the cheeks and black tufts at the tops of each ear.“Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are widely valued as a resident wildlife species in New York, although they are rarely seen in the wild due to their secretive behavior. 

"All indications, including harvest trends, suggest that bobcats have increased in abundance here and in surrounding states, and observations have become more common in recent years.

“Based on analysis of harvest data, we estimate New York’s bobcat population to be approximately 5,000 animals in areas where regulated hunting and trapping seasons have been in place since the 1970s.”

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