Lynxed in

Close Encounters

By Melinda Nye

Bobcats are one of four species grouped within the Lynx genus. The other three are the Eurasian, Spanish and Canadian lynx. Bobcats share territory with their Canadian cousins only along the US border, and dominate the rest of North America, extending their habitat from forests area to both wetlands and deserts. Endangered in New Jersey, bobcats have gradually reemerged in the state's most remote areas.

A bobcat scours the terrain somewhere in Sussex County. Photos by George Cevera

The bobcat, carrying a freshly killed rabbit, slipped through some mountain laurel. Almost three feet long and twenty inches high at the shoulder, in good years she might weigh as much as twenty-five pounds. If desperate —or lucky—she could take down a small deer. She needed strong hunting skills; the males left after breeding and she raised her young alone. Most of the food she brought to her kittens consisted of squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, and mice. Sometimes she caught a wild turkey.

The bobcat worked her way through the vegetation. Her soft tawny coat blended in with her surroundings, but not enough to escape the notice of a young woman exploring a rocky slope near Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area.

Mackenzie Hall, an employee with the Conserve Wildlife Federation of New Jersey, had left the trail in search of timber rattlesnakes. Chatting on a cell phone with her supervisor, Mackenzie saw a small brown shape in the laurel. One hundred feet from the cat, she caught a glimpse of tufted ears, spotted pelt and stumpy tail. Intent on reaching her den, the bobcat did not see the woman ahead. Mackenzie waited, enthralled. When the cat finally sensed Mackenzie's presence, barely thirty feet separated the two. The dam quietly shifted her course and, as if it had learned its tricks under the tutelage of the Cheshire Cat, simply disappeared.

Several years later, the memory of the bobcat still gives Mackenzie a visible thrill. "They're pretty shy animals," she says. "I've spent countless hours in the woods. I've only seen them twice. They're cognizant, camouflaged, and quiet, traits that don't lend themselves to casual encounters."

Mick Valent, Principal Zoologist of the Endangered and Nongame Species Program at the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, sighs when reminded of Mackenzie's experience. "I've spent so much time out in the field, and I've never seen a bobcat in the wild."

A bobcat prowls the wilds of Crystal Springs. (Phone pict sent by Cathy Weeks.)

Ironically, the zoologist has dedicated years towards efforts to ensure that bobcats roam New Jersey's forests. From 1978 to 1982, the NJ Department of Environmental Programs brought in twenty-four bobcats from Maine and Massachusetts. In the late 1990s, Mick Valent led a bobcat monitoring program that centered on the movements of individual cats, dispersal, population densities, etc. New tools soon brought in a wealth of data. In 2002-2003 the program began placing satellite collars on trapped bobcats. The program posed its own challenges. They did not appreciate being cornered, so angry bobcats required sedation via spring-loaded syringes at the end of jab poles.

Encounters with trapped bobcats are often revelatory. One of Mackenzie Hall's experiences was no exception. "I was supposed to monitor this one trap," she recalls. "It was Day One at that location. I certainly didn't expect to find anything. When I saw her I felt complete and utter amazement. She was snarling and lunging at me. She was fierce."

The satellite collars, however, proved to be valuable tools that cut down on fieldwork. The collars beamed data to a satellite. The data was then emailed to Mick Valent's team. That particular research process, though productive, did not last. In 2004-2005, the program switched to GPS collars that store data. The batteries die within one year, at which point the signal changes and the collar falls off. The staff heads out to retrieve the collar with its data.

As more data surfaced, Mick and his team came to an important realization. Roads and development seemed to have a major impact on prime areas of bobcat habitat: Kittatinny Ridge and a large tract around West Milford.

bobcat at lakota
Bobcats reside at the Lakota Wolf Preserve.

Bobcats thrive in habitats that merge open lands and forests. They prefer heavy cover, such as that provided by vines and shrubs, under which they can rest safely, but they hunt everywhere: swamps, bogs, thickets, fields and forests. Rocky parts of northern New Jersey also provide caves in which they often raise their young.

The most remote areas in northern New Jersey offer prime bobcat habitat. Many tracts of land still contain large areas of contiguous forest, and the bobcats introduced almost thirty years ago had apparently settled in. The cat Mackenzie spotted was very likely a descendant of one of those bobcats. This outcome has simultaneously signaled successÑand a cause for concern.

Bobcats are protected under the New Jersey Endangered Species Act. Hunters are not the problem, or not a significant one. Fragmentation, caused by development and traffic, seem to have constrained the local populations, particularly two in northern New Jersey. "To maintain a viable population, we need more gene flow." Mick Valente explains. "We need to learn whether or not there is a breeding interaction between these two populations."

(Dan Bacon)

Close breeding can weaken the gene pool, so a healthy population must have access to outsiders. Males can maintain up to twenty-five square miles. The females utilize smaller areas, in part to stay close to their dens. The males and females breed in mid-late February to early April, but otherwise they have few interactions. "We need to keep that gene pool flowing," Mick adds.

The program began to study the impact of roads and the need for wildlife corridors. Collared animals have turned up near roads; the question is, where do they cross? This summer, NJF&W will place cameras near Route 80 in an attempt to learn the answer. If the bobcats can be encouraged to travel, the gene pool will disperse and strengthen.

Personnel engage in other efforts to locate and study the animals; cotton swabs, spritzed with bobcat urine and left on the ground, serve as scent post stations designed to lure in the stealthy creatures, while motion detection cameras record activity at the site. But technology is not the only tool at the division's disposal.

Gretchen Fowles, a Geographic Information Systems Specialist within the Endangered and Non-game Species Program, maps habitat and species locations. She works with complex data systems, but she also works with Bear, a furry, black Chow and Labrador mix that came from Working Dogs for Conservation Foundation in Montana.

She shows pictures of the shaggy black dog sitting by bobcat sign while Gretchen retrieves lumpy brown objects from the snow. The scat will go in for testing that will inform them which individual cat lives in or visits the area. In many photos Bear waits patiently, or appears to happily chew a soft rubber ball.

"He's such a good dog," she says. "He loves his work."

Gretchen and Bear dominate the photo. The only sign of their quarry is a small stain in the snow. But unlike Yeti—or the mountain lion(s) sometimes said to live in northern Jersey—their quarry lives, and it lives in our forests.

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Rick Scherr
12 Jan 2018, 13:26
January 12, 2018
I just saw a bobcat here at Bear Pond in Hopatcong. It crossed over what little water and ice we have as the pond water level is about 6-7 feet down due to two dikes being reinforced. The pond is to start refilling in March 2018. The bobcat was traveling in a northern direction. I only saw it for about 30 seconds. First one I ‘ve seen in my 68 years in this area. Way cool.......
13 Dec 2017, 06:18
I was shad fishing last spring on the Delaware river on the Jersey side of the river by the Coppermine parking area. I had finished fishing and was headed home ,made a left out of the parking area and drove about a mile, when possibly a 25 lb bobcat walked out in the middle of the road ,stopped stared at my car for a couple seconds and slowly crossed the road into the bushes. This is the 1st time I had seen one. It was an awesome looking animal, short tail and spots . I hope to see one again.
18 Nov 2017, 06:27
I think I saw a bobcat walking along the edge of open space behind my house in Holmdel NJ (Monmouth Couty) on 11-16-2017. It appeared to be stalking prey.
11 Sep 2017, 16:38
One of our favorite family stories is about me seeing a bobcat when I was a very small girl playing in our backyard in Mahwah, NJ. I was only 3 or 4 but I'll never forget it staring at me, perched on a rock across the driveway with its big fluffy grey beard. This must have been in 1983 or 1984, so it's really cool to know the one I saw must have been one of the original 20! We lived across Ramapo Valley Road from a giant nature preserve. Unfortunately, it scared me half to death and I ran screaming into the house claiming to have seen a monster. It wasn't until I saw a picture of a bobcat that I was even able to communicate it to my parents that that's what I had seen. (My best guess was lion, before :) Thanks for this post!
Bill Bender
12 Jan 2017, 11:37
I saw a Bobcat in Piscataway at 6AM on 1-1017 in Charles Day Park in back of my house. He was running along the edge of the woods and let out a howl (roar) that I will never forget. We have deer back there and a nesting fox family. He may have been hunting either.
28 Dec 2016, 01:23
Saw a Bobcat at New Lisbon Developmental Center at 4 AM for a second and then it was gone. I looked for it, for about 5 minutes and it was gone.
14 Oct 2016, 23:49
Saw a bobcat in my backyard at just after midnight in Manchester Township (Ocean County).
05 Jul 2016, 10:33
I live in Woodbine in Cape May County and my son believes he saw a bobcat on 7/4/16 in my backyard. I know for sure I saw one in Woodbine several years ago. Woodbine is heavily wooded as the name implies and the area is heavily wooded as well. There are groundhogs which have made my garage and yard their home and opossums and skunks all around. It's safe to assume that with the numerous deer and snakes, a bobcat would have plenty to eat just in my yard alone!
14 Jun 2016, 23:37
Here's probably my final comment:
I decided to check if Trenton has many stray cats. Yes, a huge population. It must have already been high in the 80's. So it's realistic that someone could have abandoned his or her pure Maine coon or mix thereof and that's what I saw.
14 Jun 2016, 21:59
I've been researching the subject. The only thing I've read about that I could have mistaken for a bobat would be a Maine coon, which isn't a very common pet and who would let their cat roam a canal probably far from home in mid-winter?
14 Jun 2016, 21:39
Daytime in winter in the late 1980's, from a building in Trenton, I saw what possibly was a bobcat walking along the canal. Reddish-brown and too big to be a house cat (which by the way I never saw walking along the canal in many years of living by a more residential segment of it). I observed it for a few minutes. Sounds far-fetched, I know, but that's the story. I suppose any time a bobcat wanders into a city or near the highway, it either quickly retreats or gets hit by a car.
16 May 2016, 16:47
Bobcats are cool and + ( Plus ) awesome.
Reed Andress
02 May 2016, 12:23
I live in South Jersey near philly and I love the outdoor I plan to move to north jeresy when I am older but I would love to know where I could see a bobcat or a fisher email is
09 Feb 2016, 09:52
Spotted a bobcat crossing Green Road in Sparta this morning 8:30AM. It left the road & went into a rocky, wooded little ravine & that was it. I couldn't find him!!
E Mully
19 Jan 2016, 09:04
Had 20 or so paw prints from a large cat on our deck last night in Rockaway NJ. They measured almost 2in in width. The prints came up the stairs, walked across the deck and then up on our table where it looks like something happened and the prints disappeared from there...could have jumped off the deck into the brush just beyond. We just lost our beloved indoor kitty last week. The paw prints made us think she was visiting us in spirit! Crazy huh?
Bill Ikin
03 Jan 2016, 07:22
12/20/ 2015,I observed a bobcat stalking a rabbit in my backyard,hunt was a success.Happened a 3pm.Sterling Lake,Sterling Forest New York
05 Dec 2015, 08:28
Old mine rd, spotted a family of 4 crossing the road. Barely caught a glimpse, but I saw them from a far
leaping into the shrubbery to avoid my car. What a sight!
18 Nov 2015, 00:49
Spotted a small bobcat around 8:30 p.m. In Columbia, nj last night.
Harry Rymaniak
06 Nov 2015, 06:33
On Wednesday the 5th, while walking up Sussex Branch Trail just north of Route 206 in Andover I saw what I'm quite sure was a bobcat. It walked onto the trail just ahead of me, stopped for a moment when it saw me and darted back into the woods. It was not a fox and much larger than a house cat. However, it looked a lighter color than pictures of bobcats I have seen....
john lindemann
17 Oct 2015, 11:36
I saw a rather large cat while walking my dog the other morning. It ran across my lawn very quickly. Today my wife and daughters saw a large cat in our yard and called me at work telling me about it. THEY WERE TELLING ME HOW LONG IT WAS AND HOW FAST IT MOVED. They had a long view out the window and were telling me about its unusual tail. I had my wife go on the internet and find picture of a bobcat, she called back and said that was it. I didn't know that there were wild bobcats in New Jersey let alone in my area, Lebanon township by Voorhees High School.
Alanna McCarthy
02 Sep 2015, 04:52
I live in Lake Hopatcong (Jefferson Township). At this time of year, the windows are open a bit to get fresh air at night. Last week, at around 3:00 in the morning a bobcat came to visit. It made a noise that I can only describe as a kind of loud cough. It woke me up out of a sound sleep! Unfortunately, it stayed in the edge of the wood line, so I wasn't able to get any pictures but I am hoping it will come out as the weather changes and it is looking for a safe place to stay in the winter! I would love to get some pictures of it, from a distance of course!
01 Sep 2015, 19:00
Small bobcat seen on Wheatsworth Road, Hardyston Township, about 7pm this evening. It was out into the street, about to cross to the other side, when it saw my car and then hurried back. A very cool moment.
Tammy Post
17 Aug 2015, 20:09
My kids and I had quite the thrill today. A bobcat crossed Old Mine Road in front of our car, followed by her two babies. We were about 1 mile past the falls. Unfortunately, we were so caught off guard that the three of us didn't react quickly enough to catch a picture.
Ken Kachmar
10 Aug 2015, 17:18
Just took a few photos and video of a 25lb Bobcat in our backyard in Hamburg. The video shows her stalking a rabbit (about 20 minutes). She was successful and continued to hang out for a while. My two daughters, 6 and 2, said it was "so cool" to watch her for so long. They are so right! What a great experience.
07 Aug 2015, 04:47
Saw a Bobcat and her 2 cubs on the Appalachian Trail yesterday 8/6/15 in halfway between the Buttermilk Falls trail and Crater Lake/Hemlock Pond in Walpack, NJ. Quite a site.
Louise Shepherd
07 Jun 2015, 16:14
While starting out biking on the Sussex Branch Trail near 206 in Andover, NJ this morning I noticed a large cat just up ahead on the trail. It turned to look at me briefly and I could tell by its distinct ears that it was a bobcat. It disappeared into the thicket as I approached. I have never seen a bobcat in New Jersey, it was really an incredible sight.
09 Mar 2015, 05:43
There is at least one bobcat in the area of The Fields of Dreams in Great Meadows, NJ. -Warren Cty. There are woods and open fields in this magnificent area. Th Fileds are heavily snowed and the bobcat has come down closer to the road.
Alanna McCarthy
15 Jan 2015, 14:43
My family has seen footprints in the snow. As recently as last week. We are in northern morris county!
28 Nov 2014, 07:14
I live in Jackson and about a year ago I saw a bigger cat run in front of my truck. I'm looking to see if there are bob cats in the area. It darted out of a field and into the woods. Im now sure it was a bob cat. PRETTY COOL

24 Nov 2014, 16:39
My husband and I separately spotted a large jet black cat, approximately the same size or larger than my Cavalier dog in one of our fields in Kingwood Township at a wood line. It was too big to be a Fisher Cat. We are wondering if it was a black bobcat.
09 Oct 2014, 20:12
Bobcats thrive all up and down the eastcoast
28 Aug 2014, 16:43
8/26/14 driving on Taylors mill rd in Marlboro 430am saw a bobcat stalking a deer standing in the rd.Though I was dreaming
Vicki Z.
21 Aug 2014, 16:39
Aug 21,2014
I live in NW Morris Co. and saw a bobcat walk thru my yard early this am. I've been here for 28 yrs and never saw one. It was very scrounged, not cute like the pics show them to be. Unfortunately, I wasn't quick enough to get a pic.
Abraham M
15 Aug 2014, 07:08
I spotted a big bobcat in sussex county while i was hiking trails, i took a picture and video. If someone wants to see the video email me abrahammz@
Bill & Nicki McManus
28 Jul 2014, 14:59
Saw our first bobcat Sunday morning standing on our backyard
sidewalk five feet from the house.Never thought that they would come so close to houses. I have lived in Wantage Township more than 25 years and in Sussex County for 30 and this is a first.We live on 70 acres,mostly woods and the surrounding area is sparsely populated,except for bears,fox and a ton of deer. Hope to see him again and hope it with not be 30 more years
29 Jun 2014, 17:39
Fisher cat screeching like crazy last night by Paulinskill Lake...confirmed , listen to youtube video
Science Student
02 Jun 2014, 07:32
Does anyone know the current population of bobcats in New Jersey? I need it ASAP, have a project I need to finish.
08 May 2014, 17:59
Last night, I heard an odd scary screaming sound. At first I thought it was a woman screaming --- I couldn't figure it out though and my dogs went nuts. Then I saw an odd animal this evening which looked like a chocolate brown wolverine loping with a hunched back across a field. I looked up everything I could and found out it was a Fisher Cat. Then I Googled the images and noises they make. The noise I heard last night is identical to what is said to be a Fisher Cat. I live in Vernon, NJ near Great Gorge.
Stacey T
23 Apr 2014, 21:10
I live on Church Rd in Holland Township, N.J. I was just driving home around 11pm when 2 bobcats came running out, I missed the first one just by luck and luckily the second one stopped and quickly ran off. Someone had told me they had seen a bobcat around are area. Now I am lucky to have seen two!

19 Apr 2014, 02:03
I recently spotted a bobcat eating at my outdoor cat food late in the night...thought I was dreaming. I live in East Brunswick...
Lisa Milltown, NJ
18 Apr 2014, 07:30
I live in the suburbs of Milltown, NJ right off of Ryders Lane, myself and my neighbors have noticed this huge cat like looking thing. I have three cats myself one of which is a Maine Coon, and I have a fenced in yard and I let them in the yard. I notice this cat late a nite, last nite I got home around midnight and all of a sudden this cat like looking thing bolted out across the street in front of my car. It is not a cat and I believe it was a bobcat. It had a big thick tail and almost looks a little like a Maine Coon but much bigger like 25 to 30 lbs. I know all my neighbors have spotted it as well.
25 Mar 2014, 17:42
We just heard a fisher cat in our back yard off Deckertown Rd in Montague, NJ. Confirmed the screech from another site. Eerie!
20 Feb 2014, 22:01
Hi. I just moved to Butler a few days ago. For the last few days, I have seen more and more "animal" tracks right outside my door. There are many many foot prints in the snow. I have several pictures and I am not sure what kind if animal it is. The prints just disappear at one point, which makes me think it belongs to the car family. Very interesting but very scary. I have a 9 month old baby and am just wondering if his safety is in jeopardy. I have received it's: bobcat prints, bear (but they should be hibernating) and dog. But there were claws in one set of the prints, so dog might get ruled out. The pictures I have are great! Please email me at of you have any info or want to see the pictures. Any and all info would be greatly appreciated. The tracks start on my porch of the front door and go all along the side of the house and then disappear. The size of the print is bigger than my husband's hand and he is well over 6 feet tall and a large build. Thank you!!!!
14 Feb 2014, 12:31
Jim Houirhan
10 Feb 2014, 14:18
Spotted a bobcat while trail running around Sterling Lake, Sterling Forest near Tuxedo NY. The Bobcat ran across the trail about 25 yards from us.
28 Jan 2014, 21:04
Spotted a large ...very large bobcat off of 342 lakeview drive in Hampton was walking I the distance towards the swamp...then it got a lot closer chasing a rabbit in our yard at 2 am...a few days later we heard the mating call...Gorgous animal
Jerome Clemenceau
22 Jan 2014, 10:53
This past summer my wife and I spotted a bobcat near our small spring in the Perrineville section of Millstone Twp. (Monmouth County). We were ecstatic! I went in the house to fetch my camera and the bobcat was gone. My wife said it spotted her and made haste back into the woods.
16 Jan 2014, 10:29
Driving on Route 79 in Freehold at 4:45am this morning & saw what I think was a bobcat on top of a deer carcass across from the fireside Grill. Anyone have any info if it could be a bobcat?
13 Jan 2014, 10:21
Confirming Tyler's sighting (2/6/2013) just a year short following his. Last night I pulled in, parked the car facing the woods. After cutting the engine about 20 ft away, illuminated by the headlights sitting center stage under evergreen foliage was spitting image matching Tyler's description calmly staring back into the headlights. I joined the party and stared back for about 30 seconds trying to recall whether bobcats were native to Jersey. He finally chose to call it quits and bolted into darkness. Curious, I started to investigate. My search led here and upon stumbling across Tyler's entry it confirmed my suspicions. His description was dead on with my observation. The nail in the coffin though was that the intersection he mentions lies a mere 100 ft. from where my encounter occurred.
01 Jan 2014, 16:48
On a hike new years day 2014 in High Mountain Park on the Wayne/Franklin Lakes border, I saw prints in snow that after research I believe were bobcat - straight line, no claws. On the same hike my dog found a fresh bone segment of a size that that could only have come from a small deer, and it seems to me that there are no predators in the area other than a bobcat which could have taken that out.
31 Dec 2013, 20:53
I hunt near Robbinsville NJ, I lay my deer decoy down when not hunting. I went to throw some corn down to discover something with realy sharp, large claws sliced my decoy up and went to town, I assume a cat or bear. I hunt from a blind which now makes me nervous. Could not add the decoy photos to this post but if you would like to see them e-mail me. Will put the trail cam out next time.
John Paternoster
29 Nov 2013, 13:38
Yes indeed! I saw what looked like a large house cat loping through my back yard and very close to my house in Freehold, New Jersey. This was no ordinary cat. It had spots all over , tan with dark brown spots.I have 13 acres of woodland behind my back yard that is frequented by many animals: an abundance of deer and at least 13 to 15 wild turkeys that pass through the yard regularly. Before I saw this bobcat (Lynx rufus), there was a "flock" of turkeys passing through.I have also heard on more than a few occasions the cry of a vixen in the darkness. Love the wilderness here.
27 Oct 2013, 14:44
Hi, I live in Bergen County, NJ. Right near two large parks. One, being the Flat Rock Brook Nature Sanctuary and the other stretching across the Palisades Interstate. We have a very wooded backyard, and I frequently (daily, mostly) see a number of different animals tramping through our yard. Deer, turkey, fox, and most frequently coyotes. But last night, around 2 am, my mother and I were distressed over our Shepherd, barking her head off. We assumed, like most nights it was a coyote or two. When we turned our flash lights on to scare them off, we were met with a completely different animal. I'm almost blind at night, so I'm relying on the description my mother gave to me, as I could just see a form of an animal. But, it was larger than any of the coyotes we've seen. And had distinct pointed ears, and a stub of a tail. My mother is convinced it is a bob cat. Wondering if anyone else in Bergen County has seen any? I was doing research and see that in Teaneck a few have been said to be spotted, but upon speaking with Animal Control, they pretty much laughed at me saying that there were no bobcats in NJ, which I see is wrong. \r\n\r\nPlease, help me out! Are we going crazy, or is this in fact a possibility!
19 Oct 2013, 17:11
I saw an orange colored striped one this morning on my property in a heavily wooded section in Bethlehem township on Bloomsbury mountain hunterdon looked to be about 15 pounds I was 20 feet from it .it was sitting on a large branch of a fallen stared at me for 30 seconds and when I went for the camera it slowly turned and disappeared into the thick forestry report said they were here ,but to actually see one was quite amazing.
Tom Sansone
20 Sep 2013, 05:29
So far I've seen 3in sussex county I live in fredon twsp. About 6 months ago I went out on my deck in the morning and there was a bobcat walking past my pool he walked into the woods. 2week s ago I was building an elevated blind on the edge of my field,it was Sunday afternoon I was makeing all kinds of noise I heard a buck snort so I stopped figured I get a look at a nice buck .about 25 feet from my stand a bobcat came out walked across the field and into the woods on the other side. Last week my wife and I were coming home from our office about 645 a bobcat walked across the road in green near the fire house
Michael Daly
16 Sep 2013, 08:33
Pretty sure there was a bobcat in my back yard this morning. I'm in Teaneck, NJ. Spot many rabbits, groundhogs, even a deer close by, but this is our first bobcat. Have a fuzzy photo and a so-so video if I could post it to this site to get an expert opinion.\r\n\r\n
01 Aug 2013, 01:14
I was hiking through Palisades Interstate Park in late Feb and saw what I thought was a Manx Cat...I now believe it was a Bob Cat.I was about a mile from the Edgewater entrance.Can anyone confirm other sightings in the area?\r\nThere are plenty of rabbits and even wild turkey,which I've never seen in the area until about 5yrs ago,so the bob cat would be very comfortable in the park...please let me know,thanks
15 Jul 2013, 01:29
I've seen wildcats twice now coming home from work (possibly the same one). Odd for me to see them here in the suburbs (Absecon), but this whole area was wooded once.
Dave Santaspirt
20 Jun 2013, 13:44
My son spotted as he described a large spotted, short tailed cat with black tipped pointed ears this morning heading into the woods from our driveway. We are located in Tabernacle, Burlington County NJ. I have a trail camera set in the area where he sighted the cat.
Chris Bernardo
09 Jun 2013, 06:33
Possible Bobcat sighting in Caldwell/Essex Fells at Oak Grove Road...near Caldwell College..6:15am, saw what appeared to be something that looked like a cat, but was much too large...thought it may have been a Fox at first, but it was wide and very low to the ground with a short bushy tail.
06 Jun 2013, 08:43
Hi Cindy, you probably know that Bobcats have short tails, hence the name Bobcats looking like their tails have been bobbed. They are very short. I happened to talk to a friend this week who lives right in your area that you drive. And he said that he had heard about 2 bobcats living in back of him last year, a male and female. He hadn't heard of them this year, but he is a very good source and would know. You most probably did see bobcats (if the tail was short), but he also said they have a number of coyote in the area.
Cindy A
04 Jun 2013, 20:16
So I drive down a back road frequently . It is on the Ocean county Burlington county border on the MDL joint base . Twice in the last week I have seen large cats . The cat or cats look like lion cubs ( I know that is not what they are) they are about the size of a large house cat but with very large heads almost as if they are just kittens. Both times I have seen them they where crossing the road so I got a good look at them in the head lights . They are also kind clumsy like a young animal . I know that we have coyote here I hear them all the time .I have lived in the area my whole life and only ever saw some thing like this once it was about a mile and a half from this place on Longswamp rd in new Egypt but I thought I was mistaken that it could not have been what I thought it was but now I am convinced that I saw a similar large cat before . The cats I have seen this week have tails so thinking there not bob cats . Does any one have any clue what they could be . Thank
Lisa R.
02 Jun 2013, 19:26
Could I have seen two bobcats on Avalon Blvd coming out of Avalon They were in the middle of the road eating something then jumped up and took off into the marshes. What I saw was bigger than a cat but was agile like a cat. Wow!
BC in JC?
12 May 2013, 08:06
About this time last year, I saw what could potentially be a melanic bobcat. My neighbors backyard is loaded with stray cats, and mine occasionally entertains a few, because the neighbor feed strays, gets them spayed/neutered when he can, helps them out basically. I've had many cats throughout my life. I know cats. Domestic variety, anyway. I was standing up in my room on the ground floor and I happened to glance outside of my window and less than two feet from the glass, saw the biggest black cat I had ever seen outside of the zoo. Scared the crap out of me at first, I jumped. It was intimidating looking, and just sitting there. It just stared at me for a couple seconds, and I stared back. When I advanced towards it, it hissed loudly at me and when it opened its mouth I could see white, sharp looking teeth. It was all jet black as far as I could see, but I was looking more at the face than at the body. Its coat seemed sort of sleek, like a panthers, I don't know how to explain it. It ran off after hissing at me. This definitely didn't seem like any normal cat to me. Still, I assumed that given the proximity to the village of strays next door that it was probably just a way overgrown tom. I asked a person who lives with me that is more familiar with the strays over there than I am about "the huge black cat" and she said she's never seen one over there, and our neighbor only has tabbies and calicos. I ignored it without getting any answers because I felt I must have been imagining it to be that large. But today I got curious and began doing many searches to find what kind of animal it may have been. It was too small to be a panther by a long shot, but way too big to be a domestic, the ears weren't distinctive as far as I recall... then when I saw a picture of a melanic bobcat it fit the image perfectly. Right down to the yellow eyes. But I read that they're very very rare? Let alone a bobcat in an urban area like Jersey City? I'm not sure.
29 Apr 2013, 11:20
Hi Shelly, I'm in Pennington and was wondering where in Hopewell Township you are? I'm interested in New Jersey wildlife and in particularly bobcats. I haven't hear of any in this area, Mercer County (except they say they have been sighted in the Sourlands). Have you had recent sightings? Just curious. Incidentally, a friend think she has Fishers in her back off of Elm Ridge Road. I'm not so sure. She has little Westie Dogs and I hope she keeps them safe! Thank you!
25 Apr 2013, 11:31
IDC!!!!!!!! B0BCATS ARE WEIRD!!!!!!!!!
22 Apr 2013, 06:39
Having grown up in a heavily forested area of Hopewell Township in Northern Mercer County, I've seen plenty of wild things. Over the last ten years or so I've heard alot about bobcat, fisher, and mountain lion sightings. I know that in the late 1970's we were host to fishers and bobcats feeding from our outdoor cats dish. The cry of the fisher is like nothing you've heard and woke us many times late at night, it sounded like a murder was taking place. We had multiple bobcat sightings as well. I know it is terribly exciting to see these wonderful animals thriving in NJ but I am certain that they have been around longer then many of us are aware. Reintroduction is a sensitve topic, especially with predators.
12 Apr 2013, 14:33
I saw a bob cat this morning at Spruce Run reservoir in Hunterdon County this morning around 11:30 AM. He or she looked just like the one in the picture on this web Page. The tail was short and wide and the paws were bigger then a normal cat. \r\n\r\nI was walking around the boat storage path on the east side of the lake and the cat was in the middle of the road. \r\n\r\nWe had a short staring contest and he or she trotted slowly into the brush.\r\n\r\nWhen I walked even to the spot the cat was still there watching me and I was able to get a really good view.\r\n\r\nVery Cool\r\n\r\nMike\r\n\r\n
16 Mar 2013, 22:13
I found a bobcat den up rt23 near green pond. I was rock climbing (on private land :/) and stumbled upon a cave in the rock face. If you know the area around green pond rd you probably know the rock face i am talking about. the rock face extends about a mile and must hold a family of bobcats. all private property but i like the risk of seeing a cat. Very rugged terrain up there. saw a pile of "scat" so huge on the rock ledge by the cave. cool stuff.
17 Feb 2013, 18:24
I saw a bobcat this morning; a beautiful animal, it got quite close to our house; it walked right on to our back yard patio in Knowlton township. I called my husband over to confirm that this really was a bobcat! It turned around and then went up our steep slopes, jumping up our retaining wall and met up with a second bobcat! Pretty amazing, and a thrill to watch.
14 Feb 2013, 11:15
Although not directly in NJ, I saw one driving home (I live in Belvidere, NJ). I was East of Nazareth PA, within 10 miles of the NJ border. I saw what could only be a Bobcat running across the ride about 30 feet or so in front of my car. It was running between cornfields. Based on it's size it may have been about 30 pounds
06 Feb 2013, 10:26
I saw what looks like a Bobcat on Passiac Avenue in Livingston NJ near the intersection of Passaic and parsonage hill road around 11am today. The cat was tan in color was much larger than a domestic cat, looked like the size of a medium size dog I would estimate about 20-30 lbs and a tabby. It came out of the woods and ran across the road in front of my car. Was very stealth like and quick. The only other domestic cat that size I've ever seen likes lasagna, sleeps a lot, and lives with a dog named Odie. Definately a bobcat.
04 Feb 2013, 14:51
I live in Flemington, NJ. 3 Weeks ago, my barber told me that her husband spotted a huge cat behind "ShopRite!" He suggested to her that it could only be a wild animal, I thought he was joking... But last week, my brother was awakened at 6:30 am by the farmer next door asking him for help because she spotted a huge wild animal on her farm. Her description of the animal suggest a bobcat. Sunday, while I was Bird hunting near the Neshanic river, 3 miles out of Flemington, I saw fresh tracks of a bobcat on the thin layer of snow.\r\nNow I'm a believer...
Berk d
26 Jan 2013, 20:53
At dusk this evening my wife spotted a very large cat in our back yard which is Hewitt state park. I slowly crept on to the porch and about 40 yards out strolled a large bobcat which was about 40 pounds. It wasn't startled by the crunching of the snow under my feet or the kids yelling from inside the house. She was after something because she jumped down on to an animal or into a snow pile. I stated to lose her because of her distance and that's when I decided to get the binocular to get a better look. By this time she had already moved or was hiding because we lost Tracy of her.
26 Jan 2013, 07:39
Green Township - Lake Tranquility 1/24/13\r\n\r\nI've seen alot of NJ wildlife over the years. Last nights show was in the top 5. My friend and I spent over an hour watching a male and female bobcat hunting Canadian geese on the frozen lake from my kitchen window. The patience and strategies were impressive. Best sunset ever! Mountain lion is next... to quite all the disbelievers!\r\n
Ann and Bill
22 Jan 2013, 16:25
Jan 21, 2013 5:30\r\nDriving home from work we saw a bobcat in the headlights. It ran across the road in a swampy area on a back road off of Rt 284 in Wantage. It was easy to see its bob tail and pointed ears. It didn't seem very big, maybe about 25 pounds. We were very excited to see it!
22 Jan 2013, 09:55
While walking in Boonton Twp I observed a bobcat crossing about 75 yards ahead of me. I was not dure what it was but when I got up to the place it crossed it hid in some cover by the road and I spooked it to run through a small clearing into thick cover. I then could not mistake it with the tail nub and thick legs (more than a house cats) and the way it ran into the woods.
15 Jan 2013, 11:08
I was in my backyard in Flemington, N.J. today taking in firewood with my chihuahua, Sebastian. I heard Sebastian barking and when I turned to look at where he was, I saw that in between my forsythia bushes was a large grey and white with tabby stripes cat....too large to be a domestic cat, standing there looking at both of us! I have never seen a bobcat before but I am pretty sure that this was a bobcat in my yard. It was beautiful but I was concerned aboutSebastian and when I brought him inside the cat was gone.
Matt Van Glahn
06 Dec 2012, 21:19
December 3 2012 Opening day of deer hunting.I was hunting up near the Milford Bridge on Old Mine RD.While sitting on the ground waiting for a shot at a deer.I observed something approach from the side of me.At first I thought it was a housecat.then I realized it was a Bobcat.Then to my amazement there were two more following.All were within 20 feet of me.I viewed them for probably 40 seconds or so,until the 3rd one spotted me.Then they scampered off.This was the first time I've seen a Bobcat in the wild,but to see three.I was amazed.It made up for the fact I did'nt see a deer all day.Did have a bear show up about 30 minutes prior to the Bobcats.Well I guess this was a once in a lifetime experience.
17 Nov 2012, 08:50
Two separate bobcat sightings on Union Valley Road in Newfoundland (West Milford) on 11/16/12. Both occurred at night.
Chris H
16 Nov 2012, 18:31
Bobcat spotted in Sparta mid day on (11/15/12). Located in the high grass off Route 15 near the 517 overpass. Too close to the highway, I'm afraid. The cat darted into the woods when the car slowed down and pulled to the side to get a better view.
03 Nov 2012, 23:26
We saw a large black cat in the woods behind my house in forked river.very long tail and too big to be a house neighbor also seen it \r\nThe night before,n wen she went to get closer,not realising what she was seeing,it took of
Robert Gamer
28 Oct 2012, 13:54
Today at 4:30 two of us were at Shadow Lake in Franklin Lakes (Bergen County) NJ when a bobcat walked across a road about 50 feet from us. It went into a neighbor's back yard. I took a few photos, and when I moved to get closer the bobcat had disappeared.\r\nThis area has lakes, swampy areas, forest, lots of underbrush: perfect for bobcats, apparently.\r\nWhat a thrill!
19 Oct 2012, 08:16
I spend a lot of time in the woods at Wawayanda State Park, in Hewitt,NJ. On Wednesday, 10/17/12, early afternoon, as I was driving out of the park, I spotted a small brown animal coming out of the heavy cover of shrubs and tall grass along the side of the road. It slowly crept out, and into the sunlight, in a lazy sort of way, seeming to be interested in just soaking up the sun. As I drove up, it's back was to me, and the sound of my approaching car seemed to startle it. It turned to look at me, and it was then that I saw the unmistakable face, with the tufted ears. In a flash, it dove back into the brush, and out of site. I have never before seen such an animal, and didn't know if it was even possible, but my first thought was "I just saw a bobcat! It looked to be about twice the size of an average large housecat. After some research, I am convinced that is exactly what I saw. So glad I found this website, and so thrilled to have seen a bobcat not far from where I live!
04 Oct 2012, 08:31
Sorry, in my excitement to post a comment, I forgot to mention where this backyard is. This was in Green Township, New Jersey near Heron Way and Green Tree Drive.
04 Oct 2012, 08:30
Had one this morning in our backyard - it had a collar with a large black device underneath the collar. I assume this is a tracking device. I was able to capture photo's and a video of the cat. Very fortunate to have seen one up so close and I am glad that these cats are still out there.
30 Sep 2012, 11:59
Saw one in backyard this morning...Green Township. Suggests more 9/21 sighting near Route 517 wasn't a fluke. That's a few miles here. Got good pic.
Lori L
29 Sep 2012, 16:49
Coming home from NY State on Rt. 17 September 29th 2012 we saw a very large unusual looking cat run across the road in Ramsey. It was not running like a normal house cat, it kind of was leapIng. I looked at it as it got onto a grass area off the road and the first thing I thought was that it was a bobcat! I looked it up on the Internet and found this site. I'm convinced we saw a bobcat in NJ.
Jerod Ford
21 Sep 2012, 08:22
Spotted one in Green Township on Route 517 near Lake Tranquility Wednesday (9/19) night crossing 517. Crazy!
21 Sep 2012, 04:00
Saw a bobcat this morning in Sparta. It was dark, but it made the same screaming sounds a a bobcat. Used a light and saw it's eyes and when it crossed the street, it looked like just a little guy.
MaryKate L.
25 Aug 2012, 07:42
We live on Rafkind Road in Bloomingdale and we have Morse Lakes and Glenwild Lake developments right behind our development. My daughter spotted a bobcat this morning at about 9:15 am. It was in our neighbors yard hunting rabbits. She wasn't sure what it was at first, but knew it was some type of wild cat. When I pulled up a picture online, she said it was definitely a bobcat that she saw. I never knew that we had a bobcat or bobcats living in Bloomingdale, but I am very happy to hear that they are making a comeback in NJ.
Jerry L. Jacobson
13 Aug 2012, 17:09
Early in August, 2012, I was waiting on Track 5 platform at the Newark Airport train station. The time was between 5 and 6 pm. Across the tracks from the platform is a narrow band of vegetation. A cat--not housecat size, but much larger--walked slowly along the edge of the vegetation with a bird in its mouth. I stepped into the brush, put the bird on the ground for a few minutes and tugged at it, then picked it up and left. It was indifferent to the passengers waiting on the platform.\r\n\r\nThe cat was definitely bobcat size, but it had an extraordinarily long tail. The coat was a rust yellow with a high density of dark spots, perhaps 1 - 2 inches in diameter. I found this article on the e-net hoping to identify the animal, but it is definitely not of the family discussed here, as the tail was perhaps 2/3 the length of the body.
the karchers
13 Aug 2012, 13:25
There is a bobcat living near our house on Glen Wild Lake in Bloomingdale. We have spotted him/her in very close proximity to the house several times this summer. He/she is grey with dark stripes, about 45 lbs. Takes off very quickly when it senses us or hears us walking up. The den must be close by because this bob cat has been around most of the summer. We are so thrilled to have this bob cat living in our woods.
Jim in Jefferson Township
28 Jul 2012, 18:28
I spotted a small bobcat last week 7/20/12 here on the NE shore of Lake Hopatcong, my dog immediately sensed it's presence as I took her out for her midnight walk, her nose was in the air sniffing and the hair on her back raised, surprisingly she (my pointer/retriever mix) missed the rabbit hiding under the Rhododendron and Mountain Laurels (likely hiding from the bobcat) beside my front door/porch. The bobcat came out of the heavy undergrowth behind my home and ambled up my septic mound, seeing me and my dog it quickly and quietly departed. \r\n\r\nThe past three weeks have been interesting to say the least, first a family of deer both young spike buck and does accompanied by fawns descended upon our lakefront property then a red fox followed a few day later, a couple of days after that we had our first coyote sighting (blond w/red). I believe I've seen the bobcat before, last winter when I took my dog down to our lakefront dock late at night I heard something claw it's way up a tree, raising my maglight I spied a "cat-like" head with yellow eyes and tufted ears peering out from the top of a hollowed out tree approximately 15 ft off the ground. As a bowhunter who has spent a considerable amount of time in the woods (Farny State Park/Split Rock Resevoir/Camp Lewis BSA/Stokes State Forest & Black River/Berkshire Valley WMA's) I'm sure of my identifications of these visitors now if only the mink and black bear would return they're our favorites. NOTE: Though I am a deer hunter (bow & arrow) I DO NOT support a bear hunt in N.J.
28 Jul 2012, 06:44
Saw a light tan bobcat cross the road in front of us near Peters Valley, NJ. It was exciting. I had never seen one live before, only road kill.\r\nAlso, my son-in law has pictures of a bobcat on a camera he had in the woods on my Dad's 75 acre farm in Layton,NJ.
Eleanor Yost
27 Jul 2012, 13:44
Live in Lanesboro, Ma. Just saw what may be a bobcat. 1-2 ft. high, stubby tail, brown, slender. Couldn't get camera fast enough.
Dennis M
24 Jul 2012, 17:32
July 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm\r\nUpper Greenwood Lake NJ bordering Waywayanda State Park\r\nBobcat sitting near bird feeder waiting for some prey in front of my house. It sat patiently waiting with its tail wagging. The dogs saw it through the bedroom window and scared it off.\r\n\r\nThe second time I have seen a bobcat in my 24 years living here.
mike seaman
12 Jul 2012, 05:28
I just moved to hunterdon co & haven't seen much wildlife activity around my house yet except the birds & the rabbit & groundhog that live in my yard till last night. I was outside grilling some food & a big black cat with some brown markings came out of the woods & walked along the tree line. At first I didn't think it was a bobcat because of the color & markings but it was WAY too big to be a domestic house cat. It stood about 2ft tall roughly about the size of my 9mo old pit/mix puppy (mind you she's 55lbs & 2 1/2-3ft tall. He was close enough to see that it was a cat for sure but I never seen one with those markings. Has anyone ever seen them with all black or mostly black coloring with brown or rust colored markings?? Beautiful sight to say the least!
Greg Sandow
08 Jul 2012, 08:07
My wife and I saw a bobcat walk right by our house in Warwick, NY, around 7 PM on July 7. It was just a few feet from our deck, maybe 20 feet from the window we were looking through. It walked slowly, taking its time, past the house, across our driveway (which makes a loop around the house). It crossed a stretch of grass, still taking its time, and paused when it came to the woods. Looked around for a little while, then went into the woods. Just amazing to see, especially since it was so calm. \r\n\r\nWe're on a very rural street, Lower Wisner Road, and the house is 500 feet back from the road. Btu still there are other houses around, one right across the road from us, another on the property the bobcat headed toward when it entered the woods. \r\n\r\nWe own 18 acres around our house, and most of it is wild. (We leave it that way, because we like it, and to protect animals.) If the bobcat was moving more or less in a straight line, it had come from a large area of woods and overgrown fields. But it seemed perfectly at ease passing by our home. Possibly that's because we're away from our Warwick home more often than we're in it, so the bobcat (if it's often around here) may think the space just around our house is safe, a place without people. \r\n\r\nThis was an extraordinary moment, one we'll never forget.
Joe P.
07 Jul 2012, 07:17
I saw a large black cat run across Rt. 23 in Hardyston Twp. south of Hamburg Mountain on July 6, 2012. It's back was as high as the hood of the car it ran out in front of. Probably closer to the size of a Great Dane with a long, thick tail similar to a Panther's. I thought I was seeing things. I've heard rumors but never saw anything like it outside of a zoo. I've been hunting since I was a kid and have seen Bobcat, Bear, Deer, Fox, etc.
29 Jun 2012, 18:49
6/28/12\r\nMike\r\nBobcat sighting in Lake Hopatcong, Espanong Road. About 6:30 pm went to check mail and heard death curdling noises in vacant wooded lot across street. Bobcat walked through a small clearing and I had a good look. Never saw one before but I'm told noises like I heard are common with these cats. Very odd for this area.
Justin Lorenzo
26 Jun 2012, 21:10
I live in Hardyston NJ, on a huge horse farm i only see deer and turkey and hear coyotes every night never seen a bobcat in 28 years of living there.My girlfriend lives in sparta on the ride to here house on wildcat road in franklin i saw a light tan bobcat with no markings on it a nub tail it was about about 2 feet tall and 3 feet long with a face the size of a volley ball i would have to say about 45 pounds believe what you want.It was the coolest thing ive ever seen and ive seen some cool sh-t.I love the outdoors kayaking PA,NJ,NY hiking , biking you name it i do it.KEEP NEW JERSEY FRESH DONT LITTER
17 Jun 2012, 20:55
I saw an all brown (color of a deer), ~20lb bobcat near Johnsonburg NJ on Jun 15, 2012. 100% stared it eye to eye for 5 seconds. I'd tell you more, but I don't want anyone looking for it.
Karen F.
07 Jun 2012, 17:11
Was in Worthington National Park around 1:30 this afternoon, we spotted a cat going accross the road, we stopped and looked up the hill and there sat the Bobcat! Had the bobbed tail, am very Happy to see that they are here!
25 May 2012, 07:10
I was getting ready for work this morning and saw for the first time a Bob Cat running through my yard. He had a small animal in its mouth. For years I have heard that screaming sound out side my house. I have finally first hand seen one. I think there is a family of them living in the woods behind my house. I live in harmony NJ.
Gregory Miller
16 May 2012, 18:59
I was excited to see this page because I've had a Bobcat sighting a couple of years ago in Edison. I was driving at night where I know deer have been know to leap out in front of traffic and it was one of those nights. As I saw a young deer just make it across the street, a very large cat ran after it! Other than its size, I noticed it didn't run like a typical house cat, and its shorter striped tail gave its true identity away. I thought I was seeing things when I know I didn't although no one believed me.I never knew Bobcats were in New Jersey let alone in the area.
Ramsey resident
13 Apr 2012, 16:55
I moved to Ramsey, NJ in july, and a few weeks later heard this terrible scream from right behind my house, sounded like a woman/child was being attacked. Never saw what made that sound, although I have heard a different higher pitched scream since. Last week at night I heard a sizable animal walking through the swampy area behind my house, it then jumped onto my pool patio. All I could see was it was higher off ground than raccoon, and bad a long black bushy tail. It seemed dark in color, I do live border on about a mile of woods, very close to ramapo reservation. \r\n\r\nAny thoughts on this being a fisher / bobcat? Have they been seen in this area?
11 Apr 2012, 16:03
I have just been told that these sightings could be a fisher cat. Their range can be from Virginia to Canada. Maybe that is what I saw?
29 Mar 2012, 15:25
Last night we heard animal screaching. iIt sounded like a girl screaming. After doing some research, I believe it was a BOBCAT doing its mating call, It was very eerie sounding. I've also seen a bobcat crossing Airport Rd in Green Twp. what a gorgeous cat.
29 Mar 2012, 07:32
Saw one crossing Ridge Rd (rt 519) in Fredon Twp. Most likely lives in Whittingham State Park.
27 Mar 2012, 12:47
We have seen a bobcat walking our stone wall at the back of our property. It is a darker brown and about 30-40 pounds.Mostly only comes out at dusk but my wife once saw it in the day time as well. We live in Washington (Warren county) We have noticed that the usually plentifull chipmonks and squirrel population has been diminished. I,m thinking We all know why now.
27 Mar 2012, 09:01
I saw a very large black cat yesterday in our woods. It was definitely not a house cat. I would say approximately 3 foot long and very black with a large, long tail. We live in NW Hunterdon County. I have seen plenty of fox and coyote but never a bobcat, but it sure does seem like it was one. I hope she comes back!
Peggy Cordasco
09 Mar 2012, 11:18
I was arriving home from work just about 5 pm. I heard a loud sound like branches being stepped.I looked toward the sound and saw a large cat about the size of our 70 Lb. dog but thinner. I new immeadiately what is was and ran in to tell my boyfriend about it. He said in all the years that he lived hear he never saw anything like it, but that he heard loud growling sounds coming from the woods at night. We live in Plumsted Central Jersey. From what I have read it is extremly rare to see a Bobcat this far south. However we have wondered why our wild rabbit population seems to dissapear every now and then.
Sally B
05 Mar 2012, 13:30
I saw a large black go through our backyard this morning. It was bigger then are mid size dog who is about 50lbs. We live in Bloomingdale. Curious to see if we spot it again.
Skylands Visitor
19 Feb 2012, 10:18
This black cat has been seen around Knowlton for at least six months now. I still haven't heard any positive identification.
19 Feb 2012, 00:17
Err...Try this one:\r\n\r\n
19 Feb 2012, 00:02
Anyone know of anyone who does wildlife photo analysis?\r\n\r\nFeb 16 2012 We got a trail cam pic of a large black cat with an apparently bobbed tail moving down our driveway in the woods of Knowlton. Picture is blurry but features can be made out and when you zoom in the face is fiercer than any domestic.\r\n\r\n rail%20cam%20photos/BlackCat.jpg\r\n\r\n\r\n
West Milford Resident
09 Feb 2012, 06:49
A bobcat was hit by a car in West Milford yesterday. It survived with a broken leg. We have all heard stories of them being around, but this is the first time I have heard of anyone actually seeing one.
07 Feb 2012, 05:11
Saw a Bobcat around 7:30 AM in my yard on Pequest Rd in Green Twp...amazing...
Karen P.
15 Jan 2012, 10:44
There definitely are mountain lions in northern NJ. My sister and her friend decided to go walking in the woods at night (not a good idea!) off the appalachian trail in West Milford where we lived. They were reading poetry by candlelight on a rock, when they heard a horrifying sound and saw a mountian lion coming up behind them on the rock ledge. They ran down the mountain, each girl on her own, and thankfully were not pursued.
30 Dec 2011, 16:36
I live in Green Twp. Late last night I turned on the backyard light to see if the yowling we were hearing was a fox or coyote. I was surprised when I saw a bobcat walk across the yard.
30 Dec 2011, 11:07
Spotted one today running through the woods in Sparta - early morning. Have never seen one in the wild. AMAZING! It is a sight I will remember for a long time. Sadly such diminished habitat for them....and other wildlife.
28 Dec 2011, 20:31
Today I took a walk around my town and in a meadow 100-200 yards away I saw a large black cat. I live in Lopatcong NJ which is in southern warren county. Living here 12 years I have never seen wildlife other than squirrels, birds, and deer. It was quite a nice surprise!! I'm pretty sure it was a bobcat!!
27 Nov 2011, 10:45
We just spotted a bobcat on our hike in the woods. We were on a trail in Stillwater. At first we thought it was a cat but when it spotted us it started to run and we saw the bobbed tail.
15 Nov 2011, 12:15
i think i seen a bob cat in mount ephraim in south jersey can this be ture
Michael Padula
13 Oct 2011, 13:52
I recently got a bobcat on video from one of my scouting cameras. All I can say is that he is beautiful. Without a camera I would have nevcer imagined that they were in that area. Morris county.
Mike O'Brien
29 Sep 2011, 16:38
I was driving south on Airport Rd in Green township on Wednesday and I saw 3 cats run across the road from one corn field to another. They were all bigger then full size house cats and all had short black tails. It was a little overcast and they were about 100' in front of my vehicle but it was an amazing site. Having lived in Sussex county my entire life it was the first time I ever saw anything like it. They were all darker grey in color but you could make out the stripe and dotted markings.
Amy Guenzel
04 Sep 2011, 14:17
A bobcat was in my front yard this afternoon as we walked out. It was a darker brown than most of the pictures I saw,but its face shape was identical. I've lived here for18 years and have heard them, but have never seen them!
29 Aug 2011, 16:57
I believe I saw two bobcats in my backyard in Elizabeth, NJ., yesterday, August 28, 2011. They were up in a tall pine tree. The wind from Hurricane Irene was blowing the tree vigorously, as it was about 6:00pm in the aftermath of the storm.\r\n\r\nOne looked just like a picture of one I saw when I googled bobcat newjersey and selected pictures. The other was smaller but still twice the size almost of a house cat. I thought that one a house cat, but the larger had a long body and the coloring was like I said, :"just like in the photo."\r\n\r\nImagine that, they looked like they were trying to avoid all the wetness from the flooding.Two cats up a tree. They were climbing about expertly. Not like a house cat would be doing.\r\n\r\nWish I had a camera.
Denise Sorenson
16 Aug 2011, 19:39
I live in Fredon Twp, and one day a few months ago my great dane was growling inside the house with her hair standing up, looking out the window. I looked out, and just inside the woodline of my side yard was a bobcat slowly walking. My neighbor saw it in her yard not long before that. I also saw one crossing the street in front of my car in August 2010, on Wolfs Corner Road in Green. Two weeks ago my mother saw a mountain lion cross County Rd 519 ( Ridge Rd) right by the blinking light where it intersects with CR 618/Willows and my sister saw one there too last year. We know what bobcats look like, a family member raised them, so they knew this was a mountain lion and had a long tail, def not a bobcat.
29 Jun 2011, 10:47
A bobcat was fatally hit by a car sometime last night or this morning in Hardyston on Rte 94.
donald kievit
12 Jun 2011, 19:49
Sunday June 12, 2011. I had an animal coming toward me as I was walking on the Wood Duck Trail in Sussex this afternoon. It didn't see me at first and I couldn't make out what was heading toward me. I knew it wasn't a fox, but I was thinking maybe a coyote. As I made a move to get my camera ready, it heard me and ran off into the swamps. It was a bobcat. I didn't see it again, but I knew what area it was hanging around by the way the birds we reacting. It was tall but pretty skinny.
Bill Krasny
12 Jun 2011, 16:37
I live just south of route 31 on the Musconetcong river in Washington. At about 8 am my dog was barking at something outside. When I looked to see what it was I saw what I believe was a Bobcat. It swam across the river, shook itself off and disapeared into the brush. It wasn't large about 20 pounds with rings around it's tail.
Bobby L
20 May 2011, 04:25
While fishing at Colliers Mills one evening, I watched from my boat as a LARGE "cat" sniffed around the shoreline, and about my parked car. It then casually strolled down the trail and out of sight. Now this thing was not a house cat. It had short hair, a straight tail and was as big as a large dog! It did not seem at all shy and was in an area that is frequented by humans. I asked the NJDEP about it and they said it sounded like a bobcat, but that they were certain one was never spotted that far south in NJ. I looked at pics of bobcats and this thing did not look like one. It was more all one color, possibly gray(it was twilight) and it was big enough to sniff my car door handle while on all fours. Anybody know what this thing might be??
23 Apr 2011, 07:06
We spotted one of the cats in our,Fredon Township backyard early one rainy saturday morning. Couldn't believe our eyes,about three times the size of our house cat,with what looked like a hidden dog fence collar on, figured it was somebodies runway pet until I read the article.
bob Schutz
05 Jan 2011, 12:23
I love the article. On Jan.4, 2010 my dog,on lead, and I were running in the Sparta Glen, when My dog stopped and looked up on a knoll about 30-40m from us. As I looked, I saw what appeared to be a large black cat about the size of my dog, a lab mix, sitting and watching us in the rocks. In a split second it disappeared behind the rocks. We dashed to the top of the knoll and it had disappeared. With a long view from the top of the knoll there was nothing, not even sounds. I have encountered bears and other wildlife, but nothing that could disappear that quickly. My question, could black bobcats be in NJ? Otherwise I have no clue. The footprints left behind in the crusted snow, were about the size of my dog's but not as deep
04 Nov 2010, 17:50
I just finished filling out a report for NJ division of Wildlife on a bobcat sighting I had in Andover. I was thrilled when I saw it crossing the road....had no idea they were this far south. After reading this I'm even more happy I had that brief opportunity.
Connor Williams
06 Aug 2010, 11:19
Great article. I've actually spotted several of these cats in some of the hard to get to spots in North Jersey that I frequent. I can see how the larger ones could be mistaken for a mountain lion without a tail. I've even had my dog chase one into the thickets. She didnt't catch him of course but scared the living day light of of him. Good thing because as ferocious as these little guys are, a mastiff's jaws are incredibly strong. There's one for sure roaming the woods of the Newark Watershed that is atleast 35-40lbs(if not +5-10lbs) and a very large specimen(larger than any I've ever seen in a zoo). This area also has the largest of the black bears to be found in NJ, some upwards of 600lbs easily, bigger than any you will ever see in a zoo anywhere in the world. As for NJ mountain lions, who knows, but anyone who thinks the habitat is not there to support a couple large cats scattered across NJ and PA is foolish. Only 400years ago there was a large thriving population in NJ.
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