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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
21 Aug 2014, 16:39
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.
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
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.
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
SOUTH JERSEY 1/30/2014 PICKED UP PICS ON TRAIL CAM DURING MID-AFTERNOON
@2:30PM 1/30/2014 NICE SIZE MALE CAT APPROX 30 LBS.CAME BACK TO SAME AREA
TWO DAYS LATER DURING THE NIGHT QUITE A SUPRISE DUE TO WHERE IT IS
LOCATED.I HAVE BEEN HUNTING THIS AREA 45 YEARS AND NEVER HAVE SEEN A BOBBY
OR A COYOTE SEVERAL WEEKS BEFORE BOBCAT YOTE SHOWED UP TWICE ON CAMS.
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
nj...it 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
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
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.
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 county.it looked to be about 15 pounds I was 20 feet from it .it
was sitting on a large branch of a fallen tree.it stared at me for 30
seconds and when I went for the camera it slowly turned and disappeared
into the thick underbrush.my forestry report said they were here ,but to
actually see one was quite amazing.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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...
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
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
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
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
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.
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 cat.my neighbor also seen it \r\nThe
night before,n wen she went to get closer,not realising what she was
seeing,it took of
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 Twsp.in 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.