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Can You Identify This Wild Animal in Naples Couple's Backyard?

Animals  (tags: animals, bobcat, AnimalWelfare, environment, protection, wildlife )

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This photo of a large wild cat was sent in by a couple that lives in Longshore Lake. It was taken from their motion sensor camera on May 8, 2009 at 4:14 a.m.

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BernadetteP P (72)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 2:33 pm
it bobcar or cougar ithanks cher

Blacktiger P (247)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 3:12 pm
It looks like a Canada Lynx[bobcat]

Kari D (192)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 3:18 pm
looks like a Bobcat!

Mandi T (376)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 5:46 pm
Bobcat? Tx Cher

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 5:48 pm
Economic downturn will give the animal$ back their habitat ... $tolen from them by greedy developer$ who marginalized American citizen$ to $u$tain their greed

Pat B (356)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 6:38 pm
Bobcat. A big fella too!!! TY, Cher

Leigh B (211)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 10:48 pm
Looks like a lynx maybe, thanks Cher

Donna Englund (11)
Friday May 15, 2009, 1:23 am
Call a natural history museum or zoo and talk to one of the zoologists or biologist. Lord knows that in Florida, just as in New York, anything is possible. Normal habitat rules might not apply because of potential exotic animal smuggling or folks with illegal pets. It's hard to tell what the size is. Looks too spotted to be a Florida panther or regular cougar and too small . . . too lean for a bobcat . . . too warm a climate for a lynx. Looks more like a non-native species . . . ocelot or other exotic.

Laura K (4)
Friday May 15, 2009, 1:43 am
Not every helpful i know but to me it looks like a wild animal size bengal :-)

Past Member (0)
Friday May 15, 2009, 2:51 am
It looks very much like a Jaguar fro South America.

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Friday May 15, 2009, 3:28 am
It definately looks like a wild beautiful cat that should be free in the wild.

Past Member (0)
Friday May 15, 2009, 4:02 am
I suspect that one tin of sardines may not be enough!

Past Member (0)
Friday May 15, 2009, 4:25 am
may be a wild cat or jaguar...

Debbie L (180)
Friday May 15, 2009, 4:37 am
BIG Bobcat for Florida. Wow.

Linda F (16)
Friday May 15, 2009, 1:51 pm
Bobcat for sure, I have had several in my area in Port Charlotte, when I was there in the winter. This is a nice size cat, and looks healthy, I have seen a few that were very thin.

Heide C (53)
Friday May 15, 2009, 1:57 pm
I think Donna Englund is right on target ... hope the poor animal can have peace but needs to be rightly identified!

Cher C (1429)
Friday May 15, 2009, 2:18 pm

Thnx everyone!!


Marc G (113)
Friday May 15, 2009, 2:29 pm
Of course a bobcat.

Jennifer Smith (0)
Friday May 15, 2009, 9:24 pm
I'd say Jaguar of some type. Body shape isn't right for a bobcat. Too long in the middle. Bobcats are shorter stockier animals then that. Not that much neck to them either.

If you look at this image here the distance between the front and back legs is about even to the length of the back legs on a bobcat. That's way longer between the two sets of legs on that cat.
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