Bobcats Wintering Near Florida Beach

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 9 (UPI) — Residents of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., say they are both thrilled and worried by increased sightings of bobcats near their high-rise apartments.

“I think it’s very scary — beautiful, but scary,” said resident Flory Schoenberger, who walks in the area with her husband, Gary.

The Schoenbergers said they have been amazed by the size of the cats.

“My immediate reaction is, ‘Is this for real?’” Gary Schoenberger said.

Another resident, Chris Chung, said he was concerned about his 1-year-old spaniel, Mr. Tibbs, tangling with one of the cats.

Bobcats roam throughout Florida and have been known to migrate to the beach, state fish and wildlife officials told WKMG-TV, Orlando, Fla., in a story aired Tuesday.

Bobcats, which at maturity can weigh up to 30 pounds, are protected under state law and would not be removed unless they had rabies or were causing a nuisance, wildlife officials said.

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