Bobcats are common in New York but they are usually seen in the Adirondack, Catskill, and Taconic regions. You rarely see one in a backyard. But the population seems to be expanding.

Over the past few years, several have been spotted in Central New York.

Richfield Springs Bobcat

David Jones was cleaning out his pool when one waltzed by a few years ago in Richfield Springs. Luckily he was able to scare it away.

David's his wife Donna says this was a first for her family. "We've owned this land for more than 100 years and nothing like this has ever happened before."

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Credit - Donna Ferguson Jones
Credit - Donna Ferguson Jones
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Another in Oneida

Beth Kelly has seen a lot of animals in her Oneida yard where she's lived for over 30 years. But a bobcat was a first for her several years ago.

"It just looked at me and sat there. When I saw its face, tail and size, I knew it was a bobcat, something I've never seen in my yard before."

READ MORE: Bobcat Wanders Through Backyard in Oneida

Photo Credit - Beth Kelly
Photo Credit - Beth Kelly
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Upstate Bobcat

Rebecca Klimek came across what she believed was a bobcat in Tupper Lake while heading to the cemetery with her mom and sister two years ago.

"We stopped to look for my beloved grandparents' graves. We rounded a corner and this absolutely beautiful bobcat was right in the middle of the cemetery Road."

READ MORE: Huge Cat Walks Through Upstate NY Cemetery

Credit - Rebecca Klimek via Facebook
Credit - Rebecca Klimek via Facebook
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2024 Bobcats in CNY

The bobcats are back for 2024.

Tim Becker saw one cross his front porch on his security camera in the Verona area.

Credit - Tim Becker/Facebook
Credit - Tim Becker/Facebook
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Making Way to Munnsville

Another was spotted in Munnsville.

Whether it's the same or another one is hard to tell. Either way, keep a close eye on your pets and kids when outdoors.

Bobcats in New York

A study by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation shows about 5 bobcats for every 100 square miles in the Adirondacks and about 16 bobcats for every 100 square miles in the Catskills.

"Although the status of bobcats in New York is stable, DEC will continue monitoring bobcat populations to determine whether any important changes occur."

You can report bobcat sightings by filling out a Bobcat Observation Report.

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