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Tranquilized Bobcat Eludes Monrovia Animal Control

Officers kept watch on the small animal. It was hit with a tranquilizer, but got away.

Officers attepted to corral a small bobcat that wandered into a resident's backyard in Glendora this week but the animal eluded police even though it was shot with a tranquilizer dart.

The animal was spotted around 5:49 p.m. Wednesday in the 1200 block of East Hidden Springs Lane. The young animal, about 20 pounds, was seen lounging on top of a resident's spa cover, according to scanner reports.

Another resident in the neighborhood reported some of their chickens had been killed earlier that day, said Lieutenant Joe Ward. It was unknown if the bobcat was the culprit.

The animal was reportedly unafraid of officers who got within a few feet of it.

Monrovia Animal Control arrived later in the evening and hit the bobcat with a tranquilizer, but the animal escaped. Officers continued to search for the creature, but could not find it, police said.

Kate K. July 28, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Oh, poor kitty! Hope he was okay after being drugged, and didn't accidentally drown or hit by a car: A drugged cat is not a careful cat. Wish he would come to my yard---- WAY too many rats in my neighbors' ivy and fruit trees this summer. There's be good eating for him here. (And I don't consider a bobcat a big threat: I treat them with respect and keep my pets inside when unsupervised.)
Suzy B. July 28, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I don't understand why Animal Control is concerned with removing a bobcat from a backyard. Is a single bobcat really that much of a threat to humans? I haven't researched the subject, but I've never heard of a 20-pound bobcat attacking a human. I'm disappointed to hear that those involved saw the bobcat as a threat, and chose to spend their energy being afraid of it rather than honoring its existence here.
Danny Bell July 28, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Late Monday evening I was out in my drive way and I saw what looked to be a very large Cat. The cat was sitting on top of the concrete wall by my gate. We just kind of looked at each other and with out making any sudden moves I walked back into the house. I went to the kitchen where the window was a direct view to the cat but not enough light to confirm any color or markings. This did not have the look of a domestic cat it was lager in body and it's head. Not being 100% sure I didn't call anyone. After reading this I'm more convinced I saw the same thing. This was in the 700 block of Oakdale Ave in Monrovia. We have two large indoor outdoor Dogs a Border Collie and Golden Retriever. Neither were spooked by this cat. The cat was just taking a rest and bothering no one.
Lana July 28, 2012 at 09:24 PM
There are a couple of domesticated cat breeds that are significantly larger than typical cats - Norwegian Forest and Maine Coon. In fact, both breeds are often mistaken for bobcats. Holly: suggesting that any wildlife be domesticated and kept as a pet is both irresponsible and illegal in our state...
R Terry July 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM
My guess is that the concern if for small pets that could become a meal. But I wonder what the neighbors are more bothered by...the bob cat or the chickens.
Lana July 28, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Holly, thank you for your timely reply. My comment is also a statement of fact. Cheers!
Lana July 28, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Correct - my statement of fact was directed at your opinion, "Bobcats can be domesticated and make terrific pets."
Lana July 28, 2012 at 10:35 PM
To quote Kate K., " Please be clear and specific [...]" Perhaps you can enlighten me. Thanks.
Ellen Zunino July 29, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Poultry of any variety should be put in at secure area at night or, preferably, kept in an area with chicken wire covering the top. It's counter-intuitive to expect to live in or close by the foothills and not take precautions for the safety of your domesticated animals. It's not possible or desirable to kill or relocate every predator.
Suzy B. July 29, 2012 at 05:20 AM
I think that Ellen's comment makes good sense, that "it's not possible or desirable to kill or relocate every predator." After reflecting further on my comment, I'd like to add my sympathy for the killed chickens. I can imagine how disturbing that must have been to discover. Hopefully, any remaining chickens (if any) or other domesticated animals can be kept safe from harm. I'm also grateful that at least Animal Control didn't kill the bobcat, though I still wish everyone had simply let it be.
Kate K. July 29, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Ditto, re the Maine Coons: My late M.C. cat was often mistaken for a "wildcat" by my neighbors until they eventually got used to him. The full size males can be 18 pounds of gentle goofiness. But even a wild bobcat (20 pounds or so) won't bother about large dogs like collies and retrievers. Their main prey is rats and mice, other small animals, on up through rabbits, opossums, etc. (I doubt they'd mess with any but the youngest, smallest raccoons.)
Lana July 29, 2012 at 08:50 PM
My Wegie shocks people the first time they see him - the comment I hear most often is, "Your cat is bigger than my dog!" My thought on bobcats are if they aren't posing a threat and are keeping the rodent population in check, then live with and let live.
Judy L. Haugh July 29, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Leave the bobcats alone unless they are threatening people. Most bobcats are not aggressive!

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