CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Bobcats have been caught on camera, perusing parts of Port Charlotte!
We posted a photo up on our Facebook page of two that were spotted behind the County's Health Department and immediately, some of you said you've seen bobcats wandering in your area too.
WINK News spoke with neighbors who say seeing wildlife like this is just one of their favorite parts of living in Florida.
Michael Pentelecue and his wife say the've watched plenty of wildlife from their Pinellas Drive home. But one thing the Michigan couple never thought they'd spot was a bobcat.
"My bobcat was right out here out front... oh yeah he we was like creeping towards the woods here... never seen that before in our lives," Michael says.
Neighbors say, it's not an uncommon sight. Just Tuesday, one viewer snapped photos of a bobcat roaming her yard. Two bobcats seem to have found a new hangout near the Department of Health building.
"They're not afraid of people you know they stand their ground and that's it. You leave them alone and they'll leave you alone," Michael adds.
Lt. Brian Jones with Charlotte County Animal Control says, that's a good rule of thumb to follow.
"Florida wildlife encroaches into residential areas on a regular basis... they are just scouting their territory and foraging for food," he says.
For the most part, these bobcats seem to keep to themselves. Lt. Jones says in the 15 years he's worked here, there hasn't been one report of a bobcat attack.
"If you use good judgement and common sense the chances of you coming out are great... enjoy the site, admire it and they will move on," he says.