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Move Over, Coyotes; Bobcats Arrive In Belmont

The cat is hard to find – it's shy – but is active at night hunting rabbits, deers and ... cats!

It appears that bobcats have decided to make Belmont Hill home.

A Rutledge Road resident spotted its new neighbor on Monday, marking the third time (once on Pleasant Street and another time on the Lexington line along upper Concord Avenue) in the past year the relatively shy animal – it is a cat – has been seen wandering the neighborhood of high-end homes and woodlands. 

"They're beautiful, beautiful animals. They're gorgeous," said Belmont Animal Control Officer John Maguranis in a Boston Globe story.

A North American-relative to the lynx, the bobcat will be a handsome addition to Belmont Hill wildlife scene with its gray-to-brown spotted coat, black-tufted ears, an expressive ruff-filled whiskered face and its distinctive black-tipped "bobbed" tail.

Oh and it will eat your pet cat.

While mostly located in the western part of the state, bobcats are likely attracted to Belmont by the growing number of rabbits and hares populating the town's suburban yards. They will also hunt for insects and rodents, even attacking much larger deer and the stray kitty.

The bob will establish a territory to hunt. They prowl from three hours before sunset until about midnight, and then from before dawn until three hours after sunrise. 

The cat breeds in winter, giving birth in early spring.

But don't expect a hoard of bobcats setting up camp in Belmont; one bobcat's territory will encompass roughly five-square miles, about the size of Belmont. 

Walter Pressey January 25, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Yike! We're moving to VA
Voice of the people January 25, 2013 at 03:17 AM
So now the Animal Control Officer loves the Coyotes AND the Bobcats Maybe the Bobcat will migrate up to the open space and eat a few unleashed dogs. At least then walkers will keep their dogs leashed. I never see the Animal Control Officer up there. Useless waste of my $17,000 in real estate taxes
Mary T January 25, 2013 at 06:25 PM
I saw the ACO's van parked on Winter Street yesterday! unless he or she is hitting golf balls maybe he/she was hunting one down. Then I suggest its release it POVs yard. pOV sounds angry....to wish that on innocent dogs is ridiculous. Belmont doesn't need angry people! And if you have that much $$ to afford those kind of taxes you have nothing to complain about!
Donnie January 27, 2013 at 04:51 AM
No need to worry about wild life. Concentrate on dog walkers promoting their pets to mess and degrade public and private property.
Voice of the people January 27, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Memo to Mary T: I am a dog lover. My small dogs have been attacked by unleashed dogs. Unleashed dogs are EVERYWHERE in the open space on the hill. Our beloved ACO is not physically able to venture too far from his van-so you will not see him spending an afternoon on the trails up at the Habitat !! Why do we have an ACO who can not venture into the woods ? A good question.

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