Wild Cat Spotted In Colorado Springs

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

Is it a Bobcat or a Lynx? You be the judge. A couple of Colorado Springs residents took several snap shots of the animal.

The cat was sighted in the area of Garden of the Gods Rd and Centennial Blvd.

They say the cat was about 20 to 30 pounds which could have been a Lynx or Bobcat, but when we took the photos to the Division of Wildlife they say it's a Bobcat for sure.

Bobcats have small paws and the tip of their tail is not solid black.

Bobcats usually only creep out at night.

"That is a big cat," said John Schissel who took pictures of the cat.

They're also sneaky.

"They're very secretive, very stealthy. They can move very silently," said Michael Seraphin who is with the Division of Wildlife.

Seraphin says they eat squirrels, cats and rabbits.

"We were wondering what happened to all of our rabbits," said Schissel.

Kiana Geditz who lives at Kissing Camels says she knows all about Bobcats. "We've seen two cats," said Geditz.

She says they roam her neighborhood just like her house cat once did. "Caspian," said Geditz. Caspian is gone now. One day, she said, she just vanished. "We looked everywhere and then I knew it had to have been the Bobcat," said Geditz.

It was broad daylight when John Schissel and Lance Carter spotted the cat. "Look at that cat up in the fence," said Schissel.

The cat seemed to be posing for the camera as if it were on a catwalk.

"It looked up at me, kind of like, 'good morning', and then casually walked back into the bushes," said Carter.

That is very rare according to the Division of Wildlife. Usually Bobcats scram at the sight of humans. "It seemed very calm. It looked at me and didn't run away," said Schissel.

The D.O.W. says savor the Bobcat photos because you have a better chance of running into a bear or even a coyote.

Lynx are on the endangered species list. We do have them here in Southern Colorado. As for Bobcats, the D.O.W. says they're not usually interested in children or small dogs.

If you live in the Garden of the Gods Rd and Centennial Blvd area you may want to keep your house cats indoors to prevent it from getting attacked by a Bobcat.

Also, the D.O.W. says never approach a Bobcat as they are wild animals and could attack if they feel threatened.


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  • by Lee Ann Location: 30th Street and Champange on Mar 4, 2012 at 06:39 PM
    It was a bobcat, on our fence tonight, jumped into the yard and it was going for our Pug. I screamed at it while the dog (blind in one eye) never seen it and came running to the door. I stood on the deck, this cat was in the middle of the back yard, jumped over the fence with ease. Scary seeing my 3 yr old grandson was just out there.
  • by Tom Location: Centennial & Wickes on Jan 21, 2012 at 09:46 AM
    Saw a cat like this today in my neighborhood, laying in my neighbor's front yard. I went outside and it slowly got up and walked away.
  • by Chris Location: woodmen & rockrimmon on Jan 6, 2012 at 01:12 PM
    saw a bobcat twice this week in the middle of the day just walking calmly by my house
  • by Greg Location: Briargate: Woodmen&Havenwood on Jan 1, 2012 at 08:04 AM
    My dog became very excited and ran out our dog door. I looked out and saw a bobcat run across the back yard and jump over our back fence. I have never seen one in this neighborhood before.
  • by rebecca arnold Location: Park Vista Blvd on Dec 23, 2011 at 08:33 PM
    I was watching the deer in the snow in my yard at midnight and the Bobcat came up onto my deck to avoid the bucks. She sat and watched them spar for a few minutes and then looked over her shoulder at me at the window. She sauntered over, stood on her hind legs and put her front paws on the sill and stared at me for minutes. It was magical. I could really study her eyes and beautiful fur through the glass for so long. Bored, she finally continued on her way. I felt breathless. I've seen her many times and suspect she is sleeping under my deck.
  • by Dave Location: Above 30th & Centennial on Dec 19, 2011 at 02:42 PM
    Just saw this guy in our backyard above 30th and Centennial ....he was BIG and just beautiful....
  • by ramona Location: woodland park on Dec 9, 2011 at 02:50 PM
    12-09-11--mid day--we saw a bob cat sunning it's self in our front yard--gold hill area--pretty cat.
  • by Charlie Location: Resort at University Park on Dec 2, 2011 at 03:32 PM
    It's 4:30 PM and right off my back porch the 2 bobcats are in seperate trees. They verrry slowly got down and retreated out of sight. They must way 35-40 lbs now.
  • by Nina Location: Park Vista on Nov 13, 2011 at 12:07 PM
    Saw a bobcat in my neighborhood just last week. Also, last month too. Beautiful animal.
  • by Linda Location: Perfect View on Nov 12, 2011 at 02:54 PM
    Just saw the big cat yesterday walk by my house at dusk and then sauntered on down the street at the Retreat at Rockrimmon. Way cool!
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