ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – New Mexicans are no strangers to wildlife, but a woman from Albuquerque was shocked to see a very brave bobcat in her backyard. Renee Sanchez was having her morning coffee at her home near the Irving and Golf Course when she looked out the window and saw a bobcat basking in her backyard.
Sanchez explains, “We have lived here for 21 years and we see coyotes all the time, we see other critters but we have never seen a bobcat. That’s not to say I didn’t know they were there, sure they are, but we never saw any so it was shocking.
She says there is a large hill in her garden where she often sees rabbits and squirrels. She thinks the lynx came from the arroyo and came down the hill into the yard.
The family believe the big cat even killed one of these rabbits. Sanchez called 311 and was directed to the New Mexico Department of Hunting and Fishing. They told him that they couldn’t send someone to move the cat because it is a protected animal.
A spokesperson for Game and Fish says this stuff happens in cities across New Mexico and explains why this bobcat could have been so indifferent.
“In the wild, bobcats are very cavalier animals, so they highlight this front when they move around. They can also become very accustomed to the human presence in the area and look for food and water supplies, ”says Tristanna Bickford.
Sanchez says the lynx lingered for about 40 minutes before turning on the sprinklers and the lynx took off.
Authorities suggest that if you come across a wild animal, the best thing you can do is give it some space to leave the area. They also encourage people to keep their small pets indoors and to remove any water or food sources that might attract wildlife.