Bobcat leaves Des Moines resident with a hot mess
This bobcat was seen Saturday morning in Des Moines' Southwestern Hills neighborhood.
Cat-ch up quick: DSM resident Gary Dickey took videos, including one clip that shows it pooping before trotting towards a creek that runs along George Flagg Parkway near Water Works Park.
State of play: Bobcat sightings have become more frequent in recent years in the metro but are still more prominent in the southern part of the state, Vince Evelsizer, a biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), tells Axios.
- They're generally not a threat to humans and interactions with pets are rare.
Yes, but: A bobcat in Martensdale recently killed a dog.
- That animal is believed to have been shot by a resident and the DNR's search for it has been called off.
Of note: Bobcat sightings have on rare occasions been reported to DSM Water Works, CEO Ted Corrigan tells Axios.
- They're typically in remote areas of the 1,500-acre park and have not acted aggressively towards people, he says.
💩 Our thought bubble: That kitty has some real cat-titude.
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