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Whitefish Bay residents warned after reports of bobcat sightings

WHITEFISH BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Whitefish Bay Police are warning the public after multiple bobcat sightings the past few days. The first sighting came in on Wednesday morning, December 5, around 8 a.m. A citizen said he saw a very large wild cat near Big Bay Park. 

On Friday a citizen living on Lake Drive a few blocks north of Klode Park took photos of a large wild cat in her backyard that authorities say appears to be a bobcat.

Photo Credit: Angeline Saeian

Bobcats are usually about 20-40 pounds and eat small game. DNR officials say bobcat sightings are extremely rare and this would be the first bobcat sighting in Milwaukee County in a long time. 

Officials say adults and children are not at risk but small pets should not be left unattended. Bobcats are typically nocturnal but may roam if they feel unsafe. 

Photo Credit: Angeline Saeian

If you see a bobcat in Whitefish Bay you are asked to call the non-emergency number at 414-351-9900. Citizens are also asked to submit a large mammal observation form on the DNR website.

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