Bobcats wouldn’t leave Mesa Woman’s front yard for a month
MESA, AZ – A woman from Mesa struggled to rid herself of some of the house’s unusual guests: a group of young bobcats who claimed her front yard as theirs.
“Apparently I run an Airbnb for bobcats,” Kate Smith wrote on Twitter on June 20, sharing a photo of three of them lounging outside her house. “Two last month and now three today who have moved into my yard for the weekend.”
The bobcats then moved even closer to the house, with Smith showing the three cubs a few feet from the front door on Friday.
“These guys have been here a month,” Smith told the WFAA. “I’ve been told that as soon as the cubs are old enough to hunt on their own, they should go, but they’ve been around for a while.”
This is only the second encounter with a bobcat for the Mesa woman in 24 years at her home near Usery Mountain Regional Park, the WFAA reported, and the first only lasted a day or two because this bobcat was injured and needed medical help.
The removal of the group that moved to Smith’s property could result in their deaths, the Arizona Game and Fish Department told him, according to the WFAA.
“The answer they gave me was that if you take them out of their territory they usually don’t survive, so I said, ‘Oh, forget that,’” Smith told the WFAA. “They’re territorial, so if you drop them off in an area they’re unfamiliar with, they usually won’t make it.”
Smith said on Tuesday the lynxes are gone, likely old enough to fend for themselves. No Bobcat sightings on the property have been made since Saturday.
“We’re happy to be back in our outdoor space, but they will be missed,” Smith tweeted.
Before they left, Smith said she had a sign in the driveway warning delivery people not to enter the yard and that her dog was “immobilized.”
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has offered several tips to deter bobcats from approaching your home, including making sure all shrubs and grass are properly trimmed, removing all pet food, and working with neighbors to find a cohesive community solution to the problem. .