First bobcat in a century spotted on Georgia island

December 29, 2014 3:34 PM

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First bobcat in a century spotted on Georgia island

Not long after authorities recommended hiring sharpshooters to thin out herds of white-tailed deer on Georgia's Jekyll Island, a more natural solution was spotted: Remote-sensing cameras set up to measure the deer population captured images of a lone bobcat, the first of its kind known to have been on the wildlife-rich island for more than a century, reports the Florida Times-Union.

There had been rumors in recent years of bobcat sightings, but the only previous evidence of their presence on the island was a photograph from the early 1900s showing bobcat pelts hanging in the island gamekeeper's cabin.

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