Bobcat spotted in Rutland on Dec. 2, 2020. (Contributed)

Bobcat spotted in Rutland on Dec. 2, 2020. (Contributed)

Rutland resident warns community to keep eye on pets after spotting bobcat

The bobcat was spotted on Fitzpatrick Street on Dec. 2, 2020

A Kelowna resident is advising the Rutland community to keep their pets close after spotting a bobcat on his property.

Ria Musch-Hayden said she spotted the bobcat in a tree in his front yard on Fitzpatrick Street.

“The (bobcat) stared me down through the window and when he finally left I could see his bobbed tail,” he said. He’s really small so probably a baby bobcat.”

According to, the bobcat (Lynx rufus) prefers to avoid interactions with humans. They are territorial and solitary creatures that prey on a wide range of animals such as rodents, rabbits, fish, small or young ungulates, livestock and pets.

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Daniel Taylor
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