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Bobcat Sighting Prompts Warning in South Nashville - John Dunn

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There is a new warning about bobcats in a growing part of South Nashville. A bobcat is living near the Lenox Creekside condominiums, and residents are being told to be on alert.

It is an animal that most of us never expect to see, but more and more bobcats are showing up in the mid-state. "It's not that uncommon anywhere in Tennessee to find bobcats," says TWRA officer Jim Vaughn.

Residents of the Lenox Creekside development in Cane Ridge are being told to be on the lookout. A bobcat has been spotted near the mailbox area. Resident Corey Hamilton says he saw it too. "I think he was trying to hide or get away, there's a little creek back there in the little forest," says Hamilton.

Bobcats are most active at dawn and dusk. Tennessee's wildlife resource officers say they are not typically aggressive toward people. "They primarily eat small game, mice, squirrels, rabbits, quail, stuff like that, and they really don't pose a risk to people as long as you just stay away from them like you would any wild animal," says Vaughn.

Managers at Lenox Creekside are warning residents with pets and small children to be especially careful. Officer Vaughn says bobcats usually keep their distance. "In the 36 years that I've worked for TWRA, we've never had a report of anyone being injured by a bobcat," says Vaughn.

Residents at Lenox Creekside may be a little on edge right now, but officers say chances are the bobcat is more afraid of the people.
   
People who live at Lenox Creekside are being told that if a bobcat approaches, they should make noise to scare it away. The TWRA says bobcats are most likely on the hunt for mice.

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