Bobcat Caught Driving Through Park & Ride in Lynnwood – KIRO 7 News Seattle
LYNNWOOD, Washington — Many people in Western Washington use park-and-rides, but what you might not know is that sometimes wildlife can be spotted in these spaces.
KIRO 7 received a video sent to the newsroom by Justin Luckenback, which showed a bobcat wandering through a park and ride lot off Interstate 5 in Lynnwood.
While bobcats are very elusive, it is even more difficult to spot them in broad daylight as they generally hunt in the dark. A bobcat’s vision is six times better than a human can see in the dark.
However, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers said bobcats sometimes mark their territory in daylight.
Another thing to note is that if small dogs and cats are near bobcats, they are at risk of being attacked.
Officials said bobcats are generally not a threat to people, but have been known to be aggressive towards people if they are sick with rabies.
Bobcats can be found throughout the state and are more common than most people realize.
Officials said the animals seem to be present more often in the suburbs.
Bobcats can be various shades of buff and brown, with dark brown or black stripes and spots on certain parts of the body. The tip of the tail and the back of the ears are black. They have short ear tufts and ruffs of hair on the side of the head, giving the appearance of sideburns.
Adult male bobcats weigh 20 to 30 pounds and average 3 feet long. Females are considerably smaller and can weigh less than a large domestic cat.
Eastern Washington Bobcats tend to be a much lighter buff color than Western Washington Bobcats. Both color phases occur along the east side of the Cascade Mountains.
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