POSTED: 07:38 p.m. EST, Dec 08, 2008
ATHENS: State wildlife authorities say two endangered bobcats have been found as roadkill alongside separate highways in eastern Ohio's Belmont County.
Spokeswoman Susie Vance with the Ohio Division of Wildlife says it's a sign that the state's bobcat population is continuing its long comeback. The species was on the brink of extinction in Ohio in the mid-1800s.
The two bobcats discovered by highway crews last week will count toward this year's verified sightings. One carcass was found along Interstate 70 early in the week and the other was found Friday along I-470 in St. Clairsville.
Vance says there were 51 verified sightings in Ohio during all of last year. She says the most bobcats have been seen in eastern Ohio's Noble and Monroe counties.
Learn more about big cats and Big Cat Rescue at http://www.bigcatrescue.org