Posted by Donna J. Miller/Plain Dealer Reporter March 17, 2009 09:26AM
State wildlife officials found increased evidence of bobcats living in Ohio's southeastern counties, where 65 sightings were confirmed last year. There were 51 verified sightings the year before.
There were 214 unverified bobcat sightings in 2008.
The bobcat was found throughout Ohio when settlers arrived. But towns and croplands pushed them out. By 1850, bobcats were extinct here.
Sporadic sightings began in the 1960s. Since 1970, state biologists have verified 255 bobcat sightings in 31 counties, by studying photographs, paw prints, roadkills and information from fur trappers.
Learn more about big cats and Big Cat Rescue at http://www.bigcatrescue.org