Friday, June 19, 2009

Bobcat killed on Jupiter, Florida, road

20-pound bobcat killed on Indiantown Road in Jupiter

By BILL DIPAOLO
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

JUPITER — A 20-pound bobcat was hit and killed likely by a passing motorist this morning near Interstate 95 and Indiantown Road, prompting several calls to Busch Wildlife Sanctuary.

The cat's brownish body was on the grass on the right side of the eastbound I-95 off ramp, said Amy Kight, outreach director of the sanctuary on nearby Jupiter Park Drive.

"I got several calls. Some people thought it was a Florida panther," Kight said. The panther is listed as critically endangered.

Bobcats grow to about the size of a medium dog, are found throughout Florida and are not considered dangerous to humans. Bobcats are not listed as threatened or endangered.

"They are common in Palm Beach County," Kight said.

The bobcat's body was gone by noon, likely taken by raccoons and other predators, said Kight.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2009/06/17/0617deadbobcat.html

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