Young bobcats spotted in Cool Springs neighborhood

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Incredible video shows two young bobcats hanging in a backyard in Cool Springs. 

The McIntosh family told News 2 they have seen bobcats for about seven years in their neighborhood, The Knolls of Cool Springs, but now they are concerned since there are four. 

“This is so residential. We are in the middle – the middle of Cool Springs,” Trisha McIntosh said.  

Around 6 p.m. Thursday, Mcintosh quickly grabbed her camera to capture a sight she couldn’t believe.  

“We saw one and then the other. They were playing like little kittens and not afraid of anything,” she said.   

While she has grown accustomed to seeing a bobcat once in a while, her family was surprised to see there are now babies.  
 
“This is the first time I’ve ever seen a pair, knowing that there is a mama and a daddy and now we have babies, so that was a little concerning,” McIntosh said.  
Concerning as bobcats are known as good hunters, preying on rabbits, rodents, birds and deer.  

The family said they have found several deer skulls in the area where they have seen the bobcats.  
 
“At night time I do hear things being eaten like, ‘Rah, rah’ things like that and I assume they are catching prey at night,” she said.   

The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency encourages residents to always keep a close eye on small pets, something that worries the McIntosh family about their backyard bobcats.  

“Everyone in this neighborhood has pets and most of them are small. We have a doggy door, so the dog goes on its own in and out. Now, at night time it frightens us. We just want to make sure Daisy is ok, we are really worried about Daisy and then just the all the rest of the neighbors who have little dogs we are worried about that,” McIntosh said.  

The TWRA said anyone who sees a bobcat shouldn’t be alarmed, but enjoy watching them as they are usually nocturnal. 

“It’s a fortunate sighting to see bobcats, because they are night-time animals and they won’t let you see them for very long as they are taking care of their young and trying to get them fed and moving them around,” Doug Markham with the TWRA told News 2.  

While bobcats can breed at any time of year, it is more common in the early spring and the TWRA says as development continues to push them out of the woods, it’s going to continue to be more common to see wildlife of all kinds in your own backyard.  
 
“It’s something we are probably going to see more and more of in the years ahead,” said Markham. 

McIntosh said she doesn’t want the bobcats harmed, but she doesn’t want them in her backyard. 

Williamson County Animal Control said they don’t respond to wildlife calls like this. They agree that it is a concern, saying bobcats do sometimes prey on pets. Their best advice is to never leave your pet alone. 

The TWRA website is a great resource for anyone wanting to know more about wildlife in your backyard.

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