In late spring 5 years ago I was gardening in my back yard in a house I used to live in in Canton. The yard backed up to the hillside of trails end road. What caught my attention was the sound of something large walking slowly through the leaves, and I looked up expecting to see either a person or a deer. I thought at first it was a large boxer dog due to the pushed in face and color, so I started to walk to the base of the hill, thats when I saw the long tail and realized what it was and that it was walking down towards me! I ran like hell to my kitchen sliding door and went inside, the cat seemed disinterested and continued along the side of the hill past canton valley road, where every dog on the street seemed aware of the animal, and were barking like crazy. I grabbed the phone and called animal control, who told me to call a DEP number. They told me it was a bob cat....which of course I argued because I had my 100lb german shepherd next to me and that cat was just as big if not bigger than him. and I had seen plenty of bobcats, and this wasnt one...the conversation didnt get anywhere after that.
Honestly Im really disappointed about this, its a serious safety issue I had called about. What if I had small children playing in that back yard and they had done as I had and started walking towards the cat but didnt know enough to get back in the house as i did? I think the lack of concern shown but both the DEP and animal control is inexcusable. Im not saying run out and kill the cats in any way, but educate the general public.