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post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
This morning I saw what appeared to be bobcat around the 40 lb. range. I live smack dab in the middle of hazlet, between rts. 35 and 36.Is this possible around here? I have a ton of wildlife in my yard, incloding a family of deer with 2 fawns and the usual rabbits, squirels and a coon. It was really spectacular. I nly saw it for a few seconds, and then it disabeared into the woods.
post #2 of 34
I don't know much about cats, but there are some monster ferral cats in the woods surrounding my development. Some the size of my 25lb jack russel terriers
post #3 of 34
Pretty rare down here, the ones that are left are mostly in the NW counties.
Anything is possible though. Consider yourself lucky if you're sure it was a bobcat.

F&W would like to know: Report all bobcat sightings to the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program by calling 908-735-8975.
post #4 of 34
A 40 lber is a big one at that...i can't imagine they get that big even if they are around in NW NJ. You got me, though.. confused.gif
post #5 of 34

I’ve only thought of them as being bigger that a cat but still a smallish critter.  From what I’ve found online, a forty-pounder may have been eating his share of 25lb Jack Russell terriers—maybe, but I wouldn’t be too sure about this either.    headscratch.gif

 

http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/species/fieldguide/view/Lynx%20rufus/

post #6 of 34
Thread Starter 
I viewed a few photos on line, andit definitely was a bobcat. It had the tufts of hair growing out of its ears. This cat was approximately knee high, and was noticeably larger than a house cat.. The other possibility is that it was a lynx. They look very similiar and get larger in size, up io 60 lbs. There is definitely enough game around here to support it. I hope to see it again, it was so cool.
post #7 of 34
I was fishing down by the Trenton PP a few years back and me and my buddy were walking back to our cars on this long trail through the woods in afternoon daylight when a big black cat walks right across the trail about 20 yards in front of us. This thing was around 50-60 pounds with a long black tail. We looked at each other and both said, was that a black panther...... Walked up to were we saw it and never saw it again.

John
post #8 of 34

Lions and tigers and bears,  O My. smile.gif Had numerous sightings of large cats about 10 plus years ago in Jackson twp. They are around, but very illusive. If you spot it again see if you can find it's impressions and take some photo's.

post #9 of 34
My neighbor claims he saw a gray fox running through my yard ( Brick Twp ) the other night.
post #10 of 34

I had thought that I had seen a gray fox once while gunning.  It might have been a "gray" red fox.  They aren't necessarily always red. 

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Originally Posted by 40shades-of-blue View Post  My neighbor claims he saw a gray fox running through my yard ( Brick Twp ) the other night.

  I just learned to check the tip to tell the tale.  This is to say the tip of the tail is white on the red fox.  The tip of the tail on a gray fox is black.

post #11 of 34
A buddy of mine got a picture of a eastern panther on his game camera about 3 years ago. So it's totally possible you saw a bobcat. We've had coyote in the southern part of the state for the last 20 years before they started finding their way into the news stories. These cats will eventually become the new "bears in my backyard" newspaper hysteria in the near future.
post #12 of 34
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My neighbor claims he saw a gray fox running through my yard ( Brick Twp ) the other night.
Your neighbor probably saw a coyote...not a grey fox. We don't have grey fox in NJ as far as I know. Coyotes are everywhere in the pine barrons and are thick in the Toms River/Brick area. Hunter freinds of mine shoot them all the time. Go out to Warren Grove around 4am-5am, you'll hear them howling away.
post #13 of 34
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Your neighbor probably saw a coyote...not a grey fox. We don't have grey fox in NJ as far as I know. Coyotes are everywhere in the pine barrons and are thick in the Toms River/Brick area. Hunter freinds of mine shoot them all the time. Go out to Warren Grove around 4am-5am, you'll hear them howling away.

Coyote huh? That's interesting. I'll have to keep an eye out for it. I guess this would explain the lack of rabbits. I usually see lots but I've only seen a few this year. Guess I have to worry about this now when I'm in my backyard with my telescope.
post #14 of 34
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Coyote huh? That's interesting. I'll have to keep an eye out for it. I guess this would explain the lack of rabbits. I usually see lots but I've only seen a few this year. Guess I have to worry about this now when I'm in my backyard with my telescope.

Just square off with one like the opening scene from 300.... Lol
post #15 of 34

Gray Fox in NJ (info. from the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife):

 

There are two species of foxes found in New Jersey: the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) and the gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus). While the gray fox is known to be native to the state, there is some dispute regarding the red fox. If red foxes were native to New Jersey during early colonial times, the animals were not abundant. Today, both species are present throughout the state. Both are classified as game species and are valuable furbearersand have both hunting and trapping seasons.

 

Conflicting records and a presumed difference between the native red fox and the introduced European red fox caused confusion concerning early accounts regarding the distribution

and introduction of the red fox in North America. A few accounts have assumed that there was no native race of red foxes, whereas others maintain that introductions were limited in scope, although introductions were undoubtedly made at several sites.

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