Bobcats in NJ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just square off with one like the opening scene from 300.... Lol
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.