Wildcat sighting outside WKYT studio generates buzz

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Rabbits, squirrels, birds and even snakes are the usual prey for bobcats, but people on the other hand have nothing to worry about.

One of our viewers caught a glimpse of two bobcats right outside of the WKYT studio yesterday and snapped these pictures. The photos generated a lot of buzz and a lot of questions about the animals themselves.

Officials at the Salato Wildlife Education Center say the cats usually live in remote areas where people are few and far between. They're also nocturnal, meaning they sleep during the day and come out at night. So, wildlife officials say seeing one for yourself is uncommon.

However, these pictures reveal one of a few sightings of the wildcats around Lexington this year. Wildlife officials say the city's growing infrastructure may have the cats becoming more accustom to people.

"When you have an area that was previously wooded in good habitat getting bulldozed to put in a new subdivision or a new big box store, something like that, the wildlife has to go somewhere. They're going to go first to the area that has good cover and resources that they need like water, food," says Laurie Davison, branch manager.

Seeing a bobcat is extremely rare, so if you do see one, consider yourself lucky. Wildlife officials say if you do see a bobcat, or any wild animal, you should not approach it. Remember they're probably more afraid of you than you are of them.

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