Bobcat on the Gateway Clipper

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Bobcat Found On Board Gateway Clipper

March 18, 2018 - 3:52 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) A bobcat that was found and captured on the board a Gateway Clipper boat Sunday morning and is being released early Monday on PA state game lands.

The Post-Gazette reports that crew members found the animal just before 10am Sunday making a routine check of one of their passenger ships before it was to set sail.

Animal Control was called in and they were able to locate, safely capture the animal and remove it from the boat.

Pennsylvania Wildlife conservation Officer Dan Puhala tells the “KDKA Radio Morning News” it is extremely rare to see a bobcat inside the city.

“This is the first report of someone actually seeing one that we can verify that I know of and in the past 15 years or so, I only know of one other [sighting] that was verified in Allegheny County,” said Puhala.

The bobcat was not injured in the process. Puhala took it to game lands in Armstrong County Monday morning.

Puhala says it is likely the bobcat was wandering around looking for a mate.

“We’re getting toward the end of their mating season. The males do travel a considerable distance [this] time of year looking for a female,” said Puhala.

Bobcats average about a yard in length and weight between 15 and 20 pounds.

Puhala says they generally eat “smaller critters”.

“They’re cats. If you think about what [creatures] cats would go after, [bobcats] will go after too,” said Puhala.

Video below provided by the Gateway Clipper.