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Bobcat sits in Council Bluffs couple's backyard

Posted at 8:21 AM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 09:27:12-04

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa. (KMTV) — An unwelcome surprise awaited a Council Bluffs couple on Saturday.

Lynne Branigan and Gardner Broadbent saw a bobcat hanging out in their backyard, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Branigan took photos and Broadbent took video of the wild animal.

Branigan says this is not the first she's spotted a wild animal in her backyard. She's also seen foxes, deer, and raccoons. This is the first time the couple had seen a bobcat despite living in the same house for 10 years.

The World-Herald reports that the population of bobcats in Iowa is estimated at 5,000 to 7,000, according to Vince Evelsizer, state furbearer biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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