As it struggled to find the same hole through which it entered, Bringhurst opened the door of the coop and retreated to safety.
One chicken escaped through the door and eventually, so too did the cat.
Are they protected like the panther and what are their differences? Tammy Sapp, a spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) In Tallahassee, Florida explains: “The bobcat is native to Florida but they aren’t endangered or protected as is the Florida panther.
Because bobcats are elusive and individuals are similar in appearance, getting an exact count is not possible.
Keep your trash cans tightly closed and your pets inside.if you clap your hands and they don’t run or if one were to walk up to you (this reaction is typically due to an illness) please take a photo or video and contact the FWC Hotline number: 1-800-404-3922 (FWCC) so they can track and monitor the situation.Unless you know that a bobcat is sick, (a good indicator is if they approach you) the hotline number does not typically respond to bobcat calls.The Panther is a protected species in the State of Florida.FWC tracks car incidents involving panther mortality, however, we do not track this same information on bobcats as they have a healthy established population in the State.” The bobcat is named for its tail, which appears to be cut or ‘bobbed’ however Dennis Giardina, a biologist with the division of habitat and species conservation for FWC in Naples says people confuse the bobcat and panther all the time.
It became trapped, eating a chicken inside the coop, but leaving two others — the last two survivors — alone.