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Bobcat nearly makes off with cat

A homeowner in Kettle Valley met an unwelcome intruder in his garage recently after the intruder tried to take off with his cat.

The seemingly cuddly bobcat (pictured above) snatched a Kettle Valley man's cat and nearly got away with it, if it weren't for some helpful neighbours.

“Apparently, his neighbours saw this bobcat grab a hold of his cat and proceed to drag it off, so they ran after the bobcat, and the bobcat released the cat, and they both ran into the bush. When they got a hold of the house cat’s owner, they were very upset because they didn’t know if his cat was hurt, so they started to look for it,” says Stephen Wells, president and general manager of Kettle Valley Development.

Fortunately, the cat did make it back to the home on Mountainside Drive and was reportedly unscathed.

“They brought the cat into the house through the garage, and the family went into the house ... the homeowner went to close the garage door, and once the door was closed he heard a funny noise. He said it sounded like a click or a real low growl, and when he turned around here is the bobcat perched on a shelf near the front of his garage,” says Wells.

The homeowner rushed back in the house and then went out through the front door and around the exterior of the house to check out the cat through the garage window, taking the picture with his cellphone.

He called animal control, and they let him know to just let the cat out as his home was very close to the woods and open space.

“They were happy to do that because they didn't want animal control to hurt the bobcat.”

Bobcats have been making several appearances in Kettle Valley, on Lakeshore on Hobson roads and in Peachland.

Cheryll Gillespie snapped some of the photos below of the cat looking in the window at her pups on Hobson Road.

David Krysko snapped a photo of a cat trying to get into their house on Lakeshore Road.

Brenda Jose snapped a couple shots of a cat enjoying a snooze in the snow of her yard on Ponderosa Drive in Peachland. Jose says the cat even had an afternoon nap on her porch.

The house cat owner and bobcat photographer asked not to identified, but wanted to share his photo so others in the community could keep safe.

“We wanted to let everyone know the bobcat is around, so residents could know to keep their small pets close to home, or on leash. Don't let your cats roam and make sure small children are never left alone,” says Wells.

“It was a good human interest story with a happy ending because both cats are safe. We back on to a lot of green space up here, so I guess you could consider us encroaching on to his space as well.”  

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