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A bobcat was spotted near the tutoring center of Barstow Community College on Tuesday. Maureen Stokes, BCC spokeswoman, said the college was unaware of the bobcat because it was not reported. Stokes said the protocol for that situation is to call animal control.

Bobcat spotted on campus at BCC

STAFF WRITER

BARSTOW • A bobcat was spotted on campus at Barstow Community College on Tuesday.

Student Harris Rowan said he noticed the bobcat laying around outside the tutoring center at BCC.

Maureen Stokes, BCC spokeswoman, said the college was unaware of the bobcat because it was not reported. Stokes said the protocol for that situation is to call animal control.

Rowan said he and other students went to the window nearest the cat and began snapping photos.

“I work at the tutoring center on campus and saw the bobcat just walk up towards the building,” Rowan said. “The bobcat just sat there and watched everybody as people were taking photos. After about 30 or 45 minutes it walked past the center and walked towards the Veterans Home.”

According to Rowan, the bobcat was spotted between 10 and 11 a.m. and was average sized.

Rowan said it was “cool” to see a bobcat because they’re rare, but Barstow area resident and bobcat trapper Mercer Lawing said bobcats in the area “are not rare by any stretch.”

Lawing, who runs cagingbobcats.com, said he has responded to three different bobcat calls in the area this month.

This time of year, young bobcats who are not experienced hunters begin to wander off seeking food and fresh water, Lawing said.

“Bobcats do extremely well in rural settings, such as near the river bottom of Barstow,” Lawing said. “It’s excellent habitat for them; there’s good vegetation and plenty of places for them to escape and seek shelter and at night slip into the backyards of homes and have a meal.”

Lawing said there is not much to worry about when a bobcat is sighted. Lawing said bobcats are fairly harmless unless they feel cornered and feel a need to protect themselves.

Lawing suggests staying away from a bobcat and leaving it alone. If needed, use a water hose or yell to scare a bobcat away, Lawing said.

Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.


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