Bobcat sightings are among the newer threats faced by Carolinians, but a woman in Inman, S.C., found a sure fire warning sign: Her pets, both dogs and cats, were acting strange.
And, even worse, dead animals started appearing on nearby porches. They had been clawed...not eaten.
“Like something large played with it till it died,” Sandy Suschana told Fox Carolina.
Inman is about 90 minutes south of Charlotte, off Interstate 26.
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It all started, Suschana told Fox Carolina, when a “large cat” was spotted in her back yard. Suschana investigated and saw “eyes looking at me” from a woodpile.
Fox Carolina didn’t report her reaction, and whether it involved a brisk sprint.
“My cats were all spooked...and my dog was acting strange,” she told Fox Carolina. “My dog kept standing up on her two legs and sniffing up the wall, and looking real high up. Then she climbed up on a shelf!”
Suschana told Fox Carolina that she reported the sighting to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.
Bobcats aren’t common in Charlotte, experts say, but sightings are increasing. In May, a Charlotte woman said she saw one in her neighborhood off Eastfield Road, while walking her dog.
They are afraid of humans, but love areas with thick brush.