The ODNR's Division of Wildlife verified 200 bobcat sightings in Ohio last year. It marks the fourth consecutive year that more than 100 verified sightings were recognized, and the first time sightings increased to 200.
Biologists reported that Noble County continues to have the most verified sightings, with 32. An additional 106 sightings were confirmed in the counties immediately surrounding Noble, including Guernsey, Belmont, Monroe, Washington, Morgan, and Muskingum counties.
Of the 200 verified sightings, 113 were recognized from photographs or videos. Additional sightings were verified through road kills, incidentally trapped animals and sightings by qualified personnel.
The state says that bobcats were on the verge of extinction in 1850 as more people settled within the state. The creature was recently removed from the Ohio Endangered and Threatened Species List, but it remains protected in the state.