Scottsdale couple have bobcat family living in their backyard

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by Steve Bodinet

azfamily.com

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 17 at 3:20 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It's a sight becoming more common these days -- wild animals in the suburbs. A Scottsdale couple know all about it as a pair of bobcats now call their backyard home.

Rick and Deborah Freytag saw the bobcat family lounging in the flowerbed Monday morning. As they watched the cats through their dining room window, the mother cat watched them, constantly making sure her kitten was safe. 

The Freytags' neighborhood doesn't border on the open desert, but it is about a mile from the Salt River Indian Reservation and they think that's where the cats may have come from.

While bobcats are shy animals, they're known to make themselves at home in crowded neighborhoods as long as they have the big three to survive: water, food and shelter. Throughout the years, I've gotten a lot of footage of bobcats and their babies in attics and in homes under construction.

While Rick is thrilled with his new backyard buddies, Deborah isn't so sure. She's understandably hesitant to walk out into her yard not knowing if the mother and child duo is hunkered down in her flowers.

She said she's going to follow the advice of the Arizona Game and Fish Department and spray her yard with ammonia and also toss handfuls of mothballs into the areas where the cats love to lounge. And while that should convince the bobcats to move on, the Freytags will still have to be cautious when going outdoors because a shy bobcat, like most moms, can become aggressive if she thinks her beloved baby is in danger.

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