Bobcats in backyard caught on camera

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bobcats were caught on camera paying a visit to a Valley backyard near Pima Road and the 101 in Scottsdale.

Annette Geraci said her dog Sophie was sunbathing by the pool, when all of a sudden she spotted some bobcats walking on her wall.

Geraci said her biggest concern was her Chihuahua Rat Terrier mix. "She started going after it, but I yelled, and she stopped," said Geraci. "We got her in real quick."

After that, Geraci said her curiosity set in. "The mom did hiss when I was coming closer, and then I backed off," she said.

Geraci said she watched from a few feet away.

"I just stood right over there taking video over the boat,” she said.

She still couldn't believe the bobcats were in her north Scottsdale yard.  “It was cute. It was really cute,” said Geraci.

Eventually the bobcats ran off.

Darren Julian with Arizona Game and Fish said there have been more bobcat sightings in this area throughout the years. "Over time, these animals have figured out that where people are, and where the food source is: the rabbits, the quail and things like this," said Julian.

Julian said there is also more water in residential neighborhoods.

"It's more productive. It drops more seeds and that alone will draw in the smaller animals that bobcats are looking for,” he said.

But Julian said you can't let wildlife get too comfortable in your yard. "If they're around people without any negative interaction, the more comfortable they feel,” said Julian.

Julian said that could have negative consequences.

"When these animals are becoming bold and start not running away from people, that could be a cause for concern; that's when you should turn the hose on them, and make them feel unwelcome,” said Julian.