Selkirk Animal Caught on Trail Cam Too Big to be a Bobcat?
A video of what appears to be a rather large cat, marking its territory in the backyard of a residential neighborhood, was caught on a trail cam and shared by a Selkirk man recently. This thing is enormous and caught my attention because it was re-shared by News Channel 13 meteorologist Reid Kisselback. Reid obtained the video from Selkirk native Angelo Bracco.
Reid shares some pretty cool wildlife videos and other weather-related content on his Facebook page, but this one really piqued my interest because of the sheer size of this animal.
Take a look at the :14 second video below, and see for yourself. I don't think this is a bobcat, I think it's a Canadian lynx. But according to the DEC, there are very little (if any) Canada lynx sightings in the Capital Region stating that, "The lynx is considered extirpated (wiped out) in New York because there is no evidence of any remnant population of resident animals."
It's more than likely a bobcat, but that's a big one if it is. According to the NYS DEC, bobcats usually weigh around 20-25 lbs. and can be around 3 feet long. The Canadian lynx - often mistaken for a bobcat - is typically a bit bigger than the bobcat but they are distinguished by the black marking on the tip of the tail which this animal appears to have.
Also, the Canadian lynx has longer back legs creating a slope from the hind quarters down toward the head whereas a bobcat is a bit more leveled out from front to back. Interestingly, according to the DEC, "The Wildlife Conservation Society of the Bronx Zoo conducted surveys in the High Peaks area of New York in 1998-99 attempting to document the presence of lynx. No evidence of lynx was found."
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