Bobcat Eats Pet Rabbits in Backyard Attack

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    This bobcat was spotted in Torrey Highlands on Jan. 23, 2014.

    It appears a bobcat attacking pets in one San Diego community has struck again.

    The latest incident happened Tuesday at a home on Rimgate Court in Rancho Peñasquitos.

    A woman told NBC 7 that the bobcat ate two of her neighbor's pet rabbits.

    “It went into their backyard, about eight feet away from the sliding back door, and ate two of their family bunnies that were out back,” Jan Van Horn said.

    Van Horn said they weren’t small pet rabbits, but 15-pound French Lops.

    “Even a small dog could be eaten,” she said.

    Van Horn said she’s speaking out to make sure her neighbors know about the bobcat, especially as the attacks get more brazen and closer to homes.

    “I feel bad for our neighbors because we have a vicious animal that’s jumping six-foot fences and coming into our backyards and taking our pets,” she said.

    On Jan. 23, a bobcat managed to get into the backyard of a home in nearby Torrey Highlands and ate one of the family's pet chickens.

    There is no confirmation that the same bobcat is responsible for both attacks, but Van Horn believes it is.

    “We’re used to a lot of animals on the streets. We’ve had coyotes in our front yard. We’ve had many snakes, and we’ve seen all sorts of animals,” she said. “This is the closest we’ve had with a bobcat.”

    On Jan. 14, the principal of Westview High School on Camino Del Sur said someone reported a bobcat sighting near the campus. That feline in that sighting was never found.

    On Dec. 26, a teacher at Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley came face-to-face with a bobcat walking around campus. The North County high school was on winter break, so no students were there. The teacher managed to snap these photos of the wild encounter.

    On Nov. 7, a local photographer captured images of a bobcat walking around Mast Park in Santee.

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