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Chula Vista Resident Says City Has No Answer for New Bobcat Neighbors

An Eastlake resident wary of her new neighbors became so concerned that she contacted the federal government about having them removed.

Bobcats, not humans, are the new neighbors Delia Pearsons is worried about. She says it wouldn’t be an issue of it was a rare occurrence, but after seeing the first bobcat in her community about two months ago she says there are now at least four who call Eastlake home.

Cameras in Pearsons’ backyard spotted to bobcats wrestling playfully on the lawn. She posted a sign on her mailbox that reads “Bobcat alert! Be safe! Be vigilant!”

Pearsons said she knew she had to do something when she saw the fourth bobcat.

So she contacted everyone from the City of Chula Vista to the federal government's Fish and Wildlife Service. All she got was simple precaution suggestions.

Pearsons says no one has reported anything bad with the bobcats but she doesn't want to wait for that to happen.

Her Home Owners Association recommended a trapper at a $1,000 per catch, which she said was a bit pricey. And while she’d like them to be gone, she also doesn't want the bobcats to get hurt.

“There is no answer. It's just that they don't know what to do,” she said. “It's alarming because there's no protocol in place.

In the meantime, the best she can do is warn her neighbors.

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