Wild bobcats have been showing up in residential areas in Oromocto and Fredericton. There have been about seven reports. A wildlife biologist says they're looking for an easy meal.

Animal control officer Daryl Winchester responded to the first bobcat report.

"He had killed a cat. He had clawed the cat's throat out and the cat was obviously dead. There was a lot of blood around. We walked over and he just sauntered off into this back yard."

Winchester found the bobcat under a porch and got a noose around him. Two weeks later, he got another call.

"Sure enough, there he was under the trailer, sitting there and I poked my pole in. He come out and sauntered across the back yard and down into the window well. Lucky enough to get the noose on him again and took him away."

Both bobcats were released in the woods.

It's not unusual to see bobcats in urban areas at this time of the year, according to regional wildlife biologist Gary Moore.

"Particularly with snow depths the way they are. Normally, bobcats in particular have trouble feeding when you have deep, light, fluffy snow as we've had in the last two to three weeks. And this lends them a problem basically in terms of starvation. They have trouble finding prey items. So they become very tame, tamer than they normally would in search of that food."

The advice for pet owners is to keep their cats indoors and make sure there's no food lying around outdoors that could attract a hungry, wild bobcat.