Bobcat photographed outside Bedford man's window

Bob Bauer of Bedford had a close encounter with a bobcat when it smacked into his basement window on Friday.

Department of Natural Resources says bobcats don't attack people

Bob Bauer took this photo of the cat sitting outside the window of his Bedford home. The province estimates there are between 8,000 to 10,000 bobcats in Nova Scotia. (Courtesy Bob Bauer)

It was not the type of visitor Bob Bauer was expecting last Friday as he arranged Christmas music at his home. The Bedford man had a close encounter with a bobcat when it smacked into his basement window.

"He seemed to be aggressive and his hair was sort of spiky," Bauer said. "You know, how cats get when they get upset.

"He's staring at me for the longest time, and I looked at him and I thought, 'Holy crap, that looks like a bobcat.' Because he had the white around his eyes and he had little tufts of hair on his ears."

The animal stuck around long enough for Bauer to take a picture.

"He was puzzled," Bauer said. "He looked really confused. At least as much as I can tell from a cat's face, but he looked confused to me."

His neighbours are now teasing him about the bobcat coming to Bob’s house.

It’s a startling surprise, but Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources said it’s nothing to worry about and the animal probably meant no harm.

The province estimates there are between 8,000 to 10,000 bobcats in Nova Scotia. The department receives about a half dozen reports a month.

"I understand maybe it hissed and arched its back, which is something that a cat would do if it saw another cat," said Butch Galvez, with the department.

"So it probably just saw its reflection and got a little excited."

Galvez said bobcats don't attack people.

"Larger male bobcats can take down white-tailed deer," he said. "So there is a risk with a smaller pet. But it's very uncommon in the province."

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