Five bobcats spotted in backyard on Albuquerque’s westside

An Albuquerque homeowner was babysitting his grandchildren when he spotted five trespassers in his backyard.

He caught them on camera, but said he and his grandkids were excited to see these intruders.

On Thursday afternoon, William Silva, who lives off Coors and Montano, saw some uninvited guests in his back yard.

“Well, I was watching my grandchildren, Lida and Luca, and we were in the house and we saw a bobcat, and so we went to the window and before I knew it there were four more. There was a total of five bobcats,” said Silva.

Silva, who has lived here for almost 20 years, said this is a first.

He said these bobcats were perched up on the wall and then prowled around his yard — and these trespassers weren’t kitten sized.

“They were just looking around, but I know that they were looking for chipmunks, squirrels and birds,” said Silva.

According to New Mexico Game and Fish, bobcats can be found all across the state and are commonly spotted in neighborhoods; but it’s quite unlikely to see them during the day.

Although Silva and his grandkids were enjoying the company, his neighbors were worried these big cats could’ve gone after their pets.

“For me I enjoyed seeing them, but for my neighbors they were concerned because they have pets,” said Silva.

These bobcats didn’t stay long, however. The animals left Silva’s home about half an hour later.

Game and Fish said while the bobcats may be cool to see in your backyard, be careful and do not approach them. They are usually looking for food.

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