PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — KOIN 6 News anchor Jeff Gianola spotted a rare bobcat while working in his NW Portland frontyard on Thursday morning.
Gianola and local tree trimmer Greg Dewey spotted the bobcat around 11:30 a.m. in the Millpond neighborhood of Forest Heights.
The mother bobcat was in the street with her 3 kittens.
The Oregon Bobcat is about twice the size of a regular house cat. It has longer legs, a shorter tail and a more muscular, compact body, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Bobcats in Oregon typically have yellow, spotted fur with gray overtones during the winter, and red overtones in the summer. They have black ears with short tufts, black-tipped tails and extended ruffs or fur on the sides of their face.
While bobcats live throughout the state, it’s pretty rare to spot them in residential neighborhoods. They typically tend to stay at high altidues, ODFW said.