‘Mystery predator’ filmed devouring deer identified as bobcat

When taking a late-night stroll through your neighborhood, you might see a wandering house cat or two, maybe a curious raccoon looking for a midnight snack. What you never expect to see is a bobcat devouring a deer right in front of your house.

This gruesome scenario became a reality for one New York State resident earlier this month. However, it wasn’t immediately clear that the large predator in question was a bobcat.

In the dead of night, the only thing the resident felt certain of was that the predator was some sort of cat, its eyes glowing brightly in the darkness as it tore into its latest meal.

Concerned by the presence of the unidentifiable intruder, they contacted the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for help. In response, the DEC set up a trail camera at the scene, hoping to learn more about the “mystery predator,” should it ever return.

As they expected, the cat soon appeared in the driveway once more, unable to resist returning for a second helping of deer. And this time, DEC officials were watching.

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