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Bobcat sighted near Spirit Lake, Iowa

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SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) -

A rare sight in the Iowa Great Lakes region. In fact, an Department of Natural Resource park ranger says it's "very unusual" to see a bobcat either Dickinson or Emmet counties.

Brandon Hagedorn snapped this picture of a bobcat near his home just northeast of the city of Spirit Lake Tuesday evening.

DNR Park Ranger Steve Reighard says it's been "quite a few years" since someone spotted a bobcat in the Iowa Great Lakes area. He says they're more common in the Loess Hills of western Iowa.

Bobcats prey on small animals, like rabbits, and mice. If you spot one, Reighard says to simply leave it alone because they're probably more scared of humans than humans are of bobcats.

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