EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Multiple 22News viewers have sent photos of bobcats that they have seen across western Massachusetts.

An East Longmeadow resident came across a bobcat in their backyard on Tuesday.

Jeff Coles of East Longmeadow sent 22News a photo of a bobcat he spotted in his backyard on Avery Street on Tuesday.

Jeff Coles of East Longmeadow

Another 22News viewer caught this photo of a bobcat they saw near Longmeadow on Wednesday.

Brandon ‘Randal’ Smith captured this bobcat on camera Wednesday at around 6 a.m. in the Fairfield area of Chicopee:

According to Mass.gov, bobcat habitats usually involve mountainous areas such as those that have rocky ledges, hardwood forests, swamps, bogs, and brushy areas near fields. The bobcats become more visible in backyards and residential areas throughout Massachusetts as they adapt to suburban settings.

Bobcat tracks may be mistaken for domestic cats, but bobcats actually appear to have five toes. When leaving their tracks behind, a person may only notice the four toes. However, their fifth doesn’t impress into the ground when it walks, since it is raised high on the forefeet.

If you can safely take videos or photos of wildlife in your neighborhood, you can send them to reportit@wwlp.com!

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