Rebounding bobcats showing up in central Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State wildlife experts say the state’s rebounding bobcat populations are venturing into central Indiana as the wildcats expand south from their northeastern Indiana stronghold.

Conservation Officer John Gano says he’s received a growing number of sightings of the secretive animals in the northern parts of Hamilton County just north of Indianapolis.

Gano says the animals in those sightings are likely coming from bobcat populations around north-central Indiana’s Mississinewa Reservoir.

He says bobcats are harmless, avoid human contact and aren’t a threat to pets or livestock.

Bobcats were classified as endangered in Indiana from 1969 until 2005, but they remain a protected state species.

State nongame biologist Scott Johnson says bobcats are magnificent, elusive animals whose numbers have been growing since the 1990s outside their southern and northeastern Indiana strongholds.

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