Curious St. Louis River bobcats attract online attention

Created: December 21, 2020 11:49 AM

A Duluth photographer's video and pictures of bobcats on the St. Louis River is attracting quite a following on social media.

Mike Mayou first posted the images captured with a drone last Thursday, and it's been shared and viewed thousands of times on Facebook and Instagram. The three bobcats appear to react curiously to the drone, and in one picture, are lined up on a log looking into the camera.

In followup posts, Mayou said the video went more viral than he expected and said he would not disclose the exact location of the video to protect the animals. He said he attempted to maintain distance from the bobcats until one of them approached the drone, but in retrospect he would not have gotten as close to the animals as he did.

The Minnesota DNR says about 2,000 bobcats live in northern Minnesota, but they are rarely seen by humans in the wild.



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