This GORGEOUS creature looks like he would belong to Joe Exotic or Carole Baskin but he actually lives right here in New Hampshire! Goffstown, New Hampshire to be specific.

Sally Douris was kind enough to share this photo she captured on the U Local New Hampshire Facebook page.

Isn't it incredible? The lighting, the smoldering stare, everything about it just takes my breath away.

Sally Douris via Facebook
Sally Douris via Facebook

The Bobcat population in New Hampshire is thriving, but according to the Concord Monitor, it hasn't always been that way. Studies prove that bobcat numbers in New Hampshire could have dropped to as low as 150 in the late '80s. Then hunting was banned in 1989 and their numbers have gone up ever since.

A University of New Hampshire/New Hampshire Fish and Game survey estimated their population in 2013 was around 1,400, the Monitor report stated.

For many people, bobcats are nuisance. They prey on domestic chickens, feast on people's bird feeders and we are seeing more and more bobcats as road-kill throughout the state. The article states that New Hampshire Fish and Game were getting more requests to trap or reallocate bobcats back in 2017.

I have yet to see a bobcat strolling around in the wild but I feel like it is a right of passage now that I live in New Hampshire. In the meantime let us reminisce about this Bobcat who showed up at someone's front door in Salem, New Hampshire last week.

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