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Big cat seen sitting on pole along I-75 in Collier County

Posted: 11:32 AM, May 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-09 16:57:43Z
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UPDATE: Crews used a bucket truck to approach the bobcat atop the pole, and coerced it to climb down and run off to safety.
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COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- It's not that uncommon for large cats to be spotted in rural Collier County, be they Florida panthers or bobcats. However it is very rare to see one sitting atop a wooden pole along the interstate.

FDOT traffic cameras spotted some sort of large cat, apparently a bobcat, sitting on the top of a pole near mile marker 78 along Alligator Alley on Thursday morning.

We are monitoring the story for updates.

VIDEO FROM EARLIER:

Panther sitting atop wooden pole on Alligator Alley