Kate Smith in Mesa, Arizona, awoke one day to find a group of juvenile bobcats roaming her front yard.
“Apparently, I’m running an Airbnb for bobcats,” Smith wrote on Twitter when after sharing the photo above.
“Two last month and now three today who have moved into my courtyard for the weekend.”
The creatures began to explore the area further and, as time passed, grew more confident with their new hang-out location, moving even closer to Smith’s home.
“These guys have been here a month. I’ve been advised that as soon as the cubs are old enough to hunt on their own, they should be moved on.”
This is just one of two bobcat sightings that Smith has ever witnessed in 24 years of living in this house near Usery Mountain Regional Park.
Although the previous encounter was caused by a bobcat that required medical attention and only lasted a few days.
Smith contacted the Arizona Game and Fish Department for assistance, who informed her that relocating the current group on her property might result in their de.at.hs.
“They told me that if you remove them from their territory, they are normally not able to survive, so I responded, ‘Oh no, forget it,’” she stated.
“They’re territorial, so if you put them in an unfamiliar location, they won’t survive.”
Smith was providing updates on Twitter to her followers, and it wasn’t until four months later that they finally left.
“We’re glad to have our outdoor space back, but we will miss them,” Smith tweeted.
According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, you should keep all grass and shrubbery near your home trimmed and remove pet food to discourage bobcats from visiting.