This week’s cover story is about bobcat farms and pet bobcats. What would you do if your neighbor got a pet bobcat?

Have you ever wanted a wild or exotic pet?


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Jessica Whitt: I’d probably be a little bit leery of that. Especially since I have small kids and a small animal, a small dog. I don’t think I’d like it. Tzu each their own: No. I have a Shih Tzu.


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Nancy Whitt: I wouldn’t like it. We had bobcats around our place, we lived up by the Sweetgrass Hills, and I’ve had a cat that they called feral, and she scratched our furniture, scratched our children, and that was just a cat. And I think a bobcat is a feral animal and I think he deserves to be wild. After that cat, who would: No. I haven’t.


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Pat O’Brien: I wouldn’t be too thrilled about it. I don’t think animals like bobcats should be considered as pets. I was in Yellowstone about a month ago, and we had a bobcat run in front of us, and it was rather huge. It’s a wild animal. See you later: When I was a young man I was working on a disaster in Mississippi and in one of the local pet stores they were selling caimans, baby alligators, and I bought one. I thought it would be a novelty for the kids … It bit me so many times. It had little needle teeth. I wasn’t sorry to see it go. When it was obviously dead we had commodeside services and flushed it into eternity.


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Kylie Byrd: Once I was driving through Wyoming and I did see some people with a bobcat as a pet. I don’t really remember the backstory, but it was domesticated. I would say if they take good care of the animal, I have no negative opinions about it. Sonic or Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle: Oh absolutely. I’ve always wanted a hedgehog. They’re so cute!

Asked Tuesday morning at Black Cat Bake Shop.

Staff Reporter

Susan Elizabeth Shepard lived in Missoula from 2008 to 2011 before returning in 2017 to work at the Independent. She is also a two-time resident of Austin, TX, and Portland, OR, with an interest in labor, music and sports. @susanelizabeth on Twitter.

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