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Bobcat on USF Campus Caught Eating a Duck

UPDATED Sun 6/10 4:30 pm with more info from Speer
 

In addition to the ducks, squirrels and Bulls that populate USF's Tampa campus, there's another species roaming the grounds, as at least one bobcat has been caught on camera.

Aramark/USF Dining Services Production Manager Dennis Garofalo took pictures of a bobcat eating a duck near the Argos Center around 6:30 Thursday morning.

Garofalo says the bobcat, which he and employees have taken to calling the "Fresh Food Company Cat" after the division they work in, has been seen lurking in the area for the last month or so. 

"I spotted him eating the duck and I went to take some pictures of him," Garofalo said. "And when he spotted me, he dropped the duck and looked at me like he was willing to fight me for it." 

And this past Monday morning, USF Oracle Circulation Manager Jeff Speer managed to capture another bobcat on video in a parking lot. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwkWctd8qKs&feature=plcp

"I was on the sidewalk on the south end of USF's Life Science Building around 6:45 a.m.," Speer said in an email to WUSF. "The bobcat ran out, stopped and looked around.... It looked confused. I stopped a girl walking, pointed out the bobcat, and said, 'You better get to class before it eats you.' Then it ran off  toward the west. I looked for it but couldn't find it anywhere after that."