HAWTHORNE, N.Y. -- The first bobcat sighting in Westchester County since last fall was reported on Sunday along Warren Avenue in Hawthorne.
Town of Mount Pleasant Councilman Nicholas DiPaolo said he spotted the bobcat about 3 p.m. on Sunday in his backyard at 140 Warren Ave.
"I saw it stroll through very casually, stopping every few feet to look around,'' DiPaolo told Daily Voice. "It wandered into the woods east of Warren Avenue and a short while later several deer came running out of the woods."
DiPaolo happens to live about two miles from County Executive Rob Astorino. DiPaolo snapped photos of the bobcat crossing through his backyard. He said the bobcat was about four feet long with a spotted underside and a beige coat.
"An absolutely beautiful animal,'' DiPaolo said on Monday. "But I wasn't about to get too close."
It's believed to be the first documented sighting of a bobcat in Westchester since October 2014 when several residents of the Town of Greenburgh reported seeing a bobcat. Laura Peterson of Ardsley was among the Greenburgh residents who snapped a photo of a bobcat last fall.
Ardsley Village Manager George Calvi said Ardsley Police Chief Emil Califano made him aware of a fuzzy cell phone photo an officer took of the bobcat on Oct. 1, 2014, in Louis Pascone Memorial Park, at the eastern end of Ashford Avenue.
“It looks like a nice healthy bobcat,” Calvi told Daily Voice. “This entire area is chock full of deer, raccoons, chipmunks, turkey and other things a bobcat might dine upon.”
A few days later, Calvi found out employees from the highway department also saw a bobcat in the same area munching on a woodchuck on Oct. 1. Calvi believes that everyone saw the same bobcat that day.
In February 2012, two people called Mount Pleasant police when they spotted what may have been bobcat on Heritage Drive in Pleasantville.
The town police chief at that time said one resident reported seeing a tan-colored "wild cat" and a second resident saw a tan colored feline about as big as a medium-sized dog with spotted fur.
In 2013, a Bobcat sighting was reported in Chappaqua.
According to the state Department of Environmenta Conservation, a bobcat is twice the size of a domestic cat and can weigh more than 30 pounds. They are solitary animals typically found in the Adirondack, Catskill and Taconic regions, north of Putnam County.