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Pictured is a bobcat found in a coyote trap outside of Newcomerstown last week. The bobcat was not harmed and set free. Bobcats are very rarely seen in Ohio as they were eliminated from the state in 1850. Prior to settlement, they were common throughout Ohio. This cat has been sighted occasionally since 1850 and may be on the verge of returning "home" to Ohio; between 1970 and 2009 there have been 359 verified reports of bobcats in the state, 92 of these reports occurred in 2009.