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Pet bobcat goes missing in New Jersey

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Feelings are strong, but mixed about a big cat on the run in Ocean County, New Jersey. The animal is one woman's pet, but he got away, and neighbors want him caught.

Officials are taking precautions combing the woods and setting up traps.

Missing cat fliers line the streets on poles throughout this community in Stafford Township.

"Sounds like a house pet that got out,” says neighbor Walter Wiedmont. “He's just a little bigger than most cats."

Rocky, as named on the flier, may be house trained, but he is no ordinary cat. He is actually a bobcat. And he has been missing from his home for more than a week now.

Wiedmont isn't too concerned.

"It has no front claws and I've seen pictures of it playing with other kittens and laying around the house and it seems very docile,” he says. “It just doesn't seem like a very wild cat."

But some neighbors disagree. Thomas DeRosa says his wife saw it when it got out.

"He went up to the two houses, turned around and came back, went under a couple houses, then took off,” DeRosa says. “Then the next thing you know, we saw all these police cars lined up and down here."

The general manager of Popcorn Park Zoo says that they helped animal control with tranquilizing equipment and setting up a trap in the woods nearby hoping to catch it.

DeRosa is worried about kids and neighbors who walk daily.

"They could be walking on the opposite side of street if that cat comes out looking for a leg for lunch,” he says laughingly. “Who knows?"

Some want the bobcat gone from the neighborhood while others want it home with its owners.

"I think it's pretty cool,” Wiedmont says. “I [don’t] know who wouldn't want some kind of wild cat as a pet."

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