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Bobcat among wildlife spotted roaming the NWFSC campus

Savannah Evanoff
Northwest Florida Daily News
Northwest Florida Daily News

NICEVILLE -- Wild animals could be seeking higher education this summer at the Northwest Florida State College campus in Niceville.

Julie Schrodt, the executive director of Strategic Communications for Northwest Florida State College, said that after three months of Northwest Florida State College's Niceville campus being closed to students and staff, wildlife activity has become more prominent.

“Last week, as our staff resumed work on campus, a bobcat was spotted wandering near the Mattie Kelly Arts Center and a curious raccoon attempted to eat lunch with staff members outside of Raider Central,” Schrodt said.

Bobcats are widely distributed throughout Florida in deep forest, swamps and hammock land, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s website. They are stealthy animals and not seen often – even though their numbers are abundant, according to the same site. Seeing a bobcat during the day is not uncommon because they sleep for only a few hours at a time, according to the site.

Staff members have had fun capturing photos of their latest visitors.