A bobcat was captured on a game camera near an Owls Head residence Friday morning, July 29. Katie Shaw was checking the camera that sits on her property when the image of the cat came across the screen.

“At first, I thought it was a normal cat, then I was like, oh my God, that is not a house cat,” Shaw said. “To see that was very shocking.”

The picture was captured at 8:18 a.m. near Shaw's driveway. She said she had been in her driveway 40 minutes after the photo was taken. Shaw lives near Knox County Regional Airport at the corner of Dublin Road and Ash Point Drive. The Shaws have the camera set up on their property to help keep an eye on a nearby chicken coop because they lost a handful of chickens to a fox. Usually what they see on the camera is foxes and deer, she said.

“It’s unsettling to know that something this big was by our house,” Shaw said. “We have an 11-month-old. They look intimidating.”

Shaw contacted the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, which confirmed that it is a bobcat in her images. She is waiting for a call back for more information, she said. She said she’s hopeful that the department will tell her the big cat just migrating through and is nothing for her to worry about.