Bobcat caught swimming far from shore at Flathead Lake during fishing tournament

Posted at 6:53 PM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 16:08:36-04

A few anglers were surprised to find a bobcat swimming far from shore on Flathead Lake on Sunday.

Bob, Bobbi and Brett Hereford were fishing in the annual Flathead Lake tournament when they saw a young bobcat shivering and struggling in the water.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe Fishery Specialist, Cindy Mack, says the bobcat was quite a way off shore, and that the boaters were concerned for the animal.

They netted the animal, took it to land near Finley Point, and released it.

Mack adds that it’s not uncommon for bobcats to swim close to shore, but this cat was far from safety.