Janice Hess, a resident of Newport Beach's Dover Shores neighborhood, snapped this picture Tuesday afternoon of a bobcat roaming near her house on Holiday Road. The bobcat was presumed to be the one known as Babe, who has been seen in the neighborhood in recent days and was believed to be pregnant.
On Thursday, a local expert who has been tracking bobcats in the area, confirmed the identity of the wild cat pictured as "Babe" the bobcat.
"This is definitely Babe," Dick Newell, a biologist and authority on bobcats who's been following their movements in the Upper Newport Bay area for more than a decade, told the Daily Pilot in an e-mail. Newell has a website ( www.octrackers.com/bobcat1. htm) where people can report suspected bobcat sightings and have their questions or concerns about the species answered.
"(Isn't she beautiful). You will notice the yellowish tag in her left ear... ," he wrote. "I would rather not opine as to whether she has given birth as I am afraid folks will start to look for the kittens, and that would not be in their best interest for a few more weeks."