Herrera shared the following message regarding the rare bobcat sighting:
This bobcat was observed at the C&O Canal in DC! iNaturalist doesn’t show any observations in the area, and the last documented bobcat in the district appears to have escaped (but is now returned) from the zoo. So this is quite the find!Herrera confirms that he works on on "big DC Wildlife survey (DC Cat Count and Wildlife Survey) using camera traps. This photo was taken when I was surveying the C&O Canal." The camera which captured this rare big cat sighting is one of the several which were installed in the city by organizers of the DC Cat Count. This $1.5 million three-year effort was implemented to document the lives of feral cats which are found roaming around the city. Clearly, this was not the feral kitty they expected to see! The Washington Post spoke with Herrera, who was obviously taken aback by this rare and beautiful sighting. Typically in his line of work, Herrera will observe ordinary wildlife, such as deer, foxes, or the occasional beaver or otter. "All of a sudden there was a bobcat… my heart skipped a beat," Herrera told the Washington Post.