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Accidental Encounter: Huge bobcat trapped

Accidental Encounter: Huge bobcat trapped
Posted at 9:03 AM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-06 12:24:55-05

(WMTV/NBC News) Will Sandberg was hoping to snare coyotes when he set traps on his Grant County, Wisconsin property. 

What he actually captured came as a surprise: a huge 35 pound bobcat.

Sandberg immediately called the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

"I knew the DNR was doing a collaring study in the area they're doing coyotes and deer and bobcats, so I thought I would call them and let them get it out of the trap," he says.

They showed up shortly after he called. They tranquilized the cat, weighed it and put a GPS tracking collar on it before releasing it back into the wild.