Bobcats watching PGA Championship finale from sand dunes

Bobcats watching PGA Championship finale from dunes
No. 400 bobcat lives on the front nine holes of the Ocean Course
No. 400 bobcat lives on the front nine holes of the Ocean Course
Bobcat GPS tracking collar
Bobcat GPS tracking collar
Track of No. 400 bobcat
Track of No. 400 bobcat

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - As the final round of the PGA Championship gets underway, all eyes are on McIlroy, Pettersson and Woods. But those eyes watching the leaderboard don't just belong to spectators. There are another a pair watching from the sand dunes just off the 8th hole tee box.

"We have two of our female bobcats who spend time on the Ocean Course," said Jim Jordan, who works as a biologist for Kiawah Island.

A few miles away from the setting of the 94th PGA Championship, Jordan is tracking the moves of one of the feline's who lives on the front nine. 

"She's spending a good bit of time on the course," said Jordan.

The biologist initially thought Bobcat No. 400 would leave the area completely when thousands of people crowded the course for this year's final golf major. However, Jordan said she's done the opposite.

"She's spent a lot of time this week on hole number four and five," said Jordan. "It's pretty surprising."

As of Saturday night, the bobcat was nestled in on a sand dune looking over the 8th hole tee box.

"She's 115 feet from the 8th tee," said Jordan. "She's about 70 feet from the path where folks are walking. Tiger's probably getting close to eight right now and she might be out there watching."

Tiger and bobcat on the same hole. Jordan said Kiawah's Ocean Course may be the only place a pairing like this could happen.

Once an hour, the collar around the bobcat's neck sends a GPS location back to the biologists office at Kiawah Island town hall.

Jordan is able to watch the 14 pound cat's movements as it moves through the course.

"When I look at this data as it comes in on a daily basis, where these cats are and how close they are too people... it's great," said Jordan. "Obviously people have no idea."

Jordan and the Town of Kiawah Island are following the tracks of more than 40 bobcats. The GPS tracking study began in 2007.

The wild cats are captured in traps, using rooster's as bait, are sedated and fitted with collars. The GPS collars are programmed to send back locations of the bobcats at different intervals each day.

The Town's website said "more than 28,000 individual bobcats locations have been obtained to date."

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