Professor David Cassuto on bobcat sightings in Westchester


Pace Law School professor and expert in animal law offers insight

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, February 3, 2012 – The spotting of what has been reported first as a mountain lion and then a bobcat in the environs of Pleasantville is a rare occurrence.  While large animals in the New York metropolitan area are usually limited to an overabundant deer population, the suburban areas do host coyotes, foxes, and bobcats.

David N. Cassuto, JD, PhD, is expert in animal law, board member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and founder of the Animal Blawg (, a blog focusing on animal law, policy and ethics. Said Cassuto, “While it’s understandable that some people find it unnerving, the appearance of this cat is a victory for biodiversity. Any actions taken should account for both the opportunity and the risks that such animals embody. Those actions should also comply with the law. It bears remembering that car travel presents a far greater danger to people than this cat ever will. So, if there is indeed a mountain lion in our midst, we should celebrate nature’s resilience even as we take common sense measures to safeguard both people and the cat(s).”


Professor Cassuto is available for comment. Contact Cara Cea at 914-906-9680.


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One Response to “Professor David Cassuto on bobcat sightings in Westchester”

  1. Nora Paul Budziak Reply 04. Feb, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I am in Ulster County in the Town of Ulster. In mapping a 4.5 mile area of forest and wetlands I have spoken to many about the fauna in this Urban area. I have been told that there is a full compliment including bear and cat. I know there are both gray and red fox as I have seen both. What can you tell me about this area? I can glean information from Fish and Wildlife and Hudsonia but given your interest it would be nice to know more.