Could the bobcat, North America\u2019s most common wildcat, become the country's next big urban pest?\u00a0With the ability to adapt to new environments, bobcats can thrive almost anywhere, maybe even in your own backyard.\r\n\r\nAccording to a report by the Associated Press, these wildcats have been spotted making their homes in suburban areas, small towns, swamps, and corn fields. Apparently less elusive around humans, bobcats seem to understand that there is no shortage of food in cities. Their growing population is now\u00a0triple what it was in the 1980\u2019s; there are\u00a0an estimated 3.6 million nationwide according to a study published in the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBobcats have been the focus of research by wildlife ecologist, John Litvaitis, for almost 40 years. Litvaitis created a website dedicated to the resurgence of the bobcat, specifically in\u00a0New Hampshire. The website features hundreds of amateur photographs of the sly cats being found sprawled out on lawns, stalking small animals such as squirrels, and seeking after\u00a0their next meal.\r\n\r\n"Complaints about bobcats preying on domestic chickens have increased, requests from the public to trap and relocate bobcats have risen, and instances of road-killed bobcats have become common throughout the state,\u201d said Patrick Tate, a\u00a0wildlife biologist with New Hampshire Fish and Game Department in AP\u2019s report.\r\n\r\nTate added, \u201dMany people enjoy seeing them, but for others they are a nuisance.\u201d\r\n\r\nWith that, the major conflict arises: is their increase in population a success story to celebrate or a threat that must be dealt with?\r\n\r\nWhile their appearances have been rare, there was a bobcat attack on a Blue Ridge hiker at Virginia's Humpback Rock just last July. According to an article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the bobcat pounced on a man in his early 30s who was able to fight back as his hiking companion sprayed the bobcat with their bear spray, forcing it to flee.\r\n\r\nVery few\u00a0of the roaming bobcats are showing intention to harm humans though, as seen in the video below showcasing a family of bobcats in Plano, TX.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhether it be an outrage or a solution, many states have bobcat trapping and hunting seasons made legal through the granting of a permit to regulate their growing\u00a0population size. For more information on what the laws and regulations there are in your area, look to your state's Wildlife Resources Commission.