Police: Polk County resident photographed bobcat

Authorities say a Polk County resident has photographed a large cat that animal experts say is a bobcat.

Des Moines police say in a news release that the resident took the photo Wednesday night. State agencies have confirmed it’s a mature bobcat weighing about 20 points.

The photo shows the bobcat sitting next to an elevated gnome.

The state Department of Natural Resources says bobcats do not pose a threat to humans. The creatures disperse from their young around this time of year to look for food.

Residents have reported multiple sightings of a possible mountain lion in the area. Police responded by searching near an Altoona elementary school on Wednesday, and checking a Des Moines apartment complex on Monday.