Caught on camera: Bobcats lurking in East Tennessee

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WHITE PINE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Coyotes have been popping up across East Tennessee, but there's also another wild animal to watch out for. Bobcats are on the prowl, according to one man in White Pine.

While they're not seen as often, White Pine local Joe Jaynes caught a bobcat in action.

His neighbor spotted it in White Pine.

"He said you've got to see this big cat, the house cat," Jaynes said.

But Jaynes knew it didn't belong at a home.

"As soon as I got a glimpse of it I knew, that's not what this is," he said.

And just down the road, another White Pine native caught bobcats on camera. His trail cam spotted them in October.

The wild animals aren't new to the area, according to Jaynes.

Jaynes said, "Some people, old timers, I've heard them call panthers."

But, they're more common than you may have expected.

The cats prowl at night and feed on small rodents, but you should also keep an eye on your pets.

"I think their major thing might be with pets," Jaynes said.

If you want more information on how to spot a bobcat, click here.