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A mother and her three kittens cross the road in front of Crivitz’s Jenna Schroeder on June 22.

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CRIVITZ – On her way to work Tuesday morning, Jenna Schroeder got more than a glimpse of rarely seen woodland dwellers: a bobcat and her three little kittens.

The mother came to the edge of Kottke Road, about 10 miles southeast of Crivitz, and Schroeder slowed down and slid forward before stopping.

“She sat there and kinda looked at me and realized that I wasn’t going anywhere, so she had to feel safe enough to take her little babies across the road,” said Schroeder said.

She got out of the car and started recording.

“It was pretty cool to see,” she said.

Videos show the four bobcats venturing out, the mother and two of the kittens stopping in the middle of the road. The mother paused for several seconds, apparently looking at Schroeder, before picking up one of the kittens and carrying it to the edge of the woods.

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The second followed a few yards behind and disappeared into the tall grass.

During those few seconds, the third kitten, which had stopped in the middle of the oncoming lane, ventured into Schroeder’s lane and stopped again, crying for mom.

“The third one, he just lay down and waited for mum to pick him up,” Schroeder said.

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A mother and her three kittens cross the road in front of Crivitz’s Jenna Schroeder on June 22.

Green Bay Gazette

The mother looked at Schroeder again for a few seconds before going out and grabbing the last kitten “by the scruff of the neck” and dragging it a few feet before picking it up and carrying it into the woods.

The four to five minute encounter took place just before a ridge in the roadway, so Schroeder was a little nervous about oncoming traffic, she was ready to signal an oncoming vehicle to stop, but since it was around 8:45 am, she guessed that most of the people had already gone to work.

Schroeder was quite surprised by what she witnessed, noting that she is an avid hunter who spends most of her free time fall archery hunting.

“I saw another bobcat in person, but they’re so sneaky… actually took the time to get them across the road.

Janet Brehm, the Peshtigo area wildlife supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, called the footage “definitely rare.”

“We don’t get (video) too often of lynx kittens moving around, so that’s pretty cool,” she said.

Research conducted several years ago showed the bobcat population in the state to be much higher than previously thought, Brehm added, noting that they are more of a nocturnal animal, but that bobcats can certainly be spotted during the day.

“We get calls (from the public) every now and then, the female allows (her kittens) to be under someone’s deck,” she said. “They don’t really like being around humans… they’re always quite fearful, but every once in a while it’s ‘oh there are kittens in the garden’.”

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