Residents of Stafford Township are being told to be on the lookout for a missing cat — but this isn't your average feline.
His name is Rocky and he's a 3-year-old, 38-pound bobcat. Rocky has been missing from his owner's house in the Ocean County municipality for more than a week.
Owner Ginny Fine said Rocky has been declawed and is usually timid toward strangers. But local police are telling residents to be careful, nonetheless. Traps have been set around the cat's neighborhood.
Fine told The Asbury Park Press she got the big cat in Montana and he isn't a danger to anyone. Police said Fine was issued a summons after Rocky escaped in October. He returned home after three days.
The bobcat, which is native to New Jersey, is listed as an endangered species by the state Department of Environmental Protection. With the help of several conservation groups, populations have increased in recent years.
Staff writer Wallace McKelvey contributed to this report.