You never know who\u2019s walking around late at night. Earlier this month, a bobcat passed through one yard in the north section of town, and it probably wasn\u2019t the first time, nor will it be the last.The bobcat was caught on a game camera operated by Rich Conklin and Nick Cavoto, who participate in town-sanctioned hunting on private property. Conklin did not want to be more specific about the bobcat\u2019s location in deference to the owner of the property where he hunts.He said the sighting is\u00a0not unusual.\u201cI\u2019ve seen them live and on camera in the last several years,\u201d said Conklin, who is a police detective in Stamford. He described himself as an avid outdoorsman and sportsman. \u201cIn recent years they seem to be making a comeback in this area. I\u2019ve seen them much more frequently than inyears past.\u201dHunters use game cameras to see if deer are moving about in the area where they keep their tree stand. Deer and bobcats share similar habitat, since bobcats will prey on young, old, or weak deer. More often they feed on roadkill, rabbits, woodchucks, squirrels, mice, voles and birds.\u201cIt\u2019s a really beautiful animal,\u201d Conklin said. \u201cI\u2019ve also been seeing fisher cats in the area and wild mink, and beautiful hawks and owls. We\u2019re really blessed to have such opportunities in these rural areas that are adjacent to urban areas.\u201dHe also noted bobcats are a protected species and thus may not be hunted.\u201cIt is just a beautiful animal,\u201d he said. \u201cThe ones I\u2019ve seen in the woods, they\u2019re so sleek and they move so quietly, almost ghostlike. It\u2019s one of my favorite animals.\u201dConklin lives in Norwalk near the Wilton line. \u201cI am so happy to be affilated with [the hunting] program. There are a lot of nice people involved and nice property. Hunting is just one part. I like being out andobserving nature.\u201dThe hunting program Conklin referred to is one in which the town encourages private property owners of large parcels to allow on their land bow-and-arrow hunters who are approved by and signed up with the town. It is estimated more than 1,000 deer live in Wilton.\u201cThe deer had a rough winter but through spring and summer they have done very well,\u201d he said when asked about the condition of the herd. \u201cThe deer herd does look healthy out there. It was a very cold winter with a lot of snow on the ground, but the ones that have survived have fattened up and I\u2019ve seen a lot of fawns.\u201dFor information on bobcats, visit http:\/\/1.usa.gov\/1LXtu9d.For information on deer hunting in Wilton, email the Deer Management Committee at Deercommittee@wiltonct.org or call the office of environmental affairs at 203-563-0180.