That is the question. Whoever said there is no such thing as a dumb question was wrong. This was a dumb question. It is a bobcat with 100% certainty, but that doesn't stop some ignorant people from making the opposite argument. Reading the comments will make your brain hurt, so don't do it on a July 4th hangover. Not sure why the Chronicle didn't do 10 seconds of reporting and talk to a mammalogist. It is not like there is a lack of mammalogists in the area, but maybe this is part of the "lamestream" media's obsession with there being two sides to every story even when one side is demonstrably false just so that they cannot be accused of a liberal bias.
UPDATE: See clarification in comments