OGDEN -- Maybe it was attracted to the wildcat logo, or perhaps it was auditioning to be the football team's new mascot.
The more likely explanation for the presence of a live bobcat at Weber State University's Stewart Stadium, however, was a cozy shelter and a tasty meal or two.
On Wednesday, campus police spotted the furry feline perched on a rail at the stadium. They brought in a state wildlife official, and after looking around the premises, they found a likely reason for the cat's presence -- a small shed with a floor littered with pigeon feathers.
Officials had hoped to capture and relocate the animal, but it ran away and hadn't been seen again as of late Wednesday afternoon, said Phil Douglass, spokesman for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
"It just took off, and a lot of times in these cases, it's never seen again," he said.
While he wasn't aware of any past bobcat sightings at the stadium, Douglass said many of the animals live along the Wasatch Front.
"They're around the Ogden area. It's rare to see them because they're so secretive, but they are definitely around."
The university has been advised to clean up the shed so that it's not accessible or attractive to wildlife, he said.
Bobcats and mountain lions are the only two species of wild felines found in the area. While wildlife officials have relocated mountain lions found in or near residential areas in the past, Douglass said he has never heard of a situation that required the removal of a bobcat.
"There's really no public safety issue here," he said. "If we've moved them in the past, it was more for the safety of the bobcat."