Thursday, November 11, 2010

Greeting the Bobcat

Alice Cat was tracking something in the junipers this morning. As I watched her creep up carefully to the juniper bushes, out jumped a bobcat!! It didn't jump out in attack mode, but seemed to be just as curious as Alice was. Alice quickly trotted off to the side of the house. The bobcat followed for a bit then they both quickly disappeared.

At first I thought it was a baby mountain lion, but a little research seems to indicate that it's a full grown bobcat. It was about twice the size of Alice and looked just like the one in this photo:

We don't see wildcats very often, just 3 in the last 10 years.

Not to worry, Alice was back in time for breakfast and all the chickens are still accounted for!

It's always interesting here at Wild Kingdom!


  1. Wow! Did Cutie Pie see it? Too bad you didnt have your camera! I'm sure they'll be more encounters!

  2. What a handsome Bobcat, and lovely photo too! We have Bobcats that wander through the property here on occasion, and I love seeing them (the chickens and turkeys aren't so fond of them though). Glad your Bob didn't grab any chicken to go!

  3. @Ara, yes, Cutie saw it, but she did NOT get to go out an say "hello"!
    @CVFarm, My hens are well protected. We have too many carnivores lurking around! I can't take credit for the photo. I wasn't quick enough with the camera (too busy grabbing the bb gun!). The link above the photo will take you to the original photographer for proper credit. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. you're really lucky that Alice survived that encounter.