Mon 24 Nov 2008
While on my deck enjoying the sun around 2 p.m. Saturday, I looked down and spotted something moving in the grass near the cars parked at the foot of my front steps.
After first using a pair of binoculars to confirm that the animal was a bobcat and not just a large housecat, I quickly got out my camera.
I’ve seen a bobcat hunting around my cabin before — and even shot a photo of it — but this was my first chance to photograph one at fairly close range. That was a thrill.
Although rabbit and hare are the primary fare for bobcats in other parts of the country, this member of the lynx genus also hunts small rodents, as well as insects, and even deer in some regions. Their numbers are fairly stable in most of the United States despite heavy hunting in some places.
The subspecies of bobcat common to this region is the Lynx rufus Californicus. The adult male averages three feet in length, including a 4- to 7-inch bobbed tail, and is about 15 inches tall at the shoulder.