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Animal sighting today that I never expected! I was coming back from picking up takeout, and as I was pulling into the driveway I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. Glanced over, and sitting on top of the gate of our backyard fence, staring straight at me, was a bobcat - must have been 30 pounds (at a guess; it looked about three times the size of our ten-pound house cat.)(Indoor kitty, thank goodness!) and it stayed in place long enough for me to see that its black-tipped tail was longer than I expected. After a few seconds it jumped off into the backyard, then up and over the fence and into the row of trees dividing us from our neighbor.

I didn't quite have time to grab my phone to snap a pic...especially what with hyperventilating from excitement. I know bobcats are pretty common everywhere, but all growing up in rural New England I never caught a glimpse. Definitely never thought I'd see one here - we're in the suburbs, a more wooded neighborhood to be sure, and there are forested parks nearby, but there are houses or driveways on all sides here. One of our neighbors saw a coyote in the common drive earlier this summer, but no one's mentioned wildcats.

We've had a lot of (very tame though technically wild) bunnies around here, but haven't seen many in the past month or so...guess I know what's happened to them!

Now I can't stop peeking into the backyard, just checking...


Sep. 18th, 2016 10:29 am (UTC)
Haaah, well, given we have toddlers in the house, I don't think attracting bobcats would be that sound an idea! (don't believe they're known for attacking people but they're cats, after all, gotta watch out for those opportunistic predators...) The odds of even seeing it again are low, but still...so thrilled to be sharing the neighborhood with a genuine wildcat!
Sep. 18th, 2016 10:58 am (UTC)
That would make no difference to my father. He has cockatoos that tear the garden to pieces. He's spent 30 years taming all the local wildlife until everything comes to him to eat from his hands. Possums, wallabies, bandicoots, dragons, every time of bird, you name it. He's like the meanest tempered, hyper critical, codgery old Disney princess you've ever seen.

Seriously, he wouldn't give a flying fuck if your toddlers got eaten. People? Fuck 'em. But he'd have that bobcat eating out of his hand in a couple of years.

Edited at 2016-09-18 10:59 am (UTC)
Sep. 18th, 2016 08:45 pm (UTC)
He sounds like a slightly terrifying Doctor Dolittle...