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Feline Friday - My Bobcat Adventure

Posted on Thursday, 7 February 2013

Please Note:No large zoom lens was used while taking these photos. I had my standard 18 to 35 MM lens on. We were literally face to face! I was approximately 2 to 3 feet away at the most! A few times I got so close and my camera failed to fire! 
 They are very good at hiding. I could only find him and get a shot when he moved.
I apologize for the quality of the images but this big guy was crouched underneath a huge bush protecting his kill. It was around 9 am in the morning, and the sunlight was just starting to peek around the corner of our house which faces east. This guy was pretty good size. I would estimate his weight to be around 25 to 30 lbs.

 In the second photo if you look very closely he is walking toward me. It is very hard to see but he was easily 24 inches from shoulder to ground. They are very beautiful and exciting to see. To get a photo like this is extremely exhilarating. The adrenaline rush is incredible. Normally these cats are very illusive and it's rare you will see one.

However, in the last few years, the bobcats around here have become very comfortable with people. They no longer fear us.  They were protected by law until last year. Now they are over populated, hungry, and becoming more and more aggressive.

With increased population, the drought, lack of food sources, and, exposure to everyday human sounds, as we live in a lake resort area, the newer generations coming along have little to no fear of humans. Some times they will run but many times they firmly stand their ground. It's a good rule of thumb to always keep a shotgun handy, especially, during the late evening, and early morning hours!
~Mine stays loaded and I always have extra shells!~

Walter got home yesterday afternoon and his company is in the process of locating a DR. for him to see about his surgery. It will be nice to have him home for such a long period of time. Please keep him in your prayers. He has two hernias and both are in dire need of attention!
~We both hope everyone has a great weekend!~
~Happy Feline Friday!~

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