Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Yosemite bobcat

During our three week trip to California, we spent three nights at Yosemite. One evening I walked around taking wildlife pictures.

As I was leaving the hotel room, Eric said "I'm not sure what you expect to see, you already have a ton of deer photos." I replied something to the effect of "You never know. I want to see a bobcat." The night before we had caught a glimpse of one before it ran into the woods so I knew they were in the area. 

After walking around for an hour I was getting discouraged and it was starting to get dark. I decided to make one last tour around a meadow near the lodge. As I was walking through the meadow on the paved trail, I came around the corner, and there was a bobcat. I was so excited, I have always wanted to see a bobcat or a lynx. I took as many photos as I could before he disappeared into the meadow. I didn't want to chase him or scare him, so I stayed on the meadow edge. I walked around the meadow slowly for an hour but never saw it again. The few minutes I got to see it were amazing.

I love how this photo shows the tufts of hair on its ears.
This is the best photo I got of it looking at me.

Bobcat facts (source
  • Their tails are 2-8 inches long
  • They can be found from southern Canada, throughout the United States, and into northern and central Mexico
  • Bobcats are carnivores and prefer an all meat diet. Their food of choice is rabbits, but they will also eat birds, lizards, rodents, snakes, and carrion. On occasion they have been known to kill deer.  
  • Predators of the bobcat include mountain lions, coyotes, foxes, owls, wolves, and humans.
  • When they are not active they will rest in hollow logs, a rocky den, a cave, a low tree branch, a boulder or some other covered shelter.
  • Bobcats can live to be 13-15 years old in the wild.
  • Bobcats generally weigh between 15 and 30 pounds. Males are larger than the females. Their body length is 20 to 50 inches. 
  • Bobcats often ambush their prey by waiting motionless and then pouncing on it.

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