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Bobcat stares down photographer on Mount Diablo

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 6:28 am in Bobcats.

Bobcat keeps a close eye on the photographer. Photo by Allen Bengtson, Concord, CA
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Here’s a photo of a bobcat I took on Stage Road in the Mount Diablo foothills. It is rare to get one of these cats to sit still. I was about 60 feet away and it sat in that pose for a good 20 minutes. It was about 9:30 a.m. Maybe it was resting after a busy night but it showed no fear and was in no hurry to leave.

I live in Concord and spend 6 out of 7 mornings up on Mount Diablo or the foothills. What a treasure right here in our backyard.
Al Bengtson, Concord, California

I’m surprised it sat still for you that long. Usually you don’t even see a bobcat when it’s in the area. I call them “ghost” cats. They’re very shy. Lots of them around. Most people don’t even realize we have them in the area. The feral house cats do, though. Bobcats prey on them.

Mount Diablo is indeed a treasure. A beautiful natural island right in our backyards. Need to escape from life for a while? It’s right up there … beckoning. Time to go take a walk. /Gary

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2 Responses to “Bobcat stares down photographer on Mount Diablo”

  1. Patrick Says:

    I’ve seen one on Mt. Diablo and three at the Round Valley Regional Reserve.. A big male stopped and watched us, about 30 ft. away.. I happened to run across a smaller female hiking the Hardy Canyon Mine Trail. She was stalking a ground squirrel and didn’t hear me.. Once she saw me, she ran off.. Beautiful cats!

  2. Patrick Says:

    Woops, and the third one was sunning itself on a rock in the afternoon sun.

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