Part of the Bay Area News Group

Archive for the 'Bobcats' Category

Bobcat peeking from behind tree in backyard, “I see you!”

Bobcat behind tree in backyard: “I see you!” Photo by Bonnie Smith, Livermore, CA
1bobcat bonnie smith livermore

A few weeks ago my husband and I were eating dinner, and a small bobcat walked by, about 10 feet from the window.  He jumped the fence, but I managed to snap his photo as he looked back at us from some trees, his face spotlighted by the setting sun.

A very special moment.
Bonnie Smith, Livermore, California

I like a yard where bobcats feel it’s OK to drop by from time to time! My kind of place. /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Under: Bobcats | 2 Comments »

Bobcat visits a Carmel Valley backyard. Great photo!

Backyard bobcat. Photo by Jeanie Wakeland, Walnut Creek, CA
1bobcat jeanie wakeland wc

Bobcat visits a Carmel Valley backyard

We were visiting relatives in Carmel Valley on Sunday (March 11) when my aunt and I looked onto her patio, which backs up to an open space. We both saw a bobcat strolling along the cement bench on her patio. The cat looked about 30 to 35 pounds and seemed quite at ease. It strolled along the bench and then hopped the back fence.

Outside of a wildlife exhibit, I’d never seen one this close. My relatives said they’ve never seen one in their yard before.
Jeanie Wakeland, Walnut Creek, California

I get a lot of mail from my readers, complaining about neighborhood cats prowling around around in their backyards. I think this raises the cats in your backyard problem to a whole new level. Actually, I think it’s pretty neat! Anytime you can get a closeup look at a bobcat is a special time! Thanks for sharing this photo with us! /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
Under: Bobcats | 1 Comment »

Bobcat stares down photographer on Mount Diablo

Bobcat keeps a close eye on the photographer. Photo by Allen Bengtson, Concord, CA
1bobcat allen bengtson concord

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

Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2011
Under: Bobcats | 2 Comments »

Bobcat kittens up a ‘tree’

Bobcat kittens up a high voltage power pole. Photo by Patti Jones, Janesville, CA
1bobcat kittens patti jones janesville ca

These young bobcats were up the telephone pole in the early hours in Janesville, California. Everyone was stopping to check out the spectacular sight. Patti Jones wondered why all the cars were stopping in front of her house. She took the photos. The last kitten came down in the evening. The photos are wonderful.
Kate Robertson, Susanville, California

Those three bobcat kittens were lucky they didn’t get zapped from those high voltage lines! Beautiful animals, aren’t they? /Gary

Bobcat kittens up a high voltage power pole. Photo by Patti Jones, Janesville, CA
1bobcat2kittens patti jones janesville ca

Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2011
Under: Bobcats | 2 Comments »

Bobcat: Ever wondered what a bobcat looks like? Check it out.

Bobcat with ground squirrel. Photo by Mary Anne Johnson, Oakley, CA
bobcat, mary anne johnson, oakley

From time-to-time when I collect enough photos from my readers, I like to give you a closer look at some of our shyer local wild creatures. The ones you don’t normally see, unless you’re lucky.

Today, let’s take a look at some bobcats.

The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is 30-50 inches long, stands about 20+ inches tall and weighs 15-30 pounds. It is the most wide ranging native wild cat in North America, and there are a LOT of them in the San Francisco Bay Area. They are also very secretive and most people are surprised to learn they’re even around.
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2011
Under: Bobcats | 2 Comments »

Don’t use rodent poisons: They can also kill other animals

Rodent poison can also kill bobcats. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
bobcat brian murphy wc

Many wild creatures living in the urban interface are impacted by eating poisoned rodents. That includes coyotes, bobcats, gray foxes, great horned owls, barn owls, red-tailed hawks, red-shouldered hawks, and raccoons, just to name a few.

I looked at some d-con for mice off the shelf at Rite-Aid.  Near the bottom of the label under Environmental Hazards: “Predatory and scavenging mammals and birds might be poisoned if they feed upon animals that have eaten the bait.”

But who reads labels these days.

The Victor Fast-Kill rodent poison just says “it may take 2 or more days from the time of bait consumption for these rodents to die.” They say you can use the stuff indoors or outdoors! The box says nothing about secondary poisoning.
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Under: Bobcats, Gray foxes, great horned owl, Rat poison, Red-tailed hawk | 1 Comment »

Yosemite bobcat with a fat (slow) squirrel in its mouth

Yosemite bobcat with fat squirrel. Photo by Mary Anne Johnson, Oakley, CA
bobcat, mary anne johnson, oakley

I took this photo in Yosemite on the trail going to Yosemite Falls on Sunday, August 15.  It was about  8:30 a.m. We were the only ones on the trail when we spotted the bobcat running alongside the trail.  Then he ran right in front of us and into the rocks on the other side.  It was very exciting.  I had two visitors with me from France and they were enthralled.   The day before my son saw a sign telling people not to feed the squirrels because they become fat and the bobcats can catch them easily. Sure enough, this is (or was) one fat squirrel.
Mary Anne Johnson, Oakley, California

Mary Anne:
Look at the legs on that cat! Long, lanky, and fast enough to catch even a skinny squirrel! Thanks for sharing your photo with us. /Gary

Posted on Friday, September 10th, 2010
Under: Bobcats, Squirrels | 1 Comment »

Bobcat: Can you find the bobcat in this picture?

Bobcat photo by Andy Marino, Sunol, Calif.
bobcat sunol renee marino

We thought you might enjoy this picture of a bobcat, taken as our family hiked through Sunol on Feb. 27. It was on the trail to Little Yosemite. My husband Andy Marino took the picture. Enjoy!
Renee Marino, Sunol, Calif.

Great bobcat photo. I particularly like this because it illustrates how you usually see a bobcat in the wild. You have to REALLY look for it. The picture above is how the bobcat looked when you guys spotted it and your husband took the photo. Now click on “Read the rest of this entry” below to go to the next page where I’ve blown up the photo so you can get a better look at that BIG kitty.
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, March 5th, 2010
Under: Bobcats | 2 Comments »

Bobcats: These BIG spotted kitties can even take a deer!

Bobcat by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA.

A bobcat looks like a larger version of a housecat, but there the similarity stops. These wildcats are truly “wild” in every sense of the word. I once had a 4-pound baby bobcat chase me up onto the top of a table. Now THAT’S wild!
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
Under: Bobcats | 1 Comment »

These beautiful bobcats are on the prowl


I get a lot of mail from readers who want to know what a bobcat looks like.

Sometimes they send me photos they’ve taken of large cats in their backyards that they think are bobcats. They aren’t. Up until now, at least, the photos have always been of large domestic neighborhood cats that have come into their yards.
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
Under: Bobcats | No Comments »