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Tom Steinstra's Outdoors: Bobcat photos: In your backyard and beyond
San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com ^ | May 01 at 12:52 pm | Posted By: Tom Stienstra

Posted on 05/01/2012 7:25:50 PM PDT by thecodont

The time is now to see bobcats and other wildlife.

In some cases, they might be as close as your own backyard.

In response to last week’s story about the surge in bobcat sightings this spring, Chronicle readers reported many new encounters, including bobcats with newborn kittens.

Four Chronicle readers, Carl Skornik, Jeff Dauber, Bart Selby and Dan Fredrich were able to capture photographs of the animals and contributed them for this gallery.

Dauber’s photos came from his brother’s backyard in Cupertino, adjacent to Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. The photos were taken from inside the house looking out, of course.

“This particular bobcat seems to come back to have her litter each year,” Dauber said.

Skornik had a similar experience, “I have them in my backyard all the time,” he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: bobcats; california
Backyard bobcat.

Nice kitty.

1 posted on 05/01/2012 7:25:59 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont
I don't think this picture is of an indigenous bobcat. It looks more to me like a special breed, a savannah cat who got loose and became feral.

We have indigenous bobcats in Ohio but they don't look much like this spotted prima donna.

2 posted on 05/01/2012 7:34:21 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

I agree - the first one (and again in 9) isn’t a bobcat and it does look like a Savannah. Two, three and four are bobcats, five - 8 looks more like a cougar. Picture 10 is a bobcat.


3 posted on 05/01/2012 7:41:13 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: hinckley buzzard

That first one looks more like a lynx, with the ear antennae. Also, bobcats aren’t that elongated and narrow. They’re a bit more foreshortened and stubby and not that orange either.


4 posted on 05/01/2012 7:42:54 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
Suburban Bobcat rare sighting; 3 in one back yard:


5 posted on 05/01/2012 7:45:27 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: thecodont

my husband took the coolest picture of a bobcat in a field. When you look at the picture all you see is the milo unless you look really closely and it’s face just seems to jump out at you.


6 posted on 05/01/2012 7:56:21 PM PDT by tiki
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Oh I wish I had a couple of those babies prowling around my place!

Even just one!!


7 posted on 05/01/2012 8:05:02 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Jerry Clower said a Lynx is a souped up wildcat.

I think wolves and bobcats are the prettiest animals in the wild.


8 posted on 05/01/2012 8:23:24 PM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
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To: Terry Mross
My pick is squirrels (rats with furry tails) and raccoons. I would say hedge hogs if we had them here. NOTHING is cuter than this hedge hog! (this video is like a potato chip.. You can't watch it just ONCE!):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw-IAYxu5uo

9 posted on 05/01/2012 8:50:14 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

clever


10 posted on 05/01/2012 9:22:44 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: All
Lots around Tucson. From our dining room window on a hot day -


11 posted on 05/01/2012 10:06:33 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: az_gila
The cubs can be inquisitive just like house cats -


12 posted on 05/01/2012 10:14:11 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: thecodont

Photo #1 looks like the bobcats we have in the foothills of S. California — lots of spots, lean, back legs larger than the front. Sometimes we’ve heard them yowl at each other — the big dog took off after one recently thinking he’d catch it.

One “nice” kitty kept shooting back and forth across the trail we were hiking on teasing and driving the dogs crazy for about a mile — it shot out of the bushes on one side, tracked us down the hill and then shot out on the other side. It did this several times until it finally took off across a parking lot.


13 posted on 05/01/2012 10:17:42 PM PDT by Bon of Babble (The Road to Ruin is Always Kept in Good Repair)
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To: Bon of Babble

They WILL mate with your domestic cats. Make really beautiful cats, but they won’t sit on your lap.


14 posted on 05/01/2012 10:24:39 PM PDT by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: WVNan
I think our domestic cat was too stupid to mate - he didn't realise he was dinner...


15 posted on 05/02/2012 2:14:35 PM PDT by az_gila
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