Today I've seen two images of a bobcat. The first was on da Sheriff of the Canyon's blog (http://www.gilligansguideservice.blogspot.com/) and the second was in today's Sierra Sun newspaper (http://www.sierrasun.com/). So, I had to share my "bobcat" image in the blogisphere.For those who have never observed a bobcat in the wild; it is an exhilarating experience. They are reclusive & seldom seen. I was here in Truckee for about 20 years when I saw my first one along the "West Loop" of the Truckee river.
The one imaged above was seen "up close & personal". Three, late winter-early springs ago I was in my living room and heard a loud thump* coming from our back deck. I turned a saw this magnificent animal, on its haunches on my deck rail. It was almost robotic in that it was slowing rotating its head side-to-side. It was not more than 10 feet from my window. My camera was readily available. I grabed it and went to the patio door, hoping that he/she was still there, it wasn't. It was slowly walking up a snow-patch off our deck with its back to me. I hissed and it turned around &...I clicked the camera.
Thus far I haven't seen a mountain lion up here in the mountains. They are around because last year one was sighted about a 1/2 mile from my home and tracks were identified about a 1/4 mile away. If my heart was pumping when I saw the bobcat...I hope I don't pass-out when I seen lion in close.
* I later attributed the loud thump to the probability that the bobcat attempted to ambush (from a close-in tree) a squirrel or chipmuck that are frequent visitors since I live on the edge of the forest.