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Animal encounters

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Well, here's a familiar sight that I haven't seen in a few mornings.

It's gotta be a cat! Cats are known for thievery. Possums go for food. Right?

Anyway, there are bigger creatures around here to be reckoned with. I was out for a walk this morning, in a deep, misty fog, the kind that clings to your clothes and dampens your hair. On this particular route, I pass a thick stand of woods, and on my way outbound, I heard a heavy rustling in there. Didn't give it a thought. But on the way back, there, lying down on the grass at the edge of the woods and focused intently on something in the underbrush, was a cat the size of a small deer, stripey grey with white spots on its ears! "What the heck are you?" I said to it. Did I have my camera? Of course not. That would've been too smart of me. But this is what it was: a Florida bobcat.

I crept slowly up the street toward it, to get a really good look before it spotted me. I thought carefully about the wisdom of passing behind it, then thought better of that and began slowly backing up the way I had come. It was still focused on whatever it was interested in. Then, suddenly, its head whipped around and its eyes locked on me! I put my hands on my hips and squared my shoulders, to make myself look far bigger than anything it might consider prey; said, "NOT prey, buddy!"; and continued backing up until I reached the end of the street, turned, and hotfooted it back home. It probably wouldn't have charged me, but any nocturnal animal out in the daytime, just lying down by the side of the road, seems suspect to me.

I wonder how far its range is?

I think I want a motion-detecting cam for Christmas!
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    What fun to see a bobcat, and you played it smart. We live in an area with the occasional wildcat and bear sightings, not to mention the usual assortment of raccoons, possums, skunks and civits.
    1919 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Wow! What an awesome sighting!! Great caution! You do NOT want to get in the way of a cat and its prey!! I second that in hoping THIS isn't the cat playing with your socks LOL!!
    I vote for a motion detecting cam too. Its the only way to capture your nocturnal predator at work ;)
    1921 days ago
    WOW! Your walks are really getting interesting! Bobcat is beautiful; but agree on the side of caution! I vote for the motion activated camera too! Surprised at some of the cat territory posts here. Fun.
    1921 days ago
    The bobcat would make a nice sock kitty. LOL. He is so pretty! And it's not like you would fight him for your socks. LOL. Actually we see lots of mostly nocturnal animals out in the day. In the woods it seems like they feel more comfortable to be out at other times of the day. Your big kitty probably lives close to there and was probably going to bed down soon when a nice bunny, mouse, or squirrel showed up for a bedtime snack.

    You need a motion detector cam. We love ours. Of course hubby is bad and filmed the Amish making our pole barn though I told him it is taboo to film the Amish.
    1921 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    What! Another Florida tourist attraction? What an interesting state. We took an airboat ride in Kissemmee and saw gators and the like. Went to Tampa's Tropicana Field to see stingrays in the tank. Saw dolphins in the wake of our boat near Clearwater. And of course the biggest mouse on 2 feet where you visited with your daughter.
    1921 days ago
    I hope that's not your sock kitty. LOL I'm glad you are safe!
    1921 days ago
    WOWZERS!!! A real live bobcat!!! That made for quite a walking adventure. I watch all the shows on Animal Planet and I have a very unhealthy fear of ever encountering FL's Everglade residents that wonder into communities like pythons, boa constrictors, and alligators. I guess I'll have to add bobcats to my list. At this rate, I'll never get to Disney.
    1921 days ago
    Well, it sounds like you need more than a camera!! Some protection may be warranted!!! That is a beautiful bobcat!! Did you get close enough to smell if he had sock breath???? emoticon
    1921 days ago
  • GABY1948
    ATTA NEED one (the camera)! You have a LOT of animals around! Maybe you should take something on your walk too like a billie club! Stay safe and I has to be a kitty...I think any wild animal would keep going with the socks...

    Until the NEXT clue! LOL
    1921 days ago
  • DMF2012
    Now that's an awesome encounter!
    1921 days ago
    I'm glad you had a positive experience with your bobcat. Hope all your animal encounters are positive.
    1921 days ago
    I've read that big cats have a 120 mile radius. I've seen the same feral cat at my house and my friend's who lives just 3km from me and wasn't surprised to see it there.

    1921 days ago
    Beautiful! I suspect you hve already been googling some cat research but even feral housecahave a range of MILES! Love the animal sightings! I'm sure this cat had it's sights on some rodent that was in the thicket....the early morning fog made for excellent you don't look like prey to me but I think you were wise to back track...wild animals are wild after all and respect is always wise!
    1922 days ago
  • LEB0401
    Oooh, I hope you get that camera for xmas! I can't wait to see who your sock thief really is
    1922 days ago
    Wow, I still like the kitty idea better. I lived in FLA six and a half years and never saw a bobcat. Saw plenty of opossums though including the one that came in through the pet door on my enclosed patio. Needless to say that was barricaded once we got rid of momma opossum and her babies.
    You had it right, don't mess with the wild ones!

    I think you have a great idea for your Christmas gift!

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    1922 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Wow, take care of yourself! emoticon
    1922 days ago
    Yikes! I'm glad that's not the cat playing outside your door! We had a bear in our neighborhood this summer. When I heard the stories from the summer renters I dismissed it thinking that it was probably a large dog. NO, I finally saw it myself. The game warden gave us the same advice as you followed, but for awhile I also carred a big stick on long walks.
    1922 days ago
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