Unique Encounter – Male bobcats seen together

As the title of this post indicates, we had a completely unexpected sighting of the two male bobcats together.  The two bobcats were the father and his son.  Bobcats are well known for their solitary lifestyle, apart from mating and the mother raising the young.  I have been unable to find any other record of an adult male tolerating the presence of another male.  This sighting makes me wonder if he knew that the young male was his offspring and that’s why he wasn’t chased away.  The younger male actually ran up to his father and playfully head-butted him in the side.  We were anxiously waiting for the adult to snap at the youngster, but he just abled away with the young male following closely beside him.  What an amazing thing to see!

“A Window into their World”  –  Adult Male Bobcat ~ Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

“Father and Son”  –  The adult is the bottom bobcat.

“Bored Bobcat”  –  The adult didn’t want to play, so the youngster got bored following him.

“Young Male on his Own”

“Flying Leap”


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