Bobcat – January 2, 2010

Here are some more bobcat images from the start of the New Year.  Word has been spreading about my bobcat photography and I’ve been hearing from many people about other potential locations.  One of my goals this year is to photograph as many different bobcats as possible, even if that only turns out to be one.

“Young Male Bobcat”  –  Goleta, CA

“Cleaning Time”

“The Young and the Strong”

“Stopping to Smell the Flowers”

“Within the Green Carpet”

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4 Responses to Bobcat – January 2, 2010

  1. I still find it amazing that these bobcats live so close to people and allow themselves to be seen so readily. BTW, I have your calendar hanging in my office and have gotten lots of compliments about it.

  2. wildphotography says:

    Thanks for passing on the compliments, Scott!

    I think these encounters will get more and more common. These young have been raised in the presence of people and will be much more likely to take up residence in another area near people. As the generations progress, they’ll get more and more tolerant of people. The question is, will the people be tolerant toward them?

    • As long as the bobcats don’t pose a threat to people, they will be. However, if the cats start to take people’s pets, that attitude will change fast.

      Coyotes in the northeast have learned to live near housing areas. They don’t mind picking up a small pet as an easy meal which has the homeowners calling for their removal. Even if the coyotes were there first. Such is the way of things.

      • wildphotography says:

        Coyotes are interesting. They used to be restricted to the West, but have taken advantage of our presence and have rapidly colonized nearly all of the U.S. Presumably, lack of cover in the Great Plains prevented them from moving east, prior to the creation of Suburbia and artificially planted landscapes. The extirpation of mountain lions and wolves from most states probably didn’t hurt either…

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