Monday, August 19, 2013

Have Water & They Will Come ~ Bobcats, Bears, and All Kinds of Critters

Our leaking water faucet continues to attract a number of birds, and many other animals, including this large bobcat. And before we got our taller fence up, a black bear came by a couple of nights, trampling around, leaving paw prints in the mud. More about that in another post. In the above picture, the cat sees me and begins to slowly walk away.

Being a cat, he feels compelled to make me understand that I am but a slight annoyance in his daily routine.

So he sits and scratches behind one ear. Not a second look my way, he sits, superior and calm, scratching. 

Then turns and walks off up the hill and disappears behind the junipers.

I enlarged this last picture so you can see the size of this cat. He hung around for a few days, left his calling card outside our bedroom window ~ it smelled like house cat x 10, at least.

Oh, my, says the cottontail rabbit, I get so scaredy, so scaredy when I see that big cat, I run, I hop away and hide in my hidey hole. 

I agree, says the hare, better known here as the Jack Rabbit. Coyotes are bad enough, but cats are much, much worse. Stalkers they are, and ambushers too, yes they are, they are.

I'll fly away, says the bird.

I'm so quick, says the chipmunk, ain't no kitty gonna catch me! Come on you big kitty you, just you try! 


Just as I finished writing this, Samson was barking his special large wild critter alert bark, so I ran outside to see what's up, hoping to catch a glimpse of that black bear from a safe distance. The above is an older picture of Samson, but this is what he was doing, trying to climb the fence, alternating with climbing the picnic table, barking ferociously all along. It was the cat again, sauntering away through the dry grass as if he had not a care in the world. 


  1. How dare you disturb that poor kitty?


  2. Wow Inger you have quite the Cat waterer growing on I truly wish I was there to see all the activity. I LOVE the wildlife as you know. When we first moved to the farm there used to be Jack Rabbits as big as a child in the fields I often thought it was a child but the coyotes pretty much finished them off never to return I miss them. Great shots. Hug B

  3. Good thing Samson is there to protect. Loved all the photos of the critters.

    I don't trust wild cats, either, or wild dogs or bears. That's why I don't camp in the bush.

  4. that bob cat knows "he is de man" and in charge... and all those other precious birds and rabbits better take to the air and underground... he is a beautiful the rabbits big long ears.

  5. very cool sightings, but scary, too! for you and your dogs! be safe!

  6. Long-leggity bobcat . . .

    fun story - thanks.

  7. What a fun (scaredy) post. I do believe the cat has adopted you! What an attitude - so cat like! You are right about that!

  8. The size and the coloring on the bobcat almost make it look more like a mountain lion that has a bobbed tail. Every bobcat I have seen is more grey, but that could be time of day and photo coloring that makes him look so tan. Big cats and Bears, I think I would run a hose off a little further in the brush for them and away from Samson.

  9. Our friends used to have a pet bobcat named Roberta Pussycat. She was fine, but I don't think I'd like to be near a wild one!!

  10. Wow, awesome. Please stay safe.

  11. Wow, that's a huge bobcat. The ones we saw around Aspen Meadows were much smaller and they were spotted. The coloring in the pictures looks more like mountain lion to me. Did he/she have spots? Or maybe, they don't all have spots just the variety in the Santa Ana mountains. Now I'm curious so I'm off to google bobcats. Have a great day!

  12. These pictures tell a great nature story. Cats! What can you do?

  13. I will post pictures of the other bob cats we that have come by here in a day or two. I didn't want to say mountain lion, because I am not sure. He would not pose in profile, then I would have been able to tell by that boxed look. Sort of square. This cat has a very large head for a bob cat and also that tawny color. I hope to get a better look at him if he returns. Anyway, I wanted your opinions, then we'll see. The rest of them have all been spotty and smaller.

  14. That cat is definitely letting you know who is boss. It has no fear of you at all.
    How nice of you to provide a water source for the wildlife. Better than putting out food.

  15. Oh, my! That's a lot of critters! Be safe!

  16. I love that even the big wild cats have the same attitude as domestic kitties. Funny that he had to make sure you knew he saw you as nothing more than a minor nuisance.

    Also love the hare's ears! How cute. I'd love to see all these critters outside my window. :)

  17. My goodness Inger, you DO live out in the wilderness! A virtual zoo you have around you.
    What a beauty of a cat! I am not sure what I would do if I saw one of these near the house.
    Great photos by the that Jack Rabbit!

  18. Hi Inger .. well I'm glad you've got a taller fence - but just wonderful to see wildlife all around you.

    Love the photos and story line .. cheers Hilary


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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