Saturday, March 6, 2010

I knew Richardson had a few cougars....

but turns out The Reservation has a bobcat too!

8 comments:

  1. That's a pretty photogenic bobcat. Did you take that? Was it in Mimosa Park?

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  2. I didn't take it, it was actually a guy named Tom Calvert. He sent it in an e-mail with this attached:

    "This morning at 9AM, the doorbell rang. A woman said she saw a bobcat stalking a squirrel in our front yard (at 1217 Mohawk), but that the bobcat went down the driveway as she came to our front door. She was worried that we may have a cat or a small dog (we don't), that would be easy prey.

    I got my camera and the bobcat went over the back fence down toward the creek. I managed to get the attached picture. Don't know if the bobcat would attack humans.

    Cheers, Tom"

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  3. Bobcats will attack people if they have cubs or if you are walking a smallish dog. When they get this far into town, they get a little defensive, disoriented, etc...

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  4. Yep, a few years ago, I took this photo (3rd photo) through the window of my wife's office of a bobcat immediately outside. Like Tom, we live in the Reservation (on Cheyenne), and we see wildlife all the time. The most common land predator we see are the coyotes (see this series of photos, although we have seen the occasional fox as well. Note: all photos were taken in my back, side, and front yards.

    I agree that small animals are at risk - I won't let my cats outside unless I am out there with them - although the predators tend to move away when approach by an adult person...especially one that is yelling loudly ;-). I've wondered what could happen in the case of the preteen kids who play in the creek, if they spooked a pair coyotes :-0 well, one consolation is that the kids are usually extremely noisy, giving the coyotes plenty of warning to steer clear of them...

    Bill

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  5. Yeah, about a year ago I had a coyote trounce through my front yard in the middle of the day like it was nothing at all. He didn't look rabid or anything, just scrawny, and when I called Animal Control they basically told me I was on my own. They said they are rarely able to actually catch them and when they do they have to drive them all the way out to East Texas (?) where they release them.

    Even scarier though, my friend Amanda spotted a Chupacabra walking right down Waterview in The Preservation. Copy and Paste the link for pics:

    http://www.livingmagazine.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=63

    INSANE!!!

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  6. LOOOOOOL!

    Actually, we had ol' chupacabra in our bad yard a few months ago, and 2 Animal Control officers witnessed it...it seems that when a coyote gets the mange bad enough, all the hair on the animal falls off, and it looks just like the chupacabra photos in your link. The fact that it was with another normal looking coyote is proof that the hairless one really is a coyote.

    I don't think the Animal Control officers were worried about it, since, without hair, the animal has a very hard time surviving winter anyway (so they said)...

    Bill

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  7. In our "bad yard"? I must live in a "bad neighborhood" ;-) Oops.

    Oh, yeah, about being on your own, yes, they have a very hard time catching coyotes. You may have seen at my URLs the photo of the injured coyote in my bad, er back yard. As it turns out, I found out later that even on just three legs, the coyote outran the law for two more days before they cornered him in someone's backyard - a mile and a half away...

    Bill

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  8. Um, Bill, it's totally a chupacabra and not a coyote, duh, look at his little ant-eater-weasely-snout, only Satan knows how to make those.

    NOT A COYOTE!

    :)

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