Thoughts on bobcats
January 3, 2010
In addition to direct questions on the subject, I’ve been noticing a lot of hits on this site related to the topic of bobcats and their tracks.
While I’m hoping that the hits are merely for curiosity or done by nature lovers, I debated before beginning this post because I hate to think of unnecessary hunting or poaching of the species. Nevertheless, I’ll give you all the benefit of the doubt and talk about my experiences with bobcats.
A few days later, while hiking on Limberlost Trail I noticed my first real sign of a bobcat, the tracks.
Bobcat tracks in snow were easy to follow, but I was never able to find the animal itself.
In my experience, bobcat tracks are very close in size and shape to an average house cat. Although they are somewhat active during the day, I found most signs appeared overnight.
It wasn’t until March that I found my first bobcat, rather by mistake. Despite actively seeking one for months, I found this one only when it ran in front of my car on Skyline Drive. Luckily it was the perfect subject. The photo at the top of this post was one of my favorites that was a personal highlight from the book project. In case you’re wondering where it’s been all this time, it’s been in the book! This is the first time I’ve put it online.
If you spot an animal that you think may be a bobcat, keep an eye out for the tail.
As a sidenote, it’ll also be part of an online “Guide to SNP” that is being assembled by others. I’ll let you know more about that another day.
Finally, if you’re one of the Googlers for “bobcat footprints,” “bobcat tracks in snow,” “bobcats in Shenandoah” or any of the other bobcat searches I’ve been getting over and over, what else do you want to know? Let me know in the comments.