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This gorgeous cat was seen by myself and two of my teen nature enthusiasts while walking this evening. It's coat is gray-tan with dark spots. You can see how well it camouflages in this habitat. "The bobcat is muscular, and its hind legs are longer than its front legs, giving it a bobbing gait." The tracks can be seen at: and the scat at:


Along a coastal scrub trail up on a hill near sunset. "it ranges from southern Canada to northern Mexico, including most of the continental United States. The bobcat is an adaptable predator that inhabits wooded areas, as well as semidesert, urban edge, forest edges, and swampland environments. It persists in much of its original range, and populations are healthy." - Wikipedia


The cat was right next to the trail and ran when it saw us. It stayed right at the bush line for several minutes before finally retreating. When we returned on our way back, it was back at the bush line and just watched us go by.

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26 Comments (1–25)

Thank you!

Seema 11 years ago

great pics..

Beautiful!! and great pictures!! You are so lucky to have seen it in person... I LOVE Bobcats, thank you for sharing.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago


KarenSaxton 11 years ago

Love the edit job. Nice photo!

alicelongmartin 11 years ago

Good job of revamping.

gatorfellows 11 years ago

What a great spotting to share with your fellow hikers. Thank you for sharing with us too. :)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 11 years ago

You really can see him better; his facial expressions in particular.

Wow, thank you everyone! I cropped the images a bit and added contrast as suggested. Now you can see this beauty a lot better :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Wonderful series! I would love to see one in the wild!

Smith'sZoo 11 years ago

I love your bobcat Cindy!

alicelongmartin 11 years ago

I am partial to Bobcats because of the one that visited my garden in Florida!

alina 11 years ago

what an awesome spotting!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago

Oh what a great experience! I love this spotting!

Jeannette 11 years ago

Great spotting and yes easy to miss because of the colours....

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 11 years ago

Simply Gorgeous!

Aaron_G 11 years ago

I've found some of the neatest things when I didn't have the appropriate lens on the camera. Isn't that always the way? All that aside, I think you did a great job of capturing the moment with the bobcat. Don't know how I missed this one originally. :-)

LuisStevens 11 years ago

Congrats Cindy! Beautiful find!

LarryGraziano 11 years ago

Spectacular Cindy!!! These animal's are so shy. I have seen two and wished that I had a camera. You were so lucky!

Thank you Karen and Ashley :)

AshleyT 11 years ago

This is a great series! So nice of him to hang around for you to get lots of pictures :)

KarenL 11 years ago

Fantastic spotting Cindy!

Thank you Victoria, Emily and Ava! It was a special moment to spot this cat with my two girls.The Ranger stopped by shortly after and I showed him the photo on my camera. He'd never seen one there before :)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 11 years ago

Wow! What a spotting! Nice series.

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Beautiful Spotting Cindy! Love it!

Escondido, California, USA

Spotted on Dec 1, 2012
Submitted on Dec 2, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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