Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Nature Through My Eyes - Bobcats!

I miss my Bobcats!  After living in Tucson AZ for 25 years, Bobcats were just part of my yard.  A wash (slightly depressed path where water ran when it rained very hard) ran behind my house with no fencing and was a corridor for a lot of wildlife. 
On hot summer days just after I watered down the flagstone patio, a mother Bobcat would bring her cubs and cool off.  Somedays, she would come to drink from the small pools in the stone and stretch out by the back steps.  I loved watching from inside my enclosed Arizona room while I created jewelry.  These are wild animals that seldom bother humans and in Arizona we’ve learned to coexist! 

 





 
Bobcats are found at all elevations, especially in rimrock and chaparral areas, and in the outskirts of urban areas where food is generally available.  My house was in the Catalina foothills and a perfect place for them to visit. 
*       They can jump 12 ft. high and are often heard walking on the flat rooftops of the houses or curled up under a tree in the Southwest.  They feed on small mammals and birds including domestic birds and rabbits. And they eat lizards, snakes, and small pets, including house cats.   Living in the desert among wildlife means being responsible for house pets.  Domestic birds, dogs, and cats need to be kept inside the house if they don’t want to become possible food!  Bobcats are not considered a threat to humans.  They are graceful creatures with their rich tan coats and dark spots.   
The End....well really The Side! 
Just had to include this picture!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Nature Through My Eyes - Bobcats!

I miss my Bobcats!  After living in Tucson AZ for 25 years, Bobcats were just part of my yard.  A wash (slightly depressed path where water ran when it rained very hard) ran behind my house with no fencing and was a corridor for a lot of wildlife. 
On hot summer days just after I watered down the flagstone patio, a mother Bobcat would bring her cubs and cool off.  Somedays, she would come to drink from the small pools in the stone and stretch out by the back steps.  I loved watching from inside my enclosed Arizona room while I created jewelry.  These are wild animals that seldom bother humans and in Arizona we’ve learned to coexist! 

 





 
Bobcats are found at all elevations, especially in rimrock and chaparral areas, and in the outskirts of urban areas where food is generally available.  My house was in the Catalina foothills and a perfect place for them to visit. 
*       They can jump 12 ft. high and are often heard walking on the flat rooftops of the houses or curled up under a tree in the Southwest.  They feed on small mammals and birds including domestic birds and rabbits. And they eat lizards, snakes, and small pets, including house cats.   Living in the desert among wildlife means being responsible for house pets.  Domestic birds, dogs, and cats need to be kept inside the house if they don’t want to become possible food!  Bobcats are not considered a threat to humans.  They are graceful creatures with their rich tan coats and dark spots.   
The End....well really The Side! 
Just had to include this picture!

2 comments: