The bobcat family has been active recently. This is the mother bobcat, out on her own. She had probably stashed the kittens in a den.
At first, she looked like she was "all business", walking briskly past the camera.
A couple of hours later, the mother bobcat walked past the same camera again. This time, she carried a mountain cottontail rabbit, that she had just killed. She was carrying it to the den for her kittens to eat.
One afternoon last week (3:30PM on 10/22), a pair of bobcat kittens
came out of their den to check out the world. I love how dappled with
spots their fur coats are by comparison to their mom's coat. These are trail camera photos zoomed in on the kittens.
our last sighting of the bobcat kittens with their mom involved a skunk causing the family to scatter. After the skunk
passed, one kitten didn't reappear, even though the mom and the
remaining kitten remained in the area for hours. These photos tell me
that both kittens are fine.
I'm so happy that our world still has places where the wildlife can relax and just be themselves. Our neck of the woods is notably still that way because there's so little human "traffic" on the trails.
That's why I work so hard at training our dogs, especially focusing on being able to recall them away from all animals.
But, for today, I'm mainly happy to see that the two bobcat kittens are both fine!