Bobcat Sighting in Mission Canyon

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Bobcat Sighting in Mission Canyon
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I saw this posted to my neighborhood's NextDoor and wanted to share with anyone who leaves their small pets outside in the Mission Canyon area. Most of us that live here already know this but at times we can all get complacent, so a gentle reminder.

"Was sitting on friends terrace just before dusk tonight  with my 3 lb Yorkie. at my feet. When I looked up, saw this "cat" sitting 8 ft away watching us. 
I got up, holding the dog, and moved towards It, thinking it was a lost cat. It casually walked 20 ft away to sit in the bushes and watch us. As it moved I saw its' bobbed tail. 10 minute staring contest between us, finally strolled off when I went into the bushes near it.
Any idea if it's a young bobcat that doesn't know to be afraid of humans?
Or just a very hungry one?"

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Sail380 Aug 06, 2021 12:23 PM
Bobcat Sighting in Mission Canyon

Just doing what they do. Hunting and grooming at dawn and dusk. May have seemed unafraid as it had a planned escape route incase it sensed it was in danger.

Minibeast Aug 06, 2021 03:07 PM
Bobcat Sighting in Mission Canyon

That first pic is a great photo. A 3-lb Yorkie sounds like perfect Bobcat bait to me. Now the tiny dog owner knows not to let her dog outside EVER without being right smack dab next to it. Like ankle to ankle next to it.

a-1628319891 Aug 07, 2021 12:04 AM
Bobcat Sighting in Mission Canyon

Even the thumbnail photo on the home page made me think the Bobcat wasn't doing well. I hope it at least has access to water.
Agree with ankle to ankle closeness to small pets. Here we go again: It's a bad drought. EVERY pet is in danger. Lost 2 cats and a dog, among other coyote attacks, on a street near Monte Vista School, San Roque, a few years ago.
Be aware, be careful.

FollowingScienc... Aug 07, 2021 09:37 AM
Bobcat Sighting in Mission Canyon

Lovely photos of our local wildlife, thank you. Suspect this little bobcat may be drought-stressed, in addition to having found what it perceived to be a potentially easy prey/food source.

No Yorkies outdoors without extremely close protection.

It would be nice to provide sources of water on the periphery of your property for of our stressed birds and wildlife, thank you.

biguglystick Sep 26, 2021 10:25 AM
Bobcat Sighting in Mission Canyon

Beautiful young bobcat! We can easily and peacefully coexist with our wild neighbors with NO problems, if we keep our pets leashed and/or enclosed properly. Never let your small pets outside to roam freely at dusk, even if you are in the yard with them. Hungry wildlife are looking to survive too. Love this beautiful photo of the young cat!!!

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