Sunday’s Encounter, Part II

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I remain a bit astonished by the insouciance of the Bobcat that I encountered last Sunday morning.  The animal acted as if it couldn’t care less that I was there and at one point it approached within about 6 feet of me before I backed off.  It’s not as if the cat was trying to intimidate me.  To the contrary, the Bobcat seemed to accept my presence and acted as if a human standing in its path was an entirely normal event.

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I certainly wouldn’t have approached this close to one of these predators deliberately.  Bobcats do not regard humans as prey and this one didn’t seem to view me as a threat.  But, getting too close to any animal can provoke a defensive reaction and, in my judgment, I probably was too close to this cat.  However, one certainly can be lulled into a sense of security — albeit a false one — if an animal like this Bobcat walks within a few feet, sits down, and promptly dozes off!

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Images made with a Canon 5Diii, 400 DO, aperture preferred setting, ISO 1000, f6.3, shutter speeds varied.

One response to “Sunday’s Encounter, Part II”

  1. tkiiatmindspringcom says :

    I don’t think he was really asleep – I think he was just lulling you into a false sense of security!

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