Claire Brennan and Sara DiBiasi were driving home a couple of weeks ago when they spotted what they thought was a deer in a field by Town Farm Road and Shewville Road.
When they slowed their car down they were very much surprised to see it was NOT a deer but a Bobcat. The Bobcat appeared to be eating his/her dinner and not really minding the car that had stopped to admire it.
Bobcats are most active just after dusk (this was almost 4 p.m.) and right before dawn. They are very secretive, solitary animals that are seldom observed. They do not mate for life and have a travel radius up to 20 miles for a male, 1-4 miles for a female. They specialize in catching rabbits as their main food source, but when food is scarce they have been known to take down a sick or injured deer.
Bobcat attacks on people are virtually unknown, (but be cautious as they are wildlife!) and not a significant vector of disease. They rarely contract the Mid-Atlantic strain of rabies that is the one raccoons contract.
Enjoy the Wildlife we are so lucky to observe since we live in a rural area. And please share here any pictures of wildlife in the area you have taken.