We live in a 'fairly' populated area here in the Perryvale area. Not populated with cities and towns, but lots of farms, acreages and the likes scattered around the countryside. Even though it often seems like I'm in the middle of nowhere, I'm usually no more then 2 to 3 miles from the nearest house.
We do, however, have good sized blocks of 'government' or 'green' land scattered throughout the area. Much of it is muskeg - swampy like ground - unsuitable for farming, ranching or logging. It is VERY suitable for wildlife though and the area supports a nice population of deer, moose, elk, coyotes, foxes, black bears, wolves, martens, fishers, wolverines, cougars, and much more. Over the years I have had the privilege of seeing all of these and more (except a bear) while out with the dogs.
Today as we were trotting down a gravel road that passes through a big muskeg area I glanced down a unused road.
Hey...wait a minute...that's a .....
I hit the brakes on the ATV, locked them, and jogged the few steps back down the road to get a second look.
Please be there....
It was - in fact - it had a friend with it now. The friend glance at me for moment, turned sideways and leaped into the woods. The sideways view and movement confirmed my suspicion - BOBCATS!!!
I've seen bobcats from a vehicle on our drives north before, before but never while out with the dogs.
The second bobcat glanced at me a moment longer and then followed his friend into the woods.
I managed to snap off one quick picture - nothing to write home about - but nice to confirm the sighting!!
(For the record, the dogs never spotted them. A few seemed to figure there was something in the bushes, but I think the bobcats were too quiet to really get their attention!)