Lacamas Heritage Trail - "I thought I saw a (Puddy Tat) Bobcat - I did, I did, I did."

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 I thought I saw a Puddy Tat Bobcat along Lacamas Heritage Trail - I did, I did, did!

I felt just like Tweety Bird today when I spotted a big cat on the trail ahead of me during Lacamas Heritage trail - I thought I saw a Puddy Tat (Bobcat) I did, I did, I did.a run. My dog Mac, had been pulling on his leash and sniffing frantically at the brush when the cat suddenly came into view. It had a short-bob tail, long hind legs and tufted ears.

Naturally,  I was a bit startled, and once it ran off the trail and out of view, I started doubting my eyes. "I thought I saw a Puddy Tat Bobcat." But, did I? Do bobcats live around here? Do they roam about during the daylight hours?

I've been running on Lacamas Heritage Trail year round for about five years. In that time, I've seen deer, rabbits, and a variety of water fowl and critters - but never a bobcat. Furthermore, they're not listed with the other area wildlife on trail information boards. 

Fortunately, when I got back to the parking lot, a Camas Parks employee was performing  maintenance. When I told her that I thought I saw a Puddy Tat Bobcat along the trail (Mile 1 & 1/4 from the Goodwin Road Trailhead), she smiled and nodded - according to her, I did, I did, I did!

"Sure," she said enthusiastically, " you bet there are bobcats around here, bummer you didn't have a camera."
Argh - no kidding. Apparently, it's quite unusual to see one. That's due in part to their elusive nature and caution around humans. However, during winter months, you have a better chance to spot one because their prey is more active during the day. 

Lacamas Heritage trail - I thought I saw a Puddy Tat (Bobcat) I did, I did, I did. 

Once I got back home, it didn't take long to "Google" bobcat sightings at Lacamas Lake. Sure enough in 2007, the Lacamas Shores neighborhood HOA issued a warning to its residents. That summer, several homeowners reported seeing a bobcat on their property. Folks were advised to keep cats and small pets indoors until the wild cat moved on.

There aren't any other Internet reports of bobcat sightings along the Lacamas Heritage Trail. Therefore, it really is a shame that I didn't have a camera, or my iPhone, in the pocket of my running jacket. Although, as fast as it happened, I'm not sure I would have been able to get a shot - especially with Mac pulling on the leash with curiosity.

It sure has made for an interesting morning and a fun subject to explore. Yes, the winter months in the Camas area certainly bring some unexpected delights from nature. The next time, "I thought I saw a Puddy Tat  Bobcat on Lacamas Heritage Trail", I'll know for certain, I did, did, did!

Lacamas Shores is a great neighborhood along the Lacamas Heritage Trail - if you're interested in looking for a home in this wonderful outdoor setting, I'd love to be your guide. Let's explore your options.


                       Here's a short video about the neighborhood.


          

 


 

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Cindy Jones
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They are beautiful cats but not one you want either you or your dog to tangle with.  Sorry you couldn't get a photo of the one you saw but at least you know you weren't hallucinating.

Dec 12, 2011 09:28 AM #3
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Anita Clark
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Wow...that's a bit scary Debb.  Glad both you and Mac made it back safely.

Dec 12, 2011 09:28 AM #4
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Hi Q-man - I must admit, it did get my heart rate up. Although, they are not known to attack humans and are quite cautious of us - for good reason. I think we're one of the only predators of the adults. Coyotes and owls apparently target the cubs. At any rate, beautiful animal and I wish I could have seen it for a longer period of time.

 

I know, you don't automatically think "wild cat," but the size and features quickly tips you off - this is not a Puddy Tat! They are beautiful - Bob. That's the name alright. Good to see you Alexandra.

Dec 12, 2011 09:30 AM #5
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Time for a can of Mace on Debb's belt.

Dec 12, 2011 09:47 AM #6
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Cathy Criado
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I'd be all freaked out for sure! We get javalinas, ducks, owls, racoons, and possoms. Behind our house there is a "super highway" - a green belt lot that runs up into the hill country,through our yard, and then down through miles of un-devloped land that has become parks and such for tens of miles. I keep freaking out when my little bity 5 lb terrior drags in a snake, a bird, a squiirrel... eventually the owl or the racoon is going to get him.

Thanks for sharing your adventure with us today.

Dec 12, 2011 10:01 AM #7
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Nancy Conner
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Well that makes for a pretty exciting run for sure!!  And probably a wonder your dog didn't pull you off onto a chase!!  :)

Dec 12, 2011 11:13 AM #8
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True that Cindy, I was actually embarassed to ask at first. Lol. It's because I've never heard anyone talk about bobcats in the area before. I hope my blog post will draw some locals out of the wood work, so to speak. :)

Dec 12, 2011 11:16 AM #9
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We had one in our yard not too long ago.  It was BEAUTIFUL!  All I could think of was, "WHERE'S MY CAMERA??"  They are lovely creatures, but again, there wouldn't have been enough time . . . (hi, honey, hope you're well)

Dec 12, 2011 11:20 AM #10
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Kristine Ginsberg
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Debb - that was an exciting run! Here in NJ we see bears, rattle snakes and yes, we  have seen an occasional Bob Cat! What's funny is the first time I saw one on a nearby hiking trail I questioned myself too. But then I saw him again and I was right. I love when I see unusual animals on my hikes- makes them more of an adventure. The only thing I'd worry about is Mac running up to one - that's my worry because I'm usually with Lucy!

Dec 12, 2011 01:17 PM #11
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Debb,

I had clients interested in a home in north east Scottsdale last summer and the listing agent cautioned everyone against going to the barbeque area in the back yard.  It was a big sunken area with seating all around, a fireplace with a tall masonry chimney and a built-in grill, etc.  A  female bobcat had a litter of kittens in the unused fireplace.  We saw her come over the wall around the yard, and  stood upstairs and watched the kittens play.  They are so very beautiful.  My client offered but did not win the bid for the home.  I later learned that once the kittens were old enough, she took them elsewhere, the fireplace wasn't the quiet nursery it was when she moved in. 

Dec 12, 2011 02:12 PM #12
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Hey Debb, loved reading this, & we have'em too here in "somewhat" very urban OC, CA.

Our H.S. mascott in my city is the "Wildcat"...from the obvious bobcat.   That's one thing... yet if you're out runing, hiking or whatever, (it's only happened to me once, hiking with a group) and YES, it/they  certainly gets your attention!!!

Dec 12, 2011 02:15 PM #13
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Anita, it was startling to be sure, but I've researched them and they are very shy of humans, although, Mac could have caused a problem - I think he was as surprised as I was...fortunately. :)

Ha Steve, I used to have a stalker (radio thing) - and did carry mace - years ago. Not as afraid of critters as I am a weird person.

Cathy - little dogs are quite vulnerable to critters. We have coyotes, big owls and hawks around our neighborhood too and I always worry about the tiny pets in the neighborhood.

Nancy - I think it surprised him too. :)

Dec 13, 2011 01:17 AM #14
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i get to see bobcats on my mountain bike rides at Wilder State Park north of Santa Cruz, CA  They are such coo animals.  it is always a treat to see one...

Dec 13, 2011 01:49 AM #15
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Debb, I would have scared out of my mind if I saw one in my path while I was out running. You certainly have a very interesting and exciting neighborhood with all that wild life.

Dec 13, 2011 02:00 AM #16
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Hi Mimi - miss talking to you sweetness, but I know you're busy, busy - how fun to have your girls for Christmas! And planning b-day bash for your mom too - plus writing, work, etc. I'm exhausted thinking about it. Ha.

Yes, this guy moved rather quickly, by the time I stopped running, grabbed a camera, he'd have been out of range. 

 

Kristine - rattlesnakes in New Jersey, I would have never guessed. That's amazing. Since I grew up in Alaska, I'm used to seeing a lot of wildlife, it's just surprising to see a creature that you normally don't see pop up out of the blue. It was quite a cool experience - and now I hope we see him again - although, not Mac. 

 

Marge - that would be something, I'd love to see the cubs, they look adorable in photos. I guess the more we encroach on their territory, the more we'll see them in ours. 

Dec 13, 2011 02:23 AM #17
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Debb,

A bobcat and you are with your dog and you had no issues. WOW. That is very incredible. You must be living right or something. I like he way you tied in our tale with real estate.

Dec 13, 2011 03:57 AM #18
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OK, Debb, I'm jealous! How veeeery cool and what a PERFECT PERSON to be given the opportunity to catch a glimpse, especially considering how spooked he/she could've been by Mac! So, forgive yourself for not having the camera (who does that while they're running anyway??) and I see you saw the "bigger picture" in that you got to have a magical moment.

This does not compare, but Jenna found a weasel once, and it really took us some time to figure out what it was exactly, as you only saw this little batlike head poking out of the woodpile, but FIERCE--oh my! It would take too much time to find the photo, but we did get one. And then, like you, I ran home and researched it!

Dec 13, 2011 05:36 AM #19
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I need a festive hat. All the women have festive hats.

Dec 13, 2011 10:07 AM #20
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Lynda, it's amazing to see these guys pop up when you least expect them.  Today, I ran again, hoping to see it with a small camera in my running jacket. (Not a darn thing) Lol. Mac (my dog) didn't sniff anything either.

Pete, they are cool animals. Actually, most are, it's ones on two feet that cause most of the trouble.

Jerry, a cougar would have scared me to death - they are nasty. Bob cats are pretty timid around people. ( Mac was the uncertainty)

Hi Bob, I think it might have been a different scenario if I hadn't been there with Mac. Although, Mac is NOT an alpha, he is quite mellow and might have been too afraid of the "big kitty." :)

 

Dec 14, 2011 09:08 AM #21
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Gayle, you "hot redhead" I wish you'd been running with me. It was a real treat. I think Mac is pretty timid too ( of things he's not sure of...) therefore, he's real brave sniffing brush, but was just as surprised as I was. He looked at me as if to say "What the heck is that?" 

I'm sure a weasel was more potential trouble than this bob cat. :) Cheers.

 

Steve - yes you do. Go to Picnik and get yours today. :)

 

 

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