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OBSERVATIONS FROM THE

TREESTAND
By A.R. Peachey

T

HERE ARE VERY FEW critters as fascinating to watch as a bobcat. The way
they move and handle themselves is almost a work of art. I saw my first bobcat
about 15 years ago, and I've since lost track of how many I've watched.
Bobcats love the thick cover on my property. I've seen as many as five in one evening. And I've watched females with their kits in late summer and fall.
One summer evening, I was sitting in the treehouse and noticed a rabbit on the lane.
Something just didn't look right about it. Lifting my binoculars, I saw it wasn't a
rabbit, but a very small bobcat kit, just sitting there, looking around.
A few minutes later, its mother came out of
the brush, greeting the youngster by giving it a
thorough tongue-washing.
One year, I saw the pair of bobcats
throughout the archery and rifle deer
seasons.
Most youngsters are on
their own by December, and
weigh 15 to 17 pounds. But
this one must have been born
late or something, because in rifle
season, the kit still was with its mother
and couldn't have weighed more than 8
pounds, sopping wet.
We saw them every day throughout the twoweek rifle season, and watched them hunt for
food, working together as a team.
The mother would stay out on the shooting lanes and the kit would stalk through
the brush.
The mother would listen as the kit
moved within the brush, and she'd
sneak along the edge of the
lane to stay in line with
the kit.
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