Photo provided by Mark Davidson
Photo provided by Mark Davidson
Our readers sure are great! A couple of our great readers told us that they’ve spotted a bobcat or two in the southern part of the county and another reader brought proof! Mark Davidson said he’s been seeing bobcats in Montgomery County for more than five years. His first sightings were five miles west of New Market along the Sugar Creek corridor.
Davidson has more than 20 trail cameras set up as a hobby and shared pictures with The Paper of deer, turkeys, an owl taking out a hawk and most importantly to this discussion, BOBCATS! The one pictured is a large male photographed half a mile north of Davidson Greenhouse. Another photo shows a female with her kittens. It was taken in late summer of 2016 and Davidson says that it shows the summer coat of a bobcat that likely migrated from the south. He says the northern bobcats retain longer summer hair than the short summer coat of the southern animals. Davidson says that an adult male can reach 47 inches long and 27 inches tall.
He also said that in his estimation it’s going to be more and more common to see them around the county. His sister said one darted across Ladoga Road in front of her car and our editor Neil Burk had the same thing happen going south on 231 recently. Davidson even said he has had a bobcat pass as close as five yards away under his tree stand! They tend to prowl for small game around the same time humans are prowling for white-tail deer, it seems.
Thank you to Mark and our other readers for keeping an eye out and sending us these little bits (‘n’ pieces) of info!