I've been searching in my Annadel State Park for over four years now and finally saw a bobcat!
I had just concluded my mountain bike ride, had come down the long fire road at the end and pulled up to the horse watering trough to fiddle with my bike computer and see how far I had went. A lady was standing there with her mountain bike. After a moment or so she said to me "Are you here to see the bobcat too?"
"Right there in front of us in the shadows. See the long tree lying down..." and she proceeded to put me on the cat. It was less 40 feet from us crouched down in the grass and brush with not a care in the world as to us or the other people passing by. In the shade it looked like a grey rock, perfectly camouflaged. All I had with me was my little point and click and trying to see in that LCD screen a dark image, well all I could do was point in the general direction and hope for the best.
I told the lady my story while we watched the cat. How I've been waiting all this time to see one, where others I meet on the trails have seen them, and how many times I've heard “Oh you should have been here a minute ago”. And even my running friend’s recent sighting of a mountain lion.
Just after the below photo she got up and walked off into some denser brush. It is in this general area I have had people tell me of seeing a cat so I suspect this is her territory. It made both of us wonder how many times we have been by this water trough with the cat right there, perfectly hidden, watching us.
We introduced ourselves and Kim asked me if I would help her put her bike up on the bike rack of her car and went on to explain that she has muscular dystrophy and it is difficult for her to do. It was only when at her car did I notice that her mountain bike had a battery pack on it wired to an internal motor within the hub of the rear wheel. The battery motor assists her on the up hills and she then flips a switch on the controller mounted to her handlebar for the down hills where coasting along helps recharge the battery. Amazing! Her bike was quality made full suspension Santa Cruz mountain bike that she had specially adapted for her needs. She said she found a man in Colorado with the same affliction who had converted a mountain bike for a battery assist which encouraged her to do likewise. I wish I had taken a picture of her mountain bike but I was still recovering from bobcat fever. But I am sure we will meet again as she’s out there on the trails of Annadel every week she told me. I admire this woman not letting her condition keep her from doing what she loves.
"Thank you Kim for the bobcat".