My son, Ryan, mentioned, oh- by the way, I saw that giant cat a couple weeks ago. A couple of weeks ago?? And he doesn't tell me right away? Dogs, cats, chickens, and KIDS have wandered around in danger?
He said at first he thought it was Twinkle's boyfriend, the neighbor's tall, tan, standard poodle. Then realized it walked different than a dog and took another look realizing it was a huge cat. The trappers had told us it might come back and that we should call them back if we saw signs.
I wanted to be sure, since it was NOT cheap to have them out to set traps last fall. We spent a few hundred dollars on catching oppossums, but no cat.
Our first step was to climb up high and look out over the valley and down the trail to make sure it wasn't waiting for us. We wanted to see footprints, not the cat itself! Since there were no leaves, and the trail was quite wide, we could see all the way to the highway. We didn't cross the creek to go deeper into the woods, we stayed on the big, open trail.
She carried a big stick and we made lots of noise. The cat seems to only be seen around dusk, so we figured mid day was a good time to look.
She decided that she would be a Knight in Shining Armour and the Big Giant Cat, or Bobbed Cat, as she calls it, was really a dragon. Her stick was a sword, and we were ready to search out the dragon's liar.
The snow was too spotty to show footprints. We didn't even see any prints from deer, and I know we have dozens of those out there. We did find poo, and I took some photos of it, so we could compare it to pictures of cat scat online. I'm sure you can imagine that part without me showing you the actual pictures.
After doing some research, we found this, which fit perfectly with what we saw:
Identify bobcat scat by noting its size, composition and location. Bobcat scat ranges in size from about 2 to 6 inches in length and is usually less than an inch in height. It is often but not always segmented, and looks very similar to the feces of domesticated cats, except that it is slightly larger. Bobcats tend to leave scat in the middle of a road or trail or at an intersection or a turn in the trail. It is believed they do this as a method of marking territory and communicating with other animals.
Look for other possible signs made by bobcats. Bobcats will sharpen their claws on trees, and claw marks can often be see in tree bark. Bobcats will scrape dirt or snow over both their urine and feces. Claw marks may be seen from this covering, as well as from when they make scratches in the snow when rubbing their glands over an area to mark territory.