Bobcats in Forest Park (Lynx Rufus)

Bloged in Nature,Portland by mark Friday December 8, 2006

Yesterday, I was preparing some packages for mailing in the office and getting labels made. The office window looks right out from the PC corner. At one magic moment, I saw something BIG shadow by in the corner of my eye. I looked out to see what I thought was a LYNX just outside RUN to and LEAP into a nearby tree after a squirrel (there were had been two right there a few seconds prior to this fighting on the groung)……………..he missed them, slowly retreated and mosied off across Ed’s field right in the sun………and finally off into the Park.

I didn’t KNOW there are NO Canadian LYNX here……………….all we have in that park are BOBCATS .. (Lynx Rufus)……………..but their appearances are SO very different, it’s hard to think I saw a bobcat………….at first. All four paws looked enormous, the tufts on his ears looked very tall. He was stocky and I am SURE weighed MORE than 90 pound Mac:
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Yep, it’s a web shot. You KNOW I didn’t budge when I saw THIS thing outside the window. I didn’t want to budge inside that window afraid he’d see me and run. No camera was close.

I called Audubon ……………and GUESS WHAT ??? The Wildlife Care Center confirmed that a while back (she wouldn’t say when) a CANADIAN LYNX was seen in the Forest Park area near OUR address………….it WAS someone’s PET and had gotten loose. But that had been a year ago or longer.

Audubon is going to check with people they would KNOW to call, and see if any other sightings have happened….. I hope they call me back. OH WELL.

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