Dr. Gordon Ellmers was out with his camera looking for birds along the Hudson River. Nothing unusual about that. He goes out often and gets lots of great pictures. But, as he was coming north on CR 113 in the Town of Easton things got interesting. He was surprised to see a bobcat cross the road ahead of him. Then startled to see a second cat come out of the woods to greet the first. The male and female circled each other, growled and apparently liked what they saw, soon trotting off together. Ellmers, leaning out the window, was able to catch the action in ten quick shots. Check them out on his facebook page.
Gordon Ellmers photograph
Bobcats are notorious loners, stealthy and seldom seen. But the hormones of mating season make them restless and bring them together. Combine that with the sparse vegetation of late winter and it may be the best time to see our only remaining native cat.
Cats are mammals in the order Carnivora, family Felidae. There are four genera with 37 species. The genus Panthera includes the big guys: lions, tigers,leopards and jaguars. In the Felis genus are 30 species ranging from the puma and bobcat to your friend who fills the litter box - F. catus, the domestic cat. Our house cats appear to have differentiated from the African wildcat (F. silvestris) some four thousand years ago. Some consider them the same species as they can and frequently do interbreed. Today there are about 30 breeds of domestic cat.
Sprinkles - wild no more
New Swamp Road in Kingsbury