They aren't really found in the southern part of our fine state, which is where I spend most of my time. Further north the ol' Bob-tailed Cat becomes more common, but still doesn't exist in very high densities (at least compared to other frequently cam-trapped critters).
Much like many Felines, they are also very secretive and sneaky. Slinking quietly through an area, leaving little evidence of their passing, unless one is lucky enough to find some tracks.
But we finally caught up with this Sneaky Bob!
Earlier in the Spring, the students on the wolf project had a few quick glimpses.
You have to watch this first video clip in its entirety....he/she doesn't show up until the very end....off to the far right.
In this second video clip, which is several minutes after the one above, we basically get a second. The 'cat is now on the far left and appears to be spraying a stump before moseying on.
In late July, however, we got a better clip of Sneaky Bob.
I haven't put alot of thought into it, but I do wonder why this species doesn't take to the more populated areas in the southern part of our state? Especially considering that out west they have acclimated to urban edges in parts of California (e.g., Santa Monica), Colorado, Arizona, and Texas.
I suspect these urban 'cats have access to some pretty rugged habitat immediately adjacent to the edge of Santa Monica (for example), which makes crossing over into the urban sphere pretty easy. At the same time, we have lots of rural and sparsely populated areas 'round here. Lots of "green space" and public natural areas....seems like there would be plenty access to the more southern parts of the state.
Perhaps it has to do with the fact that some of the states listed above have more arid environments. Thus, the 'cats are drawn into the well-watered greenspaces/lawns (and associated rodents) in urban areas. We aren't as dry here, but neither is Dallas/Fort Worth, and Bobcats apparently end up there.
Perhaps its only a matter of time?