Monday, 26 January 2015

US SIGHTINGS: It's been a big week for bobcats in Fremont

POSTED: 01/09/2015 03:18:58 PM PST0 COMMENTS| UPDATED: 11 DAYS AGO

FREMONT -- With Mission Peak Regional Preserve not far from the cozy cul-de-sac where Ravi Masand and his family live, he has seen enough bobcats on the hiking trails to know it when he sees one. Or two. This week, Masand looked out the back window of his home and saw a bobcat -- or two -- looking back at him. During three separate encounters, he spotted one bold bobcat that appeared to be a mere kitten within 20 feet of his back door and another that appeared verygrown-up.

It's possible that the bobcats of Alameda County have started reading street signs and are seeking million-dollar habitats with plenty of prey. Masand lives on Whitetail Court, named after a species of deer, not far from Rabbit and Doe Courts. The bobcat -- or bobcats -- that seem to have taken up residence near his back lawn roam between one housing development's Cougar Circle, and Lynx Drive just down the hill in another development. Bobcats are of the lynx genus, leading to speculation that the Fremont felines may be checking their Zillow app.

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