A Neighbour Is Trying To Trap Something — But I Am Sure It Is NOT My Bear, & Better NOT Be My Bobcat.
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They have had this small (humane) trap out for the last two nights. I took this picture last night on my 11pm walk.
You can see the TWO blue paper dishes with what looks like dog food. There are three of these, but one is in darkness. They are all OUTSIDE of the trap. [This morning, following the quite spectacular thunderstorm we had, the bowls were waterlogged & the trap was still open.]
I assume they know what they are doing. So, will notice that they have draped it in blankets so that the animal can’t see too much of the metal or shape.
I am sure of one thing. It is NOT for MY bear. Trap is too small. That is good. I do NOT want my bear or bears trapped. I am cool with them. I like bears.
It could, however, be for MY bobcat. He/she isn’t that big & this house is sure on its route. I do NOT want to see the bobcat trapped. I am not even sure whether you can legally trap a bobcat. I do not know — & don’t have the time to check. SMILE.
It better NOT be for my bobcat. IF I see it in the trap, I will let it out. SMILE. I am like that.
Stay tuned. This could be FUN. Smile.
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He had been following me at a distance.
The powerful LED headlight I wear caught its eyes just about when I was leaving our driveway.
They were VIVID green. The eyes of deer are yellow. This was close to the ground. I thought it was a cat. I saw it cross the road. Looked like a cat.
It then followed I! SMILE.
Saw its eyes again. It was much closer. Got him in my headlight.
Took this picture using the Google Pixel 4’s amazing ‘Night Sight‘.
Check Category ‘New Hampshire’.
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Saturday night on my nightly 11pm, 1-mile NIGHT walk. Second time I have seen him/her this week. This time I managed to snap this. Yes, I wear LED headlights. No streetlights & really no lights from the houses. They are all in bed! Yes, on our road, but in an undeveloped wetlands.
That was Saturday. Last night, i.e., Sunday, I was walking, again at 11pm, in the rain. A deer darted across. And BOY! Was it quick. Just a flash. WOW.
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Attribution WILL be enforced.
To be honest, seeing the Bobcat — AGAIN — & this time being able to capture him on my camera kind of distracted I. Luckily I had snapped some of these pictures earlier. Not bad. The planter made me smile. I hope it makes you SMILE as well. Enjoy.
Max. zoom on my Google Pixel 4. It was (I think) about 150-yards away.
ALAS, that is as far as the Pixel 4 would zoom. Yes, not great quality.
Video, below, is slightly better.
Same bobcat I saw on Monday. Same road, about 1/4-mile to the South (i.e., towards Barnstead). Opposite the entrance to our beach. That was where the initial reports were from — & it obviously hangs around there.
To be honest, I was hoping to see it today. I walked around that area, twice, in a loop — hoping to see it. Luck, for a change, was on my side, today.
It was 10:35am.
I have 33-seconds worth of pictures & the video is 50-seconds. Might have taken me 20-seconds to get the phone. So, he/she was out there staring at me for just over 2-minutes.
It started moving away when we both heard a car approaching. Not sure how long it would have stayed but for that. Did NOT seem afraid of I, but we were quite far apart. It could have got used to humans by now.
22-years ago I had a similar encounter, on the banks of Winnipesaukee, in Meredith (Mile Point), with a HUGE wolf. We were a bit closer & I had two golden puppies, on leashes, at my feet. He also was not inclined to move away. Just stood there & stared. But, in that case, we suspect, he had come looking for the two pups!
I am sure more folks will now be out looking for it. Hhhhmmmm.
I walk, just up from there, every night, for a mile! Wonder whether he will come to see me again. I wear a rather headlight. Have seen deer nearly every night this week. 1st time I have seen any deer until then!
So …. A bear & a bobcat this Summer. What fun. Am I going to carry any spray. Heck NO! Might take my walking stick more often. SMILE.
The bear encounter from 3-weeks ago. What fun. Have I told you that I once petted a Bengal Tiger through the bars of an open-air zoo. This was in the U.K. Zoo was next door (though ‘next door’ was like 4-miles away). I used to go sit with him in the evenings after work. SMILE.
Saw it again 2-days later. Managed to get pictures & a video.
Never thought I would ever be lucky enough to see one in the ‘wild’. And then, today. BINGO. Walked in front of me, across the road — about 100-yards ahead of I.
Yes, for the last 2-weeks we had heard reports, from neighbours, that there was a bobcat around & that it had been seen on the road.
Well, I saw it. WOW. I am so psyched.
I do NOT like domestic cats. I do NOT like small cats.
Bobcats are about as SMALL as I can tolerate them. Bobcats are so cute. I would love one.
But, I will settle for today’s serendipitous encounter. Made my week.
I have quite the Summer. Close, & I mean close (with it GROWLING at I for coming too close), encounter with a black bear 3-weeks ago. Then this — & I was told that there was a bear on the path that I had just walked. Wow. I won’t even bother mentioning the 3-deer I have seen of late.
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Having huffed and puffed 1.25 miles up Prospect Mountain Road, as I try to do 6 days a week, I was coming down, this morning, when the delightful lady, that owns the large blueberry farm, who we know quite well (and like) stopped me. It is always a pleasure to chat with her.
She was very concerned. She knows that I let Maya off the leash when I am past ‘the houses’ and that Teischan and Devanee sometimes walk up, albeit with Deanna and Ulysses.
She is sure that there is a mountain lion or bobcat living at the bottom of her field. It had been spotted this last Sunday, in the yard of the folks that live two houses down, across the road, chasing a flock of wild turkeys.
We quickly compared notes.
Here is the thing. Twice in the last month, the second time being last Friday, I had seen a ‘large’ dog-like animal crossing the road and heading into the Marsh.
The house in question, where this ‘critter’ was seen Sunday, is right next to that Marsh.
It appears that I am not the only one that has seen ‘something’ cross the road and heading into the Marsh.
But, now this is where we tend to diverge. Though not an expert, I am fairly au fait with mountain lions and Bobcats — albeit those in captivity. I used to be a very frequent visitor to the Squam Lakes Science Center that has both mountain lions and Bobcats. Deanna and I were there in 2003 or 2004 when they first brought in the two mountain lions cubs — who were but a few weeks old. In 2008, Teischan and I were visiting the Center at least once a month, during Spring/Summer, while Deanna did a merchandising job in Meredith. The Bobcats were Tesichan’s favorite.
The ‘larger’ critter, that I have seen, was not a mountain lion or Bobcat. Now that ‘she’ is saying that the animal seen on Sunday did not have a tail just compounds the issue.
My reaction, both times, as I told Deanna and the kids, when I came home was that it was either a coyote or a wolf.
I have been face-to-face with a grey wolf, 10′ apart, in Meredith, NH, on the railway tracks, in 1998. This was no accident. The wolf had come to see me, or to be more precise the two 8 week old Goldens that were with me. It was quite a confrontation. It eventually backed off, ran across the slope and started walking across the Lake. This was winter. Then I got my ultimate confirmation that this was a wolf, rather than a coyote (though I also poured over books and Web images to make sure). About 4 different snowmobiles nearly ‘capsized’ pulling U-turns when they saw this thing trotting across the ice. They would be going along, then they would pull a sharp U-turn to come back and have another look.
On Prospect Mountain, in each case, I was about 500′ away. When I got to the Marsh, I would stop and look to see if it was waiting for us. On Friday, Maya did some serious sniffing when we got to Marsh. She didn’t seem to be in anyway agitated or distressed, though I am not sure whether she knows what a wolf or coyote smells like or what threat they posses to her.
I have heard coyotes howling in the night — though earlier in the Spring.
I would LOVE IT if we had a mountain lion on Prospect Mountain.
I love big cats, but ONLY big cats. I am allergic in multiple ways to domestic cats.
Yes, I am aware of all the reports and stories, both ways, about mountain lions in NH. I think there is more consensus that we do have gray wolves. I like wolves too and I am thinking of getting one as my next dog.
So, this is just an update.
Comments Deanna has received on this post on Facebook — since she reposts some of these on her Facebook page.