A pair of bobcats are enjoying the early winter in Mammothâ€™s neighborhoods, and wildlife specialist Steve Searles says he is ecstatic.
â€śFor people to be able to observe that in a community, itâ€™s a great indicator of one of the things thatâ€™s going really right in our town,â€ť he said at the Mammoth Town Council meeting Wednesday evening.
â€śTo have local bobcats being observed multiple times a day, itâ€™s something we should be really proud of, and celebrate.â€ť
Searles said there is no reason for people to be alarmed by the two critters.
â€śThereâ€™s nothing to be afraid of. They donâ€™t want to eat your cats or dogs.â€ť
Not so among the local coyotes, though.
Searles said coyote sightings are on the upswing, even as six large bears continue to raid trash dumpsters throughout the town.
â€śThe coyote population this time of year gets very busy,â€ť Searles told the council, â€śand so if you have a small dog or outdoor cats, Iâ€™d be aware of the local coyotes that youâ€™re seeing on the streets.
â€śEven mid-day weâ€™re seeing coyotes in our neighborhoods.â€ť Sightings of bobcats, though, are relatively rare around here.
Research shows bobcats to be mostly nocturnal, and to be strict, but generalist, carnivores.Â Their diet is entirely made up of other animals, but they are known to eat many different animals.
Bobcats seem to primarily eat small mammals, such as gophers, ground squirrels, and woodrats.
There is not a single documented case of bobcats eating peopleâ€™s pets, nor are there any documented cases of bobcats attacking people, according to the website urbancarnivores.com.