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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

A Diamondback Rattlesnake is usually not the first item on a Bobcat's "menu".........But, if the opprotunity presents itself and if a Bobcat has hungry kittens to feed, the "Float like a butterfly/Sting like a bee" quick reflexes of a Bobcat will usually make it the victor in a "Bob/Rattler fist fight"..........Note that if the Rattlenake does make an effective strike where its venom penetrates the Bobcat, the "Bob" can end up dead............In the scenario on the video below, it appears that the "Cat" comes away with a meal unscathed


WATCH: Bobcat takes down rattlesnake in sidewalk skirmish

WATCH: Bobcat takes down rattlesnake in sidewalk skirmish
BY Ian Dickinson; APRIL 06 2018With their notoriously elusive and mostly nocturnal habits, bobcats are not often seen in the wild – unless, of course, there's one scuffling with a rattlesnake in broad daylight on an Arizona sidewalk, that is .

Realtor Laura Lucky spotted this unlikely street fight while showing properties to clients in north Scottsdale recently. The bobcat, seemingly unperturbed by a smattering of onlookers taking in the action from the safety of their vehicles nearby, can be seen repeatedly pawing at a hapless snake before finally landing a fatal blow and carrying its quarry off into the surrounding desert. Lucky uploaded footage of the remarkable sighting to Facebook where it quickly garnered several thousand views. “I've never seen anything like that [in] my entire life," she told a local news outlet.

According to Lucky, the snake, which looks to be a diamondback rattler, did manage to land a few strikes to the cat's face before finally succumbing to the relentless attack. Bobcats are not immune to snake venom, so if this cat did take a hit, it will certainly feel the effects, however, feline agility usually helps ensure that bobcats dodge most snake strikes.

The species is found throughout North America, as well as Canada and as far south as central Mexico. "Bobcats most frequently eat rabbits, but also often prey on gophers, ground squirrels and woodrats," says Urban carnivore specialist Dr Laurel Serieys. It's a dietary preference that makes these stealthy hunters a vital part of urban ecosystems as they help keep rodent numbers in check. THE DESERT SURROUNDING SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA; EXCELLENT BOBCAT AND RATTLESNAKE HABITAT

When they aren't munching on mammals though, bobcats, with their opportunistic hunting tactics and unfussy diets, will eat anything from birds and reptiles to the occasional venomous snake (a bobcat was even photographed dragging a shark out of the surf in Florida in 2015!).

This sighting is particularly interesting, however, as it occurred during daylight hours. "Bobcats are primarily nocturnal animals, especially near urban areas where they try to avoid human encounters," says Serieys. "In fact, bobcats that live in areas highly fragmented by urbanisation are even more nocturnal than bobcats that live in remote areas."
When a similar instance of daylight dining was captured in June last year, it was thought that the cat may be harbouring kittens nearby, which may also be the case here. Female bobcats need to consume extra calories when caring for their young,  so more brazen predation events like this can occur. The cats usually mate in February or March and give birth to a litter around two months later. Mother bobcats will rarely stray from the den site following birth and it could be that this cat had some kittens stashed nearby.
As far as Lucky was concerned, it was a “great way to add entertainment and breakup a 16-hour tour”!

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