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mimi wrote at 2007-06-21 00:37:45
I think you did see a bobcat. I saw one the other day outside of my job. My first thought was that it was a regular cat, so I called it over. At first, it looked at me kind of spooked but after a minute he approached me and I noticed his beautiful spotted fur and I also realized that he was a little bit taller than most house cats. Anyway, I started petting him and he was very happy. He started rolling around and I think he was purring too. The next day I was talking to my boss, who grew up hunting and knows a lot about wild animals, and she said she a bobcat right outside the day before. So I know it was a bobcat, but I wonder why it was so friendly.


John Mayer wrote at 2010-04-04 03:14:29
I am originally from Wilmette Illinois living downstate in Bloomington. I was driving down Harms Road along Harms Woods Forest Preserve in Glenview one night in about 1975. I passed a dead cat on the road. I stopped, backed up and shined my lights on it and discovered a dead bobcat. I pulled him to the side of the road and got a little shovel out of my trunk and dug a shallow grave for him. I didn't think anyone would believe that it really happened. Last summer I went golfing at the Forest Preserve Golf course on Golf road that is in Harms Woods and was talking to one of the young men working there. He confirmed to me that they have Bobcats on the property and they have been there for years. They are frequently seen roaming the course and all the locals are aware of this. Apparently there is an abundant healthy population of cats along the Des Plains river in Cook County. So your story of the Bobcat living behind the house along a waterway doesn't surprise me at all.I have no idea how dangerous Bobcats are. I hope this confirms some of your suspicions.


Ben wrote at 2013-03-30 16:33:16
I live in Woodridge and often walk my dog along a creek that runs just north of 63rd. I have a seen a bobcat in the com ed easement near a pact of woods right by this creek


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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.

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I have a zoology degree and have been interested in animals since I was two. I am a zoo volunteer at London Zoo. I have appeared on a BBC Radio Quiz, 'Wildbrain'.

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BSC degree in Zoology. 'A' level in Zoology. 'O' Level in Biology.

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