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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:50 am 
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i always thought bobcats would be violent in nature. obviously if you run up and provoke them, especially a mother around her cubs, they probably would be. how far away from the cats were you?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:09 pm 
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I was probably about 30 feet away from the closest cat...maybe 35-40 feet from the mom.

Bobcats aren't known to be particularly aggressive - the very rare bites/attacks recorded against humans seem to be rabies-related virtually every time.

From what I have heard, the moms might growl/hiss a bit to signal the threat, but not actually attack unless they felt it was the last resort, such as if you were picking up one of her cubs.

Also, as with most Florida wildlife, they become more accustomed to human presence, moreso here than in most places in the U.S. Almost all animals, from birds to reptiles to mammals, routinely live and roam within very close proximity to people, so they don't have that skittishness they do in other places.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:23 pm 
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Zack is right.. even up here bobcats and lynx wont attact humans unless you have them completely cornered with no way out for them. even then it will more often than not be a fake charge to bluff you and hopefully get a defensive reaction from you which will in turn give them a route of escape for a second or 2.

Bobcats and lynx both do not have strong teeth so they rarely, excpet in extreme situation s, bite large things in fear of breaking their teeth which could mean their death. If you watch both species hunting they will swat with thier paws and pin their prey down. Only then will they bite to kill.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:24 am 
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interesting...learning something new everyday! thanks for the info fellas

now that i know, the next time i'm down in FL, i may attempt a few day trips to hunt for some sweet bobcat pictures 8)

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:21 pm 
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Thanks Adam - look me up if you're ever up in my area - there are a few spots that are pretty good for bobcats, though there's never a guarantee with these sneaky little evasive guys!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:49 am 
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Cheers man...I might just do that!

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