"Lucifer Sam, siam cat..
Always sitting by your side,
Always - by your side.
That cat's something I can't explain ..."
The bobcat is both more common and more widely distributed in the Sonoran Desert than the mountain lion. It hunts smaller prey and can more easily adapt to marginal habitats.
This small cat, (though twice the size of a house cat), is solitary, avoiding other bobcats; and it is also careful to avoid mountain lions, which will kill it.
The bobcat is a good climber, retreating to trees for safety, but it prefers to hunt on the ground. The bobcat is mostly nocturnal; like the lion, it is secretive and shy, usually keeping to the more thickly vegetated areas and therefore not often seen by people.
Have you had a close encounter with "Lucifer Sam," lately ???
November 11, 2010