Hi, it’s me, Bobby

I’ve been laying low for awhile–or you could say stalking–in my enclosure at Wildworks, but I thought I would get up off my tiny tail briefly and share something with you.
I just want to start by saying this–I DON’T HAVE RABIES. And you don’t either. At least I don’t think we do but unfortunately, because we’re mammals, we can’t be 100% sure. Now if you were a bird or a reptile or a fish or something I could say no possible way; but most mammals can actually carry rabies.
The only way to know for sure that we don’t have the disease is to cut off our heads and examine our brains. I can help you with that if you like. Just kidding, Purrr.
Mollie tells me that many people at wildlife programs ask if I have it. In fact, it’s one of the most common questions asked by everyone about wild animals. Well, for one thing, Mollie wouldn’t be handling animals in programs if they had rabies. And the good thing is, as fatal diseases go, it’s hard to catch, even for me.
A little humor there, ha ha.
First you would need to get bitten by another mammal that for sure has rabies or somehow get the saliva from a rabid mammal into your body through a cut or something. Now, what are the odds? People often think that bobcats automatically have rabies but give me a break. I was born at a fur farm and then sold as a pet. I’ve never been bitten by anybody–no one would dare– and I get vaccinated for rabies just like my close relative, your housecat at home. Just for the record, I do occasionally bite when people stimulate my wild instincts and play rough with me so it might be almost reasonable to assume I had rabies if you already knew that the disease spreads itself through biting. The truth is, that for bobcats and other wild animals and dogs too, biting is most often a defensive behavior. We’re not sick. We just want you to leave us alone.
These days rabies is found mostly in mammals living out in nature. But currently, here in California, hardly any of my wild friends ever have it. Bats, skunks, raccoons and foxes are the biggest carriers but somebody told me that the last case of a human death from rabies in California was a guy who had been bitten by a dog in a foreign country and never got treated for the bite, which you can do, by the way, through getting a couple of shots after you’re bitten. And they say people are the smartest animals.
However, one thing to mention here is, if you’re not in California, say you’re in Arizona, you might want to be more careful. In fact, there’s a true story that I heard recently that goes like this: A bobcat goes into a bar..I know it sounds like a bad joke…but a wild bobcat that actually did have rabies, wandered into a bar and then proceeded to bite anybody he could get to. Everyone had to get the shots. Nobody died…well, except the bobcat.
Wild animals that live in a protected environment like Wildworks are all vaccinated so you don’t have to worry about them. Hopefully, your pets are all vaccinated too so you don’t have to worry about them either.
Actually, you don’t really have to worry about anything. I suggest you take my bobcat advice and sleep on it.
Time for my nap.

Catch ya later. Promise not to bite.

Purrs, Bobby

Hi, it’s me, Bobby,

Boy, am I sleepy….Yawn…prrrr….stretch.  And I think I know why.

A few evenings ago we had a meditation here at Wildworks. It was led by a Buddhist monk and it was so relaxing that I still can’t seem to wake up. Feel like I’ve been rolling in catnip…Purrr…
Recently we had a big enclosure built here called the “Freedom Cage”. That’s where the meditation was held. It’s at the top of the hill backing up to the woods and all the wild animals here at the Center take turns in there romping around and stalking birds and squirrels and stuff. It’s way cool. However, none of us were invited to the meditation because if we were loose and running around in the Freedom Cage where everyone was seated with their eyes closed looking like prey, we might of gotten a little too frisky and bitten the backs of their necks! But we were all listening. Even from my enclosure at the bottom of the hill, my antennae-like ears heard everything. But, for a change, there wasn’t much to hear because the people who attended were quiet. And when I say quiet– I mean completely quietSilent–for over an hour. Can you imagine? They must’ve set some kind of record for the human race! I’ve been around people my whole life and for sensitive wild cats like myself the noise level alone can kill ya! As John Muir once said “Even the frightened trees would run away if they could.” Rooow!
So, usually, I’m not all that crazy about a bunch of humans coming here and interrupting my cat naps. Normally, they’re so loud and irritating that I can’t even hear myself think much less get in my 20 hours of shut-eye. But these people were different. They were watching and listening— like wild animals.  And I liked having them here because they were special. Like me.
Let’s do it again soon, Mollie.

Catch ya later,

Purr, yawn…snore…
Bobby

Hi
It’s me, Bobby

Happy 4th of July …I guess. I mean I’m all for the independence thing but once again I’m not looking forward to the extreme noise level. Keep it down, you maniacs, or you’re gonna hurt my antenna-like ears!
Being a bobcat I have superior hearing, much better than your pets, but they’re not gonna like it either. You might wanna keep them in the house –maybe even cover their ears with your hands.
And while all you humans are out there playing with matches remember that it’s fire season. PLEASE be careful.
Well, no time to waste. I’d better go into my crate, water down my fur down with my tongue and get ready to evacuate.

Catch ya later

Growls,
Bobby

Hi, it’s me Bobby.

OK. I’m going to get serious now so pay attention.

Let me fill you in on what’s happening.

Bobcats and other wild carnivores like mountain lions, coyotes, owls and hawks that are living in and around your neighborhoods are dying from secondary poisoning. What that means is that humans who don’t like rodents sharing their yards use anticoagulant rodenticides to kill them. The problem for carnivores is that the poisoned rodents don’t die quickly like when a snap trap is used for instance or, the more natural method, a bite to the back of the neck!  First, they get sick and spend some time crawling near water because the poison makes them thirsty. Well, if you’re a bobcat like me, it’s a whole lot easier to pounce on a pool-side poisoned rodent than a healthy one. Now, I’m not suggesting that I’m lazy or anything but who wants to waste a lot of energy chasing a squirrel, the original fast food, if you don’t have to?  Heck, as hunting goes, it’s a one-in-ten success rate for a clawed bobcat and since I’ve been declawed I might never catch the sucker!  Much easier, even for a buff bobcat in nature, to simply lie in wait for the poisoned, slowed down variety that’s creeping along right in front of you. I mean really, it’s a no brainer. Actually, for us, it’s more of an instinct thing—but tell me. WHAT WOULD YOU DO?  Would you rather get in the car, drive to the store, buy groceries and then come home and make dinner or pick up the phone and have pizza delivered?  You see, even the predators with the biggest brains would do exactly the same thing.

My friends the biologists who work in the Santa Monica Mountains have radio-collared bobcats, coyotes and mountain lions to study them. Recently they told me that 50 collared cats had been killed by rat poison. I was born at a fur farm but luckily I now live at The Nature of Wildworks. Guess I should be glad I don’t live in the wild!

Some good people have been trying to change the laws. Senator Fran Pavley is one of them. Purrr. But it takes time to make big changes like that and many more animals will suffer and die while we’re waiting.

The really crazy thing about all this is that we wild carnivores are supposed to be the ones taking care of the rodent problem for you! That’s what predators do for a living, ya know, and we work hard at it.  Well, I don’t–but I’ve heard that it’s hard work.

For example:  One barn owl, weighing less than a pound himself, can kill 1000 mice a year!  And they love to chow down on gophers too. If you hang a barn owl house high in a tree in your yard, he and his family might just move in a go to work. Also, smart coyotes are often accused of killing outdoor housecats but if you keep yours (and their cat chow) indoors I bet they’d opt for a squirrel meal. Great-horned owls love rats and rabbits, sometimes skunks. Skunks and opossums eat insects so we need them too. Red-tailed hawks dine on diurnal ground mammals and so do my friends the snakes.

If there’s anything else you’d like us to take care of in the rodent control department, just let us know ’cause we’re up for it.

 Well, some of us are up.  I’m about ready for a nap.But before I tuck myself in I want to make a suggestion.

You know that if everybody just made up their minds on their own to stop using poison we wouldn’t have to wait for a law to change things. You could make the change yourself. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Besides, there are many alternative types of “pest” control. The easiest, of course, is to let predators come into your yard to kill for you. No need to be afraid. They don’t want you, they just want your rats.
Mollie has a second method because she has access to unusual products–bobcat, coyote and mountain lion urine.  She spreads a little around planted areas and the ground squirrels go elsewhere. Personally, I’d go for the bobcat urine.  But I’m a little prejudiced. 

I hope you have been listening to my bobcat advice. Fact is that just by making some simple changes you can be a better friend to wildlife.  And these days, believe me, we need all the help we can get!

Catch ya later

Bobby

Hey, it’s me, Bobby.

I’m hungry! Lucky for me it’s MY BIRTHDAY and so I would like it if everyone of you would please send me a large turkey leg, a giant steak or a big dead rabbit. A live rabbit would be ok too. Might be harder to send? I would also like some new bedding, a new giant litter box and about a million new toys. Sometimes things get lost in the mail so the easiest way to give me a birthday present would be to sponsor me. That way I can have all these things all the time. Well–maybe not a live rabbit. If you want to help take care of me just look me up on the webpage. It’s easy to be a bobcat sponsor.
Oh, and one more thing. We have a new goat here at Wildworks. Name’s “Merry”. I would really like it if Mollie could put the goat in my cage with me for awhile so I could “play” with her. For a birthday present, ya know? Somehow I don’t think Mollie will do it….but it doesn’t hurt to ask! Meows

Catch ya later

Bobby

Hi
It’s me, Bobby. Did you know that you can now vote each month for a Wildworks Ambassador? Obviously, many of you didn’t know because last month in March your choice was Wildflower the skunk! Come on now. What were you thinking!! I’m giving you a chance to redeem yourself and choose me for April’s Wildlife Ambassador because… well…How many reasons do you want!? To name only a few–
I’m the biggest bobcat (and the best looking) I have the softest fur and big giant paws and I’m extremely beautiful and, it goes without saying, I smell much better than a skunk. If elected I even promise to never try and kill Patty the chihuahua or any of the other Wildworks prey items again. Besides, April is my birthday month and I’ll be 3 years old!
To vote for me as April’s Wildworks Ambassador just email laurag@natureofwildworks.org

Catch ya later, ( you know how those campaign promises go!)

Bobby

Hi There,
It’s me, Bobby. I’ve been really busy lately but I’m glad to be able to meow a few thoughts your way today.
Hope y’all enjoyed our event on Sunday March 14 at Gillette Ranch. Lee Stetson performed as John Muir and it was a beautiful sunny day in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Back in the old days when John Muir was around people didn’t much like bobcats unless they could use them for fur coats. Can you imagine?( Of course, my fur coat looks better on me than it ever would on any person.) But John Muir was different. He liked every animal. In fact he referred to all of us non-humans as his “horizontal brothers”.
Nice guy. In fact, I’m going to take his recommendation and get horizontal right now. Boy does that sun feel good! Purrrrs…
Catch ya later
Bobby

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