Two Whatcom County residents have seen bobcats recently, and shot video to show their encounter with the normally elusive creatures.
Amy Henderson-Florian, who lives in the Whatcom Falls neighborhood of Bellingham, got a glimpse of one Friday at her home near Electric Avenue and Lakeway Drive.
After watching spellbound for a few seconds, she took a brief video of the big cat.
“I guess I was lucky to even see him. It was really cool,” Henderson-Florian said. “He just casually strolled through, across the lawn.”
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Bobcats are common in Washington state, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife website.
“It’s unusual for people to see them because of their secretive nature,” said Chris Kazimer, a wildlife tracker, wilderness guide and co-founder of the Cascadia Naturalist Association.
“They exist among us, just like coyotes and cougars, especially bobcats – they’re pretty small, for the most part they’re not much bigger than a house cat,” he said. “They don’t want to be seen, so we don’t see them.”
Lindsey Bavaro of Bellingham posted video and a photo on Facebook of a bobcat in a tree Saturday at her parents’ home in Sudden Valley.
Her husband Josh Bavaro said the cat may have been treed by coyotes in the area and remained on its perch for about two hours.
It didn’t utter a sound as it clung to a branch – though it did shake its rain-soaked fur a few times, he said.