Adorable Bobcat Moments Captured in Tucson Backyard

Bobcats, often regarded as elusive and mysterious creatures, have recently captured the hearts of people in Tucson, Arizona.

Tracie Robbins, a Tucson resident, recently had a few remarkable encounters with bobcats, specifically a mother bobcat and her adorable kitten. These encounters provide a heartwarming glimpse into the world of these magnificent felines and offer valuable lessons on how to react when you come face to face with one of these captivating creatures.

Bobcats are small wildcats native to North America.

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Bobcats are small wildcats native to North America.

The Bobcat Unforgettable Encounters

Robbins, a resident of Tucson’s southeast side, had a unique opportunity to witness a bobcat and her kitten playing together in her backyard. These precious moments have typically unfolded during the early hours of the morning. And Robbins has been diligent in sharing the videos of these visits on Twitter.

“We may not see a bobcat for months, and then sometimes we’ll have visitors for several days in a row,” Robbins told

Playful Bobcat Moments

The videos shared by Robbins are a testament to the charming behavior of bobcats. In one delightful video, the baby bobcat was seen playfully pawing at a golf hole in Robbins’ yard. The mother bobcat was quick to investigate, and the playful kitten couldn’t resist jumping onto her head.

Another video showcases the mother bobcat’s playful nature as she interacts with a golf ball while her inquisitive kitten jumps around the yard. The kitten’s fascination with the golf flagstick is evident, adding to the endearing narrative.

The mother bobcat can be seen grooming her kitten. The baby’s attempts to initiate play were met with the mother’s loving attention as she focused on cleaning her own paws.

The curious kitten also attempted to explore a basket of golf balls found in the yard. This adorable behavior serves as a reminder of the enchanting nature of these elusive felines.

Understanding Bobcat Behavior

Robbins emphasized that bobcat sightings in her yard were not unusual. She shared that sometimes months would pass without a bobcat sighting, only for them to reappear for several consecutive days. This cycle was sometimes marked by the discovery of a tipped-over basket of golf balls, likely an outcome of the bobcats’ playful antics, reports the Sacramento Bee.

If you encounter a bobcat, maintain a safe distance and do not approach.

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If you encounter a bobcat, maintain a safe distance and do not approach.

What to Do When You Encounter a Bobcat

While these encounters with bobcats are undoubtedly heartwarming and fascinating, it’s essential to remember that bobcats are wild animals. As Advnture advises, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you encounter one of these beautiful felines, here’s what you should do:

7. Maintain a Respectful Distance

Bobcats are naturally wary of humans, and it’s crucial to maintain a safe distance. Avoid approaching them, as they may become defensive if they feel threatened.

6. Do Not Feed Bobcats

Feeding wild animals can lead to habituation, making bobcats more comfortable around humans. This can be dangerous for both humans and the bobcats, as it disrupts their natural behaviors.

5. Respect Their Space

Give bobcats plenty of space to move freely. If you spot a bobcat nearby, step back and provide it with an avenue to escape. Avoid cornering them.

4. Keep Pets Indoors

If you have pets, especially small dogs or cats, ensure they are kept indoors, as bobcats may see them as potential prey.

3. Make Noise

In the event of a bobcat encounter, and if it doesn’t immediately retreat, making loud noises can help scare it away.

2. Avoid Turning Your Back

If a bobcat is nearby, maintain eye contact and back away slowly without turning your back, which can be perceived as a sign of vulnerability.

1. Report Abnormal Behavior

If you notice a bobcat acting unusually or displaying aggressive behavior, contact your local wildlife authorities. They can provide guidance and assistance as needed.

Feeding bobcats can lead to habituation and should be avoided.

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Feeding bobcats can lead to habituation and should be avoided.

While adorable baby bobcat encounters are heartwarming and captivating, it’s essential to appreciate these encounters from a respectful distance. Bobcats are wild creatures, and their behavior can be unpredictable. By adhering to safety guidelines, we can ensure that both bobcats and humans coexist peacefully, allowing us to marvel at the beauty of these remarkable animals while safeguarding their well-being.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, spending time with his daughters, and coffee.
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