Thursday, January 17, 2019

Cats on the Rim

Wildlife trails often follow a terrain feature – a stream, hogback ridge, edge of a plateau or other steep drop. For months one of my camera traps has been set to view along a wildlife trail that follows the edge of the Allegheny Plateau in northcentral Pennsylvania. You may have seen photos from that spot in this post or videos here.

The location has yielded both photos and videos of bobcats that spend a lot of time in a jumble of boulders below the rim and frequently hunt along the edge of the plateau. By hunting along the edge, bobcats have access to two different habitats, have a wide view down the hill and a ready escape route. Here are some videos of the bobcats – 

The first few clips were taken over a span of three hours; the last a number of days later after a few inches of snow had fallen.

Did you notice the second bobcat in the background at about 24 seconds into the video? 


  1. What gorgeous creatures. Thanks for sharing. I think I saw one of these just once walking up my driveway, we lived in a wooded area.

  2. Amazing to see Bobcats up close like that.

  3. Hello, cool video on the Bobcats. I did see the two. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend.

  4. Bobcats are lynx? Thank you so much. I love the video. Wat a beautiful animal to see. We have no bobcats in The Netherlands. Only in zoo. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wonderful! The chances of seeing a bobcat in the flesh are so small; how great to see them in action. In our city neighborhood we have a small colony of feral cats (which we have trapped, neutered, and released), and these cats are very wild, several generations undomesticated. They avoid any human contact. We put food out for them, so they are quite sleek and fat, but otherwise their behavior looks like that of a wild cat and I love to watch them. The young ones actually play tag with the squirrels up and down the trees, and the squirrels appear to be playfully in on the game. So funny!

  6. They are beautiful! We think we might have seen a cougar, but it was swift! Well done.
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!


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