Mother bobcat nurses baby with second kit nearby
Our three-year-old California grandson dubbed one “Cat-bob” after he and our daughter watched it stalk mice in the field near their home. She had sent me a few snapshots, but bobcats are furtive; close-up pics are hard to come by. 
Female bobcat sitting on deck
So when she sent me one of these photos, all taken by Dee Dee Kim at the nearby Santa Lucia Preserve (Carmel, California), I was thrilled and thankful—and even more so once I heard the story:
These three lolled on Dee Dee’s back deck as the mother bobcat ate a mouse—a mouse that the nursing mama cat had pulled from a POISON-FREE trap.
Mother bobcat nurses baby with second kit nearby
Think about that.
Rodenticides (rodent poisons) travel through the food web and kill or sicken dogs and cats, as well as bobcats, raptors, cougars and other wild species—animals who help control rodents naturally .
Two bobcat kittens play on deck
The same animals who inspire three-year-olds (and us who love them) to stand near wild fields and watch with anticipation and awe.
“But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.”

—1 Thessalonians 2:7

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Love the outdoors? I can take you there. Rural & wild PNW posts and photos from a naturalist, faith writer, and author of three books, including the award-winning novel Sugar Birds. Member of Redbud Writers Guild.

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