Once upon a time, there was a female bobcat named Goldilocks. She lived in a rural area of California. One day, Goldilocks broke into a barn and made herself at home.
She ate the chicken but it was too hot.
She ate the cat but it was too cold.
Now, she's stalking the owner...
That evening, the barn-owner called the WildRescue group frantically to get the bobcat off of her property.
That would make me nervous. But - then again - my husband and I have had a scare ourselves recently.
We live on the outskirts of town. There is a lot of land behind us, including a field. We also have bunnies. Since we moved in, we have been giving them carrots. They actually come all the way up to us and sit there - asking for their daily carrot ration.
I know, not a good idea - bunnies have a funny way of being flattened on the road. But, they have been fun to name - Foo foo, Tripod (she has three legs) and Snookie.
The other day, my husband called me frantically. There was a coyote sitting at the corner of our neighborhood. I told him to call animal control IMMEDIATELY.
"Hurray! Don't let him get our bunnies!" I cried.
"We have small children in our neighborhood too," he said.
"Yeah, and our baby bunnies!"
So, he called. Animal Control told him it was actually a wild dog and they were already trying to catch him.
Luckily, I only spent a few days closing the garage door before getting out of the car. I didn't want to get eaten.
Our bunnies are still coming around. All is well in the world after all.
However, it's always a good idea be prepared and know what to do when around a wild animal.
According to the bobcat article, "When it comes to the bigger predators, [WildRescue] says the smallest of tactics can keep you safe. She says taking a few pennies and placing them inside an empty soda can will make a lot of noise, enough noise in most cases to deter and scare off wild cats like a bobcat or even a mountain lion."
A few American Red Cross chapters even offer a wilderness first aid course, if you are interested.
Until then... I'll feed my bunnies.