Bobcat in Pike County, Illinois
A reader up in Pike County, Illinois just sent us a photo of a bobcat
. It was taken automatically by a wildlife camera on their property near the Mississippi River -- and in broad daylight.
It's a totally sweet picture -- and as loyal readers know, Daily RFT
lurves blogging about animals (albino hummingbirds
, hyenas doing it with each other
, monkeys peeing into their own mouths
But how rare are bobcats in our area?
According to Jim Low
, spokesman at the Missouri Department of Conservation
, it's "not at all unusual" for a wildlife cam to catch a bobcat prowling around -- even Low himself has done it on his property near Jefferson City.
Adds Low: "Bobcats are much more common than most people would guess, because they are secretive."
This one apparently had nothing to hide.