Bobcat Taking a Rest at the Gray Wildlife Park
During a closed photo shoot I was able to get up close and personal to the Park's oldest living bobcat. At 22 years old, she's spent more time on the planet than I have, and has spent the better part of her life living at the Park after being rescued by Maine Game Wardens. Her son was born in the Gray Wildlife Park and continues to live there to this day.
The bobcat is a North American mammal of the cat family Felidae, appearing during the Irvingtonian stage of around 1.8 million years ago . With 12 recognized subspecies, it ranges from southern Canada to northern Mexico, including most of the continental United States. The bobcat is an adaptable predator that inhabits wooded areas, as well as semidesert, urban edge, forest edges, and swampland environments. It remains in some of its original range, but local populations are vulnerable to extirpation.. more