Yes, that was a bobcat on Talmadge Street

Los Feliz bobcat | Kate Gray

Los Feliz bobcat | Courtesy Eastsider reader

LOS FELIZ ––   It may not be as exciting as discovering a mountain lion under your house, but seeing a bobcat wandering amid the homes of Los Feliz is still a surprising sight.  A woman named Kate sent over a photo of this big cat seen outside a garage on Talmadge Street near Ben Lomond Place at about 6 p.m. on Thursday.

“I’m from Scotland, so I had no idea what ….  it was,” said Kate.  “I thought some beast had escaped from the zoo.”

Bobcats have been seen roaming the hills of Silver Lake and Echo Park as well as the expanses of the Elysian Park, Griffith Park and the L.A. River. Shy, elusive, and nocturnal, bobcats are about twice the size of a household cat and are solitary hunters that prey on small and large game. They adapt to new environments if adequate resources are available.

Miguel Ordeñana, citizen science coordinator and wildlife biologist at the Natural History Museum, told The Eastsider earlier this year  that bobcats are generally harmless and pose little to no threat to domestic animals.

Photo by Kate Gray

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  1. Photoshop…

  2. Awesome! Something’s got to keep the rodent population in check other than poison.

    • Bobcats are great to have around. They’re not usually a threat to pets, and they’re great at rodent control.

      To help out bobcats (and owls, raptors, etc): DO NOT USE RAT POISON. It is deadly for all the predators who feed on rodents,

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