SILVER LAKE –– 2015 is turning out to be the year of the bobcat. In May, a video showed a bobcat wandering around a Silver Lake backyard while another was photographed on a Los Feliz street. The most recent sighting took place on Monday morning in northeast Silver Lake on the Corralitas Red Car Property, a ribbon of open space that winds through the hillsides. Jonathan Vandiveer snapped some photos of the animal and described his encounter on the Corralitas Red Car Property blog:
It was walking across the middle of the Red Car Property when I spotted it. I thought ‘Wow that’s a huge housecat!’ Then I noticed it’s ‘bobbed’ tail. Lucky for me it went up toward a spot where it was fenced in a bit so I could get some shots. After a few moments it leapt up about 10’ into a tree so it could elude me. It went under a gate and up the hillside out of sight.”
Neighborhood activist Diane Edwardson, who publishes the Corralitas Red Car blog, said she and others have long believed that the property has served as a wildlife corridor. Earlier this year, the remains of a bobcat were found nearby along the 2 Freeway, but now the Red Car property has its “first documented live bobcat sighting,” Edwardson said.