I’d been trekking through mud and bugs for a few miles, when I decided I’d take the trail just a little further before turning back. That’s when I crossed paths with two bobcat kittens. I was able to capture a few photos of one of the kittens in action — rolling in the sun like any cat would on a sunny late morning.
This one kitten walked off into a tangle of heavy brush and palmetto, and I backed away slowly hoping it didn’t catch a whiff of me (I was downwind and undetected so far).
Considerable variation has been reported in the cats’ ranges, from .2 to a big range of 78 square miles, but I’ve seen adult bobcat tracks within a mile of this location at Myakka River State Park. I think the kittens might have ventured out on their own to play, but Mamma wasn’t far. The nocturnal Momma cat might even have been sleeping.