Wild cat nabs our attention

Do you think wild felines ever pass by you sight unseen?
Maybe cats are in the shadows more often than most people tend to realize.
There even is talk of the odd cougar sighting in Northwestern Ontario. I’ve heard two first-hand accounts of people who state they’ve witnessed a puma as large as a man–each sighting from the safety of a car.
I’d like to see a cougar, although definitely not while on foot. Wild cats are carnivores, after all. They prowl for meat, and each of their claws is as sharp as a knife.
So I guess that’s why I recently was spellbound with fear when I saw a large cat sauntering out from the forest as we stood in our yard.
“There’s a cougar,” I whispered.
Then I corrected myself. “No, it’s a bobcat or a lynx.”
The confusion was over the fact that I didn’t think the smaller wild cats get as big as bulldogs. I also didn’t imagine that their heads are so broad, with jaws way too massive for their faces.
But at that moment, with the wild cat in our yard, we were lucky enough to get a good look. The wind was whistling hard towards us and the waves hissing nearby. As such, the feline didn’t detect our scents or hear us.
It did, however, have the power to seduce. I couldn’t help but watch it as it lily-wagged about our fire pit with its sun-rippled spots of summer fur and muscles shifting with every step.
My husband and I both were bug-eyed from behind our invisible wall. The fact that I happened to hold a shovel helped to control my fear.
Then the cat started to saunter towards us, probably going for the rodents that hang out below our cabin porch, which was right behind us. For some reason, however, it still didn’t seem to notice or care about us.
Instead, it acted like it was in its own world.
I get now how ancient Greeks considered it a deity, and the Romans considered it good luck. It’s a creature of nine lives, after all.
My husband—the one with only one life and two very solid feet—didn’t feel the magic, however. He reached for my shovel as the cat approached within about 15 feet, which drew the animal’s eyes to ours.
It still didn’t show aggression, though. In fact, there was something familiar about its expression as it locked eyes with each of us. It reminded me of the look of a child when told to eat his vegetables before his ice cream.
It seemed to say, “Well, this just doesn’t make sense.”
Then he turned slowly and vanished into the trees, leaving us a bit stunned and curious. Was it a lynx, or a bobcat?
Its tail was very short, with a solid black tip. This is the description of the lynx tail, which is shorter than the bobcat’s. Also, compared to the bobcat, it was a taller animal, with bigger paws and a pronounced ruff and tuff.
Its demeanor was better suited to the lynx, as well. It was more curious than aggressive, and lynx apparently take shy interest in human activity.
Which leads me to the biggest question of all: how often is the lynx around without being noticed?
In other words, when has a wild cat prowled near you?

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