Bobcats and Cottontail Rabbits in Arizona

In my Arizona back yard – a Cottontail Rabbit

Hallo, Rabbit,” he said, “is that you?”
“Let’s pretend it isn’t,” said Rabbit, “and see what happens.”
― A.A. Milne –

Also in Arizona, in a neighbour’s front yard – a Bobcat

Please tell me you did not just say, “Here Kitty Kitty…”

Any wildlife visitors in your yard lately?

16 thoughts on “Bobcats and Cottontail Rabbits in Arizona

    1. I thought they were very cute too until I saw that they were dining on the cactus flowers! Not much else for them to nibble on, though, as the yard is all gravel, rocks and prickly plants.


      1. I’d always thought they just ate flowers, produce, etc. Not happy to learn they also eat just plain gress, basically “mowing” it down nearly to the roots and then it starts turning brown. I have a lot of gravel too, so my one little bit of lawn is particularly valuable to me.


    1. My daughter has rabbits in her back-yard. She says they are her favourites too – but she has named them Stew1 and Stew2. I think she is joking about the stew part…


  1. We don’t have bobcats here (or rabbits). I need to travel south to see rabbits but I’d have to travel a very long way to see a bobcat – what a beautiful looking creature!


    1. We see bobcat at the Arizona house, and there are quite similar looking cats here in Canada – the lynx. Apparently the bobcat and lynx range overlaps in southern Canada and northern USA!

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    1. Apparently bobcat are nocturnal and are most active during dawn and dusk. I’ve seen them twice during the day at our Arizona place. If they were hunting, it would coincide with when we often see the rabbits feeding…


  2. Beautiful wild animals, they’re magnificent creatures. The bunny is so charming. It’s amazing to me that rabbits such a hardy creatures that they can survive in the dessert. The bobcat would give me a bit of a scare knowing it’s in the neighborhood. I’m hoping it was just passing through. Your photos are wonderful.


    1. There are very few stories of bobcats attacking a human. We have mountain lions in Arizona too, and while they will avoid man, they are so much larger! My neighbour saw one last summer in the front yard of a house about a block from us. He backed away slowly, and all was good. But it made me rethink whether I should be walking in that area of town (borders a park reserve) by myself.


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