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Riverside bobcat in Oregon

I was photographing the sunset at Minto-Brown Island Park on a quiet, stormy evening when a bush rustled at the water's edge just a few feet ahead of me. A creature slipped quietly through the vegetation; it had black and rusty brown fur, large paws, piercing green eyes, and black ears with long tufts. Through a gap in the plants I glimpsed a young bobcat eyeing me while sneaking upstream and disappearing into tall grass. I walked up the path and the little cat appeared again, this time it stopped to sit on a rock, have a yawn, and watch me snap photos. Quite a mellow mammal. The light faded as I watched the clouds and the feline slipped away, brining an end to our pleasant interaction.

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