Possible Bobcat Encounter at Cobb Estate

A woman claims her dog chased a bobcat up a tree and the bobcat growled and hissed Friday morning.

A woman told Patch that she happened upon a bobcat Friday morning while walking with her dog at the Cobb Estate.

“My dog smelled/saw it first and gave chase,” Stephanie Clayton told Patch via email. “He treed it, then the animal ran down the first tree, and up into another. I tried to get a pic but the bobcat was growling and hissing and I thought it better to just leave.”

The Altadena Sheriff’s Station told Patch they had not received reports of bobcats or any other wildlife Friday since 6 a.m.

Have you seen a bobcat or any wildlife in Altadena recently?

SteveB November 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Dog leashes are required in the Angeles National Forest, of which the Cobb Estate is a part.
Echo vouty November 17, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Reality is that few if any dog owners at the Cobb Estate or on the Merrill trail keep their dogs on a leash. Sadder is that if the bobcat had attacked the dog in self-defense, the authorities would be out right now trying to find and kill it.
Nico November 17, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Who cares if this woman saw a bobcat? Why is this news in Altadena? They are all over the place, which is one of the reasons to keep dogs with prey drives on a leash. I am not one of those "leash enforcers" who love tell people their business at every opportunity...but this lady seems clueless -- first to allow her animal to chase a bobcat, and then to actually think someone should "do" something about it.
Melody Comfort November 17, 2012 at 03:13 AM
It's just good to know when they are out and about, and where. Some might choose to avoid areas currently being frequented by the bobcat. I agree with those of you who take exception with the dog being unleashed. Owners who do that just don't connect with the fact that it's unsafe for the dog -- for many reasons. They seem to be only focused on the freedom that off-leash walks allow their pets. They don't seem to think past the potential confrontation with a wild animal and their pets. I agree, if reported to authorities, I think that an order to locate and kill could be a reality for this wild creature, which has as much, if not more of a right to live in the nature that we all share. People should learn how to live with nature more harmoniously, and stop trying to "own" shared space.
Altapasa November 18, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Bobcats are closer to the size of your pet cat than a mountain lion. I think they are only 20-30 pounds. No big deal.
MtnManMike November 18, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Bobcats don't pose a threat to humans. They will attack small unsupervised pets. It is best to just appreciate these beautiful animals from a distance, and carry on. You are walking through their yard!


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