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It's cutting them loose and having the pack run the rabbit until it gives up and goes in a hole or gets caught. And although the dogs usually don't catch it, they run like they want to. Just me and my pack of hounds, in any condition, on any day, in the roughest places I can find . . .

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Bobcat in Ohio

Bobcat Track in the Snow
Cole opened down in the clearcut. I was on top the ridge, standing at the intersection of two logging roads. I started watching for the rabbit. Cole was headed up the hill so I knew the rabbit was going to cross. I saw a blur coming towards the opening. I knew it was the rabbit.

As the blur came into the open, I couldn't believe it. A bobcat crossed the logging road, I blinked a couple of times and he was gone. At first I thought that I was just seeing things. In all the hours I have spent running dogs in the roughest spots in southeastern Ohio I have never seen a bobcat. That changed today though in the blink of an eye.

I am sure for some people, in some areas, seeing a bobcat is no big deal. But in southeast Ohio, they are few and far between. Plus, as shy as they are, people rarely see them. When I saw it, I grabbed my controls, thinking Cole couldn't resist. He turned down the hill though, and I didn't have a cat chase.

This was pretty much the highlight of my day. Rabbits were hard to find and didn't stay up long. A couple of inches of new snow combined with temperatures that fell steadily throughout the day and a strong wind didn't help matters. I enjoyed being out, but it sure wasn't a brag day of running.

I ran Chip, Butcher, Dennis, Cole, Gypsy, and David. It was 24° with a 10+ mph wind.

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