Angee Hunt, who lives in rural Astoria, initially had a hard time believing her own eyes when she looked out the window last Thursday. Two bobcats were playing in her back yard, about 15 yards from the house. Her first thought was, “Oh, they’re super beautiful!” followed almost immediately by, “Oh! They’ll eat our cats!”
She called the game warden, who told her it was very rare for bobcats to be seen during the day, especially since they are normally scared of people — and that’s when more folks are out and about. He figured they were probably youngsters, and just curious. As long as they weren’t being aggressive (and they weren’t), there wasn’t a problem. Naturally, he advised Angee to keep her pets safe inside, especially at night.
Between humpback whales, deer, elk and even cougars and coyotes, and now bobcats, you never know what kind of critter you’re going to see around Astoria. “It was quite shocking,” Angee recalled.