A bobcat was seen today, Feb. 23, 2013 by visitors to a Redmond off-leash dog park. The sighting caught some visitors by surprise as they came out to the off-leash dog park in the Marymoor Park. The cat spent the lounging in the branches of a tree while watching the day pass on. It seemed very unconcerned with the dogs as they ran, played, barked and carried on only about 20 feet below it. For some this was just a reminder that we live near these animals and for others it was a bit of a shock.
Several human visitors to the park noticed the bobcat quickly but the dogs seemed completely oblivious to the cat's presence. Laura Teague said "it's beautiful, and it's kind of fun to watch at a dog park." Gail Hale stated that she has been a visitor to the park for roughly 19 years and had never seen anything like it before. She went on to say "we've seen the deer, I've heard the coyotes - it's just mortifying, when you come late at night and you hear the coyotes crying." Some are worried about the cat but most feel the same way as Gail when she said "he's happy, but he's not going to get down any time soon, poor baby, he's going to be stuck up there. He'll get down at nighttime."
Its likely that she is correct. The chances are very good that the cat found its resting place with out knowing that the park would later be filled with people and their pets. This bobcat did not seem interested in anything other than sleep and visitors stated that it did appear to be in good health. There is much doubt that the cat will return to the park, to be on the safe side though it is suggested to keep your eyes open so that you don’t surprise the cat.
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