The game of cat and mouse appears to be over. . . .
Picture 1. The critter I’ve been trying to capture on camera since April: a bobcat on a nighttime prowl. Two outdoor folks whom I highly respect (Ernie Stephens and Stephen George) independently reached the same conclusion: this does appear to be a bobcat based on its ears and shape of its head.
I knew it haunted this forest* from its tracks left in the snow the previous winter.
It knew I knew it was there.
I knew it knew that I knew it knew . . .
Well, you get the point.
New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation labels the bobcat as more common than most realize but likewise extremely elusive and rarely seen. (Concur.)
*And it could be that this feline is now only just returning to these woods. See the article from American Expedition that puts a male bobcat's territory at 30 square miles; a female's territory is smaller but still an impressive 5 square miles.
Picture 2: a potential Thanksgiving dinner not yet ready to yield: a wild turkey making a quick appearance.