Walking on the Discovery Trail west of Railroad Bridge Park on 04 20 2008, we saw this bobcat, Lynx rufus, in a tree. We crept closer, and it seemed unconcerned except to perch on a couple of branches instead of clinging to the trunk.
Bobcats are the only small wild cat on the Olympic Peninsula, though the Lynx, Lynx canadensis, occurs in Eastern Washington, as well as throughout Canada. Where they overlap in range, you can easily distinguish the bobcat by it’s shorter ear tufts and its tail tip, which is black only on top (5).
Long afer we left the meadow, we could still see the bobcat with binoculars. It may have been watching the meadow for prey, typically small mammals, or waiting for a safe time to descend.