I couldn't get pics while I was driving, but I got a great look at a bobcat driving back out from Haunted Canyon on FR287. It was up near the mine tailings, bouncing along on the shoulder just ahead of me going uphill.
I've seen a few bobcats in the wild before, but never out in the open like that.
I'm guessing you live N or E of downtown PHX? I've heard that bobcats are more common that way. In SE valley where I live (Ahwatukee) coyotes and javelina are common and I have seen a fox on my back wall but I've never seen or heard of bobcats around here. I'm curious if anyone has ever compiled maps of "wildlife density" for the area - they'd be interesting to look at.
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I've been lucky enough to see a few over the years while hiking and driving in the wild. They're typically running away. I caught this one off guard at 15 yards and was actually able to click off a couple photos. It took him a few seconds to figure out what I was. A very cool moment that I haven't forgot. They're special animals. [ photo ]
I've seen at least a dozen bobcats (one in Minnesota) but only have photos of two...
#1: July 2012 while four-wheeling in the Samurai near Rawhide Canyon: Mama bobcat bounding away
#2: September 2017 next to AZ 288 by the bridge over the Salt River: