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Old 03-01-23, 12:39 PM
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How do you preserve enough natural space for coyotes and bobcats? Leave 1/3 of the land fallow?
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I can't speak for bobcats, we don't have many around here. But coyotes are very adaptable and have managed to move in and stake out a living amongst human beings in suburban settings. Leave your little ****zu out in the backyard for a little while and he could easily become a meal.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
How do you preserve enough natural space for coyotes and bobcats? Leave 1/3 of the land fallow?
Just park your Honda on the street, a yote might pop by

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I can't speak for bobcats, we don't have many around here. But coyotes are very adaptable and have managed to move in and stake out a living amongst human beings in suburban settings. Leave your little ****zu out in the backyard for a little while and he could easily become a meal.
Every once in a while you hear about one in this area, but it's not the norm.
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It's 44 degrees and breezy out there but I'm seeing bits of sun after it rained most of the night. Think I'll get dressed and go for a cruise. Both bikes are already muddy, so just have to decide which one.
44 and breezy here, also. But there's only blue sky. Hooray for that!

It's supposed to reach a balmy 50 by this afternoon. I am so there for that.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
44 and breezy here, also. But there's only blue sky. Hooray for that!

It's supposed to reach a balmy 50 by this afternoon. I am so there for that.
I'd ride in that.
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LSS dropped the crappy old monitor we were using with the trainer and killed it. Now we have an excuse to move the 42" TV from upstairs to the pain cave and get a new 65" TV. I feel like we're finally Real Americans!
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Landing gear down, flaps deployed, seat tables stowed away, making final approach . . . . . .

Does it have clearance? Seems to be a thing these days.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
I can't speak for bobcats, we don't have many around here. But coyotes are very adaptable and have managed to move in and stake out a living amongst human beings in suburban settings. Leave your little ****zu out in the backyard for a little while and he could easily become a meal.
Same with bobcats. Both have been sighted in our neighborhood as well as other areas around town.

Here's a couple on a MUP that BAM rode when he was in town (jump to 2:36) -


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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
LSS dropped the crappy old monitor we were using with the trainer and killed it. Now we have an excuse to move the 42" TV from upstairs to the pain cave and get a new 65" TV. I feel like we're finally Real Americans!
Ahheem - 75" bruv.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Same with bobcats. Both have been sighted in our neighborhood as well as other areas around town.

Here's a couple on a MUP that BAM rode when he was in town (jump to 2:36) -
Bobcats of River Legacy Trails - YouTube

Wildcat at River Legacy Park - YouTube
Pretty bold cat, actually seemed domesticated.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
Pretty bold cat, actually seemed domesticated.
The bobcats around here won't come near people.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
LSS dropped the crappy old monitor we were using with the trainer and killed it. Now we have an excuse to move the 42" TV from upstairs to the pain cave and get a new 65" TV. I feel like we're finally Real Americans!
Nope, gain 20 pounds and let's talk.
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Originally Posted by big john
The bobcats around here won't come near people.
That has been my experience, too, but there's someone in my 'hood who has a bobcat hanging out in their backyard on a regular basis.
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I got about 2.5 hours on the mtb. It started hailing after I got home and now the wind is howling. I took a picture from the back door on Monday before the rain washed the snow away.

Today there were some puffy clouds before it got dark again.

The hills are taunting me because I haven't been to the top in a while.

I ride around the little league complex. There are a few trails and a usually dry riverbed.

Not going under there today.

This basin is where the model airport is and some fun places to ride. Can't ride in there today. There was a big gaggle of geese and I tried to get close for a picture but I spooked them and they relocated to the other side of the pond.
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Originally Posted by big john
I got about 2.5 hours on the mtb. It started hailing after I got home and now the wind is howling. I took a picture from the back door on Monday before the rain washed the snow away.
Good that you got in a ride. We've got wind now, too. At about 12:30, it looked like it was snowing again on the hills above me.
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That has been my experience, too, but there's someone in my 'hood who has a bobcat hanging out in their backyard on a regular basis.
I’ve seen a bobcat in the wild one time

early 90’s - late winter - snowmobiling in the Laurel Mountains in Southwest PA - around 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh

we stopped to take a break - and as we sat and chatted a cat went by

just as I was going to blurt out ‘Cat ? What’s a cat doing around here ?’ - one guy said ‘Bobcat !’

Coyotes we see on occasion on our property and the woods behind us - although more rare lately ... they built development next to us and a few other developments popped up in the area during the last 20 years or so

we had a torn up raccoon one time - my guess is a coyote got it
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The bobcats around here won't come near people.



I’ve seen a bobcat in the wild one time

early 90’s - late winter - snowmobiling in the Laurel Mountains in Southwest PA - around 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh

we stopped to take a break - and as we sat and chatted a cat went by

just as I was going to blurt out ‘Cat ? What’s a cat doing around here ?’ - one guy said ‘Bobcat !’

Coyotes we see on occasion on our property and the woods behind us - although more rare lately ... they built development next to us and a few other developments popped up in the area during the last 20 years or so

we had a torn up raccoon one time - my guess is a coyote got it
I've seen bobcats a few times on my MTB when I was in their territory. We get coyotes trotting along our street frequently, and have had a couple in our back yard. We also get skunks and racoons. Bears are known to swim in people's pools not far away from me.
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I spent a short time as an Akadema "rep", and sold a few to young softball players. I did it primarily to get a big discount on a gloves for myself and my kid. Yours looks like one of their mid-level models. It will serve you well, but if it's getting heavy use, it won't hold up as well as a A2000/A2K or HOH over the long term. Akadema's top-end stuff made from kip leather is really nice.

My daughter's Adakdema catchers mitt lasted a year of full-time travel ball. After that, she had a Mizuno that lasted another year. When she was 12, I bought her the top-end mitt from a small company called Vinci. I've never had a glove or mitt that was so difficult to break in. It took months. Once broken-in, however, it was spectacular, and my daughter was still using it 6 years later, in her final travel ball tournament. In CA, travel ball is year-round. Between games, practices, and instructional sessions, that mitt got a TON of use. It's some of the best money I ever spent on softball gear.
the model I have is a ‘Pro soft’ - and yes seems like a good glove but a step down from the higher end gloves

we had a high-end Nike glove I believe was Kip leather - it came with a mallet and bag ... kid sold that glove for good $

yes - I’ve heard of Vinci - but have not seen one

I don’t find as many gloves at flea markets as I did in the past - Craigslist, FB Marketplace, Internet (etc) have reduced the number of finds
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Originally Posted by t2p
the model I have is a ‘Pro soft’ - and yes seems like a good glove but a step down from the higher end gloves

we had a high-end Nike glove I believe was Kip leather - it came with a mallet and bag ... kid sold that glove for good $

yes - I’ve heard of Vinci - but have not seen one

I don’t find as many gloves at flea markets as I did in the past - Craigslist, FB Marketplace, Internet (etc) have reduced the number of finds
My daughter and her Vinci mitt in action a couple of years ago. I miss watching this kid play ball.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
How do you preserve enough natural space for coyotes and bobcats? Leave 1/3 of the land fallow?
We have coyotes in the 'burbs. They don't seem to be afraid of people in town where no one hunts them. I've seen them trot down the middle of the street at dawn without a care in the world. I had one for awhile that darn near killed a small evergreen peeing on it.

As for bobcats which we don't have in my part of Illinois, I've seen them in town in Tucson while riding the "loop."
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Originally Posted by Eric F
I've seen bobcats a few times on my MTB when I was in their territory. We get coyotes trotting along our street frequently, and have had a couple in our back yard. We also get skunks and racoons. Bears are known to swim in people's pools not far away from me.
we get skunks - too often

they like our yard - farm grass basically - with an abundance of grubs etc

two years ago - late winter - my neighbor spotted what appeared to be bear tracks in the snow near his house ; later confirmed to be bear tracks
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