Bobcats Take Over Foreclosed House At Lake Ellsinore
It is well known that Mother Nature hates vacuum. Accordingly a family of bobcats has taken over a vacant repo house at Lake Elsinore. One house In the Tuscany Hills locality of Lake Elsinore has been foreclosed upon. All the signs are there – a dead lawn, wilting flowerbeds and ugly notices pasted on the front porch. There is another phenomenon that completes the picture – bobcats!
Caring two hoots about occupational laws and ownership a pair of bobcats has moved in with their young. Bobcats are wildcats – reminders that the wild Nature will take back what was originally hers. She is ever alert and waiting to see when Mankind is off guard squabbling among themselves.
Karen Brown lives nearby. She said that another neighbour came knocking to tell her that ‘mountain lion cubs’ have been seen in the foreclosed house across her home on Vista Palermo. Going outdoors Karen saw the two bobcats – fully grown resting proudly on the rear wall of the foreclosed house flaunting their ownership rights. Brown said, “They were just lounging there. They were literally just lying on the wall looking at us.”
Karen notified the police but the bobcats remained saucy and undeterred thoroughly enjoying their new home. They stayed around for half an hour giving the police and animal control personnel plenty of time to photograph and fuss over them.
The director of Animal Friends of the Valleys, Willa Bagwell said that their personnel stepped into the backyard to complete investigations. The organization is a non-profit body that looks after animal control problems in Lake Elsinore. It was dusk but with the help of a powerful torch the prying humans saw quite a few tiny eyes blinking back at them – not too happy with the intrusion in their privacy.
Bagwell said it is not usual to see bobcats in this region east of Interstate 15. This is the first time she has heard of bobcats taking over a foreclosed empty house. The particular house has an enclosed yard adjacent to a hillside that is covered with shrubs. Easy access to water thanks to a sprinkler system makes the property a haven for bobcats that go house hunting.
Animal control officers went around with warning fliers telling the people to be careful about their pets and little children. Brown had recently moved into this area with her family from Long Beach. This was their first brush with Nature and foreclosures.
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