PALMDALE – When Palmdale senior Norma Dyakon left her trailer for a walk Wednesday afternoon she was surprised to find a wild animal lounging in her flower bed.
She said she edged closer to get a better look, and then the animal moved.
“He raised his head and it wasn’t a kitten, so I let out a yelp and I ran back in the back door,” said Dyakon, who lives at The Boulders At The Lake mobile home park at 1030 East Avenue S in Palmdale.
Dyakon says she contacted the Palmdale Station around 4 p.m., and deputies immediately responded and then contacted the California Department of Fish and Game.
Game warden Lt. Marty Wall responded around 5:30 p.m.
Wall said the animal was a bobcat. The animal appeared to be in poor health because it was thin, with protruding bones and sagging skin. The male bobcat also had dried blood on its front left paw from a possible injury.
“He is favoring one paw,” Wall said.
Wall did not approach the animal, preferring to assess the situation from a distance.
“We’d have a bit of a different concern if it was a mountain lion sitting in a yard,” said Wall, adding that he’s prefers to have wild animals retreat on their own.
A couple of minutes after Wall arrived, the bobcat suddenly got up, jumped back over the brick wall around Dyakon’s back yard, and wandered off near the Una Lake area.
“He ran away pretty good, so it’s not much left to do here,” Wall said.
“We get the coyotes and the snakes, but this is the first time for a bobcat,” Dyakon said. “I don’t know what got him up and made him run away, but now he’s probably gonna be back.”