Bobcat takes break in Palmdale backyard

This male bobcat jumped a fence to a Palmdale woman’s backyard and was sleeping when discovered.

Norma and Ray Dyakon have lived at The Boulders At The Lake for about 14 years. They said they’ve never seen a bobcat around their trailer before.

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.

The bobcat wandered back into the wild on its own, despite an injury to its front paw.

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.”


  5 comments for “Bobcat takes break in Palmdale backyard

  1. Melitta
    August 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Way toooooo funny!

  2. taz1516
    August 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    hope they don’t shoot it if it comes back hope they give him or her some help

  3. taz1516
    August 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    hope they don’t shoot it if it comes back

  4. lucas
    August 9, 2012 at 6:10 am

    He probably was looking for water.

    • Stinger
      August 9, 2012 at 6:27 am

      That, and perhaps some shade.

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