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Animal Encounters in Topanga
October 3, 2013 -
PHOTO BY CHRISTINA BRAHMS
Baby bobcat seen in the yard of Christina Brahm's house in Topanga.
I have been a Topanga resident for almost 19 years now. I live in a gated community on a cul-de-sac and for the last several years now, a certain area has been under construction which leaves access (at times) to wild animals to come into my area. I want to share with you what we've been seeing lately.
June 26My family and I were outside on the street and saw three deer about two houses away from us.
Aug. 9I saw a bobcat, weighing about 80 pounds, run from the front of my yard to the side of my yard and jump into my back yard. I say it was about 80 lbs because I have a dog that is about 40 lbs and this cat looked twice as big!
Aug. 18My 15-year-old son, Parker, was walking home from a friends home in the neighborhood and when he got to our driveway, a deer bolted out from behind a bush. The deer missed him by three feet! He was startled and when he regained his composure he looked around and saw two more deer in our yard. He ran into the house and the deer ran off. My son and I like to scare each other and what's funny about this is that he had just texted me that he was coming home and it's not unusual that I hide outside somewhere and when he comes around a corner, I jump out at him and scare him.
He said he thought he saw something move in the bush and automatically thought it was me, but then the deer ran out in front of him and it threw him off! LOL.
Aug. 28My children (Parker, 15, and Morgan, 19) were sitting around the kitchen table playing cards and my daughter, Morgan, looked up and through the window saw a baby bobcat sitting in the back yard. It looked young, and weighed about 45 pounds. The two photos are from this sighting.
Aug. 29My neighbor, who lives up the street from me on Summit Pointe Drive, saw a bat on her house. She was so scared, she grabbed her hose and forgot that her sliding glass door was open (screen was shut) and got water all over her kitchen! Of course, we see the other usual animals like snakes, gophers, squirrels, spiders, mice, rats, etc., too.
I just thought it's interesting how the larger animals are coming so close now. We have many small kids playing around in the neighborhood, which is why I've also notified my neighborhood network person who sends out this type of information for our community flyer.