Video: Bobcat Kittens, Mom Move Into Historic Texas Fort

Video: Bobcat Kittens, Mom Move Into Historic Texas Fort
A ruin at Texas' Fort Griffin State Historic Site seemed like a good den to one bobcat mother with kittens.
Susan Logan-McCracken
Posted: February 2, 2015, 2 p.m. EDT
All moms need a safe place to raise their young, so one bobcat mama made her den in one of the ruins at the Fort Griffin
State Historic Site, just north of Albany, Texas.
Two popular Facebook videos, listed as Bobcat Family Invades Historic Building Episode 1 and Bobcat Family Invades
Historic Building Episode 2, capture the mother bobcat caring for her kittens, from carrying them in her mouth, to providing
their meals and watching them play. A skunk and a raccoon also seek shelter in the building, but make hasty exits when
they discover the carnivore family inside. Occasionally, a Texas longhorn strolls by and a couple of humans take a peek.
Post by Fort Griffin State Historic Site.
The bobcat, Lynx rufus, is classified as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species, and is one of the few
wild felids whose population is stable. Bobcats reside mostly in the United States, but can also be found in southern Canada
and northern Mexico. Where you find large rabbit and rodent populations, you will find thriving bobcat families, like the one
in the Texas Historical Commission video. Bobcats also prefer habitats with ample ground cover and shelter for their dens,
which explains why an abandoned building or a defunct fort would appeal so much to a bobcat mother with kittens to
Owned by the Texas Historical Commission, Fort Griffin was a defensive fort from 1867 to 1881, and became open to the
public for camping, hiking and fishing in 1938. Because the remote West Texas campsite is far from any artificial nighttime
light sources, the grounds are also ideal for stargazing. The fort is home to the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd and
many other critters, including the mother bobcat and her two kittens.