After it wandered away, I got out my "animal tracks" book, went outside and looked at its prints.
After the snow melted, my wife and I were hiking in the woods near our house when we saw the movement of a good-sized animal as it ducked under a fallen tree. We stopped and waited. The animal turned around and came out. A gorgeous bobcat. It sat down and faced us from 40 feet away, curious, watching, wondering what the humans were doing.
After five minutes of all parties remaining motionless, it turned and disappeared among the manzanita bushes.
It was a beautiful animal.
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For those who are curious, the telltale characteristics are a cat that is roughly twice the size of a house cat or a little less, black tufts at the tip of its ears, and a short "bobbed" tail.