Yes, we do have native bobcats roaming Loudoun, Fairfax, and Prince William Counties. They are not something to fear, but more of something to be aware of. I've seen them on multiple outings while wildlifin' around the area. Sterling, Leesburg, Bluemont, McLean, Great Falls, Haymarket, Manassas, and Falls Church are all places where I've either seen them in person or on trail cameras.
Bobcats are predators, but will most likely leave your pets alone. They feast on rabbits, birds, snakes, moles, mice, shrews, and other small meals. I've seen a family of bobcats raiding a trash dumpster outside of a business right next to a major highway in Fairfax County. There have been some roadkilled ones as well. Great Falls had two roadkilled (that I know of) just in the past 3 months. There have been roadkills on Kirby Road near McLean, Virginia a few times in the past two years, and I've even heard about one killed on the road on Fairfax County Parkway.
So where's the pictures?
Well, here they are!!!
These are brought to you from the Centreville/Haymarket area with permissions from other camera owners and my own cameras.
Have you ever seen a bobcat in Northern Virginia? Comment here and let me know!