Early on the morning of November 15 in El Monte Valley, I was driving slow like always, hoping to see a cat. Thursday was my day.
I stopped my car when I spotted a young bobcat close to the road. It crossed the road and I followed it up the mountain a little bit, where I discovered that there were two more bobcats, seemingly a mother and another cub. What I didn't realize is that I had gotten in between the mother and one of its young.
The mature bobcat stood its ground and began to hiss at me, so I backed off slowly. About 30 yards away, I sat down on a rock, hoping they would settle down. They regrouped and walked away, toward the road.
My girlfriend and I believe we saw the mother last year by herself in the same area. I managed to get a photo of her one evening. She seemed to disappear during this past summer, but here she came back with two kits. I think she learned to eat roadkill last year and she has come back to teach the cubs.