We were driving to our camping property about an hour away from where we live (and one county over). I remember seeing them run across the highway in front of us. Coyotes? No. Mountain lions? No, definitely not. They were bobcats, and the pair ran across the road, up the rise and into the woods on the other side of the road.

I’d previously seen bear signs near our cabin, but this really reminded me that I live in a wild landscape, and I knew eventually I’d write bobcat shifters.

Bobcats are smaller big cats, maybe 18-50 inches long. They weigh 8-49 lbs, and enjoy the variety of small mammals that the woods of the Ozarks provides. They love second growth timber with underbrush and occasional clearings, just like the land where we camp (and our homestead). They used to be only in the Ozarks and Bootheel of Missouri, but they’re moving north and westward. The Missouri Department of Conservation shows their range as along and south of the Missouri River.

I consider myself privileged to see not just one, but two of them, and so close to home. And I am so thankful to be sharing my bobcat shifters with you.

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He’s the alpha of the Nail Creek pack, and his job is to keep his family, his wolf pack safe.

She discovers wolf signs and is determined to protect her livestock at any cost. She quickly realizes she’s discovered her mate. The problem is cats and dogs don’t mix and neither do wolves and bobcats…

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