LOUISA COUNTY, Iowa (KWQC) – David Boysen was perched on a tree stand hunting deer when he instead spotted another animal he never expected.
In fact, he saw six of them.
“A mother bobcat and five kittens came walking by,” Boysen said. “Two of the kittens crawled up the tree about 6 feet from me.”
Then, things really got interesting.
“The mother seen me or smelled me and started growling and making screaming sounds,” Boysen said, describing an encounter that lasted around 30 minutes before the family moved on.
Video Boysen shot of the kittens shows them scaling trees directly in front of him and at one point, apparently having spotted him, staring directly into his camera.
Bobcats were listed as endangered in Iowa in 1977 due to loss of habitat, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
However, in the years since, they have made such a strong comeback that today Iowa has a bobcat hunting season.
The Iowa DNR says the tree climbing behavior the kittens exhibit in Boysen’s video is a defensive measure to hide from potential predators.
For Boysen, it was a thrill to get so close.
“This is the second time I have seen kittens in the wild. They are really neat to watch.”