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StopMeansStop
04-12-2011, 02:56 PM
Have you seen this orange tabby? He hangs out by the side of the trail and is people watching. I've seen him about a dozen times now.

EDIT: It is the W&OD... I always get that confused.

consularrider
04-13-2011, 10:00 AM
On Four Mile Run or W&OD? There is a large orange tabby that hangs out alongside the trail in the western part of Glencarlyn Park. He's been there on and off for about a year now and lately it seems lots of the trail users are stopping to socialize.

Dirt
04-13-2011, 06:31 PM
Trail kitty

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5022/5617788700_dafcb52beb_b.jpg

JustinW
04-14-2011, 07:02 AM
Yup, tend to see him (?) most frequently during the AM commute. Trying to decipher his glare - am I friend or foe? So far he has not moved as I go by, so I suspect he's looking for something else like field mice....

StopMeansStop
04-15-2011, 01:27 PM
Yup, that's the one!

Glad to see others notice this little feller too.

baiskeli
04-19-2011, 02:04 PM
This kitty needs a name.

I vote for Glenn Carlyn.

StopMeansStop
06-26-2011, 02:30 PM
Any recent sightings?

JustinW
06-27-2011, 07:04 AM
Saw him / her a couple of weeks ago. As usually, he/she was not impressed as I rode past...

consularrider
06-27-2011, 09:10 AM
Also saw last week at the Glencarlyn trails split. Very calm kitty.

Dirt
11-03-2014, 08:59 PM
Hobo doing what he does best.
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7530/15520522248_69ba9a49b4_b.jpg

Hobo and another trail cat.
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7495/15520048189_1c1ebcb6d1_b.jpg

mstone
11-03-2014, 09:23 PM
I hate seeing feral cats, they are hell on native wildlife.

KLizotte
11-03-2014, 09:37 PM
Hobo isn't feral. Someone posted on another thread that he has an owner who lets him hang out by the W&OD.

mstone
11-03-2014, 09:45 PM
Hobo isn't feral. Someone posted on another thread that he has an owner who lets him hang out by the W&OD.
That's not really an improvement, it just means the cat can kill wildlife idly, while its actual survival needs are taken care of.

Supermau
11-03-2014, 09:47 PM
I like parking off-trail and bike watching. I think kitty digs bike watching too.

wheels&wings
11-03-2014, 10:35 PM
I agree with mstone. Feral or not, letting cats outdoors is bad news unless you use a harness or an enclosure.

In the U.S., free-roaming domestic cats each year kill an estimated 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds and 6.9 to 20.7 billion mammals. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists domestic cats as one of the world’s worst non-native invasive species because they’ve contributed to so many extinctions. Life outdoors is dangerous for the kitties themselves… outdoor cats generally live 2 to 5 years, while indoor cats can surpass 15. Also cats spread illnesses like toxoplasmosis (via feces -- linked to birth defects, Alzheimer’s, etc.), rabies, and parasites. It’s better to keep cats indoors.
http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/index.html

bobco85
11-04-2014, 07:00 AM
I sometimes see an orange tabby (probably the same one) at the intersection of the Bluemont Junction Trail/W&OD. He's nice and friendly, and I pet him whenever I see him (I can't help but pet a kitty when I see one).

That said, I do agree that he should be on a leash or indoors due to the effects on the surrounding wildlife that cats can have. I adopted my cat when she was feral about 7 years ago, and I have kept her strictly indoors (save for 2 times when she got outside, sneaky kitty).

baiskeli
11-04-2014, 08:25 AM
I sometimes see an orange tabby (probably the same one) at the intersection of the Bluemont Junction Trail/W&OD. He's nice and friendly, and I pet him whenever I see him (I can't help but pet a kitty when I see one).

Different cat. This one's name is Blue. He lives at the other end of 6th Street, though he spends most of his time near the trail.

dasgeh
11-04-2014, 09:10 AM
In the U.S., free-roaming domestic cats each year kill an estimated 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds and 6.9 to 20.7 billion mammals. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists domestic cats as one of the world’s worst non-native invasive species because they’ve contributed to so many extinctions. Life outdoors is dangerous for the kitties themselves… outdoor cats generally live 2 to 5 years, while indoor cats can surpass 15. Also cats spread illnesses like toxoplasmosis (via feces -- linked to birth defects, Alzheimer’s, etc.), rabies, and parasites. It’s better to keep cats indoors.
http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/index.html

I would LOVE to have a cat. I am totally a cat person. My daughter recently asked for a cat and I almost melted. But I can't stand to leave a cat indoors. I keep researching how bad outdoor cats are, looking for a loophole, but I haven't found one. So no cat for us. :-(

baiskeli
11-04-2014, 09:28 AM
http://wptschedule.org/bemoretunedin/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/grumpy_cat_9.jpg

cyclingfool
11-04-2014, 09:55 AM
Toonces lost his bike.

baiskeli
11-04-2014, 10:01 AM
That darn cat!

Brendan von Buckingham
11-05-2014, 05:50 AM
My Arlington Forest list serve (we're along Four Mile Run between Bluemont and Columbia Pike) was all abuzz last week about a bald eagle that was having a kitty feast in someone's back yard. The cat does not always win.

Raymo853
11-05-2014, 07:18 AM
This thread reaffirmed my need to stop looking at bike forums on-line. Exception will be made for Freezing Saddles.

supernova
01-04-2015, 07:15 PM
Met Hobo today. Little did I know that I was meeting a famous feline.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7580/16014795127_6a01a07bda_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qpb1Dn)Hobo the trail kitty (https://flic.kr/p/qpb1Dn) by Erinn Shirley (https://www.flickr.com/people/52478527@N00/), on Flickr

Terpfan
01-05-2015, 09:39 AM
Well, after I saw a nearly 2' rat on T and 9th NW the other evening, I think there is a place for some feral cats to destroy some mammals.

mstone
01-05-2015, 09:45 AM
Well, after I saw a nearly 2' rat on T and 9th NW the other evening, I think there is a place for some feral cats to destroy some mammals.

A feral cat is generally not desperate enough to go after something that dangerous, and would rather eat a nice native bird or endangered shrew. Or a nice defenseless bat, they're a yummy and easy to kill treat.

PotomacCyclist
01-05-2015, 09:46 AM
I haven't seen any rats recently, but I did have to kick a rat once because he was charging at me. This was on M Street some years ago. I was tired of waiting for a taxi, so I kicked the metal handrail along the stairs. Apparently, this transmitted vibrations into the ground and woke up the rats nearby. A huge one came rushing at me. I stomped my feet to try to scare him away but he kept rumbling at me. I jumped and inadvertently kicked him. (Since rats are known to carry diseases, I would have kicked it voluntarily, to keep it from biting or scratching me.) I was nowhere near a garbage dump and that block has well-kept buildings.

I didn't bike back then. If I did, I wouldn't have kicked the handrail and I wouldn't have been accosted by the rat. But then I would also be ignorant about how close they are to us.

Bottom line: There are a lot of rats out there.