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The Arcosanti gardens, fields and orchards are surrounded by wild Highland Desert. When one hikes into this desert, awareness is of potential encounters with a rattlesnake, a group of wild pigs, skunks, a beautiful hawk floating overhead, an amazing diversity of birds and if moving with quiet stealth, possibly a bobcat. The Arcosanti chickens and their eggs are a great temptation for the natural predators in our desert neighborhood.?

The Arcosanti gardens, fields and orchards are surrounded by wild Highland Desert. When one hikes into this desert, awareness is of potential encounters with a rattlesnake, a group of wild pigs, skunks, a beautiful hawk floating overhead, an amazing diversity of birds and if moving with quiet stealth, possibly a bobcat. The Arcosanti chickens and their eggs are a great temptation for the natural predators in our desert neighborhood. A bobcat has been visiting and helping himself to chicken dinners. Since we have a no-gun rule at Arcosanti, the Agriculture crew set a cunning cage-trap with a rooster in another cage as bait ….
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]



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… and caught this beautiful bobcat.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]



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Agriculture manager Brad Crutchfield smiles. The bobcat was recovered by Southern Arizona Wildlife Conservationists for re-location.
[Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]

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