Stunning Shot Captures Griffith Park Bobcat Amid The City Lights


A photographer snapped a stunning picture of a majestic bobcat high up above in Griffith Park, overlooking L.A.'s city lights at night.

While we may not see this type of wildlife everyday on our hikes at Griffith Park, photographer Steve Winter is no stranger to spotting these animals. In 2013, he took a breathtaking photo of Griffith Park's mountain lion, P-22, crossing in front of the Hollywood Sign at night.

Winter posted this particular bobcat snapshot on Instagram to bring awareness to the Santa Monica Mountains Fund's wildlife overpass project. It aims to build a bridge over the 101 Freeway by the Santa Monica Mountains so that animals, including bobcats and mountain lions, can cross over to promote genetic diversity.

Since bobcats are blocked off by the 101 Freeway to the north, the 405 Freeway to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the South, it's hard for them to leave their area to mate with other animals in different parts. Biologists have been growing concerned that big cats are being isolated and trapped in by the freeways, and as a result, animals are inbreeding.