The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Starting 2012 with a Mystery

Another year has passed at the garden and a new mystery has appeared amongst the shed Silky Oak leaves. While checking for owl pellets under large oak I noticed a bit of bone protruding from the leaf litter. After some digging with a near by stick I was able to uncover a entire bobcat carcass. Bobcats were once fairly common around the garden, but the past couple years have been absent of sightings. 

Laurel Serieys Ph.D student at UCLA & Susan Gottlieb

Laurel Serieys Ph.D student at UCLA & Susan Gottlieb

We called UCLA Ph. D student Laurel Serieys to come gather the skeleton for testing and to hopefully gain some insight into the cat's life.  Laurel studies bobcats affected by mange and reports her findings, amongst other Southern California carnivore news, at her site: urbancarnivore.com.  She is currently running a series of test on the tissue that could be salvaged. So far, we know it was a larger, male bobcat. We will provide readers an update as soon as we hear more.