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Bobcats are one of the smaller species of "big cats".

Bobcat Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Lynx
Species: Rufus

Habitat: Bobcats are found in North America, from southern Canada to northern Mexico. Bobcats can be found in wooded areas, semi-desert, forest edges, and swampland habitats.

Bobcat Species: There are currently 12 recognized sub-species of bobcat.

Size: Female bobcats are smaller than their male counterparts. Bobcats are 18.7 to 49 inches in length and weigh 9-40 lbs. Bobcats stand 1-2 feet at their shoulders.

Other Names for Bobcats: Wildcat, Bay Lynx, and Lynx Cat

Bobcat in Foreign Languages

Linx Roig
Finnish: Punailves / Topohäntäkissa
French: Lynx Roux
German: Rotluchs
Hungarian: Voros Hiuz
Italian: Lince Rossa
Navajo: Nashdoi Libahigii / Nashdoilbai
Portuguese: Lince-vermelho
Swedish: Rodlo

Diet: Bobcats are opportunistic predators and feeders. Bobcats are carnivores and will eat anything from insects and small rodents to deer, but the bobcat prefers rabbits and hares.

Description: Bobcats have a bray to brown coat, whiskered face, and black-tufted ears. The coat is sometimes spotted. The bobcat is said to resembles the other species of the mid-sized Lynx. Bobcats have a stubby, "bobbed" tail, for which they are named. Bobcats have retractable claws.

Behavior: Bobcats will mark their territory with claw marks and deposits of urine or feces.

Birth: Bobcat kittens are born blind and weigh only about 4 to 8 ounces. Bobcat kittens will open their eyes after 10 days.

Did You Know?
Bobcats are preyed upon by by cougars, coyotes, wolves, and owls.

Gestation: Bobcats will carry their young for 60 to 70 days.

Cubs: Cubs remain with the mother for the first year of their life.

Did You Know?
The bobcat is the most abundant wildcat in the U.S.

Sexual Maturity: Bobcats are typically sexually mature and breeding by the age of 2.

Life Span: Bobcats will live in the wild until the ages of 6-12 years of age. Bobcats in captivity will live as long as 25 years.

Social Structure: Bobcat are solitary but their ranges will often overlap with other bobcats.

Athleticism: Bobcats are fierce hunters, they can kill prey much bigger than themselves, using a deadly pounce that can cover 10 feet in a single bound.



Conservation Status: Not In Danger

Population Status:

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