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MAMMALS

Bobcats

Lynx rufus

At A Glace

  • IDENTIFICATION: Slightly larger than a domestic cat at 15-20 pounds, reddish or yellowish brown fur streaked and spotted with black, bobbed tail
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: House cats, kittens
  • CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern - Population Stable
  • DIET: Rabbits, mice, rats, squirrels, small birds, young livestock, bats, deer
  • HABITAT: Swamps, bottomland hardwoods, den in thick vegetation
  • BREEDING: Mid to late winter, 1 - 6 young born after a gestation of 50 - 70 days, wails and screams during breeding season
  • BEHAVIOR: Primarily solitary outside of breeding; has multiple dens in the hollows of logs, brush piles, stumps; most active at night, hunting at dusk and dawn
  • THREATS: Rabies, feline distemper, mange, tapeworms, lice, bubonic plague; (Juveniles) Male bobcats, coyotes, eagles, hawks
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Helping to stabilize rabbit populations