Bobcat

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Creature Features

Description                                                                                                                                                                                             Their fur is buff to brown, sometimes with a reddish tinge, marked with spots or stripes of brown or black, or both. Bobcats are more intensely colored above and lighter below. They have facial ruffs, ear tufts, white spots near the tips of their ears and a bobbed tail.

Diet                                                                                                                                                                                                         Bobcats are carnivores, their diet consists of rabbit and hares, with a smaller percentage of rodents. They will also hunt small deer, snakes, lizards and domestic animals.

Reproduction                                                                                                                                                                                          The mating season is primarily in the winter, though mating can take place anytime from November until August. The female lines the den with moss and foliage and the kittens are typically born in the spring. Once the kittens are born, the female drives the male away, although the male will stay in the vicinity.

Fun Facts

  • Other Names: Red Lynx, Wildcat
  •  Scientific Name: Lynx rufus
  •  Conservation Status: Least concern
  •  Lifespan: 5 to 15 years in the wild Up to 30 years in captivity
  • Body Length: Head and body: 26 to 41 inches; tail: 4 to 7 inches
  •  Weight: 11 to 30 pound
  •  Gestation: 60 to 70 days
  •  Number of Young: 2 to 4 kittens per litter
  •  Habitat: Boreal coniferous and mixed forests in the north, bottomland hardwood forest and coastal swamp in the southeast, and desert and scrubland in the southwest.
  •  Distrubtuion: Ranges from southern Canada to central Mexico, including most of the contiguous United States.

Did You Know?

Bobcats can run at up to 30 mph and they put their back feet in the same spots where their front feet stepped to reduce noise when hunting.