Bobcat

Lynx rufus

Bobcats are common wildcats found in North America. They are named for their short, bobbed tail.  A bobcat is about twice the size of an average house cat with their coats varying in color from shades of brown to beige fur with lined or spotted markings in black or dark brown. Their fur is very soft and dense. Their habitat varies from semi-deserts and brush lands to mountainous and forest areas. Areas dense with prey and vegetation is their ideal setting.

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Height up to 23 inches
Length 30-41 inches including the tail
Weight 20-28 lbs (males); 13-20 lbs (females)
Life span 12-13 years in the wild; up to 20 years in captivity.

Diet

Rabbits and hares make up much of the bobcats diet. They are carnivores so will also eat birds, rodents, squirrels, sheep, fish and even deer.

Population

Estimated up to one million bobcats remain in the wild.

Range

Throughout North America bobcats are found from southern Canada to southern Mexico.

Behavior

Bobcats are very territorial and usually solitary animals. Also extremely active, they will spend most of their time moving around mostly during dawn and dusk. Bobcats can have many dens in their territories. Usually a rock sheltercave, or other protective places such as brush piles, the root mass of a fallen tree or a hollow log just to name a few.

Reproduction
Mating season 
Usually late in the winter, throughout the year is also possible however.
Gestation Approximately two months.
Litter size Can consist of up to six kittens
Usually born around early spring, bobcat kittens begin eating solid food at about two months old. They will begin learning how to hunt at about 5 months.  Between 8 and 11 months old, the kitten will begin scouting our territories of their own.