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Bobcat
Lynx rufus

Habitat: Diverse habitat types that include forests, coastal swamps, deserts and scrubland

Range: Most of North America (Canada, Mexico and the U.S.A)

Natural Diet: Rabbits, hare, rodents, squirrels, birds, fish and insects. They are also known to hunt young deer and other small predators including domestic cats

Status in the Wild: Least Concern (Common)

 

Fun Animal Facts

The bobcat is a small felid that is brownish-grey in color with black-tufted ears. It is named after its short tail. This species is crepuscular. They are solitary and territorial by nature, although male and female territories are known to overlap.

Habitat loss and hunting are the primary threats to wild populations of bobcats. The species is also persecuted as pests.

Conservation: free-ranging numbers of this species have declined rapidly due to poaching and illegal collection for zoos and private collections. Other threats include Habitat destruction and conversion and predation by domestic dogs.

 

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Bobcats are habitat generalists living and surviving in diverse habitats  (Photo credit: Clifford Oto, The Record)

 

Distributional range in North America