Habitat: diverse habitat types that include forests, coastal swamps, deserts and scrubland
Range: widely distributed across North America (Canada, Mexico and the U.S.A)
Natural Diet: small mammals,
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)
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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