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Bobcat
Lynx rufus

Habitat: Forests, coastal swamps, deserts and scrubland

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

Natural Diet: Small mammals, birds, fish and insects. 

Status in the Wild: Common

 

 

Fun Facts

  • Bobcats have a muscular build with longer hind legs than front legs that help them pounce on their prey that are as far as 10 feet away from them

  • Their muscular build also supports them when they run up to 30 miles per hour when they are chasing their prey

  • They have a bobbed tailed

  • They advanced senses that include the sense of sight, hearing, and the sense of smell

  • They are excellent tree climbers and are able to effortlessly climb int trees, if needed

  • They are solitary by nature pairing briefly for breeding

 

 

Conservation Threats

  • The major threats are habitat loss, some agricultural practices, and livestock farming and production.

  • Illegal hunting and trapping also has a detrimental influence on their wild numbers

 

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

 

 

Distributional range

Bobcats are found throughout North America