Roughly twice the size of an average house cat, bobcats have a layered coat that usually features an array of haphazard stripes and spots. The tawny brown sheen of their fur makes excellent camouflage for the secluded rocky environments they prefer to take shelter in. Unlike most felids, bobcats have short bob tails, hence their name.
Habitat & Diet
Bobcats have adapted to many regions of North America with similar climates. They can be found in mountainous regions, heavy forests, dry deserts, swamps and even in suburban areas near undeveloped land. They are carnivores that use stealth to take down small mammals, and have been known to successfully bring down prey larger than themselves.
Like most felines, bobcats are solitary creatures with the exception of mothers caring for their litter. They can have up to six cubs in a litter who will stay with their mother for up to a year learning to hunt and survive before striking out on their own.
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- When hunting, bobcats are capable of a pounce that can cover 10 feet of distance!
- Despite being extremely efficient hunters, bobcats are equipped to survive long periods when food is hard to find. When possible, they will often store and save kills to be eaten as needed.
Status In The Wild
Bobcats are the most abundant wild cat species in North America. It is estimated that there is more than one million in the United States alone. Sadly, in some areas they are still trapped for their soft, spotted fur. A bobcat can live up to 12 years in the wild.