Bobcats (scientific name: Lynx rufus) are mainly crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. During winter months, they are out more during the day because that is when their prey is also most active. Bobcats can take down prey that is three times larger than themselves, including small deer. Bobcats are solitary cats, meaning they usually live alone. They have well-defined territories.
- Grey to brown coat
- Black tufted ears
- Short bobbed tail – this is why they got the name “bobcat”
- White belly
- Visible spots
Bobcats are very adaptable and live in a variety of habitats including wooded areas, swamp lands, and even in urban areas. They have the widest range of all the wild cats in North America.
- Habitat Loss
Bobcats are losing a lot of their habitat to farming and urbanization.
- Retaliatory Killings
Bobcats are killed by farmers for taking their livestock.