My Bantam Lake

Bobcat

Written on 06/27/2018


Lynx rufus

Bobcats can be found in a variety of habitats, including forests, semi-deserts, mountains, and brushland. They sleep in hidden dens, often in hollow trees, thickets, or rocky crevices. Bobcats range in length from 65 to 105 cm, with the tail adding an extra 11 to 19 cm (bobcats got their name because of their short tails).Bobcat fur can be various shades of buff and brown, with dark brown or black stripes and spots on some parts of the body. The tip of the tail and the backs of the ears are black. They have short ear tufts, and ruffs of hair on the side of the head, giving the appearance of sideburns. Males and females only associate for the brief time required for courtship and copulation, and both males and females may have multiple partners. Bobcats are basically terrestrial and nocturnal, although they are good climbers and are often active at dusk as well as during the night. Bobcats are strictly meat eaters. Stealthy hunters, they stalk their prey, then pounce and (if successful) kill with a bite to the vertebrae of the neck. They huntrodents rodents, rabbits, small ungulates, large ground birds, and sometimes reptiles. rabbitThey occasionally eat small domesticated animals and poultrypoultry.

 

Source: Lynx rufus Bobcat, Animal Diversity Web, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology