Bobcat

Bobcat

(Lynx rufus)

Conservation Status:

Least Concerned

Origin:

North America

Lifespan:

7 years, rarely exceeds 10 years

Size:

Adults are 18 to 50 inches long, from head to tail base. Tail length is 6 to 7 inches.

Males weigh from 14 to 40 lbs; females weigh from 9 to 35 lbs

They are the smallest in the 4 lynx species (Bobcat, Canada lynx, Eurasian lynx, Iberian lynx.)

Diet:

Carnivore: preys on rodents, birds, fish, insects, foxes, skunks, mink, etc.

Activity:

Crepuscular – active mostly during twilight hours, dusk and dawn

They can travel 2 to 7 miles each night. They become more diurnal during fall and winter.

Reproduction:

Males begin breeding by their second summer.

Females begin breeding as early as their first summer.

Breeding season starts February to March, typically.

Gestation is 60 to 70 days.

Litter size can be 1 to 6, but usually 2 to 4 kittens.

Kittens are born in April or May.

Extra Facts:

Also called “Wildcats”

Bobcats tend to be more aggressive than the Canada Lynx

They are built for warmer climates compared to the Lynx

Collective group name is a “clowder” or “clutter”

Males are called “torn”

Females are called “queen”