The Beastly Bobcat
Common Name: Bobcat, Lynx
Scientific Name: Lynx rufus
Life span in the wild: 10 to 12 years
Size: Head and body average 33 inches with a tiny tail about 5 inches long
Weight: 11 to 30 pounds
- Female bobcats are territorial, but male cats’ ranges may overlap
- Bobcats are predators that mainly target rabbits
- Bobcats may have more than one den
- They are most active during twilight (dawn and dusk)
- Bobcats are able to jump as high as 12 feet
- The top speed of a bobcat is 34 miles per hour
- Predators of the bobcat include cougars and wolves. The kittens are preyed upon by coyotes and owls
- Bobcats are good at climbing and can even swim, although (just like many other cats), they don’t care much for swimming.
- Bobcats rarely attack people. They are skittish and spooked easily by humans, so if one attacks, it may suffer from rabies.
Female bobcats find a secluded den to raise their young. They have between 1 and 6 kittens, which remain with the mother for up to 12 months. The mother cares for them, keeping them safe and fed, and helps teach them to hunt.
Bobcat tracks show 4 toes without claw marks, due to their retractable claws. The tracks can range in size from 1 to 3 inches. When walking the tracks are spaced roughly 13 inches apart. When running they are often up to 7 feet apart. Like all cats, the bobcat’s hind prints fall on top of its fore prints.