Bobcats in the Wild

bewildering Bobcat Facts
  • Bobcats have been aroud for more than 1.8 million years. 
  • They are the most abundant wildcat in North America. 
  • Bobcats are able to jump as high as 12 feet.
  • Their top speed is also 34 miles per hour
Bobcat Scientific Classification

 

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felidae
Genus: Lynx
Species: Lynx Rufus

Bobcats are very adaptable. While they prefer woodlands, they don't depend exclusively on the deep forest. Their range is from the humid swamps of Florida to the desert lands of Texas and even the rugged mountain areas. Bobcats are native to North America from Southern Canada through most of the United States and into upper Mexico. 

Bobcats are named because of their black tipped, stubby tail. They are smaller than the average Canada Lynx, with which they share part of their range, but are about twice the size of a domestic cat. Adult bobcats range in weight from 14-40lbs, with females being smaller than males. 

Bobcats are crepuscular, and are most active during twilight. They can travel up to 7 miles a night. However, they are confined to a well defined territory, that they mark with feces, urine and clawing the trees in the area. 

Like most felines, the bobcat is usually solitary, but ranges often overlap.  Males are more tolerant of others, while females rarely wander into others' ranges. 

Bobcats are able to survive for long periods without food, but will eat heavily when prey is abundant. During the lean periods, they'll often prey on larger animals and store the food for later. They prefer mammals weighing less than 13lbs, however, they can take down much larger prey if needed.

Bobcats will generally begin breeding by their second summer, and most mating takes place during February and March.  Bobcats will mate with several different mates, and females raise their young alone. They'll generally have anywhere from one to six kittens, and they are born in April or May. 

The average lifespan of a bobcat is around 7-10 years in the wild, and their main predators are mountain lions, coyotes, foxes, owls, wolves, and humans.