Also called the red lynx, it is the most common wild cat in North America


With its distinctive short bobbed tail from which it derives its name, it is a resilient and adaptable predator found across North America, from the forests of Canada to the deserts of Mexico. This medium-sized cat embodies the wild’s stealth and beauty, featuring a coat that varies in shades of beige or brown, adorned with lines or spots in dark brown or black.

The physical features of the bobcat, such as the extended hair beneath their ears, give their face a wide, imposing look, enhancing their formidable presence in the wild. Despite their medium size, bobcats can produce snarls and growls so deep and fearsome that they seem to come from a much larger animal. This vocal prowess serves as a communication tool, signaling dominance or warding off potential threats.

Interestingly, bobcats exhibit a notable variation in body size based on their geographical location, with individuals from the northern parts of their range typically showcasing a larger physique than their southern counterparts. This size discrepancy may be attributed to Bergmann’s rule, suggesting that animal sizes increase in colder environments to conserve body heat.

Bobcats are masters of survival, capable of enduring long periods without food. However, when prey is abundant, they seize the opportunity to feed frequently, storing energy for leaner times. Their diet is diverse, mainly consisting of birds, rabbits, and rodents, demonstrating their role as a crucial predator in controlling these populations. Remarkably, bobcats can hunt prey up to eight times their weight, showcasing their prowess and adaptability as hunters. This ability to take down larger prey is vital during food scarcities, ensuring survival across various environmental conditions.


Population est.
United States

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No