The bobcat gets its name from its stubby tail. It is about twice the size of a house cat. Females are slightly smaller than males. Of the thirteen recognized sub species of bobcat, the Florida subspecies Lynx rufus floridanus is the smallest.
Like most cats, the bobcat is territorial and mostly solitary. Males will occupy ranges of from about 8-40 square miles. Females less than half that. Ranges of various individuals may overlap. The bobcat marks its territory with scratch marks and with urine and feces. Bobcats are crepuscular – hunting mostly at dawn and dusk.
In reproduction the gestation period is only about two months. Usually, 2-4 kittens are born which the female cares for alone.
The bobcat, or Lynx rufus, is a mammal in the cat family Felidae and is related to the Florida panther.
The bobcat can be found from Canada to northern Mexico. It lives in many habitats such as woods, swamps and deserts and even near human populations if prey is available.
The bobcat is an obligate carnivore that feeds on a great variety of prey from insects, rodents and rabbits to whitetail deer – especially fawns.
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The bobcat is a tree climber and a stalker. With its agility and stealth, this bite-sized mouse doesn’t stand a chance. If the bobcat kills larger prey like a deer, it may burry it under some leaves and then return to it several times to feed.