Bobcat

Bobcat

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderCarnivora
SuborderFeliformia
FamilyFelidae
SubfamilyFelinae
GenusLynx
Binomial nameLynx rufus

Range Map

Bobcat range map
Range of species in blue

Description

The bobcat is a nocturnal and elusive, midsize wildcat from North America (related to the lynx). They look like a big domestic cat with a bobbed tail.

Their color can range from grayish brown to red, with a white underbody. They measure from 47 to 125 cm and weigh from 8 to 9 kg. 

The bobcat is a carnivore and eats raccoons, squirrels, rodents, rabbits, birds, reptiles, skunks, and sometimes even deer.

They have an extraordinary night vision and can live in all types of habitats across the central section of North America. Their lifespan ranges from 10 to 12 years.