The Truth About Bobcats

The Truth About Bobcats
Bobcat vs Coyote track

Bobcat track

The bobcat’s track is wider, but shorter than a coyote’s track. Compare the two:


Coyote track

Coyote track

Do you notice anything else that’s different about these two tracks?

Do you see those little marks above the toes in the coyote’s track? Those are the claws. Just like your pet cat, bobcat’s have retractable claws!

Does your cat like getting into water? Probably not, but check out this bobcat:

Bopcat swimming

Another interesting tidbit about bobcats is how long they live – 10 to 12 years in the wild. They’re solitary animals (they like alone time), and tend to hunt for small prey, including birds, at dusk, throughout the night, and at dawn. This means that bobcats are nocturnal.

Even though they’re not particularly large, adult males weigh up to 35 pounds (the range for bobcats is 15 – 35 pounds with males generally weighing more), they can take down a larger animal.

When they’re hunting, their leaping pounce can cover 10 feet!

Bobcat leaping

This is impressive!

The bobcat is the most abundant wildcat in the U.S. and has the greatest range of all native North American cats. – National

And, it’s hunted by people. Why? Mainly because people want it’s fur (pelt.)

You can learn more about this cool animal through the National Geographic link (above) or through the Nebraska Game and Parks website.  You can even listen to bobcats on the National Geographic site. How cool is that?

So, why is it called a bobcat, anyway? Tell me why in the comments!


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