Bobcat

Created on Day 6

Design

In spite of its small size, the bobcat is a ferocious predator. It has the ability to kill an animal as large as a deer. The female bobcat teaches her young to hunt two weeks after they are born. If the bobcat makes a big kill, it will drag its prey to a safe location, eat what it desires, and then cover up the rest to return later to feed. This allows it to feed a number of times on a single kill. These predatory skills became part of the bobcat’s instincts after the Fall of man.

Features

  • The bobcat can be distinguished from other cats by its ear tufts and ruffs of hair on the sides its face. Its fur is mainly brown and beige with darker shades making up the spots. The backs of its ears are black, and the tip of its tail has black bars on it.

Fun Facts

  • Unlike other cats, the bobcat’s tail is relatively short. This is possibly where it gets its name.
  • The bobcat likes to live and hunt alone.
  • The growl of the bobcat is easily confused with the growl of a mountain lion.
  • The bobcat is the most common wildcat in North America.

Created Kind Members

Cheetah, jaguar, leopard, lion, tiger, cougar, housecat, lynx

CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)

ORDER: Carnivora (meat-eating)

FAMILY: Felidae (cat kind)

GENUS/SPECIES: Lynx rufus

Size: 25–41 in (0.6–1 m)

Weight: 8–33 lbs (4–15 kg)

Original Diet: Plants

Present Diet: Rodents, rabbits, birds, and reptiles

Habitat: Occurs in a wide variety of habitats from the Atlantic to the Pacific ocean and from Mexico to southern British Columbia