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Bobcat

Lynx rufus

Common Names
Bob cat

Characteristics
Wt. 14-35 lb (6-16 kg); Shoulder Ht. 18"-23" (46-58cm); Length 26"-43" (65-110 cm); Tail 3 1/2"-5" (9-12 cm). A Bobcat is a small wild cat that has small ear tufts, a broad cheek ruff and a short stubby tail. The tail has two to three black bars and the black tip is pale or white on the underside. The bobcat is tawny with shades of brown and buff. The backs of the ears are black. The upper legs have dark or black horizontal bars. The bobcat is grayer in winter with indistinct black spotting. It is the most common wild cat in North America.

Habitat
The bobcat is primarily found in brushlands, broken forests, semi-desert (if rocky or brushy) and woodlands. It adapts to swamps, farmlands and is seldom found above 6000' (1800 m).

Distribution
Most plentiful in the far west of the United States: Idaho, UT, NV to Pacific. Spotty distribution in southern Canada and the rest of the United States; however, absent in most of the Central United States and lower Midwest.


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