Lynx rufus

Bobcats (Lynx rufus) have well-defined territories marked with urine scent, feces and clawing. Males will tolerate other males where their territories overlap, but females generally do not permit other bobcats to trespass.

Each bobcat has several areas within its territory for shelter. The main den (natal den) is supplemented by secondary shelters in hollow logs, thickets, brush piles and under rock ledges. These alternate covers are usually located near the perimeter of the bobcat’s territory.

Sportsmen often believe this cat with long legs, a short (bobbed) tail and pointed ears preys primarily on quail and other game birds. Examination of the stomachs of hunted bobcats shows that a very small percentage of their diet is composed of birds of any type. Bobcats mainly eat squirrels, wood rats, mice, gophers, cottontails and hares. Occasionally in the winter bobcats will take small or diseased deer.

Bobcats occupy a variety of diverse habitats, including areas overlapping with human populations, as long as there is suitable shelter and prey.

Being crepuscular (most active at dusk and dawn), bobcats are not regularly observed.  This bobcat, which has its territory and dens on our property near Lookout CA (Modoc County), appears to be heading back to its main den at dawn.


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4 Responses to Bobcat

  1. Lin Erickson says:

    They are beautiful animals…thanks for the info…I always hope for a sighting in our area!

  2. usermattw says:

    Wow, beautiful picture. What a sight to see a creature like that outside your home!

  3. tonytomeo says:

    Hey, the namesake of my hometown!
    Los Gatos!

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