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Western bobcat


Class: Mammal
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felisae
Genus: Felis rufus
Size: Females: 15 lbs. 30-35”; Males: 28 lbs. 32-37”
Breeding: Once yearly, Dec.-May
Mating: Males: 1 year; Females: 2 years
Gestation: 60 days
No. of young: 1-6 (kittens)
Lifestyle: Solitary; roaming range 80 sq. mi
Diet: Rabbits, rodents, birds, fish, gophers, small mammals
Lifespan: Up to 15-20 years in captivity

Bobcats are also known as wildcats or lynx. They range from Canada to Mexico in areas ranging from lowlands to mountain tops and cover can be open or dense. Bobcats are native to the Ohio region.

They are slightly larger than house cats. They have yellowish to reddish to brown coats with black spots. Their ears are tufted with black tips. The short tail is black on top and white below. Bobcats have very large feet, five toes in front, four behind.

They are crepuscular (active at dusk & dawn) and will lie and wait for their prey, pouncing when it comes near. They are very agiler with sharp teeth and claws. Whatever meat is not eaten is hidden and eaten over the next few days.

Bobcats are not endangered, but are considered threatened. 

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