Wildlife Wednesdays: Bobcat

Pardon the late blog post! Yesterday was just to much, didn’t have the brainpower to post :/

Anyways, the feature creature today is the Bobcat, not to be confused with their cousins, the Lynx. Bobcats are one of the most abundant cat types in North America. However, they are rarely seen out in the open, being that they are nocturnal animals. They can be found from swamps to deserts, and occasionally stole into suburban areas.

Bobcat 1

 

They are twice as big as a house cat and can weigh from 11 – 30 pounds. A small creature but a wild animal. Their lifespan is typically from 6-8 years, with few living beyond 10 years.  Besides their bobbed tail, hence the name, their powerful legs and paws are most noticeable. Those legs and paws come in handy when hunting. Being stealth hunters, they stalk their prey and can pounce on it. How far of a distance they can achieve? 10 feet! Their prey consist of squirrels, rabbits, birds, mice and small game. At times, they can take down prey larger than them.

These cats are solitary animals, like most cats are. Once a female is pregnant, which at times can be within their first year, they find a den and raise their litter of kittens for 9-12 months. In that time, they learn to survive from their mothers. Females usually have 2-6 kittens, but typically have 2-4 young ones.

Bobcats 2

Unfortunately, like most cuddly cats, Bobcats will be sold as pets. Not a good thing to get involved with. Whether they are raised solely by people or not, they are still wild animals. Many states permit the sales of theses creatures and they should not have the permission. In many cases these animals become neglected and abandoned. Live the wild in the wild 🙂

With Bobcats being able to adapt in many areas, they do come into contact with people at times. Make noise to scare them off. Don’t kill them! Why do they come down to residential areas? They are hungry, they need food just like us. With the destruction of their habitat they run into us more than ever. Preserve their homes to keep us safe and them safe as well.

As always, educate yourself on Bobcats and other wild animals. The world would be empty without them.

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