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Scientific Name: Lynx rufus

Bobcats are a North American wild cat that can be found from the southern parts of Canada to Mexico’s northern regions. The cat looks similar to other members of the Lynx genus.  Unlike many other wild cats, the bobcat is not an endangered or threatened species.

Bobcat Pictures

Bobcat Species Facts

The bobcat has black stripes on its legs, a black-tipped tail and black-tufted ears. The cat’s coat can range in color from gray to brown.

There are 13 subspecies of bobcats:

  • Lynx rufus gigas (northern New York to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick)
  • Lynx rufus rufus  (eastern and midwestern United States)
  • Lynx rufus floridanus (southeastern United States and inland to southwestern Missouri and southern Illinois)
  • Lynx rufus superiorensis  (western Great Lakes area)
  • Lynx rufus californicus  (California west of the Sierra Nevada)
  • Lynx rufus mohavensis (California’s Mojave Desert)
  • Lynx rufus texensis (western Louisiana, Texas, south central Oklahoma, and south into Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, and Coahuila)
  • Lynx rufus baileyi  (southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico)
  • Lynx rufus escuinipae (primarily central Mexico, but also along Mexico’s west coast)
  • Lynx rufus fasciatus (Oregon, Washington, northwestern California, and southwestern British Columbia)
  • Lynx rufus peninsularis (Baja California)
  • Lynx rufus oaxacensis (Oaxaca, Mexico)
  • Lynx rufus pallescens (northwestern United States and southern British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan

Bobcat’s like living in forests, but can also be found in deserts and even swamps. Their prey usually consists of rabbits and hares, but the cat will also eat rodents, insects, chickens and even deer. They are twice as big as a domestic cat, with fur that ranges in color from gray to light or medium brown.

Conservation Issues

Bobcats have been aggressively hunted for their fur, as well as for sport. The cat is protected in the countries where it lives. The bobcat population is currently estimated at between 700,000 to 1.5 million.

Bobcat Conservation Organizations

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