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Bobcat
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Felis rufus
Family Name:
Felidae
Location:
S. Canada, US, and Mexico
Size:
26-43in
( 65-110cm )
Weight:
8 3/4 -34lb
( 4-15.5kg )
Social Unit:
Solitary
Gestation:
60-70 days
Birth:
2-3
Diet:
Small mammals, Large mammals, and Birds
 
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Bobcat

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Bobcat Description
  A short, "bobbed" tail gives this cat its name.
Mainly varying between shades of buff and brown, its coat is spotted and lined with dark brown and black. The Bobcat resembles the Eurasian Lynx, but is smaller, has more slender legs, and its ears ( distinctly marked with black on the back ) are less conspicuously tufted, or not at all. As with the Lynx, it has a ruff or fur extending from its ears to the jowls. The Bobcat is seen in a greater variety of habitants than the Lynx. It is mainly nocturnal and terrestrial, although it can climb with ease, and shelters by day in a thicket, hollow tree, or crevice. It usually stalks its prey with great stealth and seizes it after a swift leap.
Its diet consists mainly of rabbits and birds, although it may hunt larger mammals such as a deer in winter.
Occationally trapped and hunted by humans, it has been exterminated over much of the Ohio Valley, upper Mississippi Valley, and the southern Great Lakes region.
 
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