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Bobcat

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Average size: Adult males can range in weight from 6.4 to 18.3 kg (14 to 40 lb), females at 4.1 to 15.3 kg (9.0 to 34 lb). The adult bobcat is 47.5 to 125 cm (18.7 to 49 in) long from the head to the base of the tail, averaging 82.7 cm (32.6 in); the stubby tail adds 9 to 20 cm (3.5 to 7.9 in).

 

Average Lifespan: Bobcats typically live to six or eight years of age, with a few reaching beyond ten. The longest they have been known to live is 16 years in the wild and 32 years in captivity.

Range/distribution Map:

Bobcat range

Habitat description: The bobcat is an adaptable animal. It prefers woodlands deciduous, coniferous, or mixed—but unlike the other Lynx species it does not depend exclusively on the deep forest. It ranges from the humid swamps of Florida to desert lands of Texas or rugged mountain areas. It will make its home near agricultural areas, if rocky ledges, swamps, or forested tracts are present, its spotted coat serving as camouflage.

Behavior: The bobcat is crepuscular. It keeps on the move from three hours before sunset until about midnight and then again from before dawn until three hours after sunrise. Each night it will move from 2 to 7 miles (3.2 to 11 km) along its habitual route. This behavior may vary seasonally, as bobcats become more diurnal during fall and winter. This is a response to the activity of their prey, which are more active during the day in colder months.

Current news: In some areas, bobcats are still trapped for their soft, spotted fur. North American populations are believed to be quite large, with perhaps as many as one million cats in the United States alone.

Fun Fact: The bobcat is the most abundant wildcat in the U.S. and has the greatest range of all native North American cats.