Lynx rufus


  • Head and body 25-30 in. (63-76 cm); tail 5 in. (127 mm)
  • Weight 15-35 lb. (6.7 – 15.7 kg)
  • Short tail black only on top at the tip
  • Ear tufts are short and inconspicuous
  • Skull has 28 teeth


Mostly nocturnal and solitary. Feeds on small mammals and birds and will eat carrion if it is not tainted. The bobcat dens in rock crevices, hollow logs, and beneath downfalls. It may wander 25-50 miles, usually within a 2 mile radius. Normally mates in spring.



A Field Guide to the Mammals Peterson Field Guide William H. Burt/Richard P. Grossenheider 3rd Edition Houghton Mifflin Co. 1980