bobcat

(Lynx rufus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

bobcat

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Relatively common

   
   
   
   
    Photo by Ramona Abrego
Habitat

A wide variety of habitats including boreal coniferous and mixed forests, aspen forests, forested river bottomlands, brushlands, and cedar swamps

Lifespan

10 to 12 years

 
Size

Head and body: 25 to 40

Tail: 3 to 7

 
 
Identification

The fur (pellage) is reddish-brown above, whitish on the belly, with spots and stripes throughout. The tail is short and black at the tip but only on the top. Ruffs on each side of the face give the appearance of sideburns. The ear tufts are short and inconspicuous.

 
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Similar
Species

Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) is larger. The pelage is pale gray mixed with mixed with pale brown above. The belly is not spotted or striped. The tip of the tail is black, both above and below. The ruffs (sideburns) are more pronounced. The feet are large. The ear tufts are long and conspicuous. It is much less common.

 
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Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 15, 29, 30, 76.

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Carnivora (carnivores)

 

Suborder:

Feliformia

 

Family:

Felidae (cat)

 

Subfamily:

Felinae

 

Genus:

Lynx

 
Subordinate Taxa

Bailey bobcat (Lynx rufus baileyi)

bobcat (Lynx rufus rufus)

Californian bobcat (Lynx rufus californicus)

Florida bobcat (Lynx rufus floridanus)

Giant bobcat (Lynx rufus gigas)

Lake Superior bobcat (Lynx rufus superiorensis)

Mexican bobcat (Lynx rufus escuinapae)

Mojave bobcat (Lynx rufus mohavensis) ?

Northern bobcat (Lynx rufus pallescens)

Northwestern bobcat (Lynx rufus fasciatus)

Oaxacan bobcat (Lynx rufus oaxacensis)

Peninsula bobcat (Lynx rufus peninsularis)

Texan bobcat (Lynx rufus texensis)

 
Synonyms

Felis rufus

 
Common
Names

bay lynx

bobcat

red lynx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Pelage

The coat of a mammal, consisting of fur, wool, or hair, and including a soft undercoat and stiff guard hairs.

 

       
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  A BRIEF GLIMPSE OF A BOBCAT
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I had an encounter with this bobcat in the early fall of 2014. I didn't have much time to try capture it on film. Had seen tracks in winter, but never had contact with one before. It paused for several seconds. I tried readjusting the camera and it turned and trotted off by the time I did. It didn't seem afraid of me at first and I didn't feel threatened by it. It had kind of sad look in it's eyes.

   
       
       
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Ramona Abrego
2/14/2015

Location: Wildlife Science Center, Forest Lake

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