Bobcat

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Bobcat
Lynx rufus

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Size: Between 24-48 inches; weighing between 8-33 pounds.

Range: North America

Habitat: Variety of habitats: forests, mountains, brushland.

Diet: Carnivorous; prefers to feed on small mammals, but will also consume fish, birds and insects.

Breeding: Once a year; February to March.

Nesting: Makes a nest out of vegetation in secluded places, such as logs or caves; litters are between 1 and 6 kittens.

Notes: A prominent figure in the mythology of Native Americans.

Description & Behavior
The bobcat is around the same size or slightly larger than a domestic cat. The colors of the bobcat varies from buff to gray to brown. Markings include black tipped ears, black stripes on the face and body, and also may have spots covering body to help camouflage it in the wild. The tip of the bobcat’s stubby tail is also black.