Bobcat by Kimberly Chadwick

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9-27-10

Taken at Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

The following information is courtesy of Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

Identifying Features
The bobcat (Lynx rufus) can be identified most easily by its short bob-tail which is 2 to 8 inches long. The tail has black fur on the top and is white on the underside. It has a wide flat face with longer fur on the cheek area. It has long legs and big paws. Its color ranges from an orange-ish brown to pale gray with black spots and bars on it legs and chest and less noticeable spots throughout its body.

Adaptations
The bobcats ability to adapt to many different habitats and ranges is what has made it such a successful species. In the Sonoran Desert is has adapted to survive on marginal habitats. A marginal habitat is one that might not be as rich in prey or shelter as other places.

Habitat
The bobcat can be found throughout the Sonoran Desert. It prefers rocky areas with plenty of plant cover, but can be found in mountain forests, riparian canyons, brushland, and in populated suburban areas.

Range
The range of the bobcat is quite large. They can be found from southern Canada, throughout the United States and into northern and central Mexico

Wild Status
Overall, the population of the bobcat is fairly stable. In some areas their numbers are increasing and in other areas the population is declining. They are currently listed as a species of least concern.

Diet
Bobcats are carnivores and thus prefer an all meat diet. Their food of choice is rabbits, but they will also eat birds, lizards, rodents, snakes, and carrion. On occasion they have been known to kill deer.

Predators
Predators of the bobcat include mountain lions, coyotes, foxes, owls, wolves, and humans.

Home
Bobcats will usually change their shelter on a daily basis. When they are not active they will rest in hollow logs, a rocky den, a cave, a low tree branch, a boulder or some other covered shelter. When the female has kittens to care for she will have several dens and will move the kittens round between them.

Life Span
Bobcats can live to be 13-15 years old in the wild.

Size
Bobcats generally weigh between 15 and 30 pounds. Males are larger than the females. Their body length is 20 to 50 inches.

Extra Fun-facts

  • Bobcats are found only in North America.
  • Bobcats often ambush their prey by waiting motionless and then pouncing on it. This is the same hunting technique used by the mountain lion.

Click to hear bobcat sounds

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Comments

  • RichImage
    RichImageover 4 years ago

    He is posing for you Kimberly. Great capture..

  • I got lucky this day. They were out and about playing and leaping all around their enclosure. I was very pleased when they stopped for a short spell. Thank you Rich!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ted Busby
    Ted Busbyover 4 years ago

    Nice cat…Would love to be able to see one…

    Someday….;o)

  • Thank you Ted, when you make out here to Arizona, let me know. the desert museum is a great place to spend all day with your camera!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    Oh Kimberly, I love this shot. I’m checking to see if it would qualify for the Big Cats Group. I’ll let you know. Barb

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    Yes, the Bobcat is listed as eligible. Please consider entering your image in our Group. We would love it there. There are also several other smaller cats that qualify. Barb

  • This would bet to be my first submission! Thank you Barbara, I will do that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 4 years ago

    Lovely portrait capture of this Bobcat! : )

  • Thank you very much Sandy. Your critique is always welcome!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 4 years ago

    Great capture Kimberly, well done!

  • Thank you so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Splendid cat, & splendid catch. Love the precise look of him/her; feet placed just so, wonderful expression. Great job.

  • I was quite pleased with the opportunity, thank you very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeover 4 years ago

    Such a beautiful cat. Nicely captured.

  • Thank you Kat very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kathy Newton
    Kathy Newtonover 4 years ago

    Pretty Bobcat, wonderful photo !

  • Thank you Kathy!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Erik Anderson
    Erik Andersonover 4 years ago

    Ohh dang haha, great shot and damn intimidating!

  • Thank you so much Eric! they are more afraid of us, then we could be of them !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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