Bobcat ~ Non-captive by Kimberly Chadwick

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Driving to work I see this figure stalk across the road at the bend ahead of me. “What is that…” I grabbed my camera and I slow down. This fella, crossed the road and laid down. Yep, just turned around like a “cat” and just laid down. he was panting, so I called Arizona Game & Fish. Called later that day to find out that he was no where to be found. I hope he is safe, but the experience was great. I was about 10-15 feet from him (safely in my truck…lol).

The following information is courtesy of Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

Bobcat

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.

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Comments

  • UncaDeej
    UncaDeejover 4 years ago

    Well caught,would love to have these where i live,are they timid or attack cats?well done…Deej.

  • Like anything, they are more afraid of us unless cornered or threatened! Thank you very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bonnie Robert
    Bonnie Robertover 4 years ago

    Way to go Kimberly!! You have the most exciting days, I’m sooooo jealous, LOL. Love the shot!

  • Hehe, thank you my friend. Classic case of in the right place at the right time!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    What a thrill!! Decent shot too! That memory will always stay fresh.

  • I agree, thank you Lee-Anne

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Winona Sharp
    Winona Sharpover 4 years ago

    I am jealous of you but It is an amazing image and to have gotten it. Instant FAV

  • Thank you very much Redhawk, your support is appreciated!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 4 years ago

    Such a beautiful image !

  • Many, many thanks Judy!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago

    What a great catch I have heard they like to lay on the road it warms up their bodies !

  • That would be a first but this image proves it…lol. Thank you Karen!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Jeff Ore
    Jeff Oreover 4 years ago

    Awesome Shot, Kimberly

  • Many, many thanks Jeff. Happy Thanksgiving!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Jeff Ore
    Jeff Oreover 4 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving Kimberly


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