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Bobcat #2

AuntDot

Dunnellon, United States

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A bobcat at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Homosassa, Florida.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D, Canon 55-250 lens at 208 mm

From Defenders of Wildlife:
The most common wildcat in North America, the bobcat is named for its short, bobbed tail. They are medium-sized cats and are slightly smaller but similar in appearance to their cousin, the lynx. Their coats vary in color from shades of beige to brown fur with spotted or lined markings in dark brown or black. Though bobcats are only about twice the size of a full grown domestic housecat, they can bring down prey as large as an adult deer nearly ten times its own weight!

From Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park:
Scientific Name: Felis rufus or Lynx rufus
Bobcats are medium-sized cats; bigger than a house cat while smaller than a lion. They are about two feet tall and weight about 20 pounds. They are usually light brown to reddish brown in color. A bobcat kitten’s fur is spotted when they are born and as they get older the spots fade into light black streaks. Bobcats get the name from their unusually short tails which can be anywhere from 3 to 7 inches in length. Bobcats live throughout the U.S. with the exception of a few eastern central states. They prefer woody or grassy areas and their territory can span 5 to 50 miles. Bobcats are nocturnal, being most active at night when their prey is. They have excellent vision and hearing which are their most important senses when it comes to hunting. They eat rabbits, rodents, squirrels, ground-nesting birds, turkeys and occasionally have been known to take a sick or small deer.

Bobcat (alternate view)

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