The Bobcat is a North American wild cat. These animals display reddish-brown or yellowish-brown coats with black or dark brown streaks and have outstanding, pointed ears with a bunch of black hair at the tip. The lower part of their body is white. The bobcat got its name due to its bobbed tail. Bobcats are roughly 25– 30 cm (10– 12 inches) high at the shoulder. The male Bobcat typically weighs from 11– 16 kg (24– 35 lb).
The forested areas, which contain the deciduous forests of United States and Mexico houses these animals. The Bobcat can be found in a few parts of southern Canada, where its range overlaps with the habitat of the related Canada Lynx. Maine and Minnesota contains the documentation of the Hybridization between wild Canada lynx and bobcat.
Their breeding time is during the late winter or early spring. And they go into a gestation period of two months. A female bobcat will give birth to one to six kittens each year. The bobcats are not adapted to tolerate the deep snows. Their hunting time is during the dawn and dusk where they hunt very small animals during those times. These animals hide near the conifer lands and rocky ledges.
The bobcats are highly adaptable to the changes that humans cause; some biologists believe that there are more bobcats in the United States today than in colonial times. Nowadays the bobcats are not found in the mid west because those lands are now used for cultivation.People keep Bobcats as popular mascots for schools such as Bates College.
Wild rabbits, hares, and rodents become a prey to this carnivorous animal, but during winters when the food is less they also hunt the large deer.