Bobcat Information  

Bobcat in cage trap
Captured Bobcat
Tucson, Arizona


Bobcats are another species of predator that is highly adaptable and ranges throughout  most of the continental United States. 

In Arizona they are equally at home from the lowlands of the Sonoran Desert to the pine and fir covered mountains of the higher  elevations.  As with their main competitor and sometimes nemesis, the coyote, they are quite capable of living adjacent to human habitation. 

Despite the fact that they are  common wildlife species, few people ever see one because of their elusive nature.  Adult bobcats usually weigh between 15 and 35 pounds, and are 2 to 3 feet long, including a 5 to 6 inch tail.  Their coloration on top ranges from gray-brown or reddish to almost steel blue, with dark spots dappling the fur and providing an effective camouflage pattern.  The  belly fur is white with black spots.  The underside of the tail is also white and there are distinctive white spots on the backs of the ears. 

Bobcats are solitary creatures except  when breeding, which can take place at any time during the year although it generally occurs from January to March.  Litters of 2-4 kittens are born after a 50-60 day gestation  period. 

The preferred prey of bobcats includes cottontail rabbits, wood rats, and jackrabbits, with other small rodents, birds, reptiles, and occasionally deer rounding out the diet.  Bobcats can and do take poultry, domestic sheep, and goats when the opportunity presents itself.

Bobcats occasionally harvest free roaming pets such as house  cats and small dogs.  They are armed with sharp, meat-hook claws and impressive canine teeth that do the actual killing.  

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