Bobcat Information (page 2)  

Trapped bobcat
Captured Bobcat
Tucson, Arizona

Bobcats (continued from Page 1)

Bobcats may be incidental carriers of the rabies virus,  usually in the summer months, and have been known to attack people with impressive ferocity.  This usually results in substantial wounds as well as the need for immediate  inoculation against the disease. 

Bobcat territories may be as large as 25 square miles for males and 4-10 square miles for females.  They make routine circuits of these areas, often  taking a week or two to completely cover the area.

Stealth and patience are the two main hunting skills possessed by these wild cats.  They are crepuscular, being most active a  few hours before and after sunrise and sunset.  Because they are in that precarious position in the food chain where they are not only predators but also sometimes prey to  other species such as mountain lions and coyotes, bobcats prefer brushy, rocky habitat with escape routes.  Urban and suburban habitats are acceptable because no hunting or  trapping is allowed, dogs must be on leashes, and wild predator populations are minimal. 

Like all felines, bobcats are inactive during much of the day.  Hunting beds are often  used, where a ‘cat has a good field of vision to spot prey or potential danger, yet feels comfortable enough to actually rest or sleep while waiting until hunger once again spurs  it into action.  The term “cat nap” comes from such behavior.

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