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The Small But Powerful Bobcat
Lynx rufus - The Bobcat
Almost present throughout the entire United States of America, and extending into Southern Canada and most of Mexico, the Bobcat is seldom seen but yet is at a very healthy population levels, and not the slightest bit endangered. This is one successful and stealthy cat.
Though the Bobcat is not very big, and usually about twice the size of a average sized house cat, the Bobcat is an extremely powerful hunter. In fact, the thirty five pound Bobcat can kill a deer regardless of the size of it. The Bobcat does not kill deer in the way that a Cougar or Mountain Lion would. The Bobcat is more into working smart instead of hard. Bobcats sitting on a tree branch observing a deer underneath them will leap onto the deer's back, and quickly bite through the deer's jugular vein, bringing a speedy death and dinner.
North American Bobcat Distribution
Bobcats - Solitary Carnivorous Predators
I hope that you were as impressed by the notion of a thirty five pound cat bringing down a deer as I was. That's all true, of course, and you can fact check it if you wish. The Bobcat can hardly eat a whole deer, it's true, and of course a pack of coyotes is likely to finish the rest, but in the meantime the Bobcat will cover his or her deer carcass with leaves and twigs and debris in order to hide it until he or she is able to enjoy some more venison, if possible.
Deer, however, are certainly NOT the primary meal for a Bobcat. That would be the common rabbit or mouse. Of course there are many species of both hare and mouse, and as the Bobcat is an extremely widely distributed kitty, it's diet is opportunistic in regards to it's inhabited region.
Squirrels, birds, fish, and even insects are often too the meal of the Bobcat. Sheep and Goats are not safe from Bobcat predation, but cattle and horses have neither ever been recorded victims of a Bobcat's hunger.
Speaking of Bobcat's eating birds, I found the following video to be pretty wonderful.
Lynx and Bobcat Hybrids
- LYNX AND BOBCAT HYBRIDS
Bobcats can be crossed with lynxes. The outcome depends on which lynx sub-species is used - the European (Spanish) Lynx is more heavily spotted than the Canadian lynx. Bobcats are usually reddish brown with dark spots, but grey or bluish bobcats....
Relatives: The Canadian Lynx and the Eurasian Lynx
The Bobcat is thought to be a smaller, but evolved cousin of the largest of the Lynx Genus, the Eurasian lynx, or, as it is in the Latin, the Lynx lynx. The Eurasian Lynx, often found in Siberia, can be twice as large as a Bobcat, and is big enough and bad enough to take down a Russian wild boar.
The closest American relative of a Bobcat, however, is the Canadian Lynx. Please do not think that the Canadian Lynx is much concerned with national boundary lines. The Canadian Lynx doesn't care for the American or Canadian border patrol, and cares not one whit for green cards, Visas, or birth certificates - The Canadian Lynx can, will, and does come to the USA as it pleases.
Not only do Canadian Lynx's not care for national borders, they're also not much into discriminating against their smaller more American cousins - especially the females. You see, it's been confirmed more than once that Male Bobcats find female Canadian Lynx kitties just as arousing or even more so than they do their own kind of lady cat. Lynx and Bobcat hybrids outside of captivity and very much in the wild have turned up in both Maine and Minnesota.
Species-ism is about as dumb as is racism, and all the pussies agree.
The Canadian Lynx - NOT a Bobcat. Take Note Of the Lynx's Sideburns
Bobcats are extensively hunted by humans. Despite this fact, Bobcat populations are resilient and in no danger. Bobcat's are exceedingly aware and stealthy, most of them know who is a danger to them.
Having stated that Bobcat populations are in no danger, I'd like to say a word about Bobcat hunting. I think it is ENTIRELY amoral to kill a Bobcat for any reason outside of one being rabid and attacking either you, someone else, or maybe one of your pets. People do not eat Bobcats, and because of this - I find absolutely nothing in the way of a moral justification for the hunting of Bobcats. If you do happen to have a taste for Bobcat meat, and are so poor and pathetic that that is what you eat - then by all means, pardon me - do go eat your Bobcat, and seek professional help for your mind as soon as is possible.
The rest of you - anyone who hunts and kills that which poses no threat to him and that he plans not to eat. I think you are a horrific moral philosopher, or more likely, a mindless violence loving idiot. I think you should learn to appreciate wildlife, and I think that should a gang of rabid Bobcats rip you to shreds as you sleep in your tent in the woods - that you've earned that bit of karma.
The Pixie - Bob, a Domestic Cat Bred To LOOK LIKE A Bobcat
Wikipedia, the Pixie Bob.
- Pixie-bob - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Pixie-bob is a breed of domestic cat. The breed was claimed by breed founder Carol Ann Brewer of Washington state to be the progeny of naturally occurring bobcat hybrids; while some DNA-tested Pixie-bobs have showed wild markers,
Taxonomy and Sub Species
There are thirteen sub species of Bobcat recognized from Southern Canada on down to Southern Mexico. At one point whether or not the Genus Lynx was valid or not was a bit of contention, but nowadays the Lynx Genus is accepted.
The Bobcat, in the minds of some biologist, was thought to belong in the Felis Genus, the same Genus that your house cat is classified in as Felis Domesticus. While it's clear that the Bobcat is very very similar in some ways to the house cat, and that they can create a hybrid, though whether or not this has ever happened outside of captivity is debatable - Bobcats should NEVER be thought of in the way that one thinks of domestic cats. A Bobcat will not make a poor pet. A Bobcat will NOT make for a pet.
Let's be clear here, if you think that you want a Bobcat for a pet, you are wrong. You may, however, find that a Pixie - Bob is right for you.
I well understand if you would like to own a large cat that looks like a Bobcat. If you have the understanding that you wish to own a cat that acts like a Bobcat, you're actually in possession of a misunderstanding. You can, however, move to certain counties in Texas, like mine, and indulge your misunderstandings as much as you wish. You'll possibly become wiser in the process, and hopefully move back to wherever you came from. We've enough stupid people here in Texas as it is.
Please do not mistake my rancour in regards to the charity of this man in the following video, the man rescued a Bobcat kitten that he'd found, and I do think that that was a VERY noble deed, but the man and his family came to understand that a wild cat rescued would not make for he or his family a pet.
Bobcats Do NOT Make Pets
The Bobcat - Distinguishing Characteristics
Now clearly, the Bobcat is called a Bobcat because of his or her bobbed tail. It's a very short tail in comparison to the length of a tail on pretty much any other species of cat be it large or small. The tails of cats aid in keeping a cat balanced, and everyone is aware of how athletic cats generally are. The Bobcat's bobbed tail, however, doesn't much prevent the Bobcat from being an outstanding climber, and as stated before, Bobcats do hunt deer from trees. It's beyond plain as well that a Bobcat can and will climb trees to get away from things like a pack of coyotes, or a rare wolf.
Other than the bobbed tail, the Bobcat always has a pointed black tuft of hair extending from it's ears. The best way to determine whether you are looking at a Bobcat or a Lynx is that a Lynx such as the Canadian Lynx will have sideburns - big mutton chop sideburns the likes of which would make Glenn Danzig a bit jealous.
The Bobcat - Look For the Tufted Black Hair Extending From The Ears
Bobcats and Distinguishing Characteristics
A Florida Bobcat - Notice the Much Brighter Coat
A Bobcat Kitten
The Bobcat, Physical Characteristics and Behavior
The Bobcat is the smallest of four species of the genus Lynx. The colour of the Bobcat's coat is variable, but is typically tan and greyish brown. A Bobcat's face may appear wider than it is due to thick hair behind the ears. A Bobcat's eyes are malevolent yellow with black pupils.
Don't take the Bobcat's eyes to heart, he doesn't hate you, he thinks you look sort of yummy, and he thinks you're an idiot if you want him or her for a pet, and he or she will KNOW that you're an idiot if you hunt bobcats for their fur, or to hang a trophy on your wall.
Adult Bobcat's are generally 18 to 50 inches long from nose to tail, and weigh in between nine to forty pounds while standing from a foot to two feet high. The low numbers represent the low end of a female Bobcat, and the larger numbers represent larger male Bobcats. Also, the Bobcats of Appalachia are generally the smallest, while those of South Eastern Canada are the largest.
Bobcats are on the move from an hour or two before sunset until midnight, and then they prowl again just before dawn until a few hours after sunrise, often covering anywhere from two to seven miles total in a day's time. Also, Bobcat behaviour changes during the seasons to match the behaviour of Bobcat prey, and isn't it just how you'd think it to be, the way that life adapts towards it's own well being?
The largest documented Bobcat on record weighed fifty pounds. There have been, however, reports unverified of sixty pound Bobcats.
A Bobcat's hind legs will be longer than the front legs giving the cat a stilted look.
Bobcats are fiercely territorial and solitary outside of mating season,and Bobcats do not tolerate overlapping of an individual's territory. They mark their territory with urine, feces, and claw markings on trees.
Bobcats typically only live six to eight years in the wild, and it's seldom that one lives to be ten years old - despite those low averages, wild Bobcats have lived to sixteen years of age, and in captivity - twice as long. Imagine the wisdom of a 32 year old Bobcat in relation to the average wild Bobcat that only lived six years.
Bobcat's generally mate in February and March, and the almost totally silent cats on the male end will then make all manner of noise. I suppose that breeding is pleasurable for them. It's generally less than two months before a female Bobcat has her between one to six Bobkittens, and she then raises them alone. Before an entire year is up, the kittens will hunt on their own, and then leave their mother and never write home.
The only predators of the Bobcat outside of stupid humans are Cougars, which are simply annoyed by their smaller cousins, grey wolves, and coyotes. Bobcat kittens, however, face danger from owls, eagles, foxes, and even other male Bobcats. Outside of that, fleas and ticks are forever on the lookout for any canine or cat that they can annoy and spread their diseases to.
Friends, nature is to be enjoyed, appreciated, respected, and maintained. Nature and wildlife is not to be destroyed or manipulated, or dominated without good cause, and there is no good cause for trying to make a Bobcat a pet, or for shooting one that isn't bothering you. I hope that this has been either entertaining, useful, or pretty, and that you never face a bobcat in a telephone booth.