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Lynx Rufus

A Fierce Predator

The most common wildcat in North America is the solitary bobcat, so named because of its short black, white-tipped tail. The bobcat can weigh up to 20 pounds, can reach nearly 2 feet in length, and can stand 2 to 3.5 feet high.

Despite its striking resemblance to the household cat, the bobcat is a fierce predator. Preferring rabbits to anything else, it will also prey on rodents, birds, raccoons, foxes and even adult deer and domestic cats on occasion.

The bobcat and the lynx have very similar markings. The easiest way to tell them apart is by size - the lynx being much larger than the bobcat.

The North American bobcat lives in a variety of habitats, from the forests of New Jersey to its preferred habitat in the brush on the arid mountainsides of California. Bobcats typically stay away from metropolitan areas, but if a ranch or farm lies within their territory, they will likely try to take advantage of farm animals for food.

Bobcats have adapted well across various neighborhoods in Florida. They prefer deep forests for their thick patches and dense shrubs, but are easily adaptable to swamps, rural, urban and suburban areas.





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