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Bobcats are one of North America’s native felines. They are a larger than a house cat, but still smaller than their look-a-like cousin, the lynx. The bobcat’s amazing hunting skills won it a very special place in the mythology and legends of the Native American people. They were seen as wise and tactful – able to see beyond the masks that people put on. To learn more about these legends, please read my post Find Connections: Bobcats & Native Americans.

It isn’t difficult to see that bobcats are amazing creatures. Want to learn a little more about bobcats?  Here are 10 great bobcat facts:

  1. Bobcats are named for their short tail that looks as if it had been “bobbed.”
  2. The tip of a bobcat’s tail is black on the top and white underneath. A lynx also has a short tail, but the tip is black all the way around.
  3. Bobcats in the southern part of North America are more spotted than those in the northern part.
  4. All black bobcats and albino bobcats have been reported.
  5. In the wild, bobcats live to be 11-13 years old.
  6. A bobcat’s favorite meal is a rabbit.
  7. Bobcats used to be found all over North American, but they were chased out of the midwest when people began hunting them for their fur in the early 1900s.
  8. A bobcat is capable of taking down prey that is 10 times its own weight.
  9. Female bobcats produce only one litter of kittens each year.
  10. Twelve different species of bobcat are recorded.

Sources:

Bobcat Facts – Big Cat Rescue

Bobcat Fact Sheet – Defenders of Wildlife

Bobcat Fact File – Wildscreen Arkive

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