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:
- Bobcats are named for their short tail that looks as if it had been “bobbed.”
- 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.
- Bobcats in the southern part of North America are more spotted than those in the northern part.
- All black bobcats and albino bobcats have been reported.
- In the wild, bobcats live to be 11-13 years old.
- A bobcat’s favorite meal is a rabbit.
- 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.
- A bobcat is capable of taking down prey that is 10 times its own weight.
- Female bobcats produce only one litter of kittens each year.
- Twelve different species of bobcat are recorded.
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