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This is an American Bobcat, Another of our Native Wild Cats by The Elephant's Child
April 20, 2022, 8:37 pm
Filed under: Environment

Here is an American Bobcat. Far smaller than a cougar, (American mountain lion) which is a large animal. An adult male bobcat may be about 49″ long, but is the smallest of the genus Lynx. Their face looks wide because of tufts below the ears, and they have a short stubby tail (hence the name) and weigh up to 40 lbs. Favorite food seems to be rabbits, but those ranging around our place had their eyes on our cats as well as the dog.

.We had lynx too. Lifespan is about ten years. Notice the tufts at the tip of the ears. This photo looks kind of stripey, compared to other photos I have seen. Never seen one in person, though one ranging around our place was very interested in my dog. The cats retreated to the attic of the woodshed at night. The dog had a good escape hatch, so was safe. We had lynx too, and they were a little larger animal. The names Bobcat and Lynx to me, refer to different animals, but I am probably wrong. A little search will bring up lots more pictures. They range through most of our mountain country.

When I was small, we always had St. Bernards. Don’t know if their larger size scared off the wildcats, but I don’t remember being aware of big cats when I was little.

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