About the Bobcat
DescriptionHabitatBehaviorThreats & StatusFun Fact
Bobcats have a grayish-brown fur color with black-tufted ears. Bobcats in the southwest have lighter colored coats compared to cats up north, who have darker colored fur. They have a black-tipped, bobbed tail and their eyes are yellow with black pupils.
The bobcat ranges from Canada all the way down to Mexico. They like habitats that are coniferous or deciduous and can be found near agricultural areas, swamp areas and rocky ledges.
The bobcat is most active during twilight. They become more diurnal during the fall and winter months due to the activity of their prey.
This species is not threatened but hunting and trading are being closely monitored. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, there is an estimated 700,000 to 1,500,000 bobcats in the U.S. from 1988.
The cat is named for its tail, which appears to be “bobbed”.