bobcat

(Lynx rufus)

Conservation Status
bobcat
Photo by Ramona Abrego
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

The fur (pellage) is reddish-brown above, whitish on the belly, with spots and stripes throughout. The tail is short and black at the tip but only on the top. Ruffs on each side of the face give the appearance of sideburns. The ear tufts are short and inconspicuous.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Head and body: 25 to 40

Tail: 3 to 7

 
     
 

Sign

 
 

 

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) is larger. The pelage is pale gray mixed with mixed with pale brown above. The belly is not spotted or striped. The tip of the tail is black, both above and below. The ruffs (sideburns) are more pronounced. The feet are large. The ear tufts are long and conspicuous. It is much less common.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

A wide variety of habitats including boreal coniferous and mixed forests, aspen forests, forested river bottomlands, brushlands, and cedar swamps

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Lifespan

 
 

10 to 12 years

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

15, 24, 29, 30, 76.

 
  4/8/2021      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Relatively common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Mammalia (mammals)  
  Subclass Theria  
  Infraclass Eutheria (placentals)  
  Magnorder Boreoeutheria  
  Superorder Laurasiatheria  
  Order Carnivora (carnivores)  
  Suborder Feliformia (cat-like carnivores)  
 

Family

Felidae (cat)  
 

Subfamily

Felinae (small cats)  
 

Genus

Lynx (bobcats, lynxes)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Bailey bobcat (Lynx rufus baileyi)

bobcat (Lynx rufus rufus)

Californian bobcat (Lynx rufus californicus)

Florida bobcat (Lynx rufus floridanus)

Giant bobcat (Lynx rufus gigas)

Lake Superior bobcat (Lynx rufus superiorensis)

Mexican bobcat (Lynx rufus escuinapae)

Mojave bobcat (Lynx rufus mohavensis) ?

Northern bobcat (Lynx rufus pallescens)

Northwestern bobcat (Lynx rufus fasciatus)

Oaxacan bobcat (Lynx rufus oaxacensis)

Peninsula bobcat (Lynx rufus peninsularis)

Texan bobcat (Lynx rufus texensis)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Felis rufus

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

bay lynx

bobcat

red lynx

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Pelage

The coat of a mammal, consisting of fur, wool, or hair, and including a soft undercoat and stiff guard hairs.

 

 
 
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Ramona Abrego

 
 

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Dan W. Andree

 
  A BRIEF GLIMPSE OF A BOBCAT
Published on Jan 16, 2015
 
   
 
About

I had an encounter with this bobcat in the early fall of 2014. I didn't have much time to try capture it on film. Had seen tracks in winter, but never had contact with one before. It paused for several seconds. I tried readjusting the camera and it turned and trotted off by the time I did. It didn't seem afraid of me at first and I didn't feel threatened by it. It had kind of sad look in it's eyes.

   
       
       
 
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  Track Identification: Cougar, Lynx, Bobcat
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Published on Jan 3, 2013

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  Bobcat!!! Video # 3 Meadowlands MN
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Published on Feb 22, 2016

Near Meadowlands MN.

 
  Bobcat Stalks a Pocket Gopher | North America
Discovery
 
   
 
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Published on Jun 10, 2013

Catching a pocket gopher is no easy task for this bobcat. The slightest misstep can spoil the task, but this cat's patience pays off. | For more North America, visit http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/north-america/#mkcpgn=ytdsc1

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4/3/2021

Location: Cass County

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  Ramona Abrego
2/14/2015

Location: Wildlife Science Center, Forest Lake

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