Bobcat (Lynx rufus, or Felis rufus)

Bobcat Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are small wild cats living in North America with reddish-brown or yellowish-brown coats, streaked with black or dark brown. They have prominent, pointed ears with a tuft of black hair at the tip. Females average 20 pounds and males weigh from 16 to 30 pounds. They breed in late winter or early spring and have a gestation period of about two months. A female may have one to six kittens each year. Although adapted to a variety of habitats across the country, they do not tolerate the deep snows found in much of Yellowstone, and thus they are usually reported in the northern portion of the park. Bobcats move about their home ranges most actively in the hours near dawn and dusk, hunting small mammals such as mice, rabbits, hares, and deer. They seek cover in conifer stands and on rocky ledges. Unlike lynx, which they resemble, bobcats elsewhere have been highly adaptable to human-caused changes in environmental conditions; some biologists believe that there are more bobcats in the United States today than in colonial times. Yellowstone has many rock outcrops, canyons bordered by rock ledges, conifer forests, and semi-open areas that seem to offer conditions favorable for bobcats—adequate shelter, a variety of rodents, rabbits, hares, birds, and other small animals as well as seasonal carrion, for food. Carrion is seldom used if live prey is available.
Studies elsewhere have shown that bobcats also may kill both young and adult antelope and deer; they stalk bedded adults and may be carried long distances while biting their prey in the neck.

Keywords: gray , brown , black , tail , claw

Which zoos have them?
Birmingham Zoo (United States)

The Bay lynx, bobcat is listed as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the bobcat
A young / baby of a bobcat is called a 'kitten'. The females are called 'queen' and males 'tom '. A bobcat group is called a 'clowder, clutter, pounce, kindle (young), embarrassment (young),'.
Some facts about the

Adult weight : 8.6 kg (18.92 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 32 years

Female maturity :365 days

Male maturity : 730 days

Gestation : 65 days

Weaning : 65 days

Litter size : 3

Litters per year : 1

Interval between litters : 365 days

Weight at birth : 0.265 kg (0.583 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 1.19 kg (2.618 lbs)

Basal metabolic rate : 23 W

Body mass : 9.4 kg (20.68 lbs)

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