Bobcat (Felis rufus)
Looks like a tabby cat with a broad cheek ruff, but large 25-30", adult males may be larger. Tawny coloring with black spots. Short stubby tail with black marking on top and tip and light colored below. Short ear tufts. Similar to a lynx, but the lynx has a black tail all around, longer ear tufts and lives much further north than the bobcat. The bobcat is the most common wildcat in North America. It hides during the day and preys on rabbits, mice and squirrels.

Photo taken 2/1/04.
These pictures are of a young male bobcat that was injured by a motorcycle. It has a fractured knee and surgery was done to put a temporary pin in the fractured bone. The pin will be removed in a few weeks and then the long process of recovery will begin.

Photo taken 2/1/04.
Photo taken 2/1/04.


Though they look like big tabby cats, these are wild cats. If you should happen to find one that is injured or find a kitten, do not attempt to make it a pet or to handle it. It may cause you serious injury. Call the wildlife center.
Photo taken 2/1/04.

The last farewell.
The Bobcat recovered from its injuries and was released on April 7, 2004.