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 4/16/04.
Compare the 4/16/04 pictures to the 3/6/04 pictures. Notice how the ruff has grown.

Photo taken 4/16/04.
Photo taken 4/16/04.
Photo taken 4/16/04.
Photo taken 4/16/04.
Photo taken 4/16/04.
Photo taken 3/6/04.
This young bobcat was found huddled in the corner of a construction site. It is only about 7 pounds, too young to be released without a mother bobcat to protect it and to teach it to hunt.

Photo taken 3/6/04.
It has managed to either climb, or possibly leap, on top of the frame over the door of the habitat.

Photo taken 3/6/04.


Though they look like big tabby cats, especially at this young age, 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 3/6/04.

THIS BOBCAT WAS SUCCESSFULLY RELEASED IN JULY 2004.