What is a "bobcat"?
The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is a small wild cat species native to North America. It is known for its distinctive appearance, with a short tail, tufted ears, and a ruff of fur around its face. Bobcats have a compact and muscular body, with a coat that usually features a spotted or mottled pattern in shades of brown and gray, providing excellent camouflage in their woodland habitats. They are skilled hunters and primarily feed on small mammals, such as rabbits, rodents, and birds, but they can also catch larger prey, including deer. Bobcats are solitary and elusive creatures, typically active during twilight and nighttime hours, and are known for their keen senses of sight and hearing. They are adaptable to a variety of habitats, including forests, deserts, and swamps, and are found in various parts of North America, from southern Canada to Mexico. Bobcats play an important role in controlling rodent populations and are considered an iconic symbol of North America's wilderness.