Bobcats generally have spots, and although they have ear tufts like a lynx, the tufts are generally quite a bit smaller.
Bobcats in this ecosystem
There are bobcats all around the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, but you’re unlikely to see one in the wild.
Bobcats are generally solitary animals, keeping their own territories, which can be as big as 40 square miles in some parts of the country. Unlike most cats, the males are more tolerant about overlapping territories than the females, who prefer a strictly solitary life.
Bobcats are obligate carnivores, eating rabbits, rodents, birds, and even small deer and adult pronghorns.
At the Sanctuary, our bobcat’s diet consists of chicken (a favorite), red meats, and fish. On fast days and whole prey days, carnivores are supplemented with rats, mice, quail and big bones to chew on.
Bobcats are most active around twilight, although their schedule shifts in cold winter weather, when they’re more active during the day.
BEHAVIOR & Lifespan
In the wild, bobcats typically live for about seven years, and rarely over ten. Females reach sexual maturity in one year, males in two. The mating season is winter, and their gestation period is 60-70 days. They will have one to six kittens (typically two to four), which stay with their mother until they are about 8-11 months old.
Bobcats typically have more than one den in their territory: a primary (natal) den, which tends to be a secure permanent area, and one or more auxiliary (shelter) dens that may not be much more than a brush pile.