The bobcat is the most abundant wildcat in the United States and has the greatest range of all native North American cats, yet it is rarely spotted by humans because of its elusive and nocturnal behaviors. This cat is roughly twice as big as the average housecat, and sometimes referred to as a “wildcat.” The bobcat gets its name from its tail that appears to be cut or “bobbed”.
Distribution: Deserts, forests, shrubland and grassland in southern Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Diet in the Wild: Small mammals, birds, and sometimes larger prey such as young deer
Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Feline diet, mice, fish, eggs
IUCN Red List Status: Least concern, population stable
Bobcats will den in a variety of places, including in hollow trees, under dense shrubs and between and under boulders.
Bobcats can be active at any time of day, but studies have found them to be mostly crepuscular, meaning active at dawn and dusk.