Ranger is a male bobcat (Lynx rufus) born in 2007. He has joined our family to be part of our educational program. We are very pleased to have him as an addition to our sanctuary.

The Bobcat, although it does not bear the family name, is a distinct species in the Lynx genus. In comparison with the Canadian Lynx the Bobcat is generally smaller and it can be differentiated from the Lynx in a number of ways. The Bobcat has less pronounced ear tufts and cheek ruffs, and has much smaller feet and shorter hind legs. Its tail is white on the tip, whereas the Lynx has a black tail tip. It has a generally more patterned and varied coat coloration. Fur color ranges from light grey, to yellowish brown, buff, brown and reddish brown, and markings vary from tabby stripes to heavy spotting. Their habitat determines their color and patterns. Bobcats are always spotted to some extent, with some individuals patterned only on the undersides, while others have spots extending up the sides onto the chest and back. Both melanistic and albinistic Bobcats have been reported.

The bobcat hunts both by night and day and feeds mainly on hares and rabbit, but also eats rodents, birds and deer. They are efficient hunters, using stealth and patience to leap on their unsuspecting prey.

The Bobcat is found in Southern Canada, the US, and parts of Mexico. Its habitat varies from forests and mountainous areas to semi-deserts and brush land, though the most ideal is dense vegetation with lots of prey available. Bobcats are a solitary species, and though male territories can overlap, female territories do not.

Bobcat Trivia: Bobcats can be differentiated from lynxes by white on the tip of their tail, where lynxes are black.

Bobcat Statistics:

Body Length 40 inches
Body Height 17 – 23 inches
Weight 10 – 18 lbs females, 16 – 28 lbs males
Gestation Period 62 days
Litter Size 1 – 6 young
Life Span 12 – 13 years