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Lynx rufus (Schreber, 1777)

Bobcat diorama in the North American Mammal Hall


 Owens Valley, California

Background artist:

 Robert C. Clark

Bobcats occasionally eat small domesticated animals, prompting attempts to eradicate them in some areas. In the southeastern United States, bobcats are becoming increasingly habituated to urban and suburban settings although they are seldom seen because of their reclusive ways. On rare occasions, bobcats have been known to attack humans. In the past bobcats were extensively hunted and trapped for their valuable pelts.

Biological Information

Range map for the bobcat


United States and southern Canada to most of Mexico


Brushy, rocky and wooded areas


Protected in some areas, rare in others


Rabbits; other mammals ranging in size from small rodents to deer; ground nesting birds; carrion

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for bobcat.