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These beautiful bobcats are on the prowl

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 6:35 am in Bobcats.


I get a lot of mail from readers who want to know what a bobcat looks like.

Sometimes they send me photos they’ve taken of large cats in their backyards that they think are bobcats. They aren’t. Up until now, at least, the photos have always been of large domestic neighborhood cats that have come into their yards.

Bobcats are usually pretty shy and rarely enter our yards. There are exceptions, I’m sure.

Check out these pictures of wild bobcats that were taken on Mount Diablo. Click on each picture to learn more about it. You can then return to my blog by clicking on the return arrow.




The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is 30-50 inches long, stands 17-22 inches at the shoulder, has a short 5-6 inch tail and weighs 15-30 pounds. They are ferocious hunters that prey on rabbits, mice, gophers, rats, skunks (!), birds, snakes, lizards and even insects.

As you can see, they are beautiful animals. Enjoy. /Gary

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  1. Larry Oliverius Says:

    Hi Gary,

    You might recognize the last name, Oliverius, as in Jacquie Oliverius. I am her “ever-loving”.

    Of course, Jacquie introduced me to your column and I try to read it everyday. I really enjoy reading your animal adventures and advice.

    I also appreciate the fact that you answer our private questions, like the recent one about how to eliminate mice in our backyard without hurting the squirrels.

    I hope I have the opportunity to meet you in person someday soon.

    Larry Oliverius

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