By Gary Bogue
Friday, March 4th, 2011 at 7:16 am in Bobcats.
From time-to-time when I collect enough photos from my readers, I like to give you a closer look at some of our shyer local wild creatures. The ones you don’t normally see, unless you’re lucky.
Today, let’s take a look at some bobcats.
The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is 30-50 inches long, stands about 20+ inches tall and weighs 15-30 pounds. It is the most wide ranging native wild cat in North America, and there are a LOT of them in the San Francisco Bay Area. They are also very secretive and most people are surprised to learn they’re even around.
Bobcats prey on rabbits, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, birds and just about anything else that moves, wiggles, or crawls — including domestic cats (another good reason to make your cat an indoor cat, or at least keep it inside at night). They also feed on road kills, fruits and other veggies.
As you can see, these big kitties are quite beautiful. Enjoy. /Gary