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Bobcat: Ever wondered what a bobcat looks like? Check it out.

By Gary Bogue
Friday, March 4th, 2011 at 7:16 am in Bobcats.

Bobcat with ground squirrel. Photo by Mary Anne Johnson, Oakley, CA
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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.

Peek-a-boo bobcat. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
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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.

Bobcat’s spots blend with vegetation. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
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As you can see, these big kitties are quite beautiful. Enjoy. /Gary

Bobcat on Mount Diablo. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
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2 Responses to “Bobcat: Ever wondered what a bobcat looks like? Check it out.”

  1. Janet Fairchild Says:

    Wonderful photos! I’ve only seen a bobcat once, at night in my headlights on a very rural dirt road. We stopped and looked at each other, but BC didn’t look for too long, hence no pic. But a fine memory.

    I’ve seen more wild mountain lions (2) than bobcats!

  2. Dave Harper Says:

    Very cool photo of a very interesting animal. They almost seem out of place to me when seen in the wild. They are so beautiful looking. I think people would be surprized at how common they are. They don’t like to show themselves very often, but its hard not to find their many tracks in the mud when hiking in the bay area.

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