Description: Similar to the lynx, the bobcat is somewhat more compact. Its legs are shorter and its paws not as large as those of the lynx. It also lacks the distinctive ear tufts of the lynx. Its coat is reddish, mottled with black spots. The belly is light.
It's almost as if lynx and bobcats had a meeting and decided to split the continent with the lynx taking Canada and the bobcat remaining south of the 49th parallel. Through the mountains, the ranges overlap, with bobcats venturing north, and the lynx also foraying into the US Rockies.
Bobcat populations are intricately linked to populations of cottontail and other rabbits. Unlike the lynx, though, the bobcat is more diverse in its dining habits. It will also feed on mice, voles, and birds. Rarely, bobcats will take larger animals like deer.
The bobcat usually mates for the first time after its second year, producing a single (rarely two) litters per year. There are usually 3 kittens, but the litter varies between 1 and 5.