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Bobcat This was the second bobcat of the day!  By relative sizes I think this is a female, as the other cat was much larger.  I think this might also be an old one, because she has that hunchback shape when sitting like old domestic cats get. Bobcat,Geotagged,Lynx rufus,United States,Winter Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro


This was the second bobcat of the day! By relative sizes I think this is a female, as the other cat was much larger. I think this might also be an old one, because she has that hunchback shape when sitting like old domestic cats get.

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  1. Beautiful and super sharp, I can count the hairs :) Posted 8 years ago
  2. wow what a very nice photo and very sharp Posted 8 years ago
  3. Excellent shot.... :) kudos! Posted 8 years ago
  4. Thanks everybody :). It did help that she was strangely cooperative and let me get much closer than they usually do. For example, this is the first photo I took of her: http://www.jungledragon.com/image/26796. I was really wishing for a bigger lens at that moment! Posted 8 years ago
  5. Great shot! You are very fortunate to see these elusive cats. I have a burning desire to see and photograph a wild cat here in north Idaho, but even though both the cougar and bobcat populations are very healthy, I continue to only see tracks. Tracks and a cougar kill are the only signs I have seen from animals that go through great lengths to hide themselves from any other living critter. Posted 8 years ago
    1. Thank you, and yeah, it's pretty exciting :). I've been looking for about 15 years and forever only saw tracks and scats. I was working on a mouse research project that was in prime bobcat habitat and I ended up being the only one of the team not to see one! Now this one is my seventh bobcat, and five of those were in the last year, all at the same conservation property (which I have been visiting for five years). No luck photographing a panther, but since they're not at all expected in my area (it's at least a 5-hour drive to where you'd expect one, and even then you know how elusive they are) just seeing one for a few seconds up here was amazing. Posted 8 years ago
  6. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:
    "Bobcat (Lynx rufus)-
    Cousin to the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis), the bobcat is the most prevalent wild feline in North America. Its distribution stretches from southern Canada to southern Mexico. It is adapted to a wide range of habitats including forested areas, swamps, deserts, and scrubland. This elusive predator has a preference for small prey animals like rabbits, lizards, birds, and mice--but it has also been known to take down larger animals such as deer, cats, dogs, and smaller livestock.

    The bobcat is solitary and nocturnal, resting in dens during the day and hunting at dawn and dusk. It is highly territorial and will often use scent marking (via feces or urine) to announce territory boundaries or willingness to mate. Female bobcats have a territory range of around 6 square miles, while male bobcats can have ranges up to 30 square miles. Males and females do not frequent the same territory and can typically only be found together during breeding season.

    The bobcat is listed as a species of "Least Concern" by the IUCN Red List, but this status can be somewhat misleading. From the early to middle 1900s, bobcat populations declined considerably as a direct result of the fur trade in North America. International protection laws which banned extensive fur trading were finally put into place in the 1970s, and populations have since rebounded in most areas. The bobcat is considered a conservation success story, however, it still faces threats from human activities like overhunting, trapping, and habitat fragmentation. It is considered endangered in New Jersey, and it was only very recently delisted as an endangered species in Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana. It is provided special protections in 10 US states, and hunting and trade regulations are in place in parts of Mexico and Canada.
    {Spotted in Florida, US by Meryl Green} #JungleDragon"
    Posted 4 years ago

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The bobcat is a medium-sized North American cat that first appeared during the Irvingtonian stage around 1.8 million years ago . Containing two recognized subspecies, it ranges from southern Canada to central Mexico, including most of the contiguous United States. The bobcat is an adaptable predator that inhabits wooded areas, as well as semidesert, urban edge, forest edge, and swampland environments. It remains in some of its original range, but populations are vulnerable to local extinction by.. more

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Uploaded Feb 25, 2015. Captured Feb 25, 2015 13:20 in Lake Apopka Loop Trail, Mount Dora, FL 32757, USA.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T3
  • f/6.3
  • 1/400s
  • ISO400
  • 250mm