Bobcats are solitary animals. Males and females are only together when it is mating season. They are mainly nocturnal animals, but can also be very active at dawn and dusk.

Their diet mainly consists of rabbits and hares, but they also eat rodents, sheep, deer, and birds. The bobcat creeps up on its prey and kills larger prey by biting at the base of the skull. During a nightlong hunt, a male can travel as far as 25 miles to find prey.


The bobcat has a reddish brown coat, and is typically striped and spotted with black. It can be found from mountain ranges to subtropical swamps to deserts. The only place it does not live is in open grasslands because there is nowhere to hide for hunting.

Male bobcats can defend up to 40 square miles of territory and can share that territory with up to three females who do not share territory with each other. The male will mate with all the females in his territory and will be responsible for all kittens in his territory after their eyes are open and they can eat solid food.

Fun Facts

  • The bobcat got its name from its stumpy tail
  • Bobcats are excellent swimmers but rarely go into the water
  • Female bobcats are thought to give birth every other year