Description: The bobcat looks like a larger version of domestic house cats, but with a few differences. It has a bobbed (short) tail, with a white tip on the underside, and its fur can be reddish-yellow brown to grey. The bobcat also has spots on its back, which can often look like a stripe, and tufts of hair rising from the tips of each ear.
Habitat: The bobcat is the most common wild cat in the United States. Bobcats are able to live in many different kinds of habitats such as forests, swamps, deserts, and even suburban areas. Many bobcats live on Idaho’s BLM lands.
Food: Fierce hunters, bobcats can kill prey much bigger than themselves, but usually eat rabbits, birds, mice, squirrels, and other smaller game. A habitat dense with vegetation and lots of prey is ideal.
Fun Facts: The bobcat is the most abundant wildcat in the U.S. They live in many of America’s northern states. They were overhunted in the 20th century for their fur, but they have made a very significant comeback.