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Bobcat

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.     

 Bobcat
 Bobcat

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.  

Bobcat
Bobcat


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Herbivore Mammals

Jackrabbit
Pygmy rabbit
Desert cottontail
Beaver
Eastern gray squirrel
Red squirrel
Chipmunk
Deer mouse
Kangaroo rat
Meadow vole
Mule deer
Elk
Bighorn sheep
American pronghorn
Moose


Carnivore Mammals

Bobcat
American badger
River otter
Red fox
Long-tailed weasel
Coyote
Grizzly bear
Mountain lion


Amphibians

Salamanders

Long-toed salamander
Idaho giant salamander
Coeur d'Alene salamander

Frogs and Toads

American bullfrog
Columbia spotted frog
Western toad
Northern leopard frog
Pacific tree frog
Great Basin spadefoot

Reptiles

Snakes

Painted turtle
Northern alligator lizard
Mohave black-collared lizard
Short-horned lizard
Desert horned lizard
Sagebrush lizard
Western fence lizard
Western skink
Side-blotched lizard
Longnosed leopard lizard
Western whiptail


Bats

Western pipistrelle
Western small-footed myotis
Little brown bat
Yuma myotis
Townsend's big-eared bat
Hoary bat
Silver-haired bat
Fringed myotis
Pallid bat

Sensitive Species (not a complete list)

Greater sage-grouse
Pygmy rabbit
No. Idaho ground squirrel
So. Idaho ground squirrel
Canada lynx
Grizzly bear
Selkirk Mtns. woodland caribou
Kootenai White River sturgeon
Bull trout
Sockeye salmon
Chinook salmon
Steelhead trout
Yellow-billed cuckoo


Birds

Waterfowl
Raptors
Songbirds

Fish