BOBCAT, WILDCAT (Lynx rufus)
The bobcat is generally a smaller animal than the lynx, attaining only about 74% of that animal’s size. Instead of the black tail tip as in the lynx, close observation will show that the very end of the tail is white (pick the tail up when the bobcat presents its tail in greeting, and it will be noted that the white from the underside extends to the very tip). It will also be noted that the bobcat has relatively small feet as compared to those of the lynx.
Jack rabbits and cottontails make up about 2/3 of the bobcat’s food, but they also eat any rodents they can catch, as well as the occasional deer. They will not refuse bats or, when the opportunity presents itself, domesticated animals in the form of dogs, cats, sheep, goats and poultry. Reptiles and invertebrates, as well as plants, make up less than 2% of the diet.