Lynx rufus


The bobcat is a North American mammal of the cat family Felidae, appearing during the Irvingtonian stage around 1.8 million years ago. The bobcat is a adaptable predator that inhabits wooded areas, as well as semi desert, urban edge, forest edges, and swampland environments

Food that it eats

Bobcats eat a variety of animal species, including mice, rats, squirrels, chickens, small fawns, wild birds, feral cats, cottontail and rabbits.


What are defenders doing to help?

In Mexico, bobcats are persecuted as sheep predators and are frequently killed by farmers. They are still hunted and trapped for their fur throughout most of their range. Habitat destruction and the ever-expanding human population limit their ranges.Starting in 2004, Defenders has partnered with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish and Wildlife to track, capture, and collar bobcats in the State of New Jersey in order to determine their movements and which habitats are important to their survival. This valuable data will help biologists create a protection and management strategy that focuses on preserving the most critical bobcat habitat.


Approximately 725,000 to 1,020,000 bobcats remain in the wild.