animals at the NYS Zoo

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Status

Bobcats have been classified as "Least Concern" but are difficult to find in the wild due to their elusive nature. They have been hunted extensively but have proven to have a static population, although declining in some areas.

Habitat

The bobcat can traditionally be found in areas of North America that are wooded or swampy. They have also been spotted in semi-desert, forest edge, and urban edge areas. Bobcats use territory-marking tactics such as claw marks, and urine sprays. They are quite territorial although some overlapping of boundaries is common.

Diet

As preditory animals, a typical bobcat diet would depend heavily on their habitat and time of year. They are known to hunt rabbits, insects, chickens, geese, rodents, deer, and small birds.

Characteristics

Bobcats are smaller in comparison to the rest of their feline cousins. They resemble large house cats with tan fur and dark spots that act as a camouflage. Their facial features appear to be extended due to their large tufts of light colored fur.