(Lynx rufus)


STATUS: Native, “Least Concern,” Rare in Winnebago County

DESCRIPTION: They get their name from their short, stubby tails that get up to 7.5 in. in length. Adults grow up to 2.5 ft. in length and weigh around 19 lbs.

DIET: Woodchucks, rabbits, skunks, raccoons, moles, squirrels, and sometimes birds and reptiles.

HABITAT: They live in forests, mountains, brushlands, and semi-deserts. They sleep in dens, hollow trees, and rocky crevices.

NOTES: Bobcats are mainly solitary, and usually only make yowling noises during the mating season.

Photo Credits: Flickr user Valerie