About this Species 

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Scientific Name: Lynx rufus

Bobcats are found in almost all types of habitat in Arkansas. The bobcat has long legs and large paws and can weigh up to 30 pounds, but the average weight is15 to 20 pounds.

Bobcats generally subsist on a diet of small rodents, rabbits and other small animals and birds.

Bobcats occupy areas from 1/4 of a square mile to as much as 25 square miles, depending on the habitat and sex of the animal. Female bobcats occupy smaller areas than males and normally do not associate with other female bobcats. Males roam wider than females; while they are not particularly tolerant of other males, the home ranges of males will overlap those of both males and females.

Young are usually born in April and May, although litters may be born during almost any month except December and January. The normal litter consists of 2 or 3 kittens, born blind and weighing 4 to 8 ounces. The kittens open their eyes after 10 days and are taught hunting skills by their mother until they leave her 9 or 10 months later. The father has no role in raising the offspring.

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Eric Dresser