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(Lynx rufus)


  • Up to 22 in. (55 cm) at the shoulder.
  • 25 to 30 in. (65 to 75 cm) long .
  • 5 in. (12 cm) tail .
  • Weighs 15 to 35 lb. (6 to 16 kg).

Distribution in North America:

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Found in Southern Canada to Northern Mexico.
No longer found in some midwestern and mid-atlantic states

left track               right track
front: 1 1/4" x 2"    hind 1 1/4" x 2"
  • Prefers open brushland or semi-wooded country.
  • Occurs from valley bottom to timberline, though generally found in mixed cover at lower elevations.


  • Can be mistaken for lynx (lynx are more streamlined and have longer legs and larger paws).
  • Bobcats are smaller than lynx but larger than house cats.
  • Rarely vocalize, but if heard at night, they often sound like a baby crying.
  • Be sure to check local regulations for hunting or trapping information on this species.

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