Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
The Bobcat wild cat is one of the four cats in the Lynx family of cats. The other close relatives of this cat are the Eurasian Lynx, Canada Lynx and Iberian Lynx. The Bobcat and Canada Lynx occur in North America and the Eurasian and Iberian Lynxes occur in Eurasia.
Bobcats are a medium size cat and adapt easily due to their generalist behavior. They occupy a variety of habitats, have a diverse diet and are adjusting to human settlements in North America.
However in the more urban areas this brings new direct threats such as vehicle collisions and rodenticides, as well as indirect threats through highways creating barriers to dispersal. Bobcats are often brought into wildlife rescue centers due to accidents or abandonment when the mother cannot return to her cubs due to a fatality.
Listen to a short audio taken from the Bobcat chapter from The Wild Cat Book by Fiona and Mel Sunquist.
This excerpt covers the evolution of the Bobcat and how they differ from the very similar looking Canada Lynx.
Unfortunately after an hour of searching I could not find a podcast on Bobcats. If anyone comes across one, please put the link in the comments, thank you!
MammalWatching Podcast - Luke Hunter
MammalWatching talk to well known wild cat biologist Luke Hunter. Luke Hunter is now the director of the Big Cat Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society and one of the world’s leading experts on wild carnivore conservation.
~27000 Observations of Bobcats on iNaturalist
There are currently 26 896 images of Bobcats on iNaturalist including signs of the animal (such as scats and tracks), so this shows how common this species is in the United States.
iNaturalist is a global platform for the public to upload images of wild creatures they have seen in nature. If you have any photos of natural biodiversity from your travels be sure to open an account and upload your images. Identification is verified by other members and the data can be used in future research. A great way to contribute to conservation and research!
Note there are images of dead animals in case you are a sensitive viewer.
Wild Cat Tours
A great place to get tips and read trip reports from people that have been on various tours to see wild cats is MammalWatching.com.
If you know of anyone that may be interested in studying wild cats, please forward this post to them.
There is a dire need for research on the smaller cats such as the Bobcat.
I would love to encourage as many budding zoologists as possible to specialize in these wonderful animals!