Wednesday, June 8, 2016


The Bobcat (Lynx Rufus), also known as the Bay lynx or Red lynx, is a medium sized wild feline native to North America; found from Southern Canada to Northern Mexico. They are found in almost every state from Maine to California. They even live in Wisconsin, my home state. 13 subspecies are recognized such as the Eastern, Bangs, Florida, Midwestern, Merriam's, California, Mojave, Mexican, Northwestern, Oaxaca, Oregon, Baja California, and Texas bobcats. It is one of the 4 lynx species alive today along with the Canadian, Eurasian, and Iberian. The Canadian lynx and bobcat are the 2 only native lynx species of North America. Unfortunately, the Mexican bobcat is critically endangered along with the Iberian lynx of Spain and Portugal. Like most cats, bobcats are territorial and largely solitary, although with some overlap in home ranges. I've first heard about the bobcat in The Fox and The Child where the bobcat was trying to eat Lily the fox. The movie was released in 2008 and that was 2 years before we first watched it. Normally, I would expect them to live in Southern Canada and the United States but it's pretty interesting that they live in Mexico. This is a California bobcat (Lynx Rufus Californicus). Like the jaguarundi, the bobcat, on the Wikipedia, has 1 link to click on the subspecies line and with the bobcat: Mexican bobcat, and jaguarundi: Gulf Coast jaguarundi. I love learning about subspecies. The Mexican bobcat and Gulf Coast jaguarundi were both put on the endangered species list in 1976.

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