Bobcats are tan in color, with dark spots on coat. They have a short tail with a black tip on the top side. Males are generally larger than females, weighing 15-35 pounds, 18-24 inches tall and 24-48 inches long. In the wild, bobcats will live 10-15 years. Bobcats are generally seen alone, but groups may consist of mating pairs, siblings, or mothers with kittens. Bobcats are most active around sunset and sunrise, and it is not uncommon to find one napping under a shrub in a brushy backyard. Individual bobcats will defend a territory of one to 12 square miles.
Bobcats are carnivorous and generally feed on small mammals, birds and rabbits; will also eat lizards, snakes, and small pets, including house cats
If you see a bobcat near your home, there is no need to panic. Bobcats rarely attack people. However, if a bobcat does attack a human, it generally will have symptoms of rabies. Bobcats may be attracted to a yard that has abundant wildlife, domestic birds, small pets, water, and shade or other shelter. Small pets need to be protected from bobcats and other predators. Keep small pets indoors, in an enclosed area with a roof, or on a leash when outside. Domestic birds should be kept in an enclosed area with a sturdy roof (a 6-foot tall fence is not necessarily good protection), and do not spread seed that attracts other wildlife. Do not feed bobcats, as this can encourage them to become too comfortable around humans.
Bobcats tend to be abundant where food is plentiful, and different bobcats will keep visiting the same area if attractants aren't removed. Homeowners may trap and relocate the animal, but should contact your local Game and Fish Department for an appropriate release location before transporting the animal. Call Critter Control if you need assistance removing these animals from your property.
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