Was it a Lynx or a Bobcat

Lynxes and bobcats are animals that look a lot alike and they have similar habits. They also sometimes have overlapping ranges. For this reason, many people use their common names interchangeably and don’t know the difference between them, though they are two different species of wildcats. So what is the difference between a lynx (Lynx canadensis) and a bobcat (Lynx rufus)? Lynx and at bobcat similarities First, it is helpful to see how the two wildcats are similar. There are a lot of similarities. Both have short tails, ear tufts, are medium-sized cats (larger than the average house cat and smaller than a mountain lion, jaguar or leopard) and both are commonly found in conifer forests and in mountain terrain. These cat are usually primarily brownish in the summer and grayish in the winter. They both have darker spots or elongated spots and markings and lighter bellies that allow them to blend into the background, making them hard to see if they are stationary. Both cats are also very important predators, eating mostly rabbits, hares and rodents, helping to keep mouse, vole, lemming, squirrel, rabbit and hare populations in check. They will eat birds, bird eggs, lizards, amphibians, fish and even insects on occasion, however. Both cats often hunt by pouncing on their prey, very much like a house cat does. These cats both live 5-10 years in the wild and they both typically have three or four kittens, often varying according to how much available food there is. How lynxes and Continue Reading →

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