• A bobcat with its mouth open.


Bobcats are two times the size of a regular house cat and range from 10-40 pounds depending on sex, age, and health of the cat. The bobcat ranges from a brownish-tan to a golden brown color with black spots throughout its coat. The derivation of the bobcat’s name is due to their tail length: the tail is rather short thus giving it a “bobbed” look and ultimately the name, bobcat.

Bobcats are carnivores and are very opportunistic animals. They will hunt for mice, rats, rabbits, chickens, and other small game. They will never pass on a free meal either. They often feed on road kill and other carcasses left in the woods from other predators. Food quantity for bobcats determines the survival rate of their kittens. In areas with limited food supply and an abundance of predators like coyotes, owls, and hawks in a given area, bobcat kittens have to be well hidden by the mother. These obstacles they face make bobcat populations fluctuate from year to year.

Bobcats usually avoid areas of high human activity and development and only occasionally cause nuisance problems. They may occasionally prey on smaller livestock such as goats or chickens but overall are not a major nuisance problem. Should you find yourself with a prowling bobcat and need to have it removed, All Exterminating Wildlife has you covered. We will perform an inspection of the area of the sightings and develop a plan for removal.

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