Bobcats are North America’s most common wildcat. Like most cats, the bobcat is territorial and largely solitary, although there is some overlap in home ranges. It gets its name from its stubby, “bobbed,” tail. Bobcats are the smallest species of lynx but are not found as farnorth because they don’t have the large, snowshoe-like footpads, which give the lynx mobility in deep snow.Although Bobcats have been hunted extensively by humans, both for sport and fur, their population has proven resilient.
Reproductive: 1 litter a year with a n average of 2 to 4 kits
Food: Hares, rabbits, squirrels, rodents, mink, skunks, foxes, muskrats, birds and their eggs, snakes, fish, crustaceans and insects. Bobcats will also prey on deer and antelope.
Distribution: All of southern Canada
Average life span: 6 to 8 years
Management Issues: Bobcats sometimes prey on chickens, pigs, sheep, calves and pets.
Control of Problem Bobcats: Bobcats may be hunted (but not trapped) by a resident on land which the resident has the right of access for hunting in WMUs 102, 104, 106, 108, 112, 116, 118 and 119 and that part of WMU 110 east of Highway No. 2 and south of Highway No. 3 from November 1 to February 28.
Fur most prime: Mid December to Late February
Average pelt price (2008/9): $281.35 (8 pelts total)