Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
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Class: Mammalia (Linnaeus, 1758) — mammals
Order: Carnivora (Bowdich, 1821) — carnivores
Family: Felidae (Fischer, 1817) — cats
Genus: Lynx (Kerr, 1792) — bobcats, lynxes
Species: Lynx rufus (Schreber, 1777) — botcat
Subspecies: L. r. rufus (Schreber, 1777)*
*Note: One or more unique subspecies may occur in Mexico. More genetic research needed to clarify population structure (Kitchener et al. 2017).
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Populations in the Wild
|Reproduction & Development||Species Highlights|
Age at Weaning
Typical Life Expectancy
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Thank you to Prof. Rory Carroll for providing expert content review for this fact sheet.
Rory Carroll is an Assistant Professor of Biology and the Wildlife and Conservation Biology program coordinator at Southern Arkansas University. He earned a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Science from the University of New Hampshire, where he used a multidisciplinary approach to study long-term trends in bobcat (Lynx rufus) populations in a rapidly developing region. Prof. Carroll's broad research interest is in exploring how human resource use affects the animals with whom we share the landscape.
Thank you to SDZG Associate Curator of Behavorial Husbandry Nicki Boyd for sharing her knowledge of lynx and bobcat husbandry for the Managed Care section of this fact sheet.