The bobcat (Felis rufus) occupies open coniferous and deciduous forests, ranging in areas where the lynx is absent. Bobcats cannot tolerate too much snow and will not be found in the north. Bobcats generally have tawny coats that vary with the seasons. Their winter coat is usually a dull gray with faint patterns, while their summer coat often has a reddish tinge. A bobcat’s sides are spotted with dark brown and dark, horizontal stripes on the breast and the outside of the legs. Bobcats have two black bars across each cheek, a brown forehead stripe, and whitish chins and throats.
Bobcats will hunt squirrels, rats, mice, voles, beavers and nesting birds, but they prefer rabbit. Despite their small size, the bobcat is a ferocious hunter that can take down animals much larger than itself, such as deer and antelope. A bobcat’s weight will vary from 9 to 40 lbs (4.1 to 18 kg).