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Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
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Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are large, pale kitties with small spots and bar, short ears, and a short tail. Adult bobcats weigh 15-35 pounds. They are brownish overall, except the top of the tail has a spot of black at the tip.

Bobcats are fairly common in the deserts and mountains around Las Vegas, but they are shy and seldom seen. Occasionally, however, they move into the edges of town where it is far easier to catch and eat house cats than it is to catch kangaroo rats and rabbits.

Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

Out in the desert, keep an eye out for bobcat scat. Unlike house cats and mountain lions, bobcats do not bury their scat. Rather, they leave it on elevated spots such as rocks on ridgelines, or in the middle of roads and washes. Left in this manner, the scat acts as a signpost for other bobcats advertising their presence in the territory.

Bobcat scat is long and narrow, and breaks up into small segments described by one biologist as few tootsie rolls lying on the ground. On closer inspection, each tootsie roll is composed of smaller segments all stuck together like a stack of fat disks. The scat is mostly composed of bones and hair of prey items.

Like other mammal scat, bobcat scat starts out black, damp, and stinky, but it ages to dry and brown without odor clearly showing bone and hair, and further ages to white and crumbly with white bone segments.

Bobcat (Lynx rufus) Bobcat; notice the pale, mottled colors; white spots behind the ears; and short tail.
Bobcat (Lynx rufus) If you were a tasty bunny or a little bird, this might be the last face you ever see! On the other hand, maybe we just know what they think of me.
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Bobcat caught on an infrared wildlife camera
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Bobcat caught again a few nights later on a wildlife camera
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Bobcat scat is segmented, and they do not always bury it
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Recent scat; notice the dark color and segments

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Aging scat; notice the segmented nature, bones, and hair

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Aging scat; notice the segmented nature, bones, and hair
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Aging scat; when pulled apart, hair is more obvious
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Old scat; notice the white color and dimpled end from segmenting
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Old scat; notice the segmented nature

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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