The bobcat is one of two species of lynx found in North America. They are weigh 15 to 35 pounds, are larger than domestic cats and have a short, black-tipped tail. Their ears have long black tufts or fur at the tips. Bobcats prey upon rodents, rabbits, carrion and insects and are therefore useful to landowners. Bobcats can inflict serious bites, however, and should not be handled by the untrained public. If you find one injured, contact Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release, 530-432-5522 for assistance.
To avoid problems with bobcats:
- Do not feed pets outdoors. If you must feed outdoors, clear away food bowls immediately. Do not leave food out at night.
- Ensure that any pets that could be considered prey (rabbits, etc.) are securely housed.