• While they may look imposing, bobcats are
small, averaging around 15 pounds — the
size of an average house cat.
• An estimated 70,000 bobcats live in
California, many right here in Marin
County. The bobcat’s range includes most
of the continental Unites States, from
southern Canada to northern Mexico.
• Bobcats are often mistaken for mountain
lions because people are not familiar with
• Bobcats are nocturnal predators although,
like house cats, they can be active at any
time of day.
• Bobcats prey on small animals ranging in
size from a mouse to a baby deer.
• Female bobcats have one litter a year, each
with an average of three kittens.
• Many people erroneously believe bobcats
have no tail; they have a shortened but dis-
• It is very rare for a bobcat to attack a
human being. In most reported attack
cases the cat had been fed by people in the
past, something that never should be done.
• If you have an outdoor rabbit hutch or a
chicken coop, make sure the enclosure is
predator-proof. Bobcats eat prey smaller
than themselves, so they typically will not
go after sizable dogs and cats, but will
make a quick meal of rabbits and chickens.
• Never approach a wild animal. If
you encounter a sick or injured bob-
cat, call WildCare’s 24-hour hotline,
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