Sunday, June 17, 2007

Bobcat Distribution

Bobcat DistributionOwing to its adaptability Bobcat exists in a variety of habitats. Generally favoring jungles, Bobcat is seen in areas ranging from marshes to mountains. The main factors deciding its choice of home range being the abundance of prey and its ability to camouflage against the surroundings. Even as the geographical range has shrunk somewhat in history, with its disappearance from the northern territories owing to snow - for which it is less adaptable than the Canadian Lynx - Bobcat still occupies a large territory in southern and central United States.

Believed to have descended from Eurasian Lynx nearly 20,000 years ago, the Bobcat is divided into twelve subspecies:

Lynx Rufus Rufus (Schreber)

Lynx Rufus Gigas (Bangs)

Lynx Rufus Floridanus (Rafinesque)

Lynx Rufus Superiorensis (Peterson & Downing)

Lynx Rufus Baileyi (Merriam)

Lynx Rufus Californicus (Mearns)

Lynx Rufus Escuinipae (J. A. Allen)

Lynx Rufus Fasciatus (Rafinesque)

Lynx Rufus Oaxacensis (Goodwin)

Lynx Rufus Pallescens (Merriam)

Lynx Rufus Peninsularis (Thomas)

Lynx Rufus Texensis (Mearns)


Dragonheart said...

They are beautiful cats. :)

Miss Peach>(^,^) said...

yes indeed but not very nice to Karl! Such cute kittens... Oh I would run like the wind and hope to sprout wings before he catches up with me...if I were an outside cat in bobcat territory. Boy I am lucky to be an inside kitty:)

Benjamin said...

i love what you write uncle omer! i'm so glad you've become part of my family!

ben fuzz

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Donny and Marie and Casey said...

Phew! Luckily not too many bobcats in our area. :)

Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

They are really cool cats but I have to say I won't be venturing into the woods to meet them anytime soon!


Karen Jo said...

We very occasionally have bobcat sightings near the town I live in in New Mexico. They don't come into town the way the coyotes do, though.

Chairman Mao said...

Bobcats are purr-ty! They sure are big, though. Well, they really ain't too much bigger than my big sistur Brainball but she's really big!

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

Anonymous said...

Fascinating, as always! And I can't wait to hear about the liger.

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn!

Oscar the Puppy Cat said...

Bobcat's abound in my part of the country. I live in Northwest Arkansas, in the mountains, and they can be seen down by the river. They're plentiful and quite a hassle to the wildlife. But that's as it should be in their world. Thankfully the area they live in is unpopulated (for now) and so they haven't had to worry about habitat. Omer, I love your posts!

Lux said...

Looks like they're everywhere around me - but I've never seen one!

DaisyMae Maus said...

That bobcat looks furry much like the late Feline American Fudge Ripple with his ear tufts and stuff. Grandma was a "bobcat" in high school ...

Furry informative. I look forward to the liger. There's one at the San Diego Zoo that Mom saw. She got to hold a whisker that had been cast off.


Gretchen said...

Bobcats are scary. I really like being an inside kitty. Really, really! Thanks for liking my pink balls. I love my pink balls. Right now they're all over the living room floor...hee, hee.

Benjamin Fuzz said...

bobcats have interesting and intelligent faces. mom says that her high school mascot was a bobcats, and the marching band uniform had a bobcat face on the back.

ben fuzz

The Cat Realm said...

No, no, no. We did not need to see that! They are EVERYWHERE!!!!
Yes, they are gorgeous creatures but only IF THEY LEAVE ME ALONE in the future!!!
Good thing you came in time for the last lizards! How did you like them?
We hope you did and will come to our next BBQ too....

Dobby said...

My Brudder is a PixieBob. But he lives in my home and eats just regular cat food. He is way more wild than my sisters.

caspersmom said...

Sure wish I had this info years ago. Someone told us we had a Bobcat around here, come to find out it was just a very large Manx cat. I believed it unfortunately. The Manx stayed around here for years, I could have taken better care of it if I had known.

Loved your picture of the Snow leopard on June 4th. Didn't get to see the UTube movie though. Takes forever and a day to download.

Jennifer said...

I love bobcats. Well, except for the risk they pose to house cats. I grew up seeing them in the south east. I was amazed when I saw one in the wine country of California. It was so much larger than the cats here and it was strolling up the road bold as could be. They're much harder to spot around here.

lynxibex said...

They have amazing faces; no two have the same expression...and the same goes for their coats and physical appearance. Even the same animal's coat changes completely from Summer to Winter. You can even tell by looking into their faces if they have been domesticated. A completely wild cat has that unmistakenly "wild" look in his face. But you have to be careful about a bobcat that seem unafraid of people, because he might have rabies! That's the only time I wouldn't be sorry about putting him out of his misery...otherwise I'm strictly against hurting these beautiful creatures.

Leona said...

They are America's only wildcat and much maligned and underestimated in their adaptabity and intelligence. No two animals are alike; in fact even the same bobcat's coat changes completely from Summer to Winter. Even the facial expressions are so different that you can tell a domesticated cat from a truly wild one. However be careful if a Bobcat isn't afraid of you, as wild rabid animals are known to lose their normal fear...and they will bite anyone in their path...that's the ONLY time I'd approve of shooting one; otherwise HANDS OFF these wonderful creatures! "Lynxibex"

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