The bobcat is a medium-sized wild cat found throughout much of central North America. The word bobcat comes from the bobbed appearance of the cat’s short, stubby tail.
There are twelve recognized subspecies of bobcat, and it ranges from southern Canada to northern Mexico, including most of the continental United States. The bobcat is an adaptable predator that inhabits wooded areas, as well as semi-desert, urban edge, forest edges, and swampland environments. Unlike many wild cat species, the bobcat persists in much of its original range and populations are at healthy levels.
The bobcat’s life expectancy is between 10 and 15 years in the wild, and it will often live to more than 20 years in captivity.