Range and Habitat
Bobcats have a more southern distribution and occupy a wider range of habitats than lynx. They spread into parts of southern Canada following European land clearing and settlement. Bobcats and lynx coexist in spruce-pine forests of northern and southwestern Ontario, southern Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
The chief prey of bobcats is HARES, but other small mammals, birds and, occasionally, even deer are eaten.
Reproduction and Development
Like lynx, bobcats breed in late February to early March. They have a 60-day gestation period, and bear 1-4 young. Newborn kittens weigh 285-370 g, are spotted with strong facial markings, and are cared for by both parents. Life span is about 10 years.
Author C.S. CHURCHER
Links to Other Sites
Natural History Notebooks
View illustrated descriptions of a huge variety of Canadian animal species, prehistoric creatures, and endangered/extinct animals. A Canadian Museum of Nature website.
Canadian Biodiversity Website
A great information source for all budding biologists. Learn about biodiversity theory, natural history, and conservation issues. From McGill’s Redpath Museum.