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Lynx rufus

Photo:Mont St-Hilaire Nature Center
Bobcat. Photo:Mont St-Hilaire Nature Center

Unlike its close relative the lynx, the bobcat has thrived with human settlement. Its ability to adapt to a large number of habitat types, such as woodlots, agricultural lands, second-growth forests and swamps, has made it a much more successful species on the margins of human settlements. The diet of a bobcat is a dog's breakfast, and can include mice, rabbits, lizards, insects, vegetation, muskrats, weasels, house cats, herons, turtles, mountain beavers, porcupines and livestock (usually lambs and kids). Bobcats are in turn preyed upon by wolves and cougars, and the kittens may be taken by owls and foxes.

Map of Bobcat in Canada
Distribution of Bobcat in Canada

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