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Bobcat

Lynx rufus

Description:

Tan big cat with a whitish breast and short tail (for which the cat is named for). Most notable were its tufted ears, facial ruffs and powerful steps as it took cover in the forest, circled around to my right and chased Eastern Towhees to within 10 feet of our position and stopped and took cover again. Very exciting! These cats are rarely seen due to the fact that they are considered nocturnal. Adult predation rarely occurs outside of coyotes and humans; predation during a kitten occurs through hawks, eagles, owls, and adult big cats to name a few.

Habitat:

The bobcat inhabits wooded areas, and in this case forest edges, and swampland environments. They have been known to also live in deserts, and even suburban areas.

Notes:

Spotted at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, St. Marks, FL. It was on the trail between Tower Pond and Picnic Pond. My main purpose was spotting spring migrant passerines. I talked to some other nature enthusiasts and some had been looking to spot one for over 5 years. This was my first. Truly unforgettable.

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6 Comments

robert emond
robert emond 10 months ago

Thank you room-67027

room-67027
room-67027 10 months ago

This is cool👻

robert emond
robert emond 10 months ago

Thank you Leuba

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 months ago

Wonderful spotting ! Glad you got to see one and thanks for sharing.

robert emond
robert emond 10 months ago

Thank you!

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 months ago

Great spotting!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated Robert!

Florida, USA

Lat: 30.15, Long: -84.15

Spotted on Apr 28, 2018
Submitted on May 2, 2018

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