The Bobcat Hunts at Twilight

Cats around the world are known for their stalking abilities and hunting prowess. Members of the cat family Felidae are hypercarnivores, animals whose diets consist of >70% meat. A cat, then, lives by its trade, and the most widespread wildcat in North America is no different.

Like many other cats, bobcats are sit-and-wait predators that rely on stealth. Their preferred prey, rabbits and hares, supplemented by other small animals like rodents and birds, are fast, flighty, and have sharply tuned senses. A twitch or cracked twig could alert prey of a bobcat’s presence, so it uses every tool at its disposal to seemingly disappear into its surroundings.

Bobcats hunt in low-light conditions when it’s harder to see, evolving eyes capable of gathering even small amounts of light during dusk and dawn hours. Its dappled coat allows it to further camouflage into the irregular patterns of its chosen cover, commonly utilizing shadows, grasses, undergrowth, and boulders to hide from unsuspecting prey. A bobcat will patiently wait for an opportunity, sitting or crouching and remaining completely silent while, before pouncing quickly at a distance of 10 feet!

Bobcats are an incredible example of how life has adapted so magnificently in the ongoing race for survival in the wild. Speed, intelligence, and lightning-fast reflexes combine to make bobcats an efficient and spectacular predator!

Aaron Huelsman

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