Fortunate visitors traveling along the West Entrance road might catch a glimpse of this bobcat, especially in the vicinity of 7-Mile Bridge. The Madison River hosts abundant waterfowl each winter, so bobcats have plentiful prey.
Courtesy of Chris Daniel
Number in Yellowstone
Unknown, but generally widespread.
Where to See
- Rarely seen; most reports from rocky areas and near rivers.
- Typical habitat: rocky areas, conifer forests.
Size and Behavior
- Adult: 15–30 pounds; 31–34 inches long.
- Color ranges from red-brown fur with indistinct markings to light buff with dark spotting; short tail; ear tufts.
- Distinguish from lynx: has several black rings that do not fully circle the tail; no black tip on tail, shorter ear tufts, smaller track (2 inches).
- Solitary, active between sunset and sunrise.
- Eats rabbits, hares, voles, mice, red squirrels, wrens, sparrows, grouse; may take deer and adult pronghorn.