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November 13, 2012 Posted by: BW - Volunteer Interpreter

Lynx rufus

This large bobcat, which has been regularly sighted around the Valley in the past month, was spotted behind the Rangers' Club intently stalking some small prey item.Easily distinguished by its very short, black tipped tail, the bobcat also has characteristic black-tufted ears and black markings on its legs.The diet of a bobcat includes mostly rabbits and rodents like ground squirrels, wood rats, and pocket gophers.It appeared as though pocket gophers were on the menu today as this cat was successful in finding a meal. Predators like the bobcat serve vital functions in controlling the populations of their prey animals. This helps to keep a balanced and healthy ecosystem. 

bobcat in meadow Bobcat with gopher in its mouth

Bobcat on the hunt.

Bobcat with pocket gopher in its mouth.

Nature Scene, Yosemite Valley, BW

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  1. Lisa - Nashville, TN
    March 01, 2014 at 08:01

    Also saw a bobcat near the visitor center around lunch time on 2/15. Ambled past us as I snapped pictures.

  2. Jerry - Pinole, CA
    January 10, 2014 at 09:24

    Saw what was probably this bobcat strolling nonchalantly in front of the Ansel Adams Gallery around midday January 9, 2013. Seemed unusual behavior for such a normally reclusive animal -- paid no attention at all to the humans in the area.

  3. janet - south bend, in
    December 23, 2012 at 10:12

    love it- thanks!!


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