• Rainbow over Half Dome

    Yosemite

    National Park California

Bobcat

November 13, 2012 Posted by: BW - Volunteer Interpreter

Bobcat
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. Joan - Burbank, CA
    July 14, 2014 at 11:59

    I took a good photo of a bobcat in front of a cabin in Curry Village today, 7-14-14 about 11:00 am. I was surprised the bobcat calmly walked out from behind the cabin and right next to a large extended family. When people finally noticed the bobcat, it calmly turned and went to the back of the cabin. In my photo, a young child is sitting on the step of the cabin's front porch, unaware the bobcat is only a short distance away.

  2. Yosemite National Park
    April 23, 2014 at 06:26

    @Ted, Both have black at the tips of their tails. The bobcat has banding ending with a black tip on the top side of the tail while the lynx lacks banding and has just a black tip (all around the tail).

  3. Ted - San Ramon, California
    April 22, 2014 at 08:53

    I read somewhere the difference between Bobcats and Lynx is that Bobcats don't have black tipped tails and Lynx do? Is that not correct? The site suggested Bobcats have black striped tails.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

    love it- thanks!!

 

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