A bobcat walks through snow
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

Scientific Name

Lynx rufus

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.

More Information

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168


(307) 344-7381
Recorded information. For road and weather information, please dial 307-344-2117.

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