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. Bret
    November 02, 2017 at 06:10

    A bobcat calmly walked across the Mist Trail very near the trailhead just a few feet in front of my wife and me in the early afternoon on Nov 1. It sat behind a boulder for a few moments before turning away from the trail and the people.

  2. honda magelang
    September 26, 2017 at 09:10

    Also saw a bobcat near the visitor center

  3. Jesse
    August 19, 2017 at 02:15

    Great! Thanks for sharing such an informative posts so keep it up man!! webtady

  4. Fugi
    July 11, 2017 at 11:22

    I was in Yosemite the week of 4th of July and spotted one just after the vernal falls bridge on the way up to the mist trail. It was sitting under a huge boulder watching the people go by. A few days later I saw one on the Yosemite Falls trail from camp 4. Beautiful cat but I sure kept my distance.

  5. August 01, 2016 at 01:26

    @Chris, You cannot attach a photo here to the blog, but if you'd like to share it, you can post it to our Facebook page (

  6. July 30, 2016 at 12:58

    I was in Yosemite this morning at Yosemite Falls and spotted a bobcat - amazing sighting, it was on the trail hunting a squirrel or other small mammal. It stuck around for at least an hour and was completely unphased by the (many) people around. How can I post a picture here??

  7. May 31, 2016 at 12:34

    I saw one the other day on the trail in between Vernal and Nevada falls. Very cool experience.

  8. March 23, 2016 at 11:58

    i hate cats

  9. March 06, 2016 at 10:45

    We saw one today, on the Mirror lake trail. It just passed in front of us, so we managed to snap some pictures. It seemed so relaxed even after noticing us. Beautiful animal..

  10. February 29, 2016 at 09:57

    I saw a bobcat last week (2/24/2016) near the cafeteria at Yosemite Lodge. I was eating breakfast when he strolled by headed in the direction of the Mountain Room. I saw the tufts on his ears and his bobbed tail when he passed. He was so self-assured as he walked just on the other side of the window of the restaurant. Made my day.

  11. December 01, 2015 at 06:35

    I saw a bobcat about 25 years ago. Walking across the meadow and turning towards the Awahnee Hotel. Back than no one believed me. Wonder if the bobcat these days is a descendants of the one I saw.

  12. May 22, 2015 at 04:53

    We saw a bobcat twice while we were there in April. Walked right passed me, about 3-5 feet away. First time in 25 years that we've seen one. We called he/she Bobbie. Saw Bobbie first by our room at the Lodge in the Village, then again in the "Half Dome Meadow" on our way back from the Visitor's Center. Bobbie came within about 2 feet of me and I got some great photos without being disruptive. I love seeing animals in their element and in their home. Beautiful animals.

  13. January 23, 2015 at 12:27

    Bobcat sighting between The Awahnee Hotel and the tennis court. Around 11:15

  14. November 30, 2014 at 01:21

    A bobcat was hunting near the stables on Friday, November 28, 2014. Large, healthy looking animal. I was so happy to get lots of pictures of it. Nobody else was around, so it was calm. I watched it stalk a squirrel, but it did not get it. Fun to watch, as it crouched in the feed trough, ears flattened, as it hunted, making its way toward me and the squirrel.

  15. November 12, 2014 at 12:11

    @Christine, bobcats and lynxes look very similar, but only bobcats live in Yosemite.

  16. November 11, 2014 at 03:58

    We thought we saw a Lynx at Lower Yosemite Falls 11/10/14. It was mostly grey. Are there any Lynx at Yosemite or just bobcats?

  17. Flo
    October 14, 2014 at 09:31

    I saw him today at 1:45 near the Ahwahnee Hotel staring me down from the top of a rock

  18. October 13, 2014 at 01:16

    Bobcats are awsome

  19. 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.

  20. 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).

  21. Ted
    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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. December 23, 2012 at 10:12

    love it- thanks!!

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